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Graduate Student Workshop


Wednesday 6 January to Saturday 9 January 2014


Mathematical Sciences Building, West Campus
University of the Witwatersrand, 
South Africa

Contact information

David P Mason

Organising Committee

Professor D P Mason, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 
Professor M Ali, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Rene January, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences
A'eeda Rhodes, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences 


The Graduate Student Workshop is a 4-day workshop which is held the week before the Mathematics in Industry Study Group. Its aim is to bring graduate students up to speed for the Study Group. Participants should also attend the Study Group. Similar workshops are run the week before Study Groups around the world and are part of an international effort to apply mathematics to real problems especially from industry.


  • The problems are presented on Wednesday morning. The problems are inspired by problems from previous Study Groups from around the world.
  • The graduate students are formed into groups that work on each problem
  • Progress presentations are made at the end of each day. Scientific communication is an important part of the workshop and all participants are expected to make presentations.
  • Final progress presentations on all problems are made on Saturday afternoon.

Benefits to graduate students

  • Receive hands-on experience of mathematical modelling of real problems especially from industry
  • Exposed to a broad range of problem-solving skills including, mathematical modelling, scientific computation and the critical accessment of solutions.
  • Guidance under an experienced Facilitator.

Information for participants

  • Applications are welcomed from 2016 honours students, masters students and doctoral students.
  • There is no fee to attend the workshop but participants must register
  • Morning and afternoon tea, a finger lunch and a buffet supper are provided.
  • There are limited funds for reasonable travel and residence accommodation for graduate students. If you would like to be considered for such funding please complete the brief motivation in the registration form.

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