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Doctor Andrew Burbanks

Studies of superfluidity in liquid Helium


I am a researcher in the Nonlinear & Complex Systems Group and Research Coordinator for the Department of Mathematics. MORE

A Julia Set; a geometric shape from Dynamical Systems Theory


My research is focussed on Dynamical Systems. In particular, on transport phenomena. MORE

A Space filling curve


My teaching is at present focussed on Financial Mathematics and Computational Mathematics. MORE

A simulation of a cluster of interacting particles

Public Engagement

Over several years, I have been involved in a variety of projects on public engagement with Science. MORE 

Brief Biography

Dr Andrew Burbanks is an Associate Head (with responsibility for Research and Innovation) and a Principal Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. His main research interests are in nonlinear dynamics.

Dr Burbanks completed his PhD at the University of Loughborough, after which he went on to work at Hewlett-Packard's research laboratories in Bristol before taking up Postdoctoral research positions in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) at the University of Cambridge and later in the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol where he gained a permanent post as Scientific Programmer.

Dr Burbanks also gave a course of lectures in Part III of the University of Cambridge Mathematics Tripos (Applied) on renormalisation in Dynamical Systems.

Dr Burbanks joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth in 2005, and is now a member of the Applied Mathematics Group in the School of Mathematics and Physics.

A Burbanks and K Moffatt at the Royal Society

Dr Burbanks has been involved in several successful projects on the interface between science and public understanding, including the Mathematics Posters on the London Underground project in 2000, with the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, and the Dynamics of Spin exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London in 2007 and at Techfest (Asia's largest Science and Technology festival) held in Mumbai in 2008. He is also co-founder and chair of the Portsmouth Cafe Scientifique.

(Pictured on the right with Professor Keith Moffatt, FRS, collaborator on several public engagement projects, at the David Crighton Medal award ceremony at the Royal Society, March 2010. Photo by T Broom.)


  • Associate Head (Research and Innovation) (2019-date)
  • Principal Lecturer in Mathematics
  • Research Coordinator, Department of Mathematics (2011-date)
  • Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Department of Mathematics (2011-2012)
  • Associate Member, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (2005-date)
  • Research Correspondent, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge (2006-date)
  • Induction Coordinator, Mathematics, University of Portsmouth (2009-2011)
  • Department Web Manager & Publicity Officer (2005-date)
  • Co-founder & Chair, Café Scientifique Portsmouth (2006-date)
  • Annual Festival of Maths & Art Team

Professional Memberships

Recent Career History

  • 2019-date
    Associate Head (Research and Innovation). School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Portsmouth, UK.
  • 2012-date
    Principal Lecturer. Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth, UK.
  • 2005-2012
    Senior Lecturer. Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth, UK.
  • 2001-2005
    Scientific Programmer (Permanent Post). School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 1998-2001
    Lectured Mathematical Tripos Part III (Applied). Postdoctoral Research Associate. Statistical Laboratory, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS), University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 1997-1998
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Basic Research Institute in the Mathematical Sciences (BRIMS), Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Europe, Bristol, UK.
  • 1995 (Sep-Oct)
    Visiting Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA.
  • 1993-1997
    PhD, Mathematics, Renormalisation for Siegel Discs, Loughborough, UK.
  • 1990-1993
    BSc, Mathematics and Computation, Loughborough, UK.

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