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Open for Business Events

Open for Business events form part of the Institute's mission to foster links between academic research and the business world and are organised by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics. The aim is to bring together academic researchers in the mathematical sciences with industrial, commercial and government organisations and individuals to enable formal and informal discussion and networking.

Open for Business events are organised in conjunction with the Knowledge Transfer Network for Industrial Mathematics (KTN) and whenever appropriate with the Centre for Science and Policy. They are supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund of the University of Cambridge.

Open for Business events provide opportunities, at senior level, for cross-fertilisation between the business-facing activities of the KTN and the research focus of the Institute. Events are structured to enable the formation of new relationships on the business-academic interface and to assist in identifying the common challenges that have greatest potential for research, knowledge transfer, public policy and commercial impact.

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Recent Events

Mathematics of Applied and Medical Imaging

11th February 2014 to 11th August 2014

This half day Open for Business workshop was part of a one week follow-up meeting on Inverse Problems.

There have been many recent developments in the mathematical problems associated with inverse problems in medical imaging and this workshop aimed to disseminate the latest findings and techniques and provided an interface between academia and users of the technologies.

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Polynomial Optimisation

8th August 2013

On the afternoon and evening of Thursday 8 August 2013, the Isaac Newton Institute will be hosting an Open for Business meeting, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network for Industrial Mathematics. The purpose of the meeting is to give businesses and other organisations an opportunity to interact with international research leaders who have expertise in the modelling and solution of hard discrete and/or non-linear optimisation problems.

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Management of Variability and Uncertainty in Energy Systems

24th April 2013

Organisers: Stan Zachary (Heriot-Watt), David Lenaghan (National Grid plc), Robert Leese (Industrial Mathematics KTN), Andrew Richards (National Grid plc), Sergey Foss (Heriot-Watt), James Cruise (Heriot-Watt), Chris Dent (Durham)

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Mathematics of Liquid Crystals: industrially inspired problems

27th March 2013

Liquid crystalLiquid crystals, through their use in technology, have had a profound impact on many facets of life today. Despite their widespread use, they are still incompletely understood. The workshop Mathematics of Liquid Crystals: Industrially Inspired Problems brings mathematicians in academia working in the field of liquid crystals together with representatives of industry producing liquid crystal materials and devices.

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Maths meets Molecular Biology

18th September 2012

Organiser: Keith Moffatt (Cambridge)

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