European Study Groups with Industry (ESGI) originated in Oxford in 1968, under the name of Oxford Study Groups with Industry. Study Groups are intensive week-long, team-based, problem-solving workshops that provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between mathematicians, scientists, and industrialists.

A limited number of the challenges proposed by companies will be selected by the scientific committee to be tackled during ESGI161. In the first day of this event, academic participants will allocate themselves to a working group, each of which will work in one of the challenges along with the industrial partner during all the week. On the last day, each group will make a presentation of the main results obtained and suggest some directions for further work. 

A few weeks after the study group, a technical report describing the work of each group will be sent to the corresponding industrial partner. It will contain the main results achieved on the ESGI as well as other suggestions for further developments.

More information on the European Study Groups with Industry can be found at European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry. The community represented by the Portuguese Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (PT-MATHS-IN) has a long tradition on organizing ESGI. A list of the previous Portuguese ESGI is available at the PT-MATHS-IN website.

As described in [1], a Study Group is an effective interface between mathematicians and industrialists for:

Problem scoping

  • Clarifying and clearly formulating a problem;
  • Bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas;
  • Brainstorming different mechanisms and methodologies.

Problem solving

  • Exploiting the expertise of leading mathematical scientists to find solutions to industrial problems using known techniques (knowledge transfer);
  • Finding state-of-the-art solution procedures.

In addition, a Study Group provides added value for both academia and industry.

For Industry

  • Raise and investigate research issues of long-term significance;
  • Access to state-of-the-art mathematical techniques and ideas;
  • Better awareness of mathematics and its potential to solve industrial problems;
  • Knowledge transfer from mathematics to industry;
  • Establish lasting and productive links with research mathematicians;
  • Widen employment opportunities and company profiles with postgraduate students. 

If you are an industry representative and your company has a challenge to address do not hesitate to contact us through  . We will visit you, at no cost and without any need for an immediate commitment, for an initial discussion about the eligibility of the problem on this scope. Many of the industrial problems have some mathematical aspect on them, although the underlying mathematics is not always recognizable at the first sight. Confidentiality issues may be treated on this initial talk. Following the European directives, the costs of participating as a company will depend on the company’s size, but most probably you will be very surprised about it.

For Academia

  • Access to new, interesting, problems that can seed new projects, contracts or research directions;
  • Increase the interaction between different fields of mathematics, strengthen the links between community members and give new insights into different mathematical areas;
  • Engage more students in real-world applications of mathematics;
  • Involve students in industrial problems by means of internships, Masters or PhD projects, expanding employment opportunities and company profiles with postgraduate students;
  • Access to expert industrial knowledge and data to inform research;
  • Insight into what problems are important in the “real world”;
  • Create more job opportunities in industry (in addition to teaching or research);
  • Improve communication skills, to include a broader audience, as well as their ability to translate industrial problems into relevant branches of mathematics.

All the academic participants (researchers, professors and students) with a strong mathematical background are welcome. This is a team-work event, where all the participants learn with the others. But be aware: it is strongly addictive. There is no fee for academic participants.

[1] Araújo, A., Bustamante, M., Cruz, M., Novakovic, R. and Rottshafer, V.: Handbook for running a sustainable Euroepan Study Group with Industry, Mathematics for Industry Network (MI-NET), 2017. ISBN: 978-0-86197-196-1