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Strathclyde Student Chapter of SIAM Annual Meeting

Strathclyde Student Chapter of SIAM Annual Meeting

Maths might be hard to grips with, but its application in industry brings huge benefits that touch all our lives. An event on 3rd May at the University of Strathclyde will showcase some of these vital applications.


If you were to go out and ask a random person on the street their opinion of maths, chances are they’d say something along the lines of “I hated maths at school”, or “maths is really hard, I didn’t see the point of it”. And if you ask them about statistics, they’ll probably tell you that they’re all made up. Of course, if you were to ask a mathematician or statistician the same question they’d launch into a lecture on what exciting project they’re working on.

Yes, maths is difficult, but it is also extremely useful across lots of different subject areas; ranging from healthcare, to finance, to biological systems, and that’s why Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) exists as an entity.

In order to showcase just some of the problems that maths can be applied to, we have arranged for three speakers to present their work; Dr Douglas McLean of Moody’s Analytics; Professor David Anderson, from the University of Wisconsin; and last but by no means least, Professor Nicholas J. Higham of the University of Manchester and President Elect of SIAM.

Dr McLean will be discussing an application to finance: specifically the modelling of operational risk, within a multivariate copular framework. Professor Anderson will be discussing Distributions for stochastically modelled biochemical reaction systems. Finally, Professor Higham will be talking about challenges in multivalued matrix functions.

Following the presentations, there will be a drinks reception to allow attendees the opportunity to discuss their research with like-minded people.

This event has been organised as part of the Engage at Strathclyde week, and will take place on May 3rd 2016, from 2-6pm within the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

Further details including a programme of events, complete with abstracts, and the link for registration can be found at or feel free to e-mail any of our board:


Look-out for more posts from Engage with Strathclyde participants on the Glasgow City of Science Blog and follow them on Twitter @EngageStrath

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