November 26, 2020, by pmxskb

UoN SIAM & IMA Student Chapter – PGR Student Showcase

The University of Nottingham SIAM & IMA Student Chapter (details below) held our first PGR Student showcase on Monday 9th November.

The aim of the event was to provide an opportunity for students to practice giving talks that they will be giving at conferences or their second year talk. We planned to originally have this event in May before the summer conference season. It was also a great opportunity for the students to practice giving talks digitally as this is a first for most.

There were five excellent talks from Connor Rourke, Sunil Modhara, Ines Krissaane, Harry Wells and Benjamin Morris. These students were from a range of different research groups and it was great to see the variety of research that goes on in the department. Each talk was either 15 or 20 minutes in length, allowing for 5 minutes of questions from the audience. The event was well attended and we had lots of great questions for the speakers. We also provided optional peer review for the speakers to get feedback from some of the committee members on their talk and we hope this was useful for the speakers.

We hope to run this event again in the future if students want to practice talks for conferences later on in the year.


What is SIAM?

SIAM is the Society for Industrial and Applied Maths which is a global organisation based in America. They have 14,500+ members worldwide. There are 21 Activity Groups from Algebraic Geometry to Life Sciences to Supercomputing that have their own mailing lists to announce conferences and job opportunities.  There are 14 SIAM sections that host their own events including the UK and Rep. of Ireland section that holds an annual meeting and annual student conference. There are also 18 highly esteemed journals that SIAM produces.

As the University of Nottingham has a Student Chapter, along with 196 other Universities worldwide, any student is given free membership to SIAM. They also provide student travel awards to conferences.


What is the IMA?

The IMA is the Institute of Mathematics and its applications and is a society based in the UK. They have 8 journals and host many conferences, talks and workshops. They also provide a careers service and research grants. They fund Teacher Training Scholarships too for mathematics teachers. As a student, the IMA provides a free eStudent Newsletter and membership is £10 a year.


The Student Chapter

The Student Chapter is run by a committee of PGR students. We receive annual funding from both SIAM and the IMA to host events for students. This has included lectures, careers talks and film nights. We require at least four roles in the committee: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. If you would like any more information regarding joining SIAM or the IMA or about the Chapter and its events please visit our Sharepoint at, follow us on Twitter @UniOfNotts_SIAM or email us at


Article written by Abigail Cocks РUniversity of Nottingham SIAM & IMA Student Chapter President 

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