Our Program


AMSI Research and Higher Education delivers and funds national online and face-to-face mathematical sciences research training.

We support undergraduate students through to early-career researchers and professionals by:

Supplementing university curriculums

The ACE Network and annual AMSI Summer School provide Honours, Masters and PhD students access to mathematical science courses in key topics which may not be available at their home university with the option for the classes to be taken for credit towards their degree.

Providing discipline-specific careers advice

Multiple career events ranging in formats from interactive panel sessions, specialised presentations and career fairs are delivered annually at AMSI BioInfoSummer, AMSIConnect and AMSI Summer School to promote career awareness, educational and job pathways, and to increase employability.

Building strong science communication skills

Through the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program, undergraduate students are mentored through a 6-week research project, a presentation of their findings (often their first in a mathematical conference setting) and the writing of a formal research report.

New and established mathematical scientists have the opportunity to present posters, conference presentations and research talks at BioInfoSummer, Optimise, Summer School and AMSI Scientific Workshops.

Creating networking opportunities

The AMSI Research and Higher Education calendar of activities brings the Australian mathematical sciences community together multiple times throughout the year. Students, researchers and industry professionals have the opportunity to meet and build their national and international networks with each other and the invited speakers.

AMSI Travel Grants ensure these networking opportunities are accessible to students across Australia by providing funding to assist with the travel and accommodation expenses of attending interstate Research and Higher Education events.

Facilitating new collaborations

AMSI Optimise fosters research collaborations between academia and industry by connecting business with Australia’s future workforce.

Similarly, BioInfoSummer and the AMSI Scientific Workshops create connections within the academic community and between the academic community and industry for future partnerships.


AMSI’s Higher Education and Research programs are governed by the Research and Higher Education (RHED) Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

The Research and Higher Education Committee meets up to four times a year, once in person. The Committee is chaired by the Deputy Director; members serve two-year terms and are elected by AMSI Members. The Chair of the SAC, Full Member and Associate Member Representatives on the AMSI Board, the AMSI Director and the RHED Manager are ex officio members. The RHED Committee provides strategic advice to management and the Board, and monitors mathematical sciences research activity in Australia.

The Scientific Advisory Committee approves funding requests and monitors the quality of AMSI Scientific Workshops. The committee primarily works twice a year over the internet, and is consulted from time to time on other related matters. Membership comprises continuing international members and rotating Australian members. The AMSI Director and the RHED Manager are ex officio members.

Both committees report directly to the AMSI Board.

See below for a list of committee members.

Research and Higher Education Committee

Stephan Tillmann
AMSI Deputy Director (Committee Chair)

Nicola Armstrong
BioInfoSummer representative

Phil Broadbridge
Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

Angela Coughlin
Acting AMSI Program Manager, Research & Higher Education, ex officio

Andreas Ernst
Optimise representative

Phillip Isaac
Winter School representative

Guoyin Li
Summer School representative

Judy-Anne Osborn
ACE Director

Tim Marchant
AMSI Director, ex officio

Aidan Sims
Large Associate Member representative

Scott Sisson
Full Member representative

Natalie Thamwattana
AustMS representative

Industry Advisory Committee Representative

Science Advisory Committee

Phil Broadbridge
La Trobe University (Committee Chair)

Andrew Barbour
University of Zurich

Angela Coughlin
Acting AMSI Research & Higher Education Program Manager, ex officio

Darren Crowdy
Imperial College London

Ezra Getzler
Northwestern University

Elizabeth Mansfield
University of Kent

Mary Myerscough
The University of Sydney

Asha Rao
AMSI Interim Director, ex officio

Terry Tao
UCLA; Clay Mathematics Institute

Lesley Ward
University of South Australia

Ole Warnaar
The University of Queensland