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Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 18


No 18 - May 2008


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  1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents
  2. Deputy Director appointment and staff changes
  3. Expansion of support for early career researchers
  4. Programme announcemennts
  5. Workshop announcements
  6. Reminders on: Correspondents’ web page; short visits, seminars at your institution

1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents

is on Monday 2 June. If you have not yet replied to the invitation, then please do so as soon as possible to Gill Cash (email or telephone 01223 335982). It is important that as many UK institutions as possible are represented; if you are unable to attend then do please nominate somebody else from your institution who can. We will be discussing how to enhance the role of Correspondents, in the light of the likely disbanding of the National Advisory Board, for example by identifying a chair of Correspondents who could join the Management Committee. The programme includes two seminars of general interest, by Mike Titterington (University of Glasgow, and organiser of Statistical Theory and Methods for Complex High Dimensional Data) and Carsten Thomassen (Technical University of Denmark, and Rothschild Visiting Professor in Combinatorics and Statistical Mechanics).

2. Deputy Director appointment and staff changes:

We congratulate Dr Robert Hunt who will take up a full-time appointment in September as Senior Tutor at Christ’s College, and Kate Gilbert who has moved to the Scott Polar Research Institute. Thanks to them both for their sterling contribution to the Institute. Gill Cash (contact details above) has taken over from Kate, and we shall shortly be advertising for a replacement Deputy Director.

3. Expansion of support for early career researchers:

In addition to the gift from Howard Covington announced in the previous bulletin, the Leverhulme Trust will also be providing support for early career researchers. If you are a Research Student or within 5 years of having received a PhD (with appropriate allowance for career breaks), you will be eligible to apply for Leverhulme bursaries to allow you to attend Institute events. Do please advertise this to suitable candidates.

4. Programme announcements:

New programmes were selected by the Scientific Steering Committee at its recent meeting, and we expect to announce these shortly following approval of resources for them at the Management Committee. The curent full list is at

5. Workshop announcements:

A full list is at A summary of this year's workshops is shown at the end of this bulletin.

6. Reminders

a. The Correspondents’ web page (containing a list of all Correspondents, past bulletins and other information) is at

b. 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 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 at

c. The Newton Institute strongly encourages its long-term participants from overseas to visit other UK institutions during their stay. We 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 web page listing those participants who are interested in receiving invitations: Complete lists of invited participants are under each programme.

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: He would be very pleased to visit your institution to talk about the Institute, what's happening here, and to hear your views.

Forthcoming Workshops:

Inference and Estimation in Probabilistic time-Series Models (18 to 20 June 2008)

Combinatorial and Probabilistic Inequalities (23 to 27 June 2008)

Future Directions in High-Dimensional Data Analysis: new methodologies, new data types and new applications (23 to 27 June 2008)

Anderson Localization Transition: Introductory Training Course (14 to 25 July 2008)

Advanced Topics in Design of Experiments (21 to 25 July 2008)

Designed Experiments: Recent Advances in Methods and Applications (DEMA2008) (11 to 15 August 2008)

Anderson Localization and Related Phenomena (18 to 22 August 2008)

Shear Flow Turbulence and Transition (8 to 12 September 2008)

Inertial-Range Dynamics and Mixing (29 September to 3 October 2008)

Delocalization Transitions and Multifractality (a Satellite Meeting at Gregynog Hall, University of Wales) (2 to 6 November 2008)

Structure and Waves in Anisotropic Turbulence (a Satellite Meeting at the University of Warwick) (3 to 7 November 2008)

Rotating Stratified Turbulence and Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Oceans (8 to 12 December 2008)

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