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 or two sides 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.

Each company pays a fee to bring a problem to the Study Group, which helps to defray the costs of the meeting.
The participation fee is £8,750. Please contact Zoe Kelson for more information.

In return for this payment, the 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: we expect ESGI145 to feature different problems that will be amenable to a wide range of different mathematical techniques.

ESGI145 will be held at the University of Cambridge. Further details on how to register and accommodation options will be posted here shortly

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

Details on how to register to attend ESGI145 at the University of Cambridge, Monday 8th-Friday 12th April 2019 will be posted here shortly.

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