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Maths professor appointed to Commonwealth Science Council


15 October 2014

Professor Nalini Joshi from the University of Sydney's School of Mathematics and Statistics has been appointed to the Federal Government's newly-created Commonwealth Science Council.
Professor Nalini Joshi from the University of Sydney's School of Mathematics and Statistics has been appointed to the Federal Government's newly-created Commonwealth Science Council.

Professor Nalini Joshi from the University of Sydney's School of Mathematics and Statistics has been appointed to the Federal Government's newly-created Commonwealth Science Council.

She is one of five eminent scientists, researchers and educators on the council, announced yesterday to address the need for industry and science to work together to boost Australia's competitiveness. Chaired by the Prime Minister, the council will be the pre-eminent body for advice on science and technology in Australia.

Professor Joshi was the first female Professor at the school and a has long been passionate advocate of her chosen discipline.

"Mathematics makes a complex world more comprehensible and manageable," she said. "Maths is a universal language that unlocks innovation by abstracting a problem to reveal patterns that answer crucial questions.

"The key to Australia's future competitiveness lies in continually creating and adapting mathematical and scientific representations of the real world."

More Australians need to study mathematics at a higher level if this is to happen, she said.

"Progress in a modern world requires us to understand how to think logically analytically and quantitatively. This is what mathematics teaches us."

Professor Joshi held academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide before being appointed Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney in 2002. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and former president of the Australian Mathematical Society.

Earlier this month Professor Joshi was awarded the prestigious 2015 Hardy Fellowship by the London Mathematical Society. The fellowship is given to a distinguished overseas professor and takes them to the United Kingdom to deliver a series of lectures at numerous universities.


Contact: Nalini Joshi - 0402 008 859

Phone: Jocelyn Prasad - 0434 605 018