Successful BAMC 2022 conference held at Loughborough University

From 11th – 13th April 2022, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University was honoured to host the 63rd British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC).

A photograph of the BAMC 2022 mug with a conference programme stood behind it

The BAMC is the UK’s largest applied mathematics conference bringing together students, academics and industry professionals to discuss recent advances within the field. Holding a central place in the UK applied mathematics calendar, it is one of the first places where PhD students and early career researchers present their work, and where mathematicians across all career stages can actively interact with one another.

Founded by Sir James Lighthill as The British Theoretical Mechanics Colloquium (now known as the BAMC) and first held in 1959 in Manchester, an annual conference has run every year since then at a different UK university (bar the 2020 conference that was postponed and run online in 2021). This was the second time the conference has been hosted at Loughborough University, the first time being in 1996. It was also the first BAMC to run in a hybrid format, allowing both in-person and online participation, with the in-person aspect especially welcomed by attendees following the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With an exciting programme of plenary speakers, 44 poster presentations, 21 minisymposia sessions, and a public lecture and panel discussion, BAMC 2022 saw the UK applied mathematics community show genuine joy at the opportunity to meet, discuss and learn from each other once more. Around 300 in-person and 70 online participants joined, with over 270 talks being given, including over 100 by current PhD students. There were five prizes for best student talks and two for best student poster presentations.

The prize winners included:

  • Anna Berryman (University of Oxford)
  • Jonathan Brooks (Loughborough University)
  • Giulia Laura Celora (University of Oxford)
  • Alessandro Giammarini (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Olga Kuznetsova (Aalto University)
  • Roisin Stephens (University of Oxford)
  • Jeremy Worsfold (University of Bath) 

A broad selection of applied mathematics was on show, including participants from major mathematics departments across the UK and internationally. The applications of the mathematical topics ranged from motion water waves and civil engineering challenges, to modelling of plant growth, human cell tissue, and even problems in ethics and decision making using cutting edge analytical and numerical techniques.

The BAMC was supported by a range of sponsors, including:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  • The London Mathematical Society
  • The Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics
  • The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland Section)
  • The Stewartson Memorial Fund

The organisers would like to thank everyone involved that made the BAMC 2022 conference a huge success.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University brings together innovative teaching, dedicated learning resources and facilities to create a stimulating study environment. The Department is active in high quality, cutting edge research, including applied mathematics research in The Centre for Nonlinear Mathematics and Applications and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical Modelling.