The University of Southampton

University hosts prestigious annual UK national applied mathematics meeting

2 April 2003

Have you ever wondered why you blink? Can you predict the fluid flow through your kidneys? Why do we see in colour? How do you model the stock market? What are holey fibres? Do neutron stars wobble?

These and many more fascinating questions will be discussed at the prestigious British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC), hosted by the Faculty of Mathematical Studies at the University of Southampton from 7-10 April 2003.

The BAMC is the annual national meeting of applied mathematicians in the UK. Nearly 300 participants from all over the world will converge on Southampton to present and discuss their latest ideas. Many of the speakers will be young mathematicians, just starting on their research careers and studying for PhDs. In addition, world leaders in their fields from the USA, France and the UK will deliver keynote addresses.

Applied Mathematics derives and solves mathematical equations to model and predict the real world. From the movement of galaxies to the pumping of blood through your veins, from the spread of flames to liquid crystal displays, this type of mathematics is used everywhere in science, technology, business and increasingly in health areas.

Notes for editors

  1. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 20,000 students and over 4,500 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £235 million.
  2. The Faculty of Mathematical Studies at Southampton is ranked internationally excellent across the board in the latest government research assessment exercise. It has one of the largest group of mathematical researchers in the country who collaborate extensively internationally, nationally and locally on research projects with industry, healthcare and other universities.
  3. The Faculty admits 125 undergraduate students each year to study with a choice of over 20 different mathematically related degrees. Mathematics graduates earn amongst the highest starting salaries, with many gaining jobs in the financial or computing sector.
  4. The BAMC is awarded annually to a UK applied mathematics department by a national committee of mathematicians.
  5. The Southampton organising committee is Professor Adam Wheeler (Deputy Vice Chancellor), Professor Alistair Fitt (Dean of Mathematics) and Dr Chris Howls (Senior Lecturer in Mathematics).

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