Enter the MPE competition! Deadline: June 30, 2017

Apr. 27, 2017

We would like to kindly invite you to take part in the international Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) competition. The deadline to enter the competition is June 30, 2017.

We are looking for exhibition modules, which raise the awareness of the mathematics involved in the planet’s ecosystem or in the way civilization is organized. Modules submitted to this competition can be of one of the following formats: 

  • Program. An interactive software exhibit to be used either on the web or in a museum.
  • Hands-on. A module explaining how to realize a physical exhibit in a museum.
  • Film. A short video that can be shown in an exhibition.
  • Image gallery. A collection of images accompanied by a mathematical description.

The best modules will be awarded a prize (total prize money 10,000 US$) and will be featured in the already successful MPE exhibition. There will be a special prize for Africa-related exhibits. 

Find examples for exhibition modules, technical advise, and all details regarding the competition here: www. imaginary.org/mpe-competition

We count on you - the IMAGINARY community - and are curious about your ideas!

The winners of the first MPE competition were:

The Sphere of the Earth by Daniel Ramos
This interactive exhibit explores the science of cartography and the geometry of the sphere.

Dune Ash by Prof. Dr. D. Kröner and his team at University of Freiburg
This is an interactive simulation of a volcano eruption in Europe. 

The Future of Glaciers by Guillaume Jouvet, Chantal Landry, and Antonia Mey
In this exhibit, the background of glacier modelling is explained.


They were exhibited in numerous exhibitions, here is a selection of the biggest ones:

Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) is an initiative of mathematical science organizations from around the world designed to showcase the ways in which the mathematical sciences can be useful in tackling our world’s problems. It started with a competition in 2012. This second competition is organized and supported by IMAGINARYUNESCO, the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI).

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