University of Reading SIAM-IMA student conference update


On Friday 16th May, the University of Reading SIAM-IMA student chapter hosted their annual conference. Over 40 staff and students attended from a variety of institutions, including the University of Bath, the University of Oxford, Imperial College, London and Brunel University London.

Keynote talks were given by Dr Melina Freitag (University of Bath) on saddle point formulations for data assimilation and Dr Tim Rogers (University of Bath) on how to explain collaborative behaviour as a result of evolution using stochastic noise.

Student talks were given on a broad range of topics within applied mathematics, with applications including meteorology, finance and neuroscience. The prize for the best talk, judged by conference attendees, was given to Tom Bendall of Imperial College, London. Florian Klimm, from the University of Oxford was the runner-up.

The poster session provided another opportunity for students to present their work in an informal setting over lunch. Prizes were awarded to Dan Derrick and Nicola Thorn, both from the University of Reading.

The event concluded with a conference dinner, which was a great chance for everyone to relax and reflect on the day. The organising committee would like to thank all of the speakers, presenters and attendees as well as SIAM, the IMA and the University of Reading who all supported the event.

University of Reading SIAM student chapter conference: 16th June

The University of Reading SIAM-IMA student chapter will be hosting a student conference on 16th June 2017. Details of the provisional program and registration are available at the following webpage:

Keynote talks will be given by:
Dr Melina Freitag, University of Bath – Saddle point formulations and preconditioners for 4D-Var data assimilation problems

Dr Tim Rogers, University of Bath – Strength in numbers: how demographic noise can reverse the direction of selection

A large portion of the day is dedicated to giving junior researchers a chance to showcase their research through either a talk or a poster.  The conference will also provide opportunities for graduate students to discuss their research more informally over coffee, lunch (provided) and the conference dinner.

Both SIAM and the IMA promote the applications of mathematics, and a wide range of research will be represented across the talks and posters. The deadline for giving a talk has passed, but we welcome 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 by 1st June. Registration is free, but mandatory so that we know numbers in advance.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Jemima Tabeart (Communications Officer for the chapter) at