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Response to new mathematical sciences review exploring contributions to the economy

Monday, 30 Apr 2018 (revised date: Monday, 30 Apr 2018)
Amy Patrick

The Era of Mathematics reportThe Era of Mathematics: An Independent Review of Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences, published on 27 April 2018, is the report of an independent review of knowledge exchange in mathematical sciences, led by Professor Philip Bond. Many operational research (OR) professionals, and The OR Society itself, contributed to the review, and OR Professors Paul Harper (Cardiff University) and Joerg Fliege (University of Southampton) were part of the expert review committee. The report notes the crucial importance of mathematical sciences (including OR) to the economy and to improving the public good, and makes a number of significant recommendations for increasing investment and improving resources and infrastructure to support mathematical research and its conversion into practical benefit.

The OR Society is a member of the Council for Mathematical Sciences, which has issued this statement of support for the review:

The mathematical sciences community welcomes this report which clearly demonstrates the importance of mathematics and its impact across an exceptionally wide range of disciplines, technologies and industries.

The review has recognised the need to develop a sustainable people pipeline of top-level mathematical sciences talent within academia, nurturing individuals keen to engage with government, industry and wider research challenges. The report highlights the current shortage of such individuals and makes a strong case for increased investment in the discipline.

It also recognises the need to establish infrastructure to facilitate effective and timely communication and interaction between mathematicians and potential users.

The mathematics community will consider the detailed recommendations of the report and welcomes the contribution the review makes in taking the policy debate forward.

See the full report and recommendations.


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