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The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is proudly celebrating its 20th annual Summer School, which commenced on 10th January, running through to 4th February 2022.

AMSI Summer School is Australia’s largest national event for honours and postgraduate students in the mathematical sciences; a four-week program that provides students with the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills, build their networks and engage with potential future employers. The intensive program offers eight exciting mathematical sciences subjects by specialist lecturers around Australia, with students able to choose to study one or two subject areas including one subject for credit.

For this year’s 20-year milestone, AMSI was delighted to partner with one of its members, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), to host the event in a hybrid format, with 160 students participating virtually or through a state-based event hub.

As part of the event’s Opening Ceremony, participants were treated to an insightful panel discussion on The Age of Opportunity: The New Frontier of the Mathematical Sciences. The panel included Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, UTS Professor and former Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Mathematics, Informatics & Statistics, Professor Louise Ryan, Founding Partner of Advantage Data Consulting and former AMSI Summer School 2003 participant, Dr Eugene Dubossarsky, Programmer & Computational Modeller at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and former AMSI Summer School 2019 participant, Rose Crocker, and Panel Chair, AMSI Summer School 2022 Event Director, UTS Professor Anthony Dooley.

Over an hour, panellists discussed the rapidly evolving mathematical sciences landscape in Australia and the challenges and opportunities for mathematical sciences graduates. Key themes included the transferability of mathematical and scientific skills that is often overlooked, mathematics as a ‘language’ syncing across multiple disciplines, and the importance of an interdisciplinary framework to fuel and support the growing demand for data science capability.

Summer School participants will now enjoy a month of summer mathematics, including Careers Day on Wednesday 19th January – an annual highlight. The Day showcases different organisations and academics in the mathematical sciences, with participants able to ask questions and realise how their passion for mathematics can be turned into a fulfilling career.

Members of the public are invited to join a free online public lecture on Thursday 27th of January from 6.15pm AEDT by Professor Kate Smith-Miles, a Melbourne Laureate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, and Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies and Applications (OPTIMA). Professor Smith-Miles will discuss When Mathematics Becomes Art. Register here: 

A key event in AMSI’s flagship Research & Higher Education program calendar, AMSI Summer School 2022 is funded by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, with support from UTS, Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS), Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) and Optiver.

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Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, participating in the AMSI Summer School panel discussion
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