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INI Correspondents' Bulletin - No.31 - September 2012


Issue No. 31 - September 2012

  1. New Chair of Correspondents

    In December 2012 Professor Caroline Series will conclude her term of office as Chair of Correspondents. The Institute is delighted to announce that Professor Michael Singer will be Caroline’s successor from January 2013.

    Michael studied Mathematics at Cambridge before going to Oxford as a graduate student under the supervision of Roger (now Sir Roger) Penrose. He was then awarded a Junior Research Fellowship in Mathematics at Merton College, Oxford, before taking on the Darby Fellowship in Mathematics at Lincoln College. Following 7 months at Adelaide and 3 months at the Newton Institute, Michael moved to the University of Edinburgh as lecturer in July 1994. He was appointed to a personal chair in 2006, the same year as he became Head of School. From January 2013 Michael will be Professor of Mathematics at UCL.

    Michael's research interests are in global problems in differential geometry, especially those where elliptic partial differential equations play a role. Recent work has been on Kaehler geometry, boundary value problems for Einstein metrics, and analysis on manifolds with corners.

  2. Message from the Outgoing Chair of Correspondents

    As I near the end of my 4-year term as Chair of Correspondents I have been reflecting on how much I have enjoyed this role and in particular meeting Correspondents on Correspondents' Day. I am grateful to Correspondents for your commitment to the Institute and for your comments, suggestions and feedback. Comments made during the discussion sessions have been particularly useful and insightful and it has been a pleasure representing your views on the INI Management Committee.

    At this challenging time, with increased expectations to demonstrate impact whilst sustaining the high quality of research, and with the prospect of a sizeable reduction in Research Council funding, I would like to take this opportunity to wish my successor, Michael Singer, all best wishes in this important role.


Issue No. 31 - September 2012

  1. Call for proposals
  2. A Gateway to Mathematics at INI: An invitation
  3. Funding...
  4. Live streaming of seminars
  5. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  6. Workshop announcements
  7. Rothschild Lectures
  8. Reminders
  1. Call for Proposals

    The Institute invites proposals for research programmes in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. The Scientific Steering Committee 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 the next meeting should be submitted by 31 January 2013. Proposals should follow the guidelines given in Submission of Proposals and be addressed to The Director and sent, preferably by e-mail, to director[at][dot]uk. Further information is available from the Director who will answer any queries.

  2. A Gateway to Mathematics at INI: An invitation

    To bring academic researchers in the mathematical sciences into contact with industrial, commercial and government organizations and individuals, the Isaac Newton Institute has obtained sponsorship for a series of special events to be run through its new Gateway to Mathematics initiative.

    The intention is to provide opportunities, especially for early career (postgraduate and postdoctoral) researchers, from across a spectrum of disciplines but working on projects with significant mathematical content to interact with industrial, commercial and government organizations and individuals, through a series of one and half-day meetings on topics yet to be chosen, over the four days 25-28 March, 2013. These meetings should be highly interactive with up to 50 funded participants per day.

    The purpose is to facilitate cross-fertilisation between applications and mathematical research by:

    • Giving researchers an opportunity to present their work and demonstrate its relevance and applicability to non-academics;
    • Exploring challenges to mathematicians from outside the universities.

    This is an invitation to you to become involved by suggesting topics and individuals or organisations who might participate in some of these events. This invitation is not proscriptive. Rather its intention is to encourage invention and creativity, and to develop leadership skills.

    In your replies, please indicate

    • The topic and why it is suitable?
    • Which individuals or research groups should be involved?
    • Who should play a leadership role?
    • Which individuals or organisations from outside academia should be invited? Are there existing contacts with them?
    • The structure of the event (one- or half-day, lectures, round-table discussions etc). All ideas and innovations will be considered carefully when deciding which to support.

    INI will work with proposers of successful submissions to develop their ideas and will organise the meeting, including the issuing of invitations, the arrangement of accommodation and budgetary matters.

    Please submit your ideas, on no more than two sides of A4 in the first instance, in an email to j.member[at][dot]uk by Sunday 14th October 2012. If your suggestion is chosen we will be in contact to develop the idea.

  3. Funding...

    The Institute is about to submit to EPSRC a proposal for continued Research Council funding from March 2014 when the current grant expires. Following guidance from EPSRC, the proposal is to be to the Research Councils collectively (not just EPSRC) and if granted in full would correspond to a reduction in Research Council funding of approximately 15%.

  4. Live Streaming of Seminars

    All seminars at the Institute (where speakers have given permission) are now streamed live in HD. To watch mathematics as it happens you can connect at . We would be very happy to receive feedback on how useful you find this function and of any particular experiences you may have within your institutions.

  5. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

    Users of social media can now keep updated with Institute activities using Facebook and Twitter. This development is in response to requests at the last Annual Meeting of Correspondents that we should engage with the mathematical sciences community through social networking sites.

    The Institute can be found on Facebook at and has 489 ‘likes’ to date. On Twitter you can find us as @NewtonInstitute and we currently have 524 followers and counting! We will post information on events and activities at the Institute and also special announcements.

  6. Workshop Announcements

    Applications are currently open for the following workshops:

    Code Title Dates Application Deadline
    TODW04 Quantised Flux in Tightly Knotted and Linked Systems 3rd December 2012 to 7th December 2012 Apply (deadline 30th September 2012)
    MLCW01 Symmetry, Bifurcation and Order Parameters 7th January 2013 to 11th January 2013 Apply (deadline 11th November 2012)
    GDOW01 Grothendieck-Teichmüller Groups, Deformation and Operads 8th January 2013 to 10th January 2013 Apply (deadline 1st December 2012)
    MLCW02 Analytical and Computational Paths from Molecular Foundations to Continuum Descriptions 18th March 2013 to 22nd March 2013 Apply (deadline 15th February 2013)
    GDOW02 Higher Structure 2013: Operads and Deformation Theory 2nd April 2013 to 5th April 2013 Apply (deadline 28th February 2013)

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

  7. Rothschild Lectures

    These lectures are delivered by the Rothschild Visiting Professor or the Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellow and are aimed at a general scientific audience. To receive regular announcements please subscribe to the emailing list at:

  8. 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.

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. Please email 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 January 2013...

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