The pictures below show the two researchers finalizing their exciting new results on plane wave backgrounds in QED, with support from their @**royalsociety**@**NewtonFund** grant.

The aim of the days are to encourage the students to consider mathematics at A level, which, while vital for a maths degree, is also useful for students to have for all STEM disciplines.

There are about 500 students and 50 teachers from 25 schools across Devon and Cornwall signed up over the two days. The days are organized by Dr Jenny Sharp. Further information about mathematical activities for school students, which are run through out the year, can be found here.

Some of the activities at the taster days are:

- The Creation of Number
- Boat Building
- Solving the Josephus Problem
- How seeing patterns can help you solve some problems
- Breaking the Cipher
- Guesstimation
- Games and Probability
- Experimental Design

The career day was organized by the Operational Research Society. Operational research is the area of mathematics, which helps businesses make decisions and how to efficiently organize their work. Hence OR is an important sector, which employs a lot of mathematics graduates.

The events at the open day were:

- Listen to talks on OR with interesting case studies.
- Find out how to apply for an OR, analytics, or data science roles.
- Meet employers and see how areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data could be part of your new job.
- Hear graduates’ experiences of working in OR and analytics.

Speaker: Professor Arieh Iserles (University of Cambridge)

Abstract: The data and information revolution is changing our lives:

the way we socialise, shop, elect our leaders and conduct our

research. Its impact ranges across all different academic

disciplines. Yet, its engine room is mathematics—a set of emerging

methodologies in statistics, computation and pure mathematics. In this

talk I will attempt to explain in a non-technical manner this New

Brave World, demystify phrases like “deep learning”, “imaging”,

“sparse recovery” and “inverse problems”, describing how mathematics

is transforming “Big Data” and how “Big Data” is transforming

mathematics.

The video of the lecture is below:

The first speaker, Dr Gavin Koh, a tropical medicine physician and Global Health Clinical Development Director at GSK, offered an interactive seminar on discussing practical issues in medical statistics when designing a clinical trial.

The second speaker was Samuel Mahoney, a former student of BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Plymouth and is now a SAS programmer at Covance. Samuel talked about his enthusiasm about medical statistics and his recent paper on the association between dietary intake and BMI in early years.

This event was organized by Dr. Yinghui Wei, the secretary of the local group.

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The title of the project is :

“Signatures of strongly interacting dynamics”

The project aims at providing predictions for observables relevant to the search of New Physics in the context of Composite Dark Matter and Composite Higgs scenario which are looked for by large experiments such that the one of CERN.

The grant will cover research trips until September 2020.

]]>Vincent Drach was invited to an interdisciplinary workshop on composite dark matter held on 01/09/2018 to the 05/09/2018 in Trento, Italy.

Quote from the website : “ Understanding the nature of Dark Matter (DM) is one of the key scientific questions in Particle Physics. Among the different scenarios for DM, one that is particularly interesting and relatively unexplored is the conjecture that DM particles are composite states of a new strongly coupled gauge sector like QCD. This origin could explain the stability of DM, the stringent constraints on its interactions with nuclei, and galactic structure anomalies potentially related to large DM self-interactions. In addition, composite DM candidates appear naturally in models of new physics motivated by the gauge hierarchy problem. A successful understanding of this paradigm requires insight from nuclear physics, strongly coupled quantum field theory, model building, cosmology and astrophysics.

]]>Quote from the website : “ Understanding the nature of Dark Matter (DM) is one of the key scientific questions in Particle Physics. Among the different scenarios for DM, one that is particularly interesting and relatively unexplored is the conjecture that DM particles are composite states of a new strongly coupled gauge sector like QCD. This origin could explain the stability of DM, the stringent constraints on its interactions with nuclei, and galactic structure anomalies potentially related to large DM self-interactions. In addition, composite DM candidates appear naturally in models of new physics motivated by the gauge hierarchy problem. A successful understanding of this paradigm requires insight from nuclear physics, strongly coupled quantum field theory, model building, cosmology and astrophysics.

The goal of this workshop is to promote progress in composite DM research through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together experts from these different fields to exchange knowledge and plan future joint efforts.”

Dr. Drach talk was about presenting recent prediction that can be used by experiments at CERN to constraint New Physics beyond the Standard Model.