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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 20, Number 2

February 16, 2020

Editor: Justin Wan (


  1. First Issue of Mathematics in Science and Industry (MSI)
  2. CAIMS-Blog: Fighting Coronavirus with Mathematics
  3. Industrial Problem Solving Workshop 2020: Systems Modelling in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  4. Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Vancouver, June 2020

1) First Issue of MSI

Dear CAIMS-SCMAI members,

It is a great pleasure to announce the first issue of our new journal MSI (Mathematics in Science and Industry).

Because we do not have enough papers yet to stand on our own as an independent journal, the inaugural issue of MSI appears as a special issue of AIMS Mathematics. This includes full open access and wide visibility of the articles. Check it out:

We express our sincere thanks to all the editors for their work on this first issue.

Now on to the second issue! Please send us your next paper!

2) CAIMS-Blog: Fighting Coronavirus with Mathematics

CAIMS-SCMAI has started a blog on its website:

The first three blogs are already up:

Welcome to the CAIMS-SCMAI blog:
CAIMS-SCMAI Ethical Guideline:
Fighting Coronavirus with Mathematics:

We are also inviting contributions to the CAIMS-blog.

3) Industrial Problem Solving Workshop 2020: Systems Modelling in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Fields Institute and the Centre for Quantitative Analysis and Modelling are pleased to host the one-week Industrial Problem Solving Workshop 2020 Systems Modelling in the Pharmaceutical Industry from July 13-17, 2020.

This workshop aims to equip graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in mathematics and related disciplines with the tools necessary to solve common problems encountered in the pharmaceutical industry. The focus will be on development of pharmacometric skills to approach questions centred on drug development and dose/therapy optimization using a variety of state-of-the-art quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) methodologies. Participants will receive training in QSP approaches, including the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), from academic and industrial researchers, and will apply these techniques in groups to solve a set of problems brought by industry partners. At the end of the week, participants will be able to identify the main components of a pharmaceutical problem through a QSP lens, translate these elements mathematically, analyze/numerically implement and solve the resulting mathematical model, and deliver results (visually and textually) to non-mathematicians. Ultimately, participants will gain understanding into the factors that are key to mathematical modelling in the pharmaceutical industry and be trained in modern QSP approaches.

Interested participants can now submit an application (cover letter and CV as a single PDF) at the workshop’s website:

Applications for funding are due March 30, 2020. For questions, please contact

Morgan Craig (
Anna Sher (

4) Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Vancouver, June 2020

Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) 2020
Simon Fraser University, Downtown Vancouver, Canada
June 15-24, 2020

Registration is now open for FoCM 2020. We are also accepting submissions for contributed poster presentations and applications for travel support at this time. The key deadlines are:

Registration – April 1 (early bird), June 1 (regular)
Travel support – Mar 15 (for full consideration)
Contributed posters – Mar 15 (for full consideration)

For further information, see

FoCM 2020 is the latest edition of the conference series of the FoCM society.  Its aims are to promote research at the interface of mathematics and computation, and to foster interaction between mathematics, computer science and other areas of computational science.

The plenary speakers are: Folkmar Bornemann, Sara van de Geer, Philipp Grohs, Alice Guionnet, Thomas Hales, Aicke Hinrichs, Kristin Lauter, Bojan Mohar, Sebastian Reich, Ed Saff, Carola Schoenlieb, Daniel Spielman, Rekha Thomas, Caroline Uhler, Mariel Vazquez, Rebecca Willett, Sara Zahedi

FoCM features 21 themed parallel workshops, each spanning a three-day period, with the conference comprising three periods in total. Workshop talks are primarily by invitation. There will be sessions during each of the three periods featuring contributed poster presentations.



CAIMS*SCMAI ENews Information

CAIMS*SCMAI ENews is distributed electronically several times a year by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society * Société Canadienne de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles (

Past issues are available on the web at

Submissions are welcome and should be sent in plain text format to:

Justin Wan, CAIMS*SCMAI Secretary Email:

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Board or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI. The editorial policy of this publication is to encourage the discussion of issues and facilitate the dissemination of information relevant to Canadian applied and industrial mathematics.

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