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Tuesday 12th October 2021 to Thursday 14th October 2021

This three-day virtual study group run by V-KEMS will bring mathematical scientists and other disciplines together to solve challenges faced by the hospitality and leisure sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The UK leisure industry as a whole has met some unprecedented challenges over the course of the pandemic, and will continue to do so as the nation recovers. We are interested in using mathematics as a tool to help solve the particular challenges hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities, such as cinemas, gyms and museums, are facing as a result of the pandemic.
Unlike in previous study groups where the main focus was on modelling the spread of the infection, the theme of this event is about recovery from the pandemic with more of a focus on dealing with the operational difficulties and economic implications which have arisen.

Aims and Objectives

This event will bring mathematical scientists and other disciplines together to solve end user defined challenges with the aim of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality and leisure sector. The proposed industries are hotels, restaurants and leisure (including cinema, gyms and museums) with discussions possibly targeting the following concerns:

  • Staff shortages and supply chain issues as a result of the ‘pingdemic’
  • End of government furlough scheme
  • Changing restrictions on international travel
  • Increased traffic at ‘staycation’ locations and full car parks
  • Library and museum conservation issues.

The specific problems that will be modelled are currently being discussed and further details will be available as soon as possible.
This event will be of interest to modellers, those working in operations research, logistics and supply chain management as well as economics.

The Programme is being developed, but we anticipate that it will run from 09.30 – 16.30 each day.

Delegate Information

This event is being delivered as part of a Programme of activity by V-KEMS. Please note that the names and affiliations of registered delegates will be shared with ICMS and the KTN.


To register please follow the registration link in the left-hand panel.