Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange

in Mathematical Sciences V-KEMS


The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS), Isaac Newton Institute (INI), Newton Gateway to Mathematics and KTN have worked with various representatives from the mathematical sciences community to develop a Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences (V-KEMS). The main aim is to identify a range of virtual approaches that will help address challenges from business and industry, the third sector, and other groups outside academia. These challenges may be long-standing or may have arisen directly as a consequence of the present disruption to UK society.

Many initiatives are already taking place to help provide infrastructure and resources to clinicians and others who are urgently helping to model the current pandemic. Where appropriate, we offer direct support to this activity.

However, we are also able to identify broader areas for input from the mathematical sciences community – for example tackling issues related to food supply and logistics etc. The mechanisms for delivery include virtual study groups (VSGs), webinars and the formation of virtual teams of mathematicians. The latter aim to rapidly clarify, formalise and triage the problems/challenges from business, industry, the public sector and third sectors, whether they are directly associated with the COVID-19 virus or of a wider, more longstanding, nature.


A number of activities have been considered and at this stage three main activities are taking place:

Forum Partners

Those involved in taking V-KEMS activities forward are:

  • David Abrahams - Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

  • Caroline Ang - University of Bath

  • Chris Budd - University of Bath

  • Matt Butchers - KTN

  • Alan Champneys - University of Bristol

  • Rebecca Hoyle - University of Southampton

  • Joanna Jordan - Freelance Mathematics Knowledge Exchange

  • Jane Leeks - Newton Gateway to Mathematics

  • Clare Merritt - Newton Gateway to Mathematics

  • Dawn Wasley - International Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Contact Us

The activities suggested here are what V-KEMS believe are required and achievable at the current time. If you have an idea that doesn’t fit into these categories, then please contact us using the details below and we can discuss this further.