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INI Correspondents' Bulletin - No.33 - May 2013


Issue No 33 - May 2013

  1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents: 10 June 2013

    The 2013 Annual Meeting of Correspondents will be held at the Institute on Monday 10 June and the agenda is included below. We hope that you will be able to attend, as feedback and comments are vital in helping us to maintain and increase the value of the Institute to the entire UK mathematical community. We should be grateful if you would let us know by Tuesday 4 June at the latest whether you are able to attend. Please email Sara Wilkinson (s.wilkinson[at][dot]uk) including details of any special dietary requirements. It is important that as many UK institutions as possible are represented; therefore, if you are unable to attend then please nominate somebody else from your institution (maybe a colleague who could benefit from involvement in Institute activities) who is willing to attend in your place. Travel expenses (maximum of 2nd class rail fare) will be covered on request by the Institute. The Correspondents Day is followed by the Rothschild Seminar given by Peter Constantin. The Institute would be delighted if Correspondents were able to stay for this talk and subsequent wine reception, but understand if there is a need to leave prior to this for travel reasons.

    • 12.00pm-1.00pm Lunch

    • 1.00pm-1.15pm Welcome and Introduction

    • 1.15pm-2.15pm Correspondents Day Lecture: Prof Christl Donnelly (Imperial), Science and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy

    • 2.15pm-3.00pm Session 1: Developments at INI
      • Turing Gateway to Mathematics
      • Cross-Council Engagement
      • What is the Role of a Correspondent?

    • 3.00pm-3.30pm Tea Break

    • 3.30pm-4.30pm Group Discussions. Three groups. All discuss topic A below. Each group to be allocated one topic from B below.
      • A - What is the Role of a Correspondent?
      • B1 - Cross-Council Engagement: Striking the Balance Between the Mathematical Sciences and their Applications
      • B2 - The Role of the Turing Gateway to Mathematics. Delivering Impact without Diminishing INI's Reputation for Cutting Edge Research
      • B3 - Developing Leaders. Balancing the Profile of Programme Organisers

    • 4.30pm-5.00pm Feedback from Group Leaders

    • 5.00pm-6.00pm Rothschild Seminar: Prof Peter Constantin (Princeton), Nonlocal Evolution Equations

    • 6.00pm-7.00pm Wine Reception

  2. Questions to Ponder prior to Correspondents Day

    INI is most grateful to Correspondents for the feedback they give, particularly on Correspondents Day. To this end, this year we ask you to ponder in advance a few questions of particular interest to INI and look forward to your feedback before and during the Discussion Sessions.

    • What is the role of a Correspondent?
    • Do Correspondents receive enough / too much / appropriate communications from INI and, given the breadth of topics covered by INI, is it sufficiently obvious to whom the information should be passed.
    • How best should INI walk the tightrope of delivering impact as required by funding bodies and retain its reputation for cutting-edge research.

  3. Email address for the chair of Correspondents

    The Chair of Correspondents, Professor Michael Singer, can be contacted via a new email address chairofcorrespondents[at][dot]uk. Michael would be pleased to hear from any Correspondents who have ideas or suggestions about any aspects of the Correspondent's network.


Issue No 33 - May 2013

  1. Funding
  2. Workshop announcements
  3. Rothschild Lectures
  4. Social Networking Sites
  5. Reminders
  1. Funding

    In September 2012, the Institute made an agreed proposal to the research councils collectively for funding for 4 years from 2014. The proposal was scored 35/36 by six referees and an announcement that it will be fully funded was made at the end of March 2013.

  2. Workshop Announcements

    Applications are currently open for the following workshops:

    Code Title Dates Application Deadline
    GPFW08 IMA Conference on Dense Granular Flows

    1st July 2013 to 4th July 2013

    POPW01 Polynomial Optimisation: Workshop and Summer School 15th July 2013 to 19th July 2013 Apply (deadline 28th February 2013)
    SCSW10 Modern Probabilistic Techniques for Design, Stability, Large Deviations, and Performance Analysis of Communication, Social, Energy, and Other Stochastic Systems and Networks 12th August 2013 to 16th August 2013 Apply (deadline 28th June 2013)
    CFMW03 Complex Media in Evolving Domains (Satellite Meeting at the University of Leeds) 19th August 2013 to 21st August 2013

    Apply (deadline 12th July 2013)

    MQIW01 New Mathematical Directions for Quantum Information 2nd September 2013 to 6th September 2013

    Apply (deadline 7th June 2013)

    MQIW02 Quantum Marginals 14th October 2013 to 18th October 2013

    Apply (deadline 31st August 2013)

    MFEW01 Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events in Earth Science 29th October 2013 to 1st November 2013

    Apply (deadline 15th September 2013)

    MFEW02 Partial Differential Equations and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 2nd December 2013 to 6th December 2013

    Apply (deadline 30th August 2013)

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

  3. Rothschild Seminars

    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:

  4. Social Networking Sites

    Just a quick reminder that the Institute can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter as @NewtonInstitute. Information on events and activities at the Institute and also special announcements will be made here.

  5. 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 September 2013...

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