Call for nominations

Nominations are now sought for candidates to the roles of President and Vice President of our SIAM section for the period from April 1, 2017 until March 31, 2019.

Candidates must be SIAM members based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland in good standing with SIAM. Every candidate must be nominated by one SIAM member and seconded by another. Nominations of candidates from all research areas are welcome.

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017. To make your nomination, or for related queries, please email

Oxford Doctoral Studentship

We welcome applicants for a doctoral scholarship to work on
the application of signal processing techniques and uncertainty
to medical imaging for cardiology.  This project is joint with the mathematical
institute and cardiology at Oxford, and in partnership with Siemens.
The successful candidate will take part is six months of training from
the Oxford Nottingham Biomedical Imaging CDT, then begin research
directly under the supervision of Prof. Jared Tanner and Dr. Aaron Hess
to complete a doctorate in the Oxford Mathematical Institute.
This is a great opportunity to do work close to clinical practise and with
substantial mathematical challenges.
The training and application process is outlined at
Informal enquiries are welcome at

Birmingham Fellowship research positions

The “Birmingham Fellowship Programme”
offers five years of protected time for high-quality research, allowing outstanding, high potential, early-career researchers of all ages to establish themselves as rounded academics who will go on to excel in their academic discipline across research, teaching and wider citizenship. All Fellowships come with a permanent academic post at the University.

The deadline for the current round is 31 March 2017. Candidates may apply directly using the above website. However, to get a stronger support from the School of Mathematics, candidates in research areas Optimization and Numerical Analysis are encouraged to contact first Professor Michal Kocvara, .

National SC Conference, Galway, May 2017

We are pleased to announce that this year’s SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference will be held in Galway on Friday 26 May. This is the sixth such conference, and the first to be held in Ireland.

The conference will consist of two plenary talks, contributed talks by students, a poster session, and a careers round-table discussion. Applications for talks and posters from any area of applied and computational mathematics are most welcome.

Thanks to generous funding from SIAM, we will provide a travel award to some student participants. Preference will be given to students with an accepted talk or poster presentation, or who are representing a SIAM Chapter. We would be very pleased to have at least one representative from each UKIE Chapter, and we ask that you circulate this announcement to Chapter members who may be interested in attending.

For further information, registration and abstract submission, see the conference webpage at

We look forward to welcoming you to Galway in May.


Report on the 2017 Annual Meeting

The 21st Annual Meeting of the UK and Republic of Ireland Section of SIAM was hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, on Thursday, 12th of January 2017. The meeting attracted more than 70 attendees and we were delighted to accommodate 22 poster presentations. Travel funding was offered to postgraduate students who presented posters, and this seems to have encouraged take-up.

Following the format of the previous year’s 20th Anniversary meeting in Cambridge, our schedule combined keynote speakers Nick Higham (University of Manchester), Jeremy Morley (Ordnance Survey), Sarah Waters (University of Oxford), and early career speakers Marta M. Betcke (University College London), Lyuba Chumakova (University of Edinburgh), Angela Mihai (Cardiff University).

We were especially pleased to maintain the long-standing tradition of having a contribution from an incumbent SIAM President; in this case the newly-appointed Nick Higham.

A team of senior researchers were tasked with evaluating the student posters, and prizes were awarded as follows:

First prize: Scott Bagwell, University of Swansea
Second prize: Alberto Paganini, University of Oxford
Honourable mention: Francisco de Melo Virissimo, University of Bath (hon)
Honourable mention:  Alex Safar, University of Cardiff (hon)
Honourable mention: Josh Walton, University of Strathclyde (hon)
Honourable mention: Weijian Zhang, The University of Manchester (hon)

Photos are available at online.

The section’s secretary/treasurer Stefan Güttel led a short business meeting and informed attendees that the 2018 Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Southampton, with local organisation coordinated by Alain Zemkoho.

The day was followed by an informal dinner in a local restaurant. Further information about the day, including abstracts of the talks and posters, as well as some of the posters, can be found at

We are grateful to all those who contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks go to the officers from Strathclyde’s SIAM student chapter, Andrew Croudace, Craig Gilmour and Joseph Cousins, and faculty advisor Jen Pestana, for help with local arrangements. We also thank the IMA for sponsoring one of the invited talks.

Stefan Güttel – The University of Manchester
Des Higham – University of Strathclyde
Jennifer Scott – University of Reading and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

1st Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Annual Conference

Dear SIAM UKIE blog readers,

It is a pleasure to announce that the University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter will be hosting a local student conference on 1st March 2017.


Details of the provisional program and registration are now available at the following webpage:

All PhD students in the country are welcome to attend, and we would like to invite applications to present either a short talk or a poster on the day. We strongly reccommend postgraduate students from nearby universities (like Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Exeter, Reading, etc) to apply. Partial funding is available for those either preseting a poster or giving a talk.

This one day meeting is a great opportunity to discuss your research with fellow PhD students, and to share your work via a talk or poster in a relaxed environment. We also plan to have talks from two plenary speaker, details of which will follow soon.

Both SIAM and the IMA promote the applications of mathematics, but we hope that a wide range of research will be represented. We welcome talks and posters on any areas of applied mathematics, computational mathematics and statistics, and any mathematics which has current or potential applications to industry.

Please follow this link to register to attend and let us know whether you would like to give a talk about your research or to present a poster, by 1st February. Registration is free, but mandatory so that we know numbers in advance.

The details are as follows:

Bath SIAM-IMA Student Conference
09:30 – 16:00 Wednesday 1st March 2017
University of Bath


The event will be followed Please do feel free circulate this message to any PhD students who you think may be interested.

We hope to see you at the conference in March!

Warmest wishes,

Adwaye, Amy, Anna, Ben, Dan and Francisco
The Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Committee

Exascale Software for Hyperbolic PDE Solvers

PostDoc position: Exascale Software for Hyperbolic PDE Solvers
(at Technische Universität München, University of Trento and Durham University)

ExaHyPE ( is a project funded by the European Horizon 2020 initiative. ExaHyPE’s mission is to develop a novel simulation engine for hyperbolic PDE problems at exascale. Within the four-year project period, we tackle grand-challenge simulations in Seismology and Astrophysics. The underlying simulation engine will be based on high-order discontinuous Galerkin discretization on dynamically adaptive Cartesian grids. ExaHyPE brings together researchers in HPC, numerical mathematics, computational seismology and computational astrophysics on a highly interdisciplinary challenge. To strengthen our project team, we are looking for a postdoc researcher to coordinate the project’s joint research, software development and outreach.

We offer an exciting perspective of early-career research in an excellent international environment: ideally, the project coordinator will work at all involved research groups – at Technical University of Munich, Durham University and University of Trento. We are looking for an individual with strong expertise in the development of simulation software for latest supercomputing hardware, ideally also having experience with high-order finite-element or finite-volume-type methods for hyperbolic PDE systems. Experience with geo- or astrophysics applications is welcome, however we see the ability and passion to integrate and learn new techniques as your most important qualification. In the ExaHyPE project, you will coordinate the joint research in our interdisciplinary team, supervise the joint software development, drive the realization of grand challenge simulations and represent the project at international conferences. Your key mission will be to serve as mortar in-between the mathematics, HPC and application groups, up to triggering joint consortium publications.

The ExaHyPE partners are convinced that diversity in research groups (in terms of gender, nationality, etc.) helps to improve the quality of collaborative research – our joint recruiting procedure reflects this conviction. All partner universities and the ExaHyPE project provide dedicated support for researchers with families. The position is open immediately and scheduled to run until September 2019. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Please send your application to the ExaHyPE team (preferably as a single PDF document, to

Michael Bader, Technische Universität München,
Michael Dumbser, University of Trento,
Tobias Weinzierl, Durham University,