The Institute co-sponsors high quality workshops that are consistent with its mission to enable interactions for modelling and quantifying interdisciplinary phenomena.  Workshops must have co‑organisers from the Department of Mathematics and at least one other department at Imperial, and a maximum of 40 participants. The goal is for participants, who are experts within the quantitative sciences, to come together to exchange the latest developments and ideas in their areas, to foster new collaborations and new interdisciplinary interactions, and to provide a forum for vigorous research‑oriented discussions.

Co-sponsored Workshops in 2018 and 2019:


Latest Workshop: Field theories come to Life

The workshop focused on new results in the area of field-theoretic methods applied to biological systems.  Discussion was motivated by recent experimental results and covered the following:

  • models for cellular self-organisation and pattern formation
  • patterning and symmetry breaking in early embryos
  • deformation and bending of active surfaces formed by actomyosin networks
  • field theories of phase separation in active matter
  • freezing transitions in RNA

Talks, poster presentations and informal discussions helped to develop new connections within the community. The mix of biologists, physicists and mathematicians allowed the attendees to challenge conceptions and identify new directions for future research.