Exploring People and Planet Health at ITT17
06 March 2023

We were joined by partners Mayden, the Environment Agency and JBA Trust for ITT17, held at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRSLI) from 31 Jan to 3 Feb 2023.

People and Planet Health at ITT17 - 31 Jan to 3 Feb 2023

SAMBa’s 17th Integrative Think Tank (ITT) was delivered in partnership with Mayden, the Environment Agency and JBA Trust. The ITT model brings participants from across SAMBa together with external partners to reformulate large challenges into mathematical questions that will lead to collaborative research projects.

The ITT included the following challenges:

  • Analysing usage data – making use of the data in Mayden’s patient management system in order to classify usage patterns, detect anomalous behaviours and identify inappropriate access in order to allow therapists to navigate the system effectively.
  • Optimising treatment choice – finding the package of treatment which best suits a patient and maximises the likelihood of them engaging with the treatment and reaching recovery.
  • Model drift – how the quality of predictions from a given model changes over time and deciding when to retrain
  • Climate and flooding – Can the outputs of climate model simulations for the UK help to explain changes in observed river flow data? How can we maximise the potential of flood response surfaces?
  • Can intelligent tools be developed to help automate the production of systematic reviews?
  • Coastal engineering – Do tide gauges and waves exhibit non-stationarity and why? Can we better understand the relationships between tides, currents and waves on the South Coast of England?


We had great feedback from the ITT participants, with one of the students who attended saying:

It was the most interesting and enjoyable ITT I’ve ever had. The partners were so good and talks were amazing.

Future research collaborations

Students compose technical reports following the ITT, which describe the potential of the research opportunities. ITT projects can lead to collaborative research for our SAMBa cohort, via PhD topics, or as smaller group projects. ITTs build deep and long-term relationships with partners that last a number of years.

The Environment Agency were a partner for ITT7 in 2018 which initially led to a short-term interdisciplinary research project and then inspired a PhD project exploring unifying different approaches for flood estimation.


More ITTs to come

We are currently planning for ITT18 which will be held from 12-16 June 2023 with partners Syngenta and RSS-Hydro.

You can find out more about the ITT model, and read about previous ITTs, on the Integrative Think Tanks webpage.

News and events

Induction week: 25-29 Sept 2023
06 September 2023

Welcome to Cohort 10! This week will provide an opportunity for you to explore campus, meet other students and members of staff, find out more about the programme, undertake introductory training and participate in some fun social activities.

CUWB: Probability conference, 8-12 Jan 2024, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
19 July 2023

The next in the series of joint events between the University of Bath, UNAM (Mexico city), CIMAT (Guanajuato, Mexico), and University of Warwick. The format will be three mini-courses and talks by senior colleagues and students. It is a great occasion to learn about different topics and to meet the international community.

SAMBa MRes Transfer Day (cohort 9) – 11 Oct 2023
06 July 2023

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, 12.00-16.30
Students from cohort 9. who have completed their first year and are starting their PhD research, present an overview of their thesis formulation reports. We will also include introductions to students from cohort 10.

SAMBa writing retreat, 17-18 Aug 2023
28 June 2023

A residential retreat for SAMBa students at the lovely Ammerdown retreat centre, set in the heart of beautiful Somerset countryside. Students from across the SAMBa cohorts will be able to dedicate two days to writing, including structured and facilitated quiet writing time, goal-setting and review.

7th SAMBa Summer Conference, 11-12 July 2023
26 June 2023

The SAMBa conference provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work in a supportive environment, alongside external keynote speakers. The work of SAMBa students includes projects in statistics, probability, analysis, numerical analysis, mathematical biology, fluid dynamics, machine learning and high-performance computing.

Turin-Bath PhD Workshop in Applied Probability and Statistics, 19-21 June 2023
01 June 2023

The event aims at gathering PhD students and young researchers from the University of Bath (UK) and the University of Torino (Italy), and from their closest scientific partners. The purpose of the event is to promote scientific knowledge exchange in the respective fields of research and to foster potential new collaborations.