MINZ 2024

University of Canterbury
1 - 5 July 2024

Mathematics-in-Industry NZ

Mathematics-in-Industry NZ (MINZ) events offer a collaborative approach to industry problem solving, where mathematical scientists tackle real life problems shared by companies.

This week-long intensive period of collaborative brain-storming is a great way of solving problems arising in industry and the environment.

Come join us at University of Canterbury Campus to solve interesting and vital industry challenges to help New Zealand businesses innovate and grow.

During the week long MINZ study group you will get to meet and work with fellow mathematicians from NZ and around the world to demonstrate your skills directly to industry representatives.

MINZ events deliver:

  • Methods to solve complex industrial problems
  • Links with mathematical scientists from top universities and national laboratories across the country
  • Access to advanced computing solutions and environments
  • Highly cost effective access to scientific advice
  • Fresh input of new ideas.

Events details:

What: Maths-In-Industry New Zealand 2024
Where: University of Canterbury
When: 1 - 5 July 2024
Contact: minz@canterbury.ac.nz
Registration: events.humanitix.com/maths-in-industry-new-zealand-2024
Programme: MINZ Draft Programme 2024

Guest Speakers

Dr Rodelyn Jaksons

Dr Rodelyn Jaksons

Dr Rodelyn Jaksons gained her PhD in Bayesian spatio-temporal statistics from the University of Canterbury at the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

After completing her PhD, she worked in science research with a strong focus on biosecurity in the horticultural sciences. She then worked as a Data Scientist at NZ Police within the Evidenced Based Policing Centre, eventually becoming the senior manager for the function.

Currently she is the Head of Data and Insights at Whānau Āwhina Plunket, the largest Well Child Tamariki Ora provider in New Zealand. Whānau Āwhina Plunket is a charitable organisation that provides healthcare services for children under five.

Her academic background gives her a different perspective on enterprise data challenges, bringing forward solutions that were often thought as purely academic into the operational sphere. She credits her statistics background as instrumental in transitioning between industries.

Prof Shaun Hendy

Prof Shaun Hendy

Professor Shaun Hendy MNZM FRSNZ is Chief Scientist and a Co-founder of Toha, a New Zealand company that builds and operates digital marketplaces for environmental action.

He has previously worked as an academic at both Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington (2002-13) and Waipapa Taumata Rau - the University of Auckland (2013-22), as well as as a scientist at Callaghan Innovation (1998-2013), where he has been on the Board since 2018.

He has won many awards, including the Callaghan Medal for Science Communication, the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize, and the E. O. Tuck medal for applied mathematics. He also led the team that won the 2021 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for their COVID-19 modelling and communication.

Shaun is the co-author of Get Off the Grass with the late Sir Paul Callaghan, and author of Silencing Science and #NoFly.