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The very first Mathematical Study Group with Industry was held in Oxford in 1968, the brainchild of Alan Tayler and Leslie Fox, both of whom realised the importance and value of getting mathematicians together with industrialists to identify and solve problems.



A week dedicated to solving your business problem:


Representatives from industry present their problem on the first day of the study group.


A dedicated team of academic experts from areas such as mathematics, statistics, engineering and scientific computing collaborate with business representatives to find practical and commercially viable solutions to the problem.


The study group will culminate with the team’s presentation of their work to solve the problem. This will be followed up shortly afterwards by a written project report.

An academic lead will be appointed to oversee each business problem and coordinate the presentation of the final academic report in close consultation with the industry representative(s).

This simple format has proved its value again and again: companies from diverse industries have benefited from the insights gained through mathematical analysis of their problems, while mathematicians and other scientists have benefited from the exciting research opportunities presented by unsolved problems with practical significance.


“The Industrial Mathematics Study Group was a rare opportunity for us to engage with the best and brightest in the UK and beyond.


It’s very difficult and expensive to assemble the concentration of talent and experience required to take advanced mathematical projects to the next level. Study Groups provide a lifeline for forward-thinking businesses which need to make the most of their resources.”
Eleanor Watson, CEO, Poikos