2016 Workshop: Accelerating the acceptance of mathematical models as evidence in safety and efficacy decision making

  • NC3Rs
Wednesday 14 September 2016 to Thursday 15 September 2016

The NC3Rs and the international Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI; http://www.hesiglobal.org/) are hosting a two day workshop to understand the challenges and opportunities in accelerating acceptance of evidence provided from mathematical models to improve the predictivity of efficacy and safety testing for drugs and chemicals. The workshop will be held in central London on 14 and 15 September 2016.

Bringing together scientists from across sectors and disciplines the meeting will:

  • Highlight capabilities and opportunities in mathematical modelling in the biosciences;
  • Present challenges faced by the biosciences community that could benefit from mathematics being applied to them;
  • Provide an opportunity to hear from other industry sectors as to how mathematical modelling supports their decision making;
  • Connect life scientists with mathematicians to encourage collaboration in model development;
  • Define a future landscape for supporting the acceptance of mathematical modelling in safety and efficacy decision making.


The highly interactive and dynamic programme consists of presentations, panel discussions, posters and networking opportunities. Speakers from academia, government, NGOs, and industry will present case studies on how mathematics has been applied to inform decision making in diverse projects. There will also be an opportunity for life scientists to present i) their research challenges which would benefit from the input of mathematicians and (ii) novel applications of mathematics in biology . Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Steve Webb, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr Cameron Mackay, Unilever
  • Dr Kim Travis, Syngenta
  • Dr Bette Meek, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Dr David Jones, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Dr Enrique Campos-Nanez, University of Virginia, USA
  • Dr Alfonso Bueno, University of Oxford
  • Dr John Paul Gosling; University of Leeds
  • Dr Robert Barber, Daresbury Laboratory, STFC
  • Gordon May, Rolls Royce

The workshop will be chaired by Dr Carl Westmoreland, Director of Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC), who along with his colleague Cameron Mackay, and senior staff from HESI and NC3Rs, has been instrumental in developing the workshop and programme.

The draft agenda can be found here.


The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for scientists from the biosciences to engage with mathematicians. Therefore we are encouraging delegates from the life sciences to present posters highlighting either:

1. Specific research problems they face which would benefit from the input of mathematicians.

2. Novel applications of mathematics in basic and/or applied bioscience research.

Selected poster submissions will be chosen for presentation during the poster showcase on day two.

To present a poster, please complete the abstract submission form and submit by 22 August 2016. We will let you know if you have been selected for oral presentation by 24 August 2016. 

Who should attend

Scientists from across academia, industry, regulatory agencies, research institutes and the SME sector who are:

  • Mathematicians/statisticians keen to explore application of their expertise to support the biosciences in accepting mathematically-derived data;
  • Bioscientists already applying mathematical modelling and those with an interest to do so;
  • Senior management and regulators responsible for making decisions within their organisations and who would like to be better informed on the opportunities offered by mathematical modelling.


Attendance is free but advanced registration is essential. Registration closes on 05 September 2016

You will need an NC3Rs website account to register. Please use your institutional email address when registering.


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