Once a problem has been agreed, problem presenters will need to prepare a written problem description to go on this website and in the booklet issued to participants. The description is usually one side of A4, but can be longer if required. On the first day of the workshop, the problem presenter will give a presentation on their problem, usually lasting around 30 minutes, including time for questions from the audience. 


A crucial aspect of the Study Groups is the interaction between the mathematical modellers and the problem presenters.

The modellers will largely be coming at the problems cold, and so are likely to have lots of questions to ask the presenters as they try to understand what is important to consider and what is not. It is therefore important that the problem presenters are in attendance for most of the meeting. In particular, the presenters must be present for the first day, in order to present the problem and answer any immediate questions when the groups first meet.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Innovate UK, so there is no cost to SMEs to pose a problem.

Each company will receive a full written report on the work carried out during the Study Group, and will benefit from the direct interaction with the academic participants during the meeting. After the meeting, further collaborations or consultancy can be considered as appropriate.
It is important to note that the initial work at the Study Group is not subject to any confidentiality agreement, and that the problem descriptions and reports will be published on the internet. Any subsequent work following the meeting can be carried out under any terms agreed by the parties involved.

Previous examples of Study Group problems and reports can be found at the Maths in Industry website. Quotes from previous problem presenters are available on the Testimonials page.



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.

The Agri-Food Mathematical Science Study Group with Industry will be held at the University of Bath. Further details on accommodation will be provided in due course.

All participants are responsible for organising and funding their own travel to and from Bath.

To register for the Agri-Food Study Group at the University of Bath, 16 – 18 January 2017, please click here.

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