COVID-19 modelling: rapidly predicting the spatially varying infection risk indoors from airborne transmission

By Ian Griffiths 1, Katerina Kaouri 2, Aaron English 2, and Zechariah Lau 2. 1. University of Oxford, Mathematical Institute 2. Cardiff University, Dep. of Mathematics The virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, is transmitted through virus-carrying respiratory droplets, which are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks or […]

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The UK Graduate Modelling Camp 2020: A Student’s Perspective

By Ed Donlon The UK Graduate Modelling Camp ( took place from 15-17 July 2020 under slightly unusual circumstances, as the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated online-only attendance, rather than the usual in-person experience. Nevertheless, the camp was undoubtedly a huge success, thanks in no small part to the fantastic work put […]

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Using mathematics to optimise the performance of filtration membranes

By Victoria Pereira Membrane filtration is a process used for the clarification, purification, and separation of fluid mixtures. In a typical filtration system, a mixture of fluid and contaminant particles is passed through a porous membrane; the fluid passes through while the particles are retained, either on the surface of […]

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Accurate answers using imprecise calculations

By Oliver Sheridan-Methven, University of Oxford Mathematical Institute, PhD in industrially focused mathematical modelling For a huge variety of tasks we require computer simulations to produce useful answers. This can be from everyday items, such as simulating weather patterns to produce the weather forecasts, to on-demand simulations of financial markets […]

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BAKING THE CARBON CAKE Homogenisation Applied to the Electrical Calcination of Carbon Materials

By Caoimhe Rooney The metallurgy industry is a gold-mine for mathematical treasures, from partial differential equation models describing crust formation (which notoriously hinders furnace operation), to population balance equations explaining the formation and growth of microsilica particles (which impacts the performance of composite materials). Through the collaboration of the University […]

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New MSc at the University of Oxford – ‘OMMS’

The new Oxford Master’s in Mathematical Sciences (or ‘OMMS’) will admit its first cohort of students in 2018-19. This master’s degree spans interdisciplinary applications of mathematics as well as recognizing fundamental questions and themes.  Students can choose from many different pathways, tailoring the programme to their individual interests and requirements. […]

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