How would you best describe the natural wonders around you? Would you write a poem or paint a picture?

Maybe develop a mathematical equation?

Mathematicians and physicists often look to the natural world when developing theoretical and applied research.

Join us this month as our panel discuss how they use maths and physics to better understand nature and minimise the impact of large scale technologies on our environment.

Watch the recording

Recording of "Mother nature inspiring Science" lecture (YouTube, 55m:41s)

Meet the presenters

Associate Professor Diane Donovan
Associate Professor Diane Donovan

Associate Professor Diane Donovan has lectured Mathematics at the University of Queensland since 1992. Her extensive research experience is focussed on the application of pure mathematics to areas such as computer experimentation, cryptography and coding theory. She is particularly interested in communicating the beauty and power of pure sciences, such as Mathematics and Physics, to the wider community.


Professor Jerzy Filar
Professor Jerzy Filar

Professor Jerzy Filar is the Director of the Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics within the School of Mathematics and Physics. Jerzy is a broadly trained applied mathematician with research interests spanning a spectrum of both theoretical and applied topics in Operations Research, Stochastic Modelling, Optimisation, Game Theory and Environmental Modelling.


Ms Samantha Hood

Ms Samantha Hood is a PhD student in physics at UQ. In 2017 she was named as an “Australian Science Superhero” by Australia’s Chief Scientist for her work in quantum physics and her passion for science communication and advocating for women in STEMM.


Dr Artem Pulemotov
Dr Artem Pulemotov

Dr Artem Pulemotov holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kyiv University and a PhD degree from Cornell University. His research is in the field of geometric analysis. He was a Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago before joining the School of Mathematics and Physics at UQ in 2012.


About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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