Challenges & Results

The challenges to be tackled during ESGI146 are being selected by the Organising Team in consultation with the Scientific Board, are from diverse sectors, and in need of a variety of mathematical methodologies. Non-profit organisations, companies and governmental units can submit their problems/challenges here.

Three societal challenges have now been finalised. Each challenge will be presented by a representative of the organization on the opening event (3/12) with a 30-minute presentation. More information will then be given to the team who will work on the challenge during the week. On the last day, 7/12, the researchers present their results to the non-academic organisations. Within three months after the end of the workshop they also deliver these results as a detailed report to the non-academic organisation. The reports will also be uploaded below.


  • Below we have uploaded an exciting challenge by the UK-based start-up Smart Separations. This company are set to revolutionalise filters for drastically improving indoor air quality and for biological samples across the world! Dr Ian Griffiths from Oxford (also member of the organising team) will come to Cyprus to coordinate the teamwork on this challenge, along with researchers from his group in Oxford. Useful expertise: fluid mechanics, asymptotics, numerics
  • We have been working on a challenge about the barriers that women in science face in collaboration with the non-profit AIPFE Cyprus-Women of Europe. We have run a co-creation workshop on 29/10, at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, with 35 stakeholders from academia, civil society and policy-making to identify key issues. Now we are in the process of formulating a quantitative challenge. Useful expertise: Data analytics
  • An exciting challenge on reducing fuel consumption in tugboats has emerged from the VTS-Vasilikos Terminal Services. We will be at Vasilikos this week to discuss further and formulate the mathematical challenge. Useful expertise: modelling of physics problems, naval engineering, numerics, data analysis

Problems that have already been tackled in other Study Groups around the world can be found at the international Study Group website. Problems descriptions and the reports delivered to the companies after the 1st Study Group in Cyprus (ESGI125)  can be found here.