Institute for Mathematical Innovation

IMI’s new secondee cohort will strengthen cross-campus collaboration fostering innovative research

Monday 20 June 2016


The Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) will next academic year welcome nine academics, who will be seconded to IMI from across the University of Bath. The secondees spanning lecturers to professors, join us from the Departments of Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Health, Psychology, Biology & Biochemistry, and Architecture & Civil Engineering.

IMI Secondees 2016_web1Running for the second consecutive year, the IMI Secondee Programme offers academics at the University of Bath a unique opportunity to further their research by linking up with colleagues from across campus. Being affiliated with IMI also opens up opportunities for academics to work with external partners to apply their research to real-world problems.

IMI secondee projects range from gaining a better understanding of complex behaviour in engine systems to patients’ uptake of psychological therapies, and research aimed at improving the modelling of materials used in energy capturing trees. Involving either an element of mathematical or data science, the projects are all great examples of how the mathematical sciences, when applied to other disciplines, can foster innovative research that yields new insights.

Commenting on the importance of IMI secondees, Professor Jonathan Dawes, Director of IMI said: ‘‘Internal secondees are a key part of IMI’s plan to build links across the University and bring people together in novel combinations that benefit all those involved. I am very pleased with the diversity of ideas and projects that the secondees will bring into IMI, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these ideas grow and develop over the next academic year.”

IMI Secondee, Dr Thomas Kjeldsen added: “I am looking forward to joining IMI as it will strengthen my links with experts in the Mathematics department and lead to a step-change in how I use advanced mathematical and statistical models in my research into water resources systems and hydrological extremes such as flood and droughts. “

Find out more about our secondees and their interdisciplinary work.

Interested in being seconded to IMI?

Learn more about the IMI Secondee Programme.

Applications to become an IMI secondee in the 2017-2018 academic year will open early next year. To express your interest in the programme, please email Catrin Yeomans at, and we will let you know how to apply once applications reopen.


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