I believe strongly in the power of knowledge exchange centred around mathematics.
Mathematics is both the enabler of advances in other disciplines and industry,
it has also much to learn from the the challenges that working in these areas
brings. For an account of my views on this see my 24
on 'Mathematics and the making of the modern world.
- I am a founder member of the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the
Mathematical Sciences V-KEMS
together with the INI, the ICMS, the KTN and a number of other
See the press release and
about the work of V-KEMS.
provides a variety of support mechanisms for on-line knowledge exchange. Much of
this is targeted to address the problems brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. V-KEMS
works closely with the Royal Society RAMP programme, as well as SPI-M, DfE and UUK.
- I am a leading supporter of (Virtual) Study Groups (VSGs) as a hugely effective way of solving problems
using (focused teams of) mathematicians, of motivating mathematicians to work on real life problems, and of learning new mathematics from
applications. Here is an image of a VSG in action
- I am part of the management team for the Bath
MSc in Modern Applications of mathematics.
Nearly all of the students on this course do a 3 month project with industry. I coordinate
these projects which are an excellent way for academics to engage with industry.
- I run the
AIMS series of seminars in applied and interdisciplinary mathematics.
- I contributed to, and strongly support the Bond Review on the
The Era of Mathematics
and serve on a number of working groups which are implementing its recomendations.
- I am on the International Advisory Committee of the EPSRC/LWEC
CliMathNet network ,
mathematicians, climate scientists and policy makers interested in the science and the impact
of climate change.