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James Groves, AC for Blackpool, Lancashire and Cumbria

For the seventh year in a row, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University is organising ‘Florence Nightingale Day’ on 10 January 2019, aimed at girls in Years 11, 12 and 13.

The AMSP is actively supporting them in this brilliant event, designed so girls and their teachers can listen to female mathematicians to see how women are playing a significant role in current research. They can also browse stalls, enjoy lunch and take part in a fiendishly tricky quiz, helped by some of Lancaster’s current doctoral students.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Stephanie Yardley of St Andrews University, who studies magnetic activity on the sun’s surface;
  • Dr Isobel Falconer, also from St Andrews, who’ll be showcasing the lives of several female mathematicians from history;
  • Lancaster graduate Dr Rhian Davies, who now uses machine learning and data science to improve safety on the railways.

The event is named in honour of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), who as well as being a nurse is renowned as a pioneering statistician.

The FMSP had supported the event, financially and organisationally, since its inaugural event in 2013, so we’re pleased that the new AMSP will be supporting the 2019 event. Feedback from participating schools has always been excellent – comments from pupils attending the 2018 day included “challenging but satisfying”, “it was good to see practical uses for maths” and “it gave me a future career idea”.

If you’re interested in attending our event, please contact Dr James Groves from the AMSP ([email protected]), or Dr Nadia Mazza from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster ([email protected]).

You can find out more about the event in our events listing.

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