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INI Correspondents' Bulletin - No.30 - May 2012


Issue No. 30 - May 2012

  1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents

    The Annual Meeting of Correspondents will take place on 13 June. The planned agenda is included for your information below.

    Please e-mail Sarah Fendt s.fendt[at][dot]uk to confirm your attendance. If you are unable to attend please nominate somebody from your institution (maybe a colleague who could benefit from involvement in Institute activities) who is willing to attend in your place.

    If there are any issues pertinent to mathematics in general or the Institute in particular that you would like to raise during the break out discussion sessions please send these to Christie Marr Christie.Marr[at][dot]uk before the 4th June. These issues will be discussed on the day if time allows.

    Provisional Programme

    12.00-1.00pm: Lunch

    1.00 - 1.15pm: Welcome by Institute Director John Toland

    1.15 - 2.15pm: Talk by Tim Gowers (Cambridge) Will computers ever become mathematical researchers?

    2.15 - 2.30pm: Looking to the Future of the INI: The Graduate Perspective.

    Three early career mathematicians will give short presentations on their experience at the Newton Institute

    2.30 - 3.00pm: Refreshment break

    3.00 - 3.30pm: The issues the Institute faces as it enters its 3rd decade. Session led by John Toland

    3.30 - 4.15pm: Break out discussion sessions

    4.15 - 4.50pm: Feedback from Group Leaders

    4.50 - 5.00pm: Closing remarks by outgoing Chair of Correspondents Caroline Series (Warwick) and introduction of the new Chair


Issue No. 30 - May 2012

  1. Newton Institute 20th Anniversary Celebrations
  2. Workshop annoucements
  3. Rothschild Visiting Professor Seminars
  4. Reminders
  1. Newton Institute 20th Anniversary Celebrations

    During 2012 the Newton Institute is celebrating 20 years since it was opened in July 1992. Throughout the year there will be a number of events and lectures for a range of audiences including: A collaborative exhibition between the Newton Institute, the Royal Society, The Henry Moore Foundation and the Science Museum opened on 4 April with displays at both the Royal Society and the Science Museum. Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Surfaces explores the interface between art and mathematics and provides fascinating insights into how artist Henry Moore was inspired by mathematics, as well as exploring how contemporary scientists and mathematicians use visual thinking to inspire discovery. The exhibition features string models by Théodore Olivier, drawings and sculptures by Moore, and computer visualisations of Calabi-Yau manifolds by Nicholas Mee. The exhibition runs until the 20 June 2012 and is open to the public.

    As part of the exhibition, a lecture was given by Andrew Strominger (Harvard) at the Royal Society entitled 'The edges of the universe: black holes, horizons and strings'. The video of this lecture is available on the Royal Society website at

    On 11 July the Institute is hosting a celebration day to mark the anniversary of the inauguration of the Institute.

    2.00pm: Doors open

    3.30pm: Former Deputy Director of the Institute Peter Goddard (Director, IAS Princeton) will give a general talk on the history of the Institute.

    4.30pm: Tea and 20th Anniversary Celebration cake.

    5.00pm: A talk suitable for a general scientific audience will be given by Wendelin Werner (Fields Medal 2006) who was a Leibniz fellow at the Institute.

    6.00pm: Wine Reception

      Anyone who wishes to attend the event should e-mail Christine West c.west[at][dot]uk.

      There will be a small display of materials relating the early days of the Institute such as architects drawings, photographs and models. There will also be a number of audio visual presentations about the Institute and the science and mathematicians that it supports.

      Additionally, throughout the year there are a number of Newton Institute 20th Anniversary Lecture events. The Institute will sponsor lectures around the UK given by participants at the Institute. Further details can be found at

    • Workshop Announcements

      A full list of forthcoming workshops is available on our Event Calendar.

    • Rothschild Visiting Professor Seminars

      To receive regular announcements of the Monday Seminars, subscribe at:

    • Reminders

      1. The correspondents' webpage is available and contains a list of all correspondents, past bulletins and other information.

      2. Anyone from the UK can simply turn up at the Institute for up to 2 days without any kind of formal invitation. A brief email to info[at][dot]uk beforehand telling us when you intend to arrive will help us to provide you with some facilities. Visits lasting more than 2 days require an invitation. Full details available on our participate information page.

      3. The Isaac Newton Institute strongly encourages its long-term participants from overseas to visit other UK institutions during their stay. INI will pay the travel costs (but not accommodation etc.) for such visits on request. Do please alert the organisers of your local seminar series to this possibility, and direct them to the webpage listing those participants who are willing to speak elsewhere. Complete lists of invited participants are under each programme.

      4. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply to become Junior Members of the Institute. To be eligible you must be a research student or within 5 years of having received a PhD (with appropriate allowance for career breaks), and you must work or study in a UK University, academic institution or R&D group in industry or commerce. Junior members may apply for special grants to allow them to attend Institute events. Do please advertise this opportunity to suitable candidates. Further details are available on our junior members information page.

      5. All seminars and workshops held at the Institute are streamed live, recorded and placed online for free download subject to the consent of the speaker. This collection forms a substantial resource for the UK mathematical community. All available seminars are listed on our seminar archive. Feedback is particularly welcome.

    This bulletin is sent in January, May and September each year. We hope you find it a useful way of keeping in touch and a helpful source of information to distribute to your colleagues. As always, the Director is very happy to receive comments or suggestions regarding the Institute and its activities, including possibilities for future programmes: director[at][dot]uk. He would be very pleased to visit your institution to talk about the Institute, what's happening here, and to hear your views.

    The next bulletin will be sent in September 2012...

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