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Maths in Action includes talks on a diverse range of topics from statistics and engineering to data science and pure mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and you will have a whole lot of fun along the way.

Maths in Action – Programme

Tuesday 24th November 2020, Online

10.45 Welcome: Bobby Seagull, Chair

10.50 – 11.30 How to build a 1000mph car

Rob Bennett, Bloodhound Education

The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

11.30 – 11.35 Break

11.35 – 12.15 Mathematical Stories

Katie Steckles, Maths communicator

It’s easy to forget that the mathematical ideas and techniques we study were developed by real people. Katie Steckles tells some stories about mathematicians, and how they’re connected through mathematics.

12.15 – 12.20 Break

12.20 – 13.00 Puzzles and Conundrums

Ed Southall, University of Huddersfield

Ed will run a new session jam-packed with puzzles, demonstrations and mathematical conundrums. You will need a pen and paper for Ed’s presentation.

13.00 – 13.40 Lunch Break

13.40 – 14.00 EXAMINATION SESSION: Primrose Kitten

14.00 – 14.05 Break

14.05 – 14.45 Fighting disease with mathematics

Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham

Sara will describe the way mathematics can be used to understand antibiotic resistance, track the dynamics of bacterial infections and even develop new drugs to tackle disease.

14.45 – 14.55 Break

14.55 – 15.40 Financial Wizards

Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and doctoral candidate

Bobby will share his personal experience of the financial crisis of 2008 from the trading floors of Lehman Brothers and explore financial derivatives and some of the weapons of math destruction that caused the most chaotic recession in a lifetime.

14.40 Concluding remarks: Bobby Seagull, Chair