Study Groups

Study Groups bring mathematicians and industrialists together to work side by side to solve the real and important issues that companies are facing today.

The Smith Institute has vast experience at running study groups, and organised ESGI116, the 116th European Study Group with Industry, held at Durham University in April 2016.  The next UK ESGI will be held at the University of Warwick in September 2017.

The very first Mathematical Study Group with Industry was held in Oxford in 1968, the brainchild of Alan Tayler and Leslie Fox, both of whom realised the importance and value of getting mathematicians together with industrialists to identify and solve problems.

Alan Tayler

Leslie Fox




Companies from diverse industries have a possibility to benefit from the insights gained through mathematical analysis of their problems. Present your problem to the lead mathematicians to brainstorm new ideas and work towards practical solutions. Each company will benefit from the work carried out by the participants, the interaction with academics, and the written report on the problem.



Study groups provide a unique opportunity for academics to work with industry to come up with new ideas and potential solutions for real problems. Academic participants with backgrounds in all strands of applied mathematics are welcome and encouraged: we expect study groups to feature different problems that might be amenable to a wide range of different mathematical techniques.



By bringing together people from a wide range of backgrounds to focus on issues with real importance to industry, study groups have helped to facilitate excellent mathematical research and excellent improvements for industry. We will be posting some of our published study group reports here soon.

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