Improvisation For Scientists

Thanks to all the participants of the “Improvisation for Scientists” Workshop today, and a massive thank you to presentation trainer and drama educator Justine Jones who taught the workshop for us, bringing techniques from drama into the science world.
Scientists often need to be spontaneous and think outside the box. This was a great taster to see how improvisation skills can help research mathematicians become comfortable speaking and interacting on their feet through playing drama games.

So, in case you don’t know what to expect in an “improvisation for scientists” session, the participants will tell you: A lot of pointing fingers at people, making up stories and throwing balls. What was it about the fire in the kitchen that gave birth to a fractal dragon that turned into eggs and more eggs? Dragon meat with salt or sugar, a controversial debate…



  •  Improvisation for Scientists. Monday 09 Nov, 1-2 pm, Huxley 341/342. Registration required. Space is limited!
  • G-Research Workshop on Quantitative Finance & Modeling Research. Monday 09 Nov, 4-5 pm, Huxley 341. Registration required, please email Lauren Sexton to do so (Space is also limited for this!)
  • .JAMS– as always every Thursday – YAY!! Open to all (even our non-mathematician friends…)
  • Fluids Themed Afternoon Tuesday, 17th November, 12-3 pm, Huxley 139. Open to all.
  • Workshop on Credit Scoring for Humanity with Aire. Wednesday, 25th November, 6.30-7.30 pm, Huxley 340. More details coming soon.
  • AMMP Day. Wednesday, 16th December, all afternoon. More details coming soon.

First JAMS of 2015-16

Thanks to Ben Amor and Pietro Servini for their amazing talks at the first JAMS of the year. The room was fully packed and we even had people from the Chemistry, Life Science, Physics and Aeronautical Departments visiting!

Next week, we will have Katharina Brinck and Maximilian Engel talking about Ecological food webs and Chaos. Hope to see you all there!!!


JAMS – Save the Date!

JAMS – Junior Applied Mathematics Seminars – start on Thursday, 15th October 2015 and will take place every Thursday, 4-5 pm in Huxley 747 (follow the signs as it may be difficult to find). Every week, we will have 2 short talks by PhDs for PhDs from a variety of topics in Applied and Industrial Mathematics. It’s a great way to meet people, become more confident in giving talks, get to know what fellow PhD students  are working on, and have a break from the day with some drinks and snacks in great company.


Welcome Event 2015 – SIAM Mingle

Thanks to all of the many people who came along to our Welcome Event on Wednesday, 7th October. We were happy to meet so many old and new faces and it was a great way to start the new year!

If you would like to sign up to the chapter, but didn’t have a chance on Wednesday, you can do so here.


Annual Meeting 2015

On Friday 19th June 2015 around 50 junior researchers met for the (first ever) Imperial College SIAM Student Chapter Annual Meeting 2015. Delegates came from a number of institutions including Imperial College London, University College London, University of Bath, University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge to name a few.

We had three great plenary talks from Prof. Mason Porter, Prof. Ruth Baker and Prof. Robb McDonald and a rich variety of student talks on topics from the mathematics of policing, the interfacial motion of liquid crystals and how to minimise infectious disease outbreaks after natural disasters.

We wish to congratulate our two prize winners;

Franca Hoffman won “Best Talk” for her talk on:
Hypocoercivity Techniques applied to Non-Woven Textile Production

Andrada Ianus won “Best Poster” for her talk on:
Advanced Pulse Sequence Development for Diffusion MRI

Thanks for everyone who attended and made the event a great success!

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Save the date – Annual Meeting 2015

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the date of our annual conference.

We will be having a day of talks, posters, food, drink and all around good vibes on Friday 19th June 2015.

We have some great plenaries confirmed (watch this space!) but a large portion of the day will be dedicated to giving junior researchers a chance to showcase their research through either a talk or a poster. As an added incentive, there will be a prize for the best talk and the best poster.

Registration is here.

Further information can be found here.

We hope to see you there!

Fluids Themed Event

We are happy to announce that our next themed event will focus on Fluid Dynamics.

Our speakers are:

Toby Kirk
Liquid film flow down a superhydrophobic incline with a nonuniform slip-length

Alex Amos
Critical layers and interactions of stationary and non-stationary crossflow vortices in three-dimensional boundary layers

Tomass Bernots
Receptivity of the Boundary Layer to Vibrations of the Wing Surface

Evangelos Papaefthymiou
Systems of nonlinear PDEs arising in multilayer channel flows

For further details please see here.

To register your attendance please click here.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

The event will begin at 4pm on 18/03/2015 in room 140 of the Huxley building.

AMMP Day 2014 Follow-up

Our midwinter event, AMMP day, was attended by >50 academics and junior researchers making it our largest event to date! Much fun was had with talks ranging from malware detection to dynamics of corporations as well as some Christmas snacks to nibble on with coffee.

We would like to thank all our speakers for giving a great series of interesting talks and a big congratulations to Susana Gomes who won the award of a book voucher for the “Best Student Talk”, awarded by an independent committee of academics within the Department of Mathematics.

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AMMP Day 2014

As the autumn term is winding down why not come and join us for a get together just before the seasonal break. We have organised 7 talks from late stage PhD students within the AMMP section of the Department of Mathematics on various different topics. We are also happy to announce that this year’s plenary speaker will be Prof. Richard Craster who will be talking about “Homogenisation of Multiscale Media for Wave Problems”.

There will be a prize for the best talk by a PhD student as well as some Christmas treats for all. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to those who attend.

Registration for the event can be done here. For further details, the full schedule can be found here.

The event will begin at 12:15 on 10/12/2014 in room 308 of the Huxley building.

We hope to see many of you there.