Google Hangout: Can Maths Save The Planet?


Thursday, 11 July, 2013 - 16:00


Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington


Faculty of Science

Type of event: 

Special Event

Our environment is under serious threat from introduced species, climate change, and anthropogenic change. But maths can help!

In this forum, hosted by Mark Horstman from ABC’s Catalyst, we will see how three researchers have used number-crunching skills in conservation planning and biosecurity.

As technology increases the capabilities of number-crunchers, maybe they can even save the planet?

Join this exciting interactive panel discussion, open to questions from the audience, from online, and from Twitter via the hashtag #MathsSaveUs

Online participants:

The livestream will be available from 5pm on the UNSW Google+ page, and available afterwards at

You can catch the updates on the official Facebook event

UNSW live audience participants:

Wine and cheese soiree from 4pm. Live Q&A Panel Discussion begins at 5pm.

Mark Horstman (host) has been a Catalyst presenter on the ABC since 2005, regularly reporting on environmental issues and technological breakthroughs. He studied zoology and marine biology for a science degree at James Cook Uni.
Prof Richard Kingsford (The University of New South Wales) is a Eureka medallist and strong advo-cate for environmental flows in the Murray-Darling basin. This involves a lot of modelling!
Prof Kerrie Mengersen (Queensland University of Technology) is a star statistician and President of the Statistical Society of Australia (Inc). She works extensively with government environmental protection departments and ecologists.
Dr Andrew Robinson (The University of Melbourne) is Deputy Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis when he is not modelling forests. Dr Robinson has used maths to im-prove quarantine protocols for detecting biosecurity threats.

Places are limited, so please register to sit in the live audience using the form below: