CRM Expert Team in Epidemiology and Public Health

October 27, 2020 Zoom meeting

COVID, V-KEMs and Modeling Retail and Higher Education

Conference presented by Chris Budd (University of Bath)

Part of the lecture series «2020-2021 COVID-19 Math Modelling Seminar», for information:

Recording available HERE

Following lock down in the UK a group of mathematicians, together with the Isaac Newton Centre and the International Centre for the Mathematical Sciences founded the virtual forum for knowledge exchange in the mathematical sciences (V-KEMS). The purpose of V-KEMS is to provide a mechanism for teams of mathematicians to work together to tackle problems directly related to COVID-19 and also the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the infrastructure of the UK. One of the mechanisms for doing this are Virtual Study Groups (VSGs). The problems tackled have ranged from reopening the work place and schools, to decontaminating surfaces, supplying food and safely operating trains. The results from these mathematical studies have been used to inform SAGE which is the main scientific advisory group to the UK government. In this talk I will describe the operation of V-KEMS in general. I will then describe its work on the problems of the impact of COVID-19 on the retail industry and on Higher Education.