A concise history of the Seminar of Applied Mathematics

In 1971, a group of researchers from the then Agricultural Academy in Wroclaw along with the mathematicians from the Wroclaw University initiated the Seminar of Applied Mathematics.

The main purpose of the Seminar was to strengthen the collaboration between mathematicians based in Wroclaw and practitioners who used mathematical, numerical and statistical methods in their own research. From that time, the Department of Mathematics of Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (previously Agricultural Academy) has organised annual meetings – in 2018 for the 48th time – to help exchange ideas, experiences and achievements. In the 1970s (nineteen seventies) those Seminars took place in Lubniewice and from the mid-eighties they were moved to Kobyla Góra. To date, during the Seminar, almost 1,000 scientific talks have been presented – some of them more theoretical and some more practical - giving specific examples of applications of the mathematical theory.

The scientific range of the Seminar has never been limited, but over the years the leading theme of the talks focused on the mathematical and statistical methods applied in the environmental, rather than technical, sciences. Among the many topics of research, particular attention has been given to hydrological models, problems of water management in agricultural catchments, weather-yield and rainfall-runoff models. Moreover, a significant amount of time has been dedicated to theoretical and practical problems of groundwater flow and contaminant movement in soil. This led to a development of the fundamentals of differential equations describing the flow in the porous medium. The results touched on numerical methods as a foundation of the practical simulations of the flow. Numerous talks have been devoted to the application of mathematical statistics and stochastic processes in the description of extreme phenomena such as droughts and low and maximum flows. In recent years, a series of talks in relation to environmental protection took place.

Since the creation of the Seminar, all conference materials have been published as either short abstracts or full-length papers. All publications have been archived in the Department of Mathematics and are available to the general public.