New Zealand Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (NZIMA)

Kia ora!   Welcome to the homepage of the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (NZIMA)

The NZIMA was established in 2002 as one of New Zealand's first five Centres of Research Excellence, through a partnership between the University of Auckland (its host) and the NZ Mathematics Research Institute (Inc.), with the aim of promoting mathematical research in New Zealand.

  Important announcement: The NZIMA has been dis-established, as of March 2012 (See below)  

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  • A decision has been taken to disestablish the NZIMA, as of March 2012. For further details, click here. Please note that the NZMRI still exists, and the annual summer meetings run by the NZMRI are planned to continue.

  • Some new video interviews and presentations have been added to our MathsReach website. If you haven't seen these, do take a look. They're well worth seeing. Just click on "videos" on the horizontal menu bar.

  • The eleventh issue of our colourful twice-yearly bulletin NZ-IMAges was distributed in October 2011. If you would like to subscribe to receive it, please let us know. Electronic copies of this issue and earlier issues are available here.

  • Awards and honours:
    • John Butcher (one of our founding PIs) was awarded the inaugural Jones Medal by the Royal Society of NZ in November 2010, and awarded the Van Wijngaarden Prize by the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (Amsterdam) in February 2011
    • Ross Ihaka (University of Auckland) and Robert Gentleman (Genentech, formerly also at the University of Auckland), whose work in creating the "R" system for statistical computing was featured on the front page of Issue 3 of our NZ-IMAges bulletin, have won the inaugural Statistical Computing and Graphics Award from the American Statistical Association
    • Rod Downey (one of our founding PIs and our first Maclaurin Fellow) has won the Hector Medal of the Royal Society for NZ for 2011
    • David Ryan (one of our founding PIs) has won the Pickering Medal of the Royal Society for NZ for 2011
    • Alastair Scott (a founding PI of the NZIMA) has won the Campbell Award for 2011 from the NZ Statistical Association
    • Mike O'Sullivan (one of our founding PIs, and director of our thematic programme on "Energy, Wind and Water") has won the Henry J. Ramey (Jr.) Geothermal Reservoir Engineering award from the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)
    • Matthias Ehrgott (co-director of our programme on Mathematical Models for Optimizing Transportation Services) has won the Edgeworth-Pareto Award from the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making
    • NZIMA Co-Director Vaughan Jones has been appointed to a Distinguished Professorship at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, from August 2011
    • NZIMA Co-Director Marston Conder has been appointed to a Distinguished Professorship at the University of Auckland, from the end of 2011
    • NZIMA Co-Director Marston Conder has been selected by the American and New Zealand Mathematical Societies as the first "Maclaurin Lecturer", and will make a lecture tour of universities in the USA in 2012/13
    • Adam Day, a former student of Rod Downey at Victoria University of Wellington who was engaged in our Algorithms programme, has won the Hatherton Award (for the best published paper in earth, physical, mathematical or information sciences by a university PhD student in NZ) for 2011 from the Royal Society of NZ
    • PIs Marston Conder and Matt Visser have each won a two-year James Cook Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of NZ (for 2012 to 2014)
    • Mike Hendy (one of our founding PIs) has been awarded a 6-month Alfried Krupp Senior Fellowship at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, in Griefswald, Germany, for the northern summer of 2012
    • NZIMA Board chair Len Cook has been made a Life Member of the NZ Statistical Association
    • Bill Barton (Director of our programme in Mathematics Education) has been elected as President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), from 2010 to 2012.

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