Gresham Professor of Geometry, Chris Budd OBE, is based at the University of Bath, where he is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Centre of Nonlinear Mechanics. He has a long history of engagement in the public understanding of science and mathematics through institutions such as the Royal Institution and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Saving the whales and curing cancer are two of the great challenges of the present day, and mathematics has a part to play in addressing them. This talk will use these two examples to illustrate the process of mathematical modelling to gain insights into how the world works and how we can change it.
A Brave New World? – Malvern Festival of Ideas 2020
Malvern Festival of Ideas is a multidisciplinary and inclusive weekend of events on what matters. The theme for the 2020 Weekend is A Brave new World? In a rapidly changing world, can we look to the future positively and with hope? In what ways can emerging ideas in areas relating to social policy, economics, medicine, science, politics, psychology, arts, foreign policy and faith lead to a better world? Themed sessions explore the topic from some of these perspectives and the accompanying discussions and activities will allow participants to follow up their own interests within the overall theme.
The Family Day Programme is an essential part of the Weekend. This year, it includes interactive story-telling and activity sessions a themed mathematics session on the environment.
There is no charge for entry to most events at Malvern Festival of Ideas, though there are considerable expenses. As in previous years, we will ask at each event for your donations towards those costs. It is also possible to donate online via the website.
Refreshments will be available at many of the venues. Buffet lunches must be booked in advanceplease see the event descriptions.
Malvern Festival of Ideas is part of a community charity EngageMalvern.