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Mathematics: The Role of the Mathematician & Mathematical Modelling In Understanding & Tackling Food Shortages – How Can We Maintain Crop Yields In The Face Of Climate Change? With Professor Leah Band From University of Nottingham

26th April 2023 @ 16:15 - 17:00

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In this Mathematics session, Professor Leah Band, a leading academic from University of Nottingham, will run an interactive talk for students on The Role of the Mathematician and Mathematical Modelling in Understanding and Tackling Food Shortages, asking ‘How can we maintain crop yields in the face of climate change?’

Mathematical modelling enables us to make predictions about the world around us. It involves using equations to describe some physical processes and then analysing or simulating these equations to investigate their behaviour. Such models are contributing to many different areas, from investigating climate change to understanding the spread of Covid. In many cases, mathematical models can predict the outcomes of different strategies, which can guide policy making.

A major challenge for the coming decades is food production – how will we grow enough food to feed the growing world population? And how will we produce food in a sustainable manner whilst our crops are being affected by climate change?

This talk will be given by Leah Band, a Professor of Mathematical Biology – an area of mathematics which involves creating models to understand biological processes. In this talk, she will describe how mathematical modelling is helping to guide sustainable food production in the face of climate change. She will particularly focus on two examples. Firstly, how mathematical modelling is helping us understand how crop growth is affected by water availability and drought. And secondly, how mathematical modelling can identify crop varieties that require less fertiliser and water. She will describe how these mathematical models are contributing to guiding experimental research and crop breeding.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Leah Band


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Mathematics and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Mathematics at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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26th April 2023
16:15 - 17:00
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