What is a European Study Group with Industry?



A Study Group is a forum where academic mathematicians work on problems directly related to industry. Workshops of this nature have taken place in Great Britain for a number of years, going back to 1968 when Prof. Alan Tayler started the Oxford Study Group with Industry. The coordination of Study Groups is now in the hands of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI), and the name is currently European Study Group with Industry (ESGI).
At the ECMI Council it was decided that Study Groups should also be held outside Great Britain. The first one in Scandinavia was held in Denmark at the Tecnichal University of Denmark in 1998.

Benefits to the Participants
The reasons for the continuing success of the Study Groups are simple: The industrial participants get, for a very modest sum, a highly qualified `think tank' of mathematicians to focus on their particular research problem. Besides a full or partial solution of the problem as well as insight into existing industrial problems, the companies establish useful contacts with international scientists.
The academics benefit from new ideas and challenges providing inspiration for both education and their own research. They create new contacts with international researchers and establish productive working links with companies thereby stimulating  a greater awareness in the community of the power of mathematics in providing solution paths to real world problems.

Workshop Structure
The format of a Study Group is a week long meeting (Monday - Friday). On the first day of the meeting a number of companies  each presents a research problem, they believe to be of a mathematical nature. The next 3 days are devoted to brainstorming, modelling and solving the problems closely guided by the industrial representatives. Participants are free to apply their expertise to any of the problems. On Friday the progress and recommended routes forward are presented.

Reports on the problem considerations are produced after the meeting.


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