In this special issue of The Update we explore research in the mathematical sciences, in particular how it is supported at major institutes around the world and what our plans are here at home.The recent Decadal Plan for the Mathematical Sciences 2016-2020 identities the development of a national research centre as a high priority. AMSI has been working with its membership and other partners to realise this vision to further strengthen the discipline, and I write about our progress and immediate plans. This December, Maths Fest Australia, our joint initiative with the Australian Mathematical Society and ANU, will be the launch pad for research centre activities. You can read about Maths Fest activities in this issue of The Update.
We also bring you an in-depth interview with Australia’s new Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO. Alan tells us why mathematics is central to his vision for a STEM nation and gives us some insights into his agenda.
Professor Geoff Prince FAustMS