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

Workshop on Mathematical Ecology

The second workshop organised by the Centre for Biomathematics, Swansea University, will be focussed on Mathematical Ecology, and be held on April 27-28 2017. Invited speakers to date include: Paul Blackwell, Ed Codling, Dmitri Finkelshtein, Mike Fowler, Yan Fyodorov, Luca Giuggioli, Stephen Gourley, Andrew Morozov, Natalia Petrovskaya, Sergei Petrovskii, Louise Riotte-Lambert and Ulrik Schlagel.

For more information visit:

We hope you will find this of interest and if you would like to participate, use the Eventbrite link below for registration:

the local organisers are  Luca Borger and Elaine Crooks

Recent Advances in the Numerical Analysis of PDEs – A conference to celebrate the 65th birthday of Ivan Graham

A three-day meeting in honour of Ivan Graham’s 65th birthday will be
held at the University of Bath, UK, on 21st-23rd June 2017.

The meeting will take place the week before the 27th Biennial
Conference on Numerical Analysis in Strathclyde, Scotland.

Invited speakers are: Kendal Atkinson, Simon Chandler-Wilde, Victor
Dominguez, Martin Gander, Mahadevan Ganesh, Wolfgang Hackbusch,
Tom Hou, Frances Kuo, Victorita Dolean Maini, Jens Markus Melenk,
Ilaria Perugia, Christoph Schwab, Ian Sloan, Valery Smyshlyaev,
Nicole Spillane, Elisabeth Ullmann.

For full details and in order to register, please visit the conference website

This conference is supported by the London Mathematical Society and the
Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation.

Registration is now open. Everybody welcome.


PhD Studentship at Strathclyde University: Novel Preconditioners for RBF Linear Systems

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3 year PhD studentship in numerical linear algebra, under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Pestana and Dr Alison Ramage, at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

This project aims to develop novel preconditioned iterative methods for linear systems arising in the numerical approximation of partial differential equations via radial basis functions (RBFs). These RBF methods are well suited to problems with complex geometries and/or scattered data, such as those occurring in biological and geophysical applications. However, the linear system that must be solved as part of the RBF method becomes increasingly challenging to work with as the approximation is refined. This project will extend previous work on preconditioning RBF systems to provide more efficient and robust solvers for these problems.

The studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and comes with an annual tax-free stipend at the standard UK rate. International students who can fund the difference between UK/EU and International fee rates are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a good (I or II(i)) honours degree in mathematics or in a related discipline. Experience of numerical mathematics and/or programming would be beneficial.

For more information please contact Dr Pestana (

Manchester Chapter Auto Trader Industry Problem Solving Event

On Wednesday 22nd February the Manchester SIAM-IMA Student Chapter hosted an industry problem solving event, led by Dr. Peter Appleby, a data scientist at Auto Trader.

Auto Trader is a fully digital, FTSE 250 listed company which lists new and second hand cars. Auto Trader’s website has over 48 million monthly visits, and each visit may include dozens of searches. This gives them a wealth of data on how people go about choosing a car, and understanding the interconnections in this data is extremely valuable. Mathematics provides the tools to make sense of these vast quantities of data.

During the afternoon which was attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Peter gave a talk outlining how these data management problems arise, and some of the tools Auto Trader use to solve them. He then highlighted two particular problems, one involving clustering of the data, and another on regression analysis. After the introduction, we moved to a computer cluster and worked in groups on solving these problems. Participants with no programming experience contributed by teaming up with more experienced students.

The afternoon concluded with a discussion session where different groups reported on what they had achieved, and issues that they had come across.

The event was a great success and gave undergraduates and postgraduates alike a chance to see how maths is used in industry. The chapter would like to thank Auto Trader for running this event, and we hope to organize similar events in the future.

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.