Having spent a good deal of their time over the past twenty years in organising and presenting mathematics, science, engineering and computer science workshops for both primary and secondary students, Alan Davies and Diane Crann believe passionately that mathematics and science, if delivered in an appropriate manner, can be accessible to all ages.

Alan Davies is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire. He was the Head of the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics until he retired in 2006. He was also responsible for the department’s outreach work being heavily involved with working with bright young mathematicians in primary and secondary schools. Alan has a general interest in all areas of mathematics but his specific area is mathematics applied to engineering and the physical sciences. He regularly gives public lectures, aimed at a general audience ages 8 to 108, on applied mathematics and physics.

Alan graduated from the University of Southampton in mathematics before gaining a master's degree in structural engineering and a doctorate in numerical computation from Imperial College London. His research interest is in the area of Numerical Computation.

Alan is currently a London Mathematical Society Holgate Lecturer.

Dr Diane Crann has, until recently, held the position of Clothworkers’ Fellow in Mathematics at The Royal Institution with overall responsibility for the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science UK Masterclass Programme for able young people. She was awarded the Rooke Medal for public engagement from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Diane obtained her first degree from The Open University and a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Hertfordshire.

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