IMA Festival of Mathematics and its Applications, 3-4 July 2014

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the IMA

A major activity to celebrate the IMA’s 50th anniversary will be the Festival of Mathematics and its Applications, to be hosted in the Alan Turing Building, School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester. The event aims to bring together all elements of our broad community: academic mathematicians; mathematicians working in the corporate, industrial and business sectors; undergraduate and postgraduate students; teachers and lecturers; members of the general public with an interest in mathematics; school and college students and their families.

The IMA@50 Festival will look forward to the next fifty years with an emphasis on youth. It will be the first hands-on festival devoted to mathematics in the UK, to be held over two days on 3-4 July 2014. The venue has been chosen both for its excellent facilities and to celebrate the close links between the IMA and the University of Manchester.

The Festival will comprise interactive exhibitions (from schools, industry, universities and learned societies), popular and academic talks, maths busking, debates, competitions and discussions, all with a theme of the fun, excitement and amazing impact of mathematics on our world both now and in the future. The Festival will be free to attend, with something for everyone, from schools and families to celebrities and from academic mathematicians to industrialists.

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The festival will consist of three strands...

1. Seminars on the Challenges for Mathematics

Mathematics Education and Policy

What has Mathematics done for us?

Mathematics in Industry

Mathematics in a Changing World

The seminars are intended to provide a stimulating discussion of major topics in mathematics (education, industry and research) and are open to all. All talks take place in the Frank Adams Rooms on the first floor of the Alan Turing Building.

A full programme of talks is available to download here: IMA Programme of Seminar Talks

2. Public Lecture

"You take a risk whenever things may turn out well, or not so well, and you don't know which it will be.  So you take risks all the time, but this does not mean you have to be reckless.  I will talk about how you can use the probability ideas to take daily risks apart, and how this might help decide whether you should go for it or not.  Examples will include sex, drugs, sausage rolls, and Total Wipeout."

On the evening of 3rd July 2014 there will be a major public lecture entitled 'Sex, Drugs and Sausage Rolls' to be delivered by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE, FRS, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk. This will take place at 5.30 - 6.30pm in the Samuel Alexander Building and will be followed (6.30 - 7.30pm) by a reception generously supported by Winton Capital Management.

This popular lecture is accessible to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike and is open to the general public.

3. Festival of Mathematics and its Applications

Downstairs in the Alan Turing Building foyer there will be events for the general public, especially school students, from 10am to 4pm on both 3rd and 4th July. There will be a series of popular talks given by well-known communicators, as well as popular exhibitions that will include hands-on maths-focused displays. For a full programme of talks, please download the event flyer here: IMA Festival Flyer

There is no charge for attending the downstairs activities and registration is not required. However, teachers with parties of school students must contact Steven Broom in advance.

For information on how to get to the Alan Turing building, please see our website.


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