The Institute invites proposals for research programmes in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. The SSC usually meets twice each year to consider proposals for programmes (of 4-week, 4-month or 6-month duration) to run two or three years later. Proposals to be considered at these meetings should be submitted by 31 January or 31 July respectively. Successful proposals are usually developed in a process of discussion between the proposers and the SSC conducted through the Director, and may well be considered at more than one meeting of the SSC before selection is recommended. Proposers may submit a 'preliminary' proposal in the first instance with a view to obtaining feedback from the SSC prior to the submission of a full 'definitive' proposal.
The scientific planning and organisation of each programme are the responsibility of a team of three or four Organisers (aided in some cases by an Advisory Committee). The Organisers recommend participants in the programme, of whom up to thirty can be accommodated at any one time; they also plan short-duration workshops and conferences within the programme, to which many more participants may be invited. Each programme is allocated a budget for salary support, subsistence allowances and travel expenses.
Members of the Scientific Steering Committee usually serve a term of four years in office. The current members are:
|Name||Institution||End of Service|
|Prof. Valerie Isham (Chair)||University College London||31 December 2017|
|Prof. Helen Byrne||University of Oxford||31 December 2017|
|Prof. Muffy Calder||University of Glasgow||31 December 2014|
|Prof. Steve Cowley||Atomic Energy Authority||31 December 2016|
|Prof. Gert-Martin Greuel||Karlsruhe||31 December 2017|
|Prof. Michael Harris||Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu||31 December 2016|
|Prof. Wilfrid Kendall||University of Warwick||31 December 2014|
|Prof. John Lygeros||ETH Zurich||31 December 2015|
|Prof. Sylvia Richardson||University of Cambridge||31 December 2015|
|Dr Emily Shuckburgh||British Antarctic Survey||31 December 2016|
|Prof. Endre Süli||University of Oxford||31 December 2014|
|Prof. Richard Thomas||Imperial College London||31 December 2015|
|Prof. John Toland||Director, Isaac Newton Institute||30 September 2016|
|Prof. Cédric Villani||Institut Henri-Poincaré||31 December 2014|
Prof. Keith Ball, Director of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, attends by invitation. Others attend meetings of the Committee by invitation when additional specialist expertise is required.