Last week nearly 400 mathematicians and industry professionals from across and beyond the UK gathered at the University of Bath for the annual British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC).

From epidemiology to nuclear waste storage, AI, and climate modelling, the sold out three-day conference presented a plethora of recent advances made in the many areas of applied mathematics.

The over 250 topics discussed at the conference is a testament to the many vital contributions the mathematical sciences make towards progress in all science and engineering disciplines.

Delegates had the opportunity to hear talks and attend minisymposia on topics such as making lithium-ion batteries more efficient, designing high performance robotics and applying mathematics to understand our changing climate.

The high quality of research and scientific innovation presented at the BAMC conference stems from the UK’s leading role in applied mathematics, and the universal importance of the techniques and approaches within the field.

Associate Professor Poul Hjorth, Technical University of Denmark, said: “Mathematics is often a somewhat invisible contributor to scientific advances.

“This is changing with the explosion in data, computing power and the rise of machine learning, and it’s now more important than ever to have a mathematician included in research project teams.”

The conference took place at the Chancellor’s Building from 24 – 26 April and was hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Institute for Mathematical Innovation.

Professor Jonathan Dawes, Director of the Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI), said: “It’s been terrific to host BAMC this year, as well as welcoming representatives of the EU COST Action ‘Mathematics in Industry Network’ that IMI has coordinated for the past four years.

“The range of mathematics application areas, and collaboration with other scientific disciplines, industry, and government, clearly demonstrates how powerful an innovation tool the mathematical sciences really is.

“I’ve been very pleased to see so much local participation in the event, with Bath research well represented scientifically, as well as the tireless efforts of the local organising team and student volunteers who have helped to make it run so smoothly.”

Professor Paul Milewski, Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, said: “The BAMC is an institution in itself: this year’s conference is its 61st edition and the third time it been held in Bath. We are very pleased this year to have had a large, superb and diverse set of speakers in minisymposia and plenaries from world leaders on topics including epidemics, fluid flows, cells, climate, and industrial impact.”

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