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Tuesday 12th October 2021 to Thursday 14th October 2021

This three-day virtual study group run by V-KEMS brought 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, theatres and gyms, 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 was 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 brought 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.
With challenges presented by UK Hospitality, University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe and Independent Cinema Office, we worked with Indigo Ltd, a consultancy for the UK cultural sector and Traveltech for Scotland, who work closely with the Scottish tourism sector, amongst others to develop the problems that were tackled during the study group. In particular, the study group addressed the following three areas of concern:

  • Ventilation of indoor facilities
  • Audience/customer risk perception
  • Scheduling/resource management

This event was of interest to those working in mathematical modelling, statistics, operations research, logistics and supply chain management as well as economics.

A working paper is published below, which highlights the discussions that took place at the Study Group and the initial findings.

 The AIRBODS Researchers who worked on the ventilation problem have also shared a blog post about their participation.

Delegate Information

This event was 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.


Registrations for this event have now closed.