Forthcoming events in this series

Fri, 26 Apr 2024

18:00 - 21:00
Christ Church College

Moriarty Lecture & OCIAM Dinner

Professor Paul C Bressloff
(University of Utah)
Further Information
6.00pm Moriarty Lecture 
               Given by Professor Paul Bresslof (University of Utah & Imperial College)
               Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre.
7.00pm Drinks reception
7.45pm OCIAM Annual Dinner
Thu, 30 Sep 2021

08:00 - 20:30

Woolly Owl

(DAMTP, University of Cambridge)
Further Information

The coach departs the Andrew Wiles Building @ 8am - to University of Cambridge. Returning from Cambridge at 18:30.

The Woolly Owl is a day of short research talks by early career applied mathematics researchers at Oxford and Cambridge, showcasing the outstanding research of the two universities. But there’s a twist: over the course of the day the seven speakers from each side will also be competing as a team to win the coveted - and literal - Woolly Owl trophy.


If you wish to attend please email: @email

Places are limited, so first come, first served. 

Tue, 25 Feb 2020

10:00 - 11:00

Mathematics of Brain Modelling - Spatial navigation in preclinical and clinical Alzheimer’s disease

Professor Michael Hornberger
(University of East Anglia)
Further Information

Booking Essential


Spatial navigation in preclinical and clinical Alzheimer’s disease - Relevance for topological data analysis?

Spatial navigation changes are one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and also lead to significant safeguarding issues in patients after diagnosis. Despite their significant implications, spatial navigation changes in preclinical and clinical Alzheimer’s disease are still poorly understood. In the current talk, I will explain the spatial navigation processes in the brain and their relevance to Alzheimer’s disease. I will then introduce our Sea Hero Quest project, which created the first global benchmark data for spatial navigation in ~4.5 million people worldwide via a VR-based game. I will present data from the game, which has allowed to create personalised benchmark data for at-risk-of-Alzheimer’s people. The final part of my talk will explore how real-world environment & entropy impacts on dementia patients getting lost and how this has relevance for GPS technology based safeguarding and car driving in Alzheimer’s disease.

Tue, 11 Feb 2020

15:30 - 16:30

The Power of Analogy in Physics: From Faraday Waves to Quasicrystals

Ron Lifshitz
(Tel Aviv University)


Quasicrystals have been observed recently in soft condensed mater, providing new insight into the ongoing quest to understand their formation and thermodynamic stability. I shall explain the stability of certain soft-matter quasicrystals, using surprisingly simple classical field theories, by making an analogy to Faraday waves. This will provide a recipe for designing pair potentials that yield crystals with (almost) any given symmetry.

Thu, 06 Feb 2020

18:00 - 21:30

The Annual OCIAM Dinner

Professor Oliver Jensen
(University of Manchester)
Further Information

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

10:00 - 16:30

LMS Applied Algebra and Geometry seminar

Further Information

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:00 -
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 16:00

EUROMECH: Fluid and solid mechanics for tissue engineering

Various Speakers
Further Information

In vitro tissue engineering (TE) aims to create functional tissue and organ samples external to the body to replace damaged or diseased tissues and organs. By using cells (e.g. autologous or allogenic) in combination with natural or synthetic biomaterial scaffolds and biochemical factors, tissueengineered products have many advantages over traditional approaches such as donor tissue and organ transplantation that can elicit an adverse immune response. The development of the growing tissue construct, the combination of scaffold, cells, extracellular matrix (ECM) and biochemical factors, often occurs within a bioreactor that enables precise control of the bio-mechanochemical environment experienced by the cells within the growing construct.

This is particularly important in the development of mechanosensitive tissues, such as bone. Successfully engineering tissues in vitro has required the development of new smart biomaterials, new tissue growth strategies involving defined biological cues, and novel and bespoke bioreactor environments for growing tissue under physiological mechanical conditions. To date, only simple avascular tissues have been successfully generated to a standard where they can be used in a clinical setting, and research into methods for improving tissue viability is essential.

In TE systems, fluid and solid mechanics are used to provide mechanical load (e.g. via fluid shear, elastic deformation) to mechanosensitive tissues such as bone and vasculature, and a key challenge is to recreate the mechanical environment within the bioreactor system that is unique to the tissue under consideration. The fluid flows and solid deformations are intricate, requiring an understanding of novel fluid-structure interactions between the fluid flows, the cells and their ECM, and the (often deformable) biomaterial.  Furthermore, successful tissue growth in bioreactor systems relies on appropriate solute delivery to and waste-product removal from the cells in the tissue construct. To promote transport (without recourse to agitation methods that can be damaging to cells in a tissue-engineering setting), fluid flows are exploited to enhance transport by advection. 

In this colloquium, we will present state-of-the-art theoretical and experimental fluid and solid mechanics for TE, and explore the transformative potential of combined quantitative theoretical and experimental approaches to inform in vitro TE protocols. The theoretical models will be validated via detailed comparison of the theoretical model predictions with quantitative data obtained from state-of-the art biomechanics experiments. The hybrid approach of combining the resulting insights from the validated theoretical models with in vitro TE experiments can then be used to inform bioreactor and smart biomaterial design for TE strategies, with the aim of improving tissue viability.

Delegates are drawn from the theoretical and experimental fluid and solid mechanics communities. To ensure the focus remains applicable to the TE challenges, we have invited leading figures from the TE community, which will also facilitate new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.


Here is the scientific program.


Keynote speakers:

Roger Kamm, Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Alicia El Haj,  Interdisciplinary Chair of Cell Engineering, Healthcare Technology Institute, University of Birmingham


Invited speakers (confirmed to date):

Davide Ambrosi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Anthony Callanan, University of Edinburgh, UK

Ruth Cameron, University of Cambridge, UK

Sonia Contera, University of Oxford, UK

Linda Cummings, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Mohit Dalwadi, University of Oxford, UK

John Dunlop, University of Salzburg, Austria

John King, Nottingham, UK

Nati Korin, Technion, Israel

Catriona Lally, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Sandra Loerakker, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands

Ivan Martin, University of Basel, Switzerland

Scott McCue, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy, University of Oxford, UK

Tom Mullin,  University of Oxford, UK

Ramin Nasehi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Reuben O'Dea, University of Nottingham, UK

James Oliver, University of Oxford, UK

Ioannis Papantoniou, KU Leuven, Belgium

Ansgar Petersen, Julius Wolf Institute Berlin, Germany

Luigi Preziosi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Rebecca Shipley, University College London, UK

Barbara Wagner, Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Berlin

Cathy Ye, Oxford University, UK

Feihu Zhao, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:00 -
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:00

On growth and pattern formation: A celebration of Philip Maini's 60th birthday

Various Speakers
Further Information

The cost for registration is £80. This includes lunch and coffee both days of the workshop, and drinks at a reception following the public lecture on Wednesday 18th September. Registration should be completed through the University of Oxford Online stores:…

Deadline for registration: July 5th. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!



This meeting is being held in celebration of Prof Philip Maini's 60th birthday. Prof Maini has been an internationally leading researcher in mathematical biology for decades. He is currently the Director of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, a position he has held since 1998. In the past 20 years he has grown the group significantly. He has established countless interdisciplinary collaborations, has over 400 publications in numerous areas of mathematical biology, with major contributions in mathematical modelling of tumours, wound healing and embryonic pattern formation. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), and Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA). He has served or is serving on editorial board of a large number of journals, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology [2002-15]. And yet his service to the community cannot be captured just by numbers and titles. Anyone who has met him and worked with him cannot but notice and be touched by his unfailing generosity and the many sacrifices he has made and continues to make day in and day out to help students, early career researchers, and fellow faculty alike.

This meeting provides an opportunity to celebrate Prof Maini's many accomplishments; to thank him for all of his sacrifices; and to bring together the large number of researchers – mathematicians, biologists, physiologists, and clinicians – that he has worked with and interacted with over the years. More broadly, the meeting provides a unique opportunity to reflect on mathematical biology, to provide perspectives on the trajectory of a field that was scarcely recognised and had very few dedicated researchers in the days of Prof Maini's own DPhil; yet a field that has grown tremendously since then. Much of this growth is attributable to the work of Prof Maini, so that today the value of mathematics in biology is increasingly recognized by biologists and clinicians, and with theoretical predictions of mathematical models having cemented a role in advancing biological understanding. 


David SumpterUppsala University (Public lecture), Derek MoultonUniversity of Oxford, Hans OthmerMinnesota University, Jen Flegg, University of Melbourne, Jim MurrayUniversity of Washington, Jonathan SherrattHeriot-Watt University, Kevin PainterHeriot-Watt University, Linus Schumacher, University of Edinburgh, Lucy HutchinsonRoche, Mark ChaplainUniversity of St Andrews, Mark LewisUniversity of Alberta, Mary MyerscoughUniversity of Sydney, Natasha MartinUniversity of Bristol, Noemi Picco, Swansea University, Paul Kulesa, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Ruth Baker, University of Oxford, Santiago SchnellUniversity of Michigan, Tim Pedley, University of Cambridge


Organising committee

Ruth Baker (University of Oxford)

Derek Moulton (University of Oxford)

Helen Byrne (University of Oxford)

Santiago Schnell (University of Michigan)

Mark Chaplain (University of St Andrews)

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:30 -
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:30


(Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine)
Further Information

The Training School will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, biomedical engineers, biologists and physical scientists to present recent advances in mathematical, computational, in-vitro, and in-vivo approaches to further our understanding of fluid mechanics within the stented ureter and to identify current challenges in urinary stent design. Moreover, leading speakers from the world of industry and regulatory affairs will share their experiences of commercialisation in the medtech industry, and how they have addressed industrial and regulatory challenges when taking their “next-generation” products from bench-to-bedside.

Here is a preliminary program.

We would like to encourage Early Career Researchers (Master students, PhD students, and PostDocs) to apply as trainees, by sending their CV and a short statement (of no more than 250 words) to, explaining why they would like to attend the Training School. Participants are encouraged to present a poster about their work, and should send a title of their poster together with their application.

We will award 15 grants to fund accommodation, travel, and subsistence of trainees

Applications should be submitted by July 15th, and applicants will be notified by the end of July about the outcome of their application.

Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:30 -
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:00

UK Fluids Network Special Interest Group: Fluid Mechanics of Cleaning and Decontamination

Various Speakers
(University of Oxford)
Further Information

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Please Register here


Tue, 25 Jun 2019

14:00 - 18:00

CRICKET MATCH - Mathematical Institute

(University of Oxford)
Further Information

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Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:00 -
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:00


John Bush, Darren Crowdy, John Hinch, Anne Juel , Katerina Kaouri, Apala Majumdar, Becky Shipley, William Parnell, Giles Richardson, Tiina Roose, Eddie Wilson, Thomas P. Witelski
Further Information

Please register here

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OCIAM was created in 1989, when Alan Tayler, the first director, moved with a group of applied mathematicians into the annex of the Mathematical Institute in Dartington House.

To celebrate our 30th anniversary we have invited twenty speakers, all of whom have spent time in OCIAM, to talk on some of the many aspects of work generated by the group.

This programe will build on the success of ‘Mathematics in the Spirit of Joe Keller’, hosted by the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge in 2017.



The scientific talks commence on Monday 24th June and finish early afternoon on Tuesday 25th June, with lunch served on both days.

There will be a conference dinner on Monday evening at Somerville College, and on Tuesday afternoon the Mathematical Institute cricket match and BBQ at Merton College Pavilion, to which everyone is invited.


Fri, 14 Jun 2019

09:30 - 18:30

19th Oxford Cambridge Applied Maths Meeting (aka The Woolly Owl)

Further Information

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Tue, 02 Apr 2019

11:00 - 16:00

MiLS Meeting on Multiscale modelling techniques and their applications in biology and medicine

Various Speakers
(Mathematical Institute)
Further Information

By Daniele Avitabile on Mar 04, 2019 09:38 pm

The ninth Mathematics in Life Sciences (MiLS) meeting will focus on "Multiscale modelling techniques and their applications in biology and medicine". It will take place on the 2nd of April 2019 from 11am to 4pm, at the University of Oxford. This is the first meeting organised in collaboration with our new members, Sarah Waters (University of Oxford), and  Alessia Annibale (King's College London).

The meeting will consist of two review talks aimed at non-experts, combined with several contributed research talks. The review talks will be given by Oliver Jensen (University of Manchester), and Patrick Farrell (University of Oxford).

Attendance to the meeting is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to register your intention to attend, by sending an email to

We solicit contributed talks and posters, especially from early career researchers and postgraduate students. If you are interested in giving a talk, please send a title and abstract to Sarah.Waters (waters [at] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) and Daniele Avitabile (daniele [dot] avitabile [at] nottingham [dot] ac [dot] uk).

You can read more about MiLS here and here and you can subscribe to our low-traffic newsletter here.

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Wed, 27 Feb 2019

18:00 - 21:00

OCIAM Dinner at Christ Church, Oxford

Keynote: Professor Grae Worster
(University of Cambridge)
Further Information

Here's a quick note about the location and dress code for Wednesday's OCIAM event at Christ Church.

The Lecture will take place in the Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre, which is in Blue Boar Quad at 6pm. Please enter via the lodge and ask for directions.

Pre-dinner drinks at 7:15pm and dinner at 7:45pm itself will take place in the Lee Building (in the Freind room = SCR dining room. Yes, e before i.)

Given that we will be in the SCR dining room, please dress smartly (Jacket and tie for the gents, please. No jeans.)

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