Visit the Mathematics of Planet Earth Exhibition 2017

The MPE CDT has a great pleasure invite you to ‘Mathematics of Planet Earth’ Exhibition which will take place in the main entrance of Imperial’s South Kensington Campus, between Saturday 21 October– Sunday  29 October 2017. Mathematics of Planet Earth is an international exhibition displaying exhibits, videos and computer programs. Collectively these illustrate how mathematics plays a role in answering essential questions that concern our planet. In graphics visualisations and hands-on experiments you will discover the contributions that mathematics makes to topics such as astronomy, fluid dynamics, seismology, glaciology and cartography. The MPE CDT will provide a number of activities and tours available for families and children of all ages.

Guided tours:

Guided tours run about 1 hour and are limited to 15 guests at a time. On every single day of the exhibition but Saturday 21th October (when exhibition commences at 12.00), guided tours are offered on the hour starting at 10 am, and the last tour departs at 5 pm. To book the tour, please email

Public lectures:

Within the MPE Exhibition programme, we are also delighted to present, a public lecture series, featuring an array of outstanding and fascinating talks.

Title: Mathematics, climate change, and air travel.

Abstract: This public lecture will give an accessible introduction to the exciting mathematics underpinning climate science. The atmosphere, ocean, ice, land, and living organisms are all important components of the climate system on Planet Earth. These components are described by mathematical equations that capture the relevant physical, chemical, and biological laws. The equations are so complicated, however, that only the world’s fastest supercomputers can solve them. The computed solutions show that the climate is changing – not just where we live at ground level, but also where we fly at 35,000 feet. Changes to the powerful air currents called jet streams could slow down aeroplane flights and add millions of dollars to airline fuel costs. Severe invisible turbulence could become up to three times as common, making flights less comfortable and hospitalising more passengers. Come along to discover the mathematical secrets of climate change, and find out how your flights could be affected in future.

Talk location:

  • Imperial College is located just behind (south of) the Albert Hall in South Kensington. The nearest tube stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road on the District/Circle Line and High Street Kensington on the Circle Line. South Kensington and Gloucester Road are also on the Piccadilly Line which goes directly to Heathrow Airport. Campus map and travel information may be found here:
  • The meeting will be held at South Kensington Campus, the ICSM Building,room 402 in the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Suiteon Level 4N. Please note that the entrance to the EPSRC CDT hub is via Sherfield building level 2 Lift lobby. There is no access to the space via the Central Library.

‘Mathematics of Planet Earth’ Exhibition is free to attend so please come along and enjoy what promises to be a great exhibition. For more information on the exhibition, please download this flyer . Please register for the event by following this link.

Exhibition booklet is available here 

You can interact with this event on Twitter using the hashtag #mathsonearth.