ESGI 145 Registration is now closed


Information for academics

Academics with backgrounds in all strands of mathematics, engineering and scientific computing, and at all stages of their career (i.e. from research students to emeritus professors), are encouraged to participate.

PhD students

  • As in recent years, CDT PhD students will be charged a subsidised fee. We have already been in contact with many of the mathematics CDTs, so your university should already be aware of this.
  • For PhD students who are not part of a CDT, your institution may have funds available to subsidise some of the costs, so we encourage you to look into what funding is available. However, if funding is not available then we will endeavour to cover fees for as many non-CDT students as funds permit, since we are keen to have the widest participation possible. Students on a free place should be prepared to volunteer time to help with practical tasks during the week.
  • All PhD students should check that your supervisor agrees to your participation in the Study Group before you register.

Post-PhD academics

  • In order to encourage participation and generate a vibrant atmosphere, our aim is that there will no participation fee for most post-PhD academics. However, there are budgetary considerations and so the number of free places is limited.

All academics

  • Both paid and free places include full-board and accommodation.

Early registration is highly recommended. If you would like a fully funded or subsidised place the deadline is 20th February 2019. We will then email you by 24th February 2019 to let you know if you have been allocated a free place at the ESGI 145. PhD students attending the UK Graduate Modelling Camp are guaranteed attendance.

Information for participants from business, industry, governments, NGOs, charities and others

We are already developing a portfolio of problems, however it is not too late to submit a problem. First see here for more details, and then please contact the ESGI Administration (

  • In the past companies have received the most benefit if their delegates come for the full week to collaborate with the Study Group whilst tackling their problems.
  • You may register for both accommodation and food, or for the food package only (see below).
  • Please contact the ESGI Administration ( if have you any other attendance requirements.

Participation fees 

Fees only apply to participants who have not been awarded free attendance.

Package Cost
5 nights’ accommodation including full board, Sun 7th – Fri 12th April £550
4 nights’ accommodation including full board, Mon 8th – Fri 12th April £475
CDT Student 5 nights’ accommodation including full board, Sun 7th – Fri 12th April £400
Meals and refreshments only (excluding breakfast) Mon 8th – Fri 12th April £185

 Any payment due will be requested via a booking form link in a follow-up invitation email.

What is included

  • Accommodation, including breakfast at Robinson College or Murray Edwards College (both about a 10-minute walk from the CMS)
  • Lunch each day (Monday to Friday).
  • Evening meal (Monday to Thursday).
  • Formal study group dinner on Wednesday evening (attendance is optional)
  • Drinks and networking reception.
  • Conference materials.

All participants are required to pay their own travel expenses. Participants who arrive on Sunday afternoon will need to make their own arrangements for their evening meal.  We expect proceedings to start at 09:30-09:45 with registration from 08:30 on Monday 8th April and end by 15:30 on Friday 12th April.

Post-registration: confirmation of your ESGI 145 participation

Following your registration, and subject to places being available, we will email you an invitation to attend. For those seeking a fully funded or subsidised place we will do this by 24 February 2019. This email will include a link to an online ESGI booking form where you will need to confirm your place by completing the form and paying any fee due by the deadline in the invitation email. Your place at the ESGI will only be finally confirmed once you have done this.

  • Please ensure the email address you provide is correct and one you use regularly.
  • By confirming your place, you will be committing yourself to attend. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend by emailing:


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.

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