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Gresham Professor of Geometry, Chris Budd O.B.E., Ph.D., is based at the University of Bath, where he is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Director of the Centre of Nonlinear Mechanics. He has a long history of engagement in the public understanding of science and mathematics through institutions such as the Royal Institution and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
A graduate of the Universities of both Oxford and Cambridge, Professor Budd has held the position of Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath for over twenty years. His other current positions include Chair of Mathematics at the Royal Institution at Great Britain since 2000, and Professor of the Public Understanding of Mathematics at the ICMS, Edinburgh, since 2015.
Professor Budd’s broad research interests circle around interdisciplinary industrial and applied mathematics, and he has a particular interest in complex nonlinear problems arising in real applications. He has carried out a large volume of work in numerical weather prediction and data assimilation in close collaboration with the Met Office over the past ten years. His algorithms are now incorporated into the Met Office operational weather forecasting code where they have made a significant difference to their accuracy and received a Knowledge Transfer Award. He is also carrying out research on climate modelling using modern mathematical and computational methods and is actively involved in a number of international climate modelling networks, including CliMathNet which he co-directs and the Mathematics of Planet Earth programme. He also collaborates with the energy industry, the aerospace industry, the telecommunications industry and the food industry.
The advancement of the public understanding of and engagement in science and mathematics is a central element of Professor Budd’s career. He has been involved in developing successful programmes with young people through his positions at the Royal Institution and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. One of the most significant of these projects is the Bath Taps into Science Festival, a major hands-on science festival which has won many national prizes since its establishment in 2001. Professor Budd was awarded an O.B.E. in 2015 for services to science and mathematics education.
Dr. Carolin Crawford is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. She received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and spent the next two decades using X-ray, optical, and near-infrared observations to investigate both the environments of distant quasars and nearby central cluster galaxies. This research was carried out alongside — and later eclipsed by — a growing role in the public communication of science, and she now gives many talks every year communicating the excitement of astronomy to as wide an audience as possible; she also makes regular appearances on national radio. Her success has been recognized by a Woman of Outstanding Achievement award from the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology for “communication of SET with a contribution to society” in 2009, and her appointment as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College 2011 – 2015. Carolin is also a College Lecturer, Fellow, and Tutor at Emmanuel College where she teaches mathematics.
Richard Harvey is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of East Anglia, UK where he studies problems in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. He is probably best known for a system that automatically classifies images as pornographic or not (a system that is still in production today over ten years since it was developed) and for building computer systems that can lip-read humans. More generally he has worked on a wide range of problems particularly those relating to defence and security. His most recent project is to educate the next generation of students in agri-robotics. Unusual for an academic, he started his career in industry and he has maintained his interest in commercialization via several spin-offs and by chairing the investment committee of one of the world’s first low-carbon venture funds.
In his other life he is Academic Director of Admissions at the University of East Anglia in which role he has visited all but one of the world’s continents.
He is also one of the ten Gresham Professors at Gresham College London. Gresham Professors have been delivering free public lectures in the City of London since 1597 so represent the oldest public education body in the world. The college delivers around 150 Lectures per year and has an online archive of over 2000 hours of material.
Outside of academia he volunteers as the Ranger in the Broads National Park which is Britain’s largest protected wetland.
Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Editor-in-Chief of the planetary science journal Icarus, and Principal Investigator of the NASA Astrobiology Institute project “Habitability of Hydrocarbon Worlds: Titan and Beyond”. She obtained a B.Sc. in astronomy and Ph.D. in planetary science from University College London, UK. Her research expertise is on planetary geology and volcanology and she has studied Mars, Io, and Titan. She was a member of the science teams of the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union. She has received several awards including the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society, the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union, and two NASA Exceptional Public Service Medals.