Mathematics for the real world

Are you in year 11 and interested in mathematics?

We are inviting talented high school students onto the QUT Gardens Point Campus for this four-day non-residential mathematics summer school in January 2022.

Through a series of lectures and computer practicals taught by staff from QUT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, you’ll explore mathematics concepts and examples relevant to real-world applications.

Key dates

17-20 January 2022
Topics available on website
early August
Applications close
18 October
Acceptance notifications
29 October


$90 per student

Mathematics for the real world

Mathematics students currently in Year 11 studying Specialist Mathematics (or mathematics at an equivalent level) have an opportunity to attend this summer school at QUT’s Garden Point Campus during the summer holidays.

If you enjoy mathematics and want to know more about how it can be used to model the real world, this non-residential summer school could be just right for you.

Applications close
18 October 2021
Places offered by
29 October 2021
Registration fee
$90 payable upon acceptance into the program
Event dates
Monday 17 January to Thursday 20 January 2022

What will I do?

Summer School attendees will be taught by staff from QUT’s School of Mathematical Sciences. The planned program includes both lectures and computer practicals. The lectures will introduce new concepts and mathematical examples, as well as give you the broader picture of why they are interesting and important. The practicals will give you an opportunity to explore these new concepts as you develop your scientific programming skills. We will be using the programming language Python, within Google’s Colaboratory platform.

What is the program?

  • The program is hosted at the QUT Gardens Point Campus.
  • Monday 17 January to Wednesday 19 January 2022, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 20 January 2022, 9am to 3.30pm.
  • The afternoon of 20 January will consist of a showcase event. The showcase will include a public lecture by Professor Hugh Possingham, Queensland Chief Scientist, followed by afternoon tea and a closing ceremony. Parents will be invited onto the QUT Gardens Point Campus to join this showcase event.

What is included?

Morning teas, lunches, and afternoon teas will be provided each day of the summer school and are covered by the $90 registration fee.

What about COVID-19 restrictions?

This event is subject to current Queensland restrictions that may change at any time.  Our campus activities and practices continue to be guided by Queensland health advice.  In the event of a lockdown or other restrictions that may affect this program,  a shorter version of the summer school program will be conducted online. Participants would be given the option of a full refund if they chose instead to cancel their place in the program.

We are planning the following set of topics that will allow the attendees to develop computational mathematics skills while gaining insight into a range of modelling techniques and application areas. Topics may be subject to change.

Introduction to computational mathematics in Python

Dr Vivien Challis, Summer School Director and Lecturer in Applied and Computational Mathematics, QUT

The discrete logistic equation and chaos

Prof Tony Roberts, Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT

Introduction to theory and simulation of queuing

A/Prof Paul Corry, Associate Professor in Operations Research, QUT

Understanding climate change through probability and statistics

Dr Kate Saunders, Lecturer in Optimal Ecological Management, QUT

Mathematical modelling of wildlife populations

Prof Michael Bode, Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT

Dynamics of predator/prey systems

Dr Matthew Adams, Research Fellow and Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences, QUT

Agent-based models of cells

Dr Adrianne Jenner, Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences, QUT, and Dr Robyn Araujo, ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences, QUT

Applications have now closed.

Step 1: School approval

Request that your School Mathematics Teacher complete and sign the School Approval Proforma and provides you with a copy.

Download the School Approval Proforma (PDF file, 70.4 KB)

Step 2: Apply

Complete the online application form.

To apply, you must have:

  • an email address that we can use to contact you about your application
  • a copy of your most recent school report
  • the completed and signed School Approval Proforma.

When to apply

Applications closed on 18 October 2021.

What happens next?

If your application is successful, you will be notified by 29 October 2021.

To confirm your place in the program you will be required to pay a $90 registration fee within 5 business days. If you are experiencing financial hardship, a waiver of this registration fee may be granted.


Contact with any queries you have about the Mathematics Summer School, and we will get back to you within 3 business days.