Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group

What is a study group?

Study groups are meetings to facilitate interactions between theoretical and life scientists. Similar gatherings have been set up to promote collaborations between Mathematics and Industry and Mathematics and Medicine.

Plant sciences researchers are invited to present a problem which will be tackled by a team of mathematicians and computer scientists during the four day workshop. Problems can be from any area of plant and crop science but need to be amenable to modelling approaches. Following four days of intensive work, each group presents the progress they have made on their problem. A written report, summarising the progress made during the workshop, is submitted after the meeting.

Links are established between the theoretical and plant scientists attending the meetings so that problems discussed during the study group can be followed up in more detail. Previous meetings in the series have resulted in successful grant proposals, studentships and publications.

Scott Grandison described how our Study Group meetings can lead to publication in a New Phytologist commentary article

MPSSG organising committee: Leah Band (University of Nottingham), [[john-fozard]] (John Innes Centre),  [[rosemary-dyson]] (University of Birmingham) and Susie Lydon (University of Nottingham)

Next meeting

The Seventh Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group workshop (MPSSG VII) will take place 5-8 January 2016 at the University Park campus of the University of Nottingham, and two of the problems have already been announced. Registration for mathematicians, computer scientists and other quantitatively-minded folks is open. Please contact Susie Lydon if you need more information.

Previous meetings

For more information about the Study Group Series, please contact Susie Lydon (