PULSE lecture series
Discover the real world use of mathematics and statistics with our PULSE lecture series for secondary school students and teachers.
PULSE lectures take place twice a year and give students an opportunity to visit the University and meet staff from the Mathematics and Statistics departments.
The 2019 series has already been held. The next series will be held in 2020. Please check back here for details as they become available.
PULSE lectures are free of charge. Information about our 2019 lectures is below.
University of Auckland
38 Princes Street
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Mathematics and Cryptology
Held Thursday, 1 August 2019 | 5pm - 6pm
Dr Arkadii Slinko spoke about how mathematics has long been used to protect information, and how this continues to be vital in modern society.
This lecture was recorded and can be viewed above.
Stats, Rats, and Habitats | How statistics is good for conservation
Held Wednesday, 8 May 2019 | 5 - 6pm
Dr Rachel Fewster's fascinating talk discussed how statisticians are helping create a Predator-Free New Zealand.
Using statistics and genetics, researchers work to track the rats, mice, and stoats that arrive unexpectedly on sanctuary islands.
Such methods can often pinpoint the exact place an unexpected animal came from, even when the possible sources are only the length of a football pitch apart.