The Agri-food industry and supply chain contributes around £100bn to the UK economy. This three-day workshop brings mathematicians and industrialists together to work side by side to address some of the important issues that agri-food companies are facing today.

Event Details


16-18 January 2017


University of Bath

In collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network, the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) is pleased to host the Agri-Food Mathematical Science Study Group with Industry
at the University of Bath, from 16-18 January 2017.


First morning

Representatives from industry present problems to academics.

Next two days

The mathematicians work with the industrialists to brainstorm ideas.

Final afternoon

The mathematicians give presentations on the progress made.

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Problem information
  • Photo credit: Thorkild Christensen
  • Photo credit: Thorkild Christensen
  • Photo credit: Thorkild Christensen
  • Photo credit: Thorkild Christensen
  • Photo credit: Thorkild Christensen


Companies from the agriculture and food sectors 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.

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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 mathematics are welcome and encouraged: The Agri-Food Study Group will feature different problems that will be amenable to a wide range of different mathematical techniques.

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Sun Mon Tue Wed
09:00 Registration Group Work Group Work
10:00 Intro and Problems Group Work Group Work
11:00 Tea and coffee
11:30 Group Work Group Work Group Work
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Group Work Group Work Presentations
15:30 Tea and coffee
16:00 Group Work  Group Work Finish
18:30 Reception Dinner Conference dinner


The Agri-Food Study Group will be held at the University of Bath in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre in 4West

Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation
University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath BA2 7AY

+44 (0)1225 383 404


Registration closed on 17 December 2016. Please contact as soon as possible, to check if there are places remaining.

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