As detailed at the top of the IMA blog homepage - In this blog we will publish mathematical articles and news to reflect the interests of our members who come from a multiplicity of different organisations including university academics, industrial mathematicians, financiers, school teachers, scientists, civil servants etc.
I thought we could briefly discuss a recent event for this first blog...
Last night was the AGM for the East Midlands Branch of the IMA and the meeting was followed by a talk by Professor Peter Styring on Raising the Public Profile of Mathematics.
I think it is worth saying that although Branches are important in helping the Institute meet its charitable objectives, they also provide excellent networking opportunities, something which shouldn't be overlooked and which can be valuable for many people, such as Early Career Mathematicians. People from many fields of work get involved with the IMA and so excellent dialogue can be had at such meetings - there will always be someone there who has an interesting maths question that you've not heard!
Talks are usually put on without charge and are open to members and non-members. Speakers come as highly recommended and last night Peter was no exception. He gave insight into the many different mediums for 'getting your message out there', with 'new media', such as YouTube being prominent mechanisms.
Hopefully having read this you may consider getting involved with your local branch (if you don't already do so!), or even just look into attending an event.