Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Knowledge Exchange Community Meeting - Industrial Maths in Action

Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 20, 2017


Following on from the successful 2015 KE Community Meeting, this meeting is designed for both academic mathematicians and industrial scientists and will focus on how to do industrial maths with a particular emphasis on how to develop contacts between academia and industry and how to ensure that mathematical results are carried through to implementation.

At the previous meeting, the use of mini-study group type activities at various universities as a proven mechanism to enhance industrial collaborations was highlighted. Not all participants at the 2015 meeting, were familiar with this activity so it was agreed the next community meeting would include an example of how this works.  This has been scheduled for Day 2 of the meeting.

Additionally, the meeting will include an update on the Review of knowledge exchange in the mathematical sciences, chaired by Council for Science and Technology member, Professor Philip Bond, has been launched with support from EPSRC and Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) that is currently underway. For more information on the review see the website.


We were delighted to have the support of  MI-NET,  European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry, ECMI , Knowledge Transfer Network and Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation , and Institute of Mathematics and its applications for this meeting.  (MI-NET is funded by COST through the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020)


Meeting Outputs

A summary report (with actions) has been prepared.  It can be downloaded here

A summary report for the June 2017, Royal Society Meeting, Mathematics in the Modern Economy can be downloaded here

ICMS Scientific Director, Paul Glendinning wrote a blog about the meeting and ICMS input to the UK KE review, it can be viewed here


Presentations from  the meeting are available.  These are organised by presenter surname

Day 1:   Wilson_Jordan   Leese    Pratzel-Wolters   Burke

Day 2:   Hjorth


This meeting will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.

ACCOMMODATION:  ICMS has secured funding to cover accommodation costs for a number of delegates.  Early registration is recommended to receive a space with funded accommodation

TRAVEL: It is anticipated that all delegates will cover their own travel costs.  




Plans for this event are being finalised.  A provisional programme is shown below.  This is subject to alteration.


KE Review, Industry/Maths Interaction Session and Discussion


Registration & arrival coffee/tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


KE in Mathematical Sciences Review: Updates on Review Aims & Progress


  • Overview of Data / Evidence 
  • Facilitated Session on Call for Evidence Topics

Feedback / Plenary Discussion





Managing the Industry-Academia Interface (Bridging the Gap)

Updates from KE meeting 2015, RS meeting 2017  (Dawn Wasley/David Abrahams)

(Chair, Robert Leese)

  • Introduction 
  • Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserlautern,  (Dieter Praetzel-Wolters)
  • Funding Landscape for Industrial Mathematics in Ireland (Sinead Burke)
  • From Chocolate to Chickens: How We Can Stimulate Mathematical Collaboration (Jo Jordan & Lorna Wilson)
  • Working with the industry on seeking Alpha and upside (Kamil Kulesza)
  • Mechanisms for creating new maths collaborations (Colin Please)




Managing the Industry-Academia Interface (Bridging the Gap)

DISCUSSION SESSION (Chair, John Ockendon)


Wine/Networking Reception followed by Dinner



Wednesday 20 September 2017 (day 2)

At the 2015 Meeting, Study Groups were highlighted as a good mechanism for knowledge exchange.  Many participants were unfamiliar with this activity, so this meeting will include an example of a mini-study group activity.   During the activity sessions, there will be scope for some parallel activity following up on Day 1 discussions and actions. 

Good Practise Example - Mini Study Group Activity (led by Geoff Evatt)


Problem, scene setting


Mini Study Group activity




Mini Study Group activity - ctd


Mini Study Group activity WRAP UP


General Wrap Up


Meeting Close



Name Institution
Abrahams, I David Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Bleak, Collin University of St Andrews
Bond, Philip Bristol
budd, Chris university of Bath
Burke, Sinéad
Butchers, Matt Knowledge Transfer Network
Champneys, Alan University of Bristol
Connor, Joseph Experto Crede
Corson, Stephen University of Strathclyde
Creagh, Stephen University of Nottingham
Evatt, Geoffrey University of Manchester
Fitch, Davey UoE
Flemming, Brian Selex ES Ltd
Foulon, Patrick CIRM Luminy
Glendinning, Paul
Hall, Julian University of Edinburgh
Hemmings, Philippa EPSRC
Hjorth, Poul Technical University of Denmark
Joerg, Kalcsics University of Edinburgh
Jordan, Joanna Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, University of Bath
King, Steve Rolls-Royce
Kosta, Dimitra University of Glasgow
Kulesza, Kamil University of Cambridge
Lacey, Andrew Heriot-Watt University
Lee, William University of Huddersfield
Leeks, Jane Isaac Newton Institute
Leese, Robert Smith Institute
Mcginty, Sean University of Glasgow
McKee, sean University of Strathclyde
Montibeller, Celine CIRM Luminy
Mottram, Nigel University of Strathclyde
Murtagh, Fionn University of Huddersfield
Myers, Tim Centre de Recerca Matematica
North, Stephanie University of Cambridge
Ockendon, Hilary OCIAM
Ockendon, John OCIAM
Pearson, John University of Edinburgh
Pembleton, Claire University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Innovations
Pinch, Richard GCHQ
Please, Colin University of Oxford
Prätzel-Wolters, Dieter Fraunhofer ITWM
Salisbury, Gavin EPSRC
Strachan, Ian Edinburgh Mathematical Society/University of Glasgow
Ward, Mike EPSRC
Wasley, Dawn ICMS
Wilson, Lorna
Wilson, Stephen University of Strathclyde