University of Reading SIAM-IMA student chapter

On Friday 16th May, the University of Reading SIAM-IMA student chapter hosted their annual conference. There was strong MPE involvement in the conference: 2 current PhD students were on the organising committee, 4 students gave talks and 4 students presented posters.

The conference was attended by over 40 staff and students including many students from both the Reading and Imperial sides of MPE CDT.

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 our very own Tom Bendall.

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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.

Prizes were presented at the close of the conference by Dr John Meeson from the IMA. James Jackaman, of MPE CDT, was also presented with a certificate for his outstanding contribution to the chapter as Treasurer for the last two years.

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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.

Reported by Jemima Tabeart