Mathematical Sciences for Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) initiatives

19 - 21 October 2020

This strategic workshop seeks to achieve two primary goals: (1) to provide a much-needed venue for interaction among both established and early career researchers from the Mathematical Sciences community to identify new global challenges arising in LMIC countries, propose novel mathematical and statistical solutions to these challenges, thereby  setting the foundation for establishing long-term and fruitful collaborative groups who will be able to compete for larger open GCRF call; (2) to provide a forum to develop  synergies among currently funded (2019/2020 start dates) EPSRC-GCRF grants focused on the disciplinary theme of  “Tackling global development challenges through mathematical sciences” or  “Building capacity to tackle global development challenges through mathematical sciences research.”
Building cross-connections throughout the workshop, through the exchange of statistical and mathematical ideas, techniques and tools previously limited in a single area-- the end-goal will be to consolidate these into a novel synthesis of methodologies leading to new breakthroughs in solving scientific problems from a multi-pronged and multi-disciplinary mathematical and statistical perspective. Along with the consolidation based on application areas, participants at the workshop will also explore possibilities of consolidation based on:

  1. Geographical focus (e.g. Africa, India, SE Asia)
  2. Mathematical and Statistical Methodology proposed to solve LMIC problems.

Surajit Ray, University of Glasgow (Principal Organiser)
Ian Dryden, University of Nottingham
Julian Faraway,  University of Bath
Emanuele Giorgi, Lancaster University
Paul Harper, Cardiff University
Anotida Madzvamuse, University of Sussex
Joaquin Prada, University of Surrey
Maria Scaparra, University of Kent
Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, University of Cambridge
Balazs Szendroi, University of Oxford
Caroline Trotter, University of Cambridge
Richard Wilkinson, University of Sheffield
Konstantinos Zografos,  Lancaster University


The workshop will take place via Zoom. If you would like to participate please complete this form. Zoom joining details will be sent on Friday 16 October.

The full programme can be downloaded here

  Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
14.00 - 15.30 (Open)
Monday 19 October Welcome and setting the goals

Update from research grants (10 minutes each)

12.30 Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths UCL



Break out sessions based on use cases themes

  Mark Pelling, Kings College London
GCRF Challenge Leaders - Resilience
Tuesday 20 October

Update from training grants

Ellie Gilvin, EPSRC Head of International Development

Marc Henrion, University of Liverpool
Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme.
Alan Blackwell, University of Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initative


Break out sessions

Social event: featuring cheese tasting at 18.30

Wednesday 21 October Elisa Morgera, University of Strathclyde Director OneOCean Hub
John McCloskey, University of Edinburgh
GCRF Multi-hazard Urban Disaster Risk Transititions Hub
Fredolin Tangang, National University of Malaysia

How to proceed? What to target?

Future plans

Summary presentations