Alison Ramage, Department of Mathematics, University of Strathclyde.
The second annual meeting of the UK and Republic of Ireland SIAM section took place at UMIST on January 5th, 1998. Despite the poor weather conditions across the country, which led to some last-minute programme rescheduling, an audience of approximately 50 people heard talks from five invited speakers covering various areas of applied mathematics.
The day began with John Hinch (Cambridge University) discussing A Load of Balls in Newton's Cradle, followed by Rupert Klein (Free University of Berlin) talking on Generalised Adaptivity of Numerical Discretisations Based on Asymptotic Analysis. After a short business meeting and lunch, Bill Morton (Oxford/Bath Universities and Section President) gave a talk on The Use of Evolution Operators in Numerical Modelling of PDEs. Mark Chaplain (University of Dundee) then described Mathematical Modelling of Tumour Growth and Development. An impromptu presentation by Nick Trefethen (Oxford University) on random Fibonacci series brought the meeting to a close. In true SIAM tradition, these interesting talks highlighted the diversity of work in industrial and applied mathematics being carried out by SIAM members in Europe.
At the business meeting, the elected office bearers (Bill Morton (President, Bath/Oxford), Bill Dold (Vice-President, UMIST) and Andy Wathen (Secretary, Oxford University)) informed members that most of the work involved in the first year has been in establishing a framework for the new section. Currently, the primary project is organising the 7th International Conference on Numerical Combustion which will take place in York in March-April 1998. In addition, SIAM-sponsored minisymposia are planned for other UK/Ireland based meetings. These initiatives reflect one of the main aims of the section; that is, making SIAM meetings more accessible to UK and Irish participants. There was also a brief discussion of possible ways of increasing student participation in SIAM activities. Members were told that details of student travel awards and other relevant SIAM information can be found on the new section webpage at http://www.comlab.ox.ac.uk/oucl/users/andy.wathen/ukiesiam/ukiesiam.html . Finally, Andy Wathen announced his intention to step down as secretary with a view to staggering future elections for office bearers. He was thanked for all of his hard work in getting the new section established, and elections for his successor are now under way.
The aim for 1998 is for the section to build on its initial success and to continue to help UK and Irish mathematicians get more benefits from their SIAM membership. Watch this space!