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Monday 29th March 2021 to Wednesday 31st March 2021


The UK's Graduate Modelling Camp was a 3-day (virtual) workshop which this year ran from 29th March to 31st March 2021. It aimed to provide participants with hands-on experience of mathematical modelling under the guidance of experienced instructors.

The Modelling Camp is an excellent preparation ground for early career mathematicians (normally those in the first and second years of their doctoral studies) to get hands-on modelling experience before usually going on to attend the five-day European Study Group with Industry (ESGI) which always takes place annually shortly after the modelling camp. This year the ESGI is being hosted by Durham University on the 12th-16th April 2021.

The Newton Gateway to Mathematics in partnership with the University of Oxford and with Professors Chris Breward and David Abrahams as academic organisers, was pleased to be facilitating this year’s event.

Aims & Objectives

A key aim of the modelling camp was to provide participants with experience of mathematical modelling under the guidance of experienced instructors and mentors. The challenges that students worked on at the camp are inspired by real-world challenges that have arisen in industry or science. Starting with presentations from the mentors, the participants then formed teams to work on each problem. Scientific communication is an important part of the camp and all participants were expected to make presentations.

The camp was open to all PhD students and designed to promote a broad range of problem-solving skills, such as mathematical modelling & analysis, scientific computation & critical assessment of solutions. 

Mentors include:

  • Bogdan Toader (Cambridge) – Improving the Resolution of Microscopy Images
  • Nabil Fadai (Nottingham) – Modelling Irreversible Skin Damage From Hot Liquid Burns
  • Doireann O'Kiely (Limerick) – Upside-Down Mechanics … Flipping Gravity Through Vibrations
  • Art Gower (Sheffield) – Detecting Train Track Faults From an Onboard Camera
  • Hermes Gadelha (Bristol) - The Sperm Optimisation Toolbox: How Does Fish Sperm Find The Egg in Open Water?
  • Andrew Krause (Oxford) - Modelling Photosensitive Chlorine Dioxide–Iodine–Malonic Acid (CDIMA) Reactions

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