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Celebrating David Broomhead’s contribution to interdisciplinary research

26 Oct 2010

Event on 15/16 November to mark mathematician's 60th birthday

The programme for Professor David Broomhead's 60th birthday celebration demonstrates the esteem in which his colleagues world-wide hold him. He has been a driving force behind many different research areas over the past decades - from optometry to engineering, and physics to biology.

David is currently Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis (CICADA), based within the School of Mathematics. At the time, this was the largest single award that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) had ever given to Mathematics anywhere in the UK.

David's impact in his academic life is evidenced by the number of speakers who are travelling from as far away as the USA and Sweden to talk at his birthday meeting. Two of the speakers are extremely well known in their own fields, and demonstrate just how highly David is regarded: Professor John McWhirter FRS (Cardiff) and Professor Doug Kell (Head of the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council).

Monday 15 – Tuesday 16 November 2010
Frank Adams Rooms, Alan Turing Building, The University of Manchester

Monday 15 November

  • 12:00 – 13:20 Lunch and registration on Atrium Bridge
  • 13:20 Welcome
  • 13:30 Tom Mullin (Manchester) Elastic instabilities lead to novel material properties
  • 14:15 George Rowlands (Warwick) Where do instabilities go?
  • 15:00 Tea & Coffee
  • 15:30 Richard Clement Data, neurons and what happens next
  • 16:15 Douglas Kell (Manchester, BBSRC) Mathematics and biology – an overview
  • 17:00 Drinks & Speeches
  • 18:30 Dinner for Speakers

Tuesday 16 November

  • 09:00 Steve McLaughlin (Edinburgh) Speech analysis and synthesis based on dynamic modes
  • 09:45 John McWhirter (Cardiff) Another view from the Malverns - the third dimension
  • 10:30 Tea & Coffee
  • 11:00 Marianne Johnson (Manchester) Time stealing: An adventure in Tropical land
  • 11:45 Celso Grebogi (Aberdeen) Fractal skeletons: The universality in death by starvation
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:45 David Rand (Warwick) A mathematician's view of circadian rhythms
  • 14:30 David Sumpter (Upsaala) Ants and slime mould solve the Towers of Hanoi
  • 15:15 Michael Kirby (Colorado State)
  • 16:00 Close, followed by Tea


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Supported by

  • The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA), The School of Mathematics and CICADA