What is a study group?
Study groups bring together mathematicians from across the globe to work on mathematical problems presented by industry in a week long workshop.
How does a study group work?
The academics work in problem solving teams with the presenters to tackle the problems raised, formulating their ideas using modelling, analysis and computation. At the end of the study group the academics present their findings and make suggestions of future work to be carried out. A final report is written after the study group.
Why attend a study group?
The benefits are numerous. For industry these include bridging the gap with applied mathematicians, discovering new methodologies and solving long standing problems. study groups also create potential recruitment opportunities.
For mathematicians, benefits include the opportunity to tackle interesting new challenges that relate to ‘real world’ mathematical problems, and the opportunity to network with academic peers from around the world on subjects of common interest.
What is OCCAM’s involvement with study groups?
OCCAM is the hub for study group activity and its members attend study groups all over the world. As well as providing resources for students, PDRAs and faculty to attend, OCCAM helps launch new study groups around the world each year, both with industry and also with other disciplines.
How can I get involved?
We especially encourage study groups that involve our partners from KAUST and enhance our collaboration with them and we will assess any proposal by this criteria as well as by the wider scientific and collaborative value. Proposals are welcome from universities in countries who wish to host an industrial study group for the first time, from universities who wish to organise a study group with another discipline, and industries who are interested in having 'in-house' study groups. Please send these, and related enquiries to occam [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.
Academics who wish to participate in OCCAM supported study groups should see details on the Events page.
The international industrial study group page gives details of future study groups and also acts as a repository for reports of previous meetings. There is a similar site, for mathematics in medicine study groups.