Dr Luis Silva (UNAM) and Dr Kirill Cherednichenko (UoB) have been awarded a 2-year Newton Mobility Grant for the project "Homogenisation of degenerate equations and scattering for new materials". The research aims of the project include the development of new operator-theoretic techniques for the analysis of differential equations with non-constant coefficients at the terms with derivatives and developing a new community working on the interface between functional analysis and asymptotic analysis of parameter-dependent differential equations.

"During the last two years, researchers from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and SAMBa have been growing collaborative activities with academic institutions in Mexico, particularly Universidad Autónoma de México UNAM and Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT)."

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BUC research project wishes to thank Santander support for the development of its activities, by sharing the video Santander Universities and the University of Bath – celebrating 15 years of partnership

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The Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) invites applications for supplementary grants of up to €500 to help women from developing countries or regions to attend scientific events taking place from March 2017 to February 2018. The grants are intended to help women who already have funding to attend a conference or meeting or for scientific collaboration, but who need extra funds to make it possible (for example, for child care, separate accommodation, or more appropriate travel). Applicants should write a short account of not more than two pages explaining the scientific benefit to themselves of the travel, together with brief details of funding already secured and the reason why extra funds are needed.

Find out more about what has been happening in SAMBa in the latest edition of the newsletter.

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Following their attendance at BUC2, Román Aguirre Pérez and Uziel González became interested persuing a PhD within the  SAMBa doctotal training centre in Bath. Both applied for a place in SAMBa and received offers, subject to funding from CONACyT.  We are extremely pleased that both Román and Uziel have been awarded CONACyT international doctoral scholarships and that the The Universtiy of Bath will be contribute an additional sum to match the standard grant value for UK students. Congratulations to both Román and Uziel for this achievement.

Daniel Hernandez-Hernandez (CIMAT) and Alexander Cox (Bath) have been awarded £8,200 to work on the project "Robust optimal hedging with model-independent constraints”. The project involves using a mix of ideas from Stochastic Optimal Control, and Model-independent finance to try and understand how financial institutions might better hedge complex risks while taking into account the intrinsic difficulty in choosing a `correct’ model for financial returns. In the long run, the project hopes to help bring about more resilient financial institutions. The money from the Newton fund, combined with a further £2,000 from the University of Bath International Research Funding Scheme, will enable 5 visits over a two year period. It is expected that some of these visits will also include stays at UNAM and a BUC workshop on Stochastic Optimal Control.

Following a successful launch of the BUC platform of research collaboration, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalisation, Professor Colin Grant, has awarded a renewal of the inital BUC start-up grant. This time, the value of the award has been increased to GBP 15,000 and will contribute towards BUC 6 - 10 events in collaboration with the Mexican institutions of Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT). Plans are already underway to develop BUC meetings under the remit of the new funding with general headings of:

PhD student Sandra Palau Calderon and Associate Professor Victor Rivero joined the Department of Mathematics as members of Prob-L@B from October 2014. Normally based in CIMAT, they both stayed for one year in Bath to visit Professor Andreas Kyprianou, completing thier viist at the end of semester in 2015.

The Univeristy of Bath and UNAM have signed a formal agreement that allows for a two-way exchange of masters students between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas (Applied Mathematics Research Institute). The first student to take advantage of this new agreement, Ms Lizbeth Peñaloza Velasco, arrived in Bath on the 27th of January 2016 to begin taking courses in the second semester of the 2015-2016 academic year.