ECMI 2021 Students Competition

The European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry invites teams of students of Bachelor, Master or PhD levels in an ECMI member institution to the ECMI 2021 Student Competition.

Who can apply?

Teamwork is allowed with 1 up to 4 members per team. Students of Bachelor, Master degree or PhD level of ECMI member universities are eligible as team members. 

The winning team will receive 1000 euro cash prize

The Problem

During the evolution of COVID-19 epidemics different countries have taken different measures to mitigate the diffusion of the epidemics, including restrictions to mobility and, more recently, vaccines. The latter are expected to lead to herd immunity of the corresponding populations.

In this project we shall ask you to consider as a paradigm two specific countries: United Kingdom (GBR) and Israel (ISR) which, followed different restriction policies, but in a similar time span, have already vaccinated a significant percentage of their population. For these two countries, we provide you with a dataset.


Your task is to produce a model which fits the data and is able to investigate the effect of different policy measures to prevent the diffusion of the epidemics, including the vaccination campaign.

In order to work on the project, and depending on your background, you can use a deterministic mathematical model of epidemic response (SIR-like) or a stochastic model (agent-based models, random graphs, stochastic differential equations with Poissonian or Binomial noise, etc.).


  • Problem posted: May 5, 2021
  • Registration: from May 5 to June 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021 (postponed)
  • Submission due: July 31, 2021
  • Winners announcement: September 15, 2021

For registration and further infos visit the page of the ECMI 2021 Students Competition

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