The Smith Institute has more than fifteen years’ experience in supporting the annual UK ESGI in partnership with a host University, bringing mathematicians and industrialists together over an intensive week-long event to solve the real and critical issues that companies are facing.


Participation in ESGI is an opportunity for companies from all sectors to benefit from having mathematical analysis and fresh insights applied to their business problems. Following the presentation of a specific problem, mathematicians devise new ideas with a focus toward achieving a practical solution.

We took a long-standing problem that had us mystified to the Durham Study Group. During a thoroughly enjoyable week we solved it! I presented the results at a conference a couple of months later and we have already applied the learning to set the direction of stewardship of our projects in the field.

Paul Sweeney
Principal Scientist, Syngenta