**February 11, 2020 at 12:00**

**Speaker(s):**
**Wil Schilders**

**Center(s): **President EU-MATHS-IN

**Abstract: **
Knowledge has become the main wealth of nations, companies and people. Investing in research, innovation and education is now the key-leverage for competitiveness and prosperity in Europe. At the heart and foundation of this challenge, mathematics plays a crucial role as it provides a logically coherent framework to industry and a universal language for the analysis, simulation, optimisation, and control of industrial processes. Mathematics is an essential factor in the industrial creation of value and a driving force for innovations, but often, its contributions are invisible in the final industrial products. The use of mathematical techniques gives a competitive advantage to industry by suggesting innovative interdisciplinary approaches. The goal of EU-MATHS-IN is to explore ways of stimulating and intensifying the collaboration between mathematics and industry. European scientific and industrial communities, in close interaction with policy makers, have developed medium to long-term views and analyses of common issues, questions and “good practices” between mathematics and industry in order to envisage strategies for a stronger interaction of mathematicians with large and medium size companies. In this talk, we will provide an overview of EU-MATHS-IN, its structure and its activities, a number of success stories of mathematics for industrial challenges, adressing different areas in mathematics as well as different industrial sectors. In addition, current efforts with regard to a strategic research agenda for mathematics for industry will be presented, as well as some important “marketing” efforts (such as the “Maths Inside” logo and the concept of “mathware”).

**About the speaker:**
Wil Schilders studied mathematics at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, from 1974-1978, and obtained a PhD in numerical analysis from Trinity College Dublin in 1980. He then worked in industry, namely at the famous Philips Research Laboratories (1980-2006) and in NXP Semiconductors (2006-2010). Since 1999 he is a (part-time) full professor of “scientific computing with industry” at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2010 he combines his professorship (4 days/week) with being the executive director of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics. He has been president of ECMI in 2010-2011, was the initiator and chair of ECMI’s Research and Innovation Committee from 2012-2019. He was also one of the founders of EU-MATHS-IN, in 2013, and since 2016 the president of this organisation. In 2019 he was elected “officer at large” (board member) of ICIAM, the world wide organisation for industrial and applied mathematics.

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