Posted October 12, 2019 07:04:11An Australian mathematician has been awarded the $1 million in the $5.5 million federal grant program that was established by the Abbott Government to help universities and research institutes build up their science and mathematics departments.
Key points:The award was made to Prof Andrew Troughton, from the University of AdelaideThe $5 million grant is to help support the creation of new centres for mathematics and physicsThe research centre will be at the University and will focus on the development of new methods and tools to study physics and mathematicsThe centre will focus in part on new mathematical tools that can help physicists and mathematicians better understand the nature of fundamental particles and forces in the universe and to understand their interactions with other matter and other particles.
“We believe that this will help develop new ways of understanding the fundamental forces that shape the cosmos and will give us a better understanding of the properties of matter, space and time,” Prof Troughson said.
The award comes after the Government introduced the Mathematical Excellence Framework for universities and institutes in 2019.
“The Mathematical Innovation Framework is designed to give institutions the ability to work together to bring in new ideas and ideas that will drive innovation and new discoveries,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
“The Framework is the culmination of decades of work by the Australian Government, and the Australian Mathematical and Physical Society (AMPS), and is funded by the Federal Government.”
The Australian Institute of Physics and Astronomy (AIPA) is the organisation that made the decision to award the grant.
The AMPS will receive a $500,000 grant, with the remainder being shared between the Australian Institute for Advanced Research and the National Science Foundation.
The AMps Research Collaborative Centre for Physics, Mathematics and Mathematics Research will be the hub of the centre.
It will provide an interdisciplinary centre for researchers from all the different disciplines to work on a variety of new ideas.
“It’s a big deal, because it means that we’re getting together with all these different disciplines, and that gives us a much more robust and diverse research network than if we were just doing one research centre,” Prof Tony Burt, the director of the AMPS Research Collaboration Centre, said.
“This is a big step in the right direction.”
The centre’s chief executive, Dr Simon Rees, said the centre was being built with the goal of developing new tools for physicists and mathematics.
“By making sure that there’s an understanding of physics and chemistry, and understanding of materials, it can allow the creation and development of these new tools to be used in other areas of the science, including the development and testing of new drugs,” he said.