Winners of the Maths of Planet Earth exhibition announced!

By on 21/10/2017

In 2013, Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) together with UNESCO and IMAGINARY started an interactive mathematics exhibition, which was created by the community via an international competition. From 2016 to 2017, a second competition was staged.

Mathematics of Planet EarthUNESCO, the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), and IMAGINARY are announcing the winners of the second international competition for exhibition modules for the Open Source Exhibition Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE). This project aims to showcase ways in which the mathematical sciences are useful for understanding our planet and addressing the challenges of sustainable development and global changes.

MPE winners

An international jury evaluated the 28 submissions from 16 countries and will award a total of US-$ 8 000 of prize money to the three winners:

1. “Simulating the melting of ice caps
Authors: Maëlle Nodet (University Grenoble 1), Jocelyne Erhel (Inria)
Country: France
Category: Software

2. “Powergrid Dynamics Simulation
Authors: Frank Hellmann and Paul Schultz (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
Country: Germany
Category: Software

3. “EUHFORIA: modeling the dangers of the sun
Author: Christine Verbeke (KU Leuven)
Country: Belgium
Category: Film

There is no winner of the special prize for an African module yet. The jury decided that the competition remains open until August 31, 2018.

Special Honourable Mentions

Additionally, some of the submitted modules were chosen by the jury for an honourable mention. They will be part of the official MPE exhibition as well. This special MPE award goes to:

Atractor for the module The mathematics of tides
Alessandro Cattaneo, Maria Cristina Cattoni, Filippo Francesco Favale and RiccardoMoschettifor the module Fly faster? Fly shorter!
CENTRESCIENCES for the module A new upgrade for the travelling hands’ on exhibition in 2017
Daniele Corallo, Johannes Ernesti, Kevin Ganster, Christian Rheinbay, and Christian Wieners for the module PyFWI – An interactive Software for the Simulation of Seismic Waves
José Daniel Galaz Mora for the module TsunamiLab
Louise Kerbiriou and Alison Allison for the module Dendritis
David Niyukuri for the module Origin of life and evolution: phylogenetic tree
Martin Treiber and Arne Kesting for the module Interactive Traffic Simulation

All submitted modules are part of the IMAGINARY platform and will be offered under the chosen license to be used in upcoming IMAGINARY exhibitions.

The competition is part of the international Mathematics of Planet Earth initiative (MPE), a project devised by an international community of mathematicians and scientists. The Open Source MPE Exhibition was originally initiated by the community through the first international competition in 2013 and has been constantly growing since. The exhibition consists of interactive and physical modules, films and images. The modules can be reproduced and adapted by science museums and schools around the world.

Read the press release: English Version / French Version

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