Cardiff SIAM-IMA Three Minute Thesis Competition

On the 25th of April 2018 the Cardiff SIAM-IMA chapter held its annual three minute thesis competition within the mathematics department. The format of this competition holds the same idea as the one developed by the University of Queensland, where the speaker is to condense their research into 3 minutes or less. Any academic researcher, or PhD student alike will tell you that this is no easy feat, especially after spending considerable time on a research project and trying to convey the main messages in such a short time frame!

However, I personally feel as if our 12 participants this year did this to an excellent standard, and I can only imagine how tough it was for our expert judging panel (comprised of Nikoleta Glynatsi, Dr. Vince Knight, Dr. Mathew Pugh, Dr. Katerina Kaouri and Dr. Thomas Woolley) to reach their verdict. Nevertheless, the competition was fierce for the prizes offered at this event, which included

  • An echo dot.
  • A £20 amazon voucher.
  • A 3 minute timer.
  • A large enter button which you can hit.
  • 3 ‘50 visions of mathematics’  books, provided by the IMA.
  • SIAM T-Shirts and other merchandise, provided by SIAM USA.

I would like to offer thanks from all the chapter members to SIAM and the IMA for providing financial support and prizes for this event, and of course to Erica Tyson from the IMA who came to Cardiff to attend, as well as provide an excellent 3 minute presentation on the IMA.

After the judges spent some time discussing the presenters, they reached the following verdict:

First place: Mark Tuson                                           Second Place: Geraint Palmer

Third Place: Raffaele Grande                                  Crowd Favourite: Scott Morgan

Judging from the atmosphere on the day, as well as the feedback afterwards, the chapter feel as if the event was largely successful and we will definitely run it again in future years. As the organiser, I would like to offer my personal thanks to all the participants for their excellent presentations, the judges for their expert opinions and time on the day, and the Cardiff mathematics department for supporting the event and supplying refreshments afterwards. I would also like to offer a special thank you to Joe Bishop and Alex Safar who provided me with endless support and opinions on the event, without your help, the day would not have ran as smoothly!

Danny Groves

Cardiff SIAM-IMA Student Chapter President

BAIL: Boundary and Interior Layers Conference, University of Strathclyde

BAIL: Boundary and Interior Layers
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
June 18-22, 2018

This conference continues a long series of meetings devoted to the
numerical, and asymptotic, analysis of problems presented sharp
layers, and, more widely, numerical methods in fluid mechanics,
with an emphasis on the development and analysis of novel and
robust methods.

Due to multiple requests, we decided to extend the deadline for
submitting an abstract to the meeting.

The new deadline is April 30. The acceptance notification will be on
May 7, and the final deadline for registration is the 15th of May.

For more details about it, including plenary speakers and registered participants, please visit the web page:

PhD Scholarships at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde
( is currently advertising two
fully funded, four year PhD scholarships in all areas of the mathematical sciences
(including statistics).  These scholarships are in the EPSRC framework for ‘National
Productivity Investment Fund 2018 training grant’, and thus, candidates must be a UK
citizen, or a EU citizen fulfilling the EPSRC requirements.

The starting date of the scholarships is the 1st of October, 2018.

The selection process will be as follows:

1. Please, send a cover letter (including research interests), a detailed CV (including transcripts), and two reference letters, by email, to  Dr. Gabriel Barrenechea (
2. After a ranking process (and possible interviews), two candidates will be chosen.
3. These candidates will be given a number of projects to choose from, ranging over all the areas of applied mathematical sciences.

The deadline for applications is the 15th of June, 2018, and the results are expected to
be communicated on the 15th of July.

For any inquires, please contact Dr. Gabriel Barrenechea, or Dr. Michael Grinfeld

Funded PhD position at the University of Leeds

A fully funded PhD position in Computational Engineering is available at the School of Mechanical at the University of Leeds. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2018. Please see here for more information.

Project description.

Tribology is the science of friction, lubrication and wear of materials that move or slide over each other. It is fundamental to a huge range of applications such as vehicles, machinery, wind turbines, robotics and prosthetics. This project is about creating realistic computer simulations of material behaviour to help in the design of such applications.

At present, genuinely predictive simulations of wear are challenging because of the multiscale, multiphysics nature of the processes involved. Recent PhD work in the School of Mechanical Engineering has delivered a new way of directly simulating material degradation via a new mesoscopic particle-based approach known as Movable Cellular Automata (MCA). However, due to computational constraints, the model is currently limited in the size of systems that can be tackled. In this project, the PhD student will extend and improve the model both in terms of realism and computational efficiency. A physically meaningful coupling of local load conditions from a continuum-based contact mechanics model with boundary conditions will be devised for the particle-based MCA approach. To extend the current limitations on system size, we will develop and implement new tailored parallel solution algorithms to enable efficient simulation of large systems.

The outcome of the research will be a unique ‘Virtual Tribometer’ – a computer simulation version of an experimental device used for physical testing of materials in moving contact with each other. This will greatly enhance the understanding and interpretation of experimental observations, as well as being a powerful exploratory design tool. The student will become part of a large and established tribology research group. Leeds hosts the large EPRSC-funded Programme Grant ‘Friction: The Tribology Enigma’ and forms half of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology, of which the student will be an associate member, benefiting from the additional training provided.

Strathclyde SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Meeting

The University of Strathclyde SIAM-IMA Student Chapter will be hosting our annual meeting on the 30th of April at The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. There are three invited speakers who will cover a range of topics in applied mathematics:

  • David Waters, Retail Insight Ltd
  • Tania Bakhos, Amazon Development Center Scotland
  • David Pritchard, University of Strathclyde

The event will also include a poster session in which students are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in displaying a poster please contact Craig Gilmore ( or Joseph Cousins (

The event is aimed at postgraduate students and early-career researchers in mathematics and statistics, and undergraduates and staff are also encouraged to attend.  Register for this event at

by the 20th of April.

Craig Gilmour, Joseph Cousins and Andrew Croudace
University of Strathclyde SIAM-IMA Student Chapter

National Student Chapter Conference – 18/19th Jun 2018, Bath

The University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter is privileged to be hosting the 7th annual SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference. This will take place at the University of Bath on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June 2018.

Abstract submission deadline extended till Friday 27th April 2018. We aim to refund travel and accommodation for all speakers.

Registration is now open. Please complete the registration form by Friday 18th May 2018.


The aim of the conference is to bring together students working in applied or industrial mathematics, and areas which use them, from across the UK and Ireland. There will be the opportunity for students to showcase their research through a talk or poster, or to discuss more informally over coffee or the provided lunch on both days.

We welcome talks and posters from any area of applied mathematics, statistics, or any mathematics which has potential applications to industry. There is some funding available for those students with an accepted presentation.

During the two day conference, we will host four fantastic plenary speakers:
Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London)
Modelling spatio-temporal data: methods, examples and challenges
Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading)
Coercivity of second kind boundary integral equations on Lipschitz domains
Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford)
iPhones and Dysons: using fluid dynamics to tailor technology
Nicole Spillane (CMAP, École Polytechnique)
Domain Decomposition Methods with Adaptive Multipreconditioning

The relevant deadlines for the conference are:
The deadline for contributed talk abstracts is Friday 27th April 2018.
The deadline for poster submissions is Friday 27th April 2018.
The deadline for registration is Friday, 18th May 2018.

We aim to refund travel and accommodation for all speakers, please indicate how much you expect your travel to cost. In some cases we may be able to reimburse poster presenters, please also indicate if you require funding.

For further information, registration and abstract submission, please see the conference website at Alternatively contact the committee at

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Bath in June.

PhD Position, Numerical Analysis, University of Edinburgh

A PhD position is available within the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The project is entitled “Modern Numerical Linear Algebra for Huge-Scale Optimization Problems”, and will be supervised by Dr John Pearson and Prof. Jacek Gondzio. Further details about this project are available at

The successful candidate will be fully funded by the School of Mathematics, including PhD fees, as well as a living stipend for 3.5 years, starting in September 2018 or an alternative date by mutual agreement. This studentship is available for all UK and EU students. 

This project is suitable for the University of Edinburgh’s PhD programmes in Applied and Computational Mathematics (, or Optimization and Operational Research ( Candidates are asked to submit their applications at one of these links, according to their programme of interest. All applications received by Friday 27 April 2018 will be considered. Applications received thereafter will be considered until the position is filled.

Informal enquiries are encouraged, and may be made to