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Growth and division in mathematics and medicine

A collaborative incubator

4 – 6 November 2019, University College London

A collaborative workshop designed to bring together people with different perspectives on processes of growth and division, and get us talking.

The incubator will kick off with talks outlining questions around growth and division from a range of areas in mathematics, science and medicine. Participants will work together in groups to develop the questions into well-defined problems and discuss ideas for solutions.




Ideas from discussions

Summaries on Wednesday


Photo of workshop participants

Photo of W-F Xue, A Marguet and A Watson


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The event is governed by a Code of Conduct.

Further information

What is the incubator?

We will run the incubator as a kind of study group. Speakers will present on topics of interest to them with a focus on open problems. We will work on them in groups to see what we come up with. Participants can stick to one problem, change problems or move around; the key thing is that there’ll be brain storming, discussion and calculation. On the last day, progress will be presented. The workshop is open to all: people from any relevant discipline at any career stage.

What is the aim?

The main goal is working together; working with other people on a problem is a great way to learn what other people know and how they think. Of course, we also hope that the workshop will lead to long-lasting collaborations. We might also make some interesting progress on the specific open problems suggested by speakers.

This workshop is part of a bigger project being run by the University of Bath and funded through the EPSRC inclusion matters programme. You may be contacted by the postdoc social sciences researcher from Bath to ask some questions about your experiences before, during and after the workshop. Amongst other things they are trying to get an idea of whether the collaborative nature of the workshop has any measurable benefits. You are under no obligation to help them, but it would be great if you could spare a few minutes of your time.

You can find out more information about the wider project here.

Schedule and location

The workshop runs Monday to Wednesday, 4 to 6 November 2019. It will take place in 16 Taviton Street, fourth floor, room 433 (the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, labelled ‘SSEES’ on this map).

Monday 4 November

Tuesday 5 November

Wednesday 6 November

As you can see, the majority of the time will be devoted to discussions within small groups of people interested in a particular topic. You can stick to one group or float between them, as desired.

Is it going to be all mathematics (or all medicine, or…)?

No - the goal of the workshop is to unite scientists, mathematicians and statisticians to everyone’s benefit. All of us sometimes find ourselves in need of a fresh perspective or someone with a different toolset. This workshop is a chance to bridge gaps between disciplines and find collaborations for the future.

About the location

The event is on the fourth floor. There is step-free access to the room and there is an accessible single-stall toilet on the same floor as the event. There is also a gender-neutral toilet on the third floor of the building.

For detailed access information, see https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/taviton-16-classroom-433. Please let the organisers know if you have any access or other requirements or have any questions.


Email: Alex Watson.

Code of conduct

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the workshop at the discretion of the organizers.

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