2nd - 5th April, 2002. Lancaster University


ESGI (European Study Group with Industry) is Europe's leading workshop bringing together academic mathematicians and industrial and commercial companies. These week-long workshops have been held annually since 1968 and were previously known as the Oxford Study Groups with Industry, where leading mathematicians were attracted to work on industrial problems. The problems were in areas such as heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, granular materials, electromagnetic fields, financial mathematics and option trading and other processes amenable to modelling using continuum mechanics. But in principle there are no limitations on the types of problems that can be addressed or the types of mathematics which can be used in these workshops. All those interested in mathematical modelling and the solution of current real-world problems are invited to participate.
It offers a unique opportunity for industrialists to work face to face with established applied mathematicians on challenging industrial and commercial problems. In the past links have been forged leading to many long-term collaborations. Currently the Study Groups are coordinated by the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering under a Faraday Partnership with support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In addition, Lancaster University will receive major support for ESGI from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and London Mathematical Society (LMS).

In terms of format, Lancaster Study Group is a 4-day workshop that will address 8 problems posed by industrial delegates. On the first day, the workshop will begin with a plenary meeting where each problem is presented by an industrial representative from the R&D sector of the associated company according to their research interests. Academic participants then allocate themselves to groups that tackle each problem. In parallel, lectures on subjects related to these problems will be given by invited speakers. Each group has available a dedicated seminar room for its work. One of the academics in each group (with expertise in the relevant area and experience) acts as coordinator and prepares a final presentation for the last day of the meeting. Subsequently, a final report is written on each problem and these are assembled to form the Study Group Final Report.

The registration, accommodation and meals for academic participants are FREE.
The fares for postgraduate students in mathematics from UK Universities may be (fully or partially) covered. Please retain your travel receipts. Claim forms are to be made available.

The registration fee for industrial participants is £1500 per problem, which contributes towards the costs of the meeting. However, small or medium-sized companies (SMEs) that are attending a Study Group for the first time currently have their problem presentation fee covered by the Smith Institute Faraday Partnership, as one of its initiatives to encourage smaller businesses to establish industrial-academic collaborations.

ESGI Lancaster 2002 - Programme ESGI Lancaster 2002 - Lectures

Industrial Participations will include:
* Acordis Acrylic Fibres (Grimsby, Lincolnshire)
* Jomega Ltd (Austrey, Warwickshire)
* Nan Gall Technology (Aberdeen, Scotland)
* Numbercraft (Oxford, Oxfordshire)
* QinetiQ (Bedford, Bedfordshire)
* QinetiQ (Winfrith, Dorset)
* Unilever (Colworth, Bedfordshire)
* Xaar Plc (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)

Lancaster Physics Department
Lancaster University Conference Centre
How to get to Lancaster
The Smith Institute
The Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Textile Day - 4th April, 2002
A one-day workshop, in parallel with the ESGI meeting, supported by MACSI-net on Problems from the Textile Industry. Further details.

Registration forms for participants: Academic | Industrial (Now only acceptable for Textile Day)

Delegates: Academic | Industrial

ESGI logoFurther Information can be obtained from the organizer,
    Dr Charles Wang

Organizing committee

DTI EPSRC Faraday Partnership

Numbercraft Nan Gall Technology QinetiQ Macsi Unilever logo Jomega Xaar

Smith Institute Lancaster University Acordis