The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh and the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI) in Cambridge exist to nurture the development and application of mathematics in the broadest sense. They are the UK members of the umbrella organisation ERCOM (European Research Centres on Mathematics) and have significant records in attracting the very best mathematicians and scientists from all over the world and in initiating collaborations between them. The operations of the two institutes are distinct and complementary.
The INI organises typically five major scientific programmes a year, of one to six months in length, which are planned about two years in advance. These attract over 1000 visitors, some of whom stay for several months. Associated workshops focus on specific themes within these programmes. Most workshops are out-of-term, so that student accommodation in Cambridge can be used. Satellite Workshops in the UK outside Cambridge are encouraged as a way to involve the wider UK research community. Follow-up workshops to past programmes are also supported.
The core programme of the ICMS is made up of workshops and instructional courses lasting from a few days to two weeks, with over 500 visitors in an average year. ICMS can react quickly to developments. Even in term-time, accommodation can be found for visitors: in part because Edinburgh is a large city by comparison with Cambridge. Most ICMS meetings are held at its headquarters in 15 South College Street.
INI receives a grant from EPSRC and support from the University of Cambridge and other sources and the Director holds an endowed chair linked to the post. ICMS operates on a smaller scale, with support from EPSRC, SFC, and Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities.
INI will continue to focus on a small number of long research programmes, with associated workshops and other events as described above. It will support stand-alone workshops only to meet the requirements of funders other than EPSRC.
ICMS will continue to run frequent high level scientific workshops, conferences and instructional meetings and will seek to react quickly to new developments. It will organise a number of small meetings each year to explore emergent topics in mathematics and applications, including technology transfer activities.
Both Institutes will actively foster the public understanding of the mathematical sciences through outreach activities, printed material and use of the web.
INI and ICMS manage their programmes separately but collaborate in their development. They have distinct Scientific Committees, but with overlapping membership. Each Scientific Director is an ex officio member of the other’s scientific planning committee, and particular proposals may be referred by one to the other.
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INI is a creative collaborative space which is occupied by up to fifty-five mathematical scientists at any one time (and many more when there is a workshop). Some of them may not have met before and others may not realise the relevance of other research to their own work.
INI is especially important as a forum where early-career researchers meet senior colleagues and form networks that last a lifetime.
Here you can learn about all activities past, present and future, watch live seminars and submit your own proposals for research programmes.
Within this section of the website you should find all the information required to arrange and plan your visit to the Institute. If you have any further questions, or are unable to find the information you require, please get in touch with the relevant staff member or our Reception team via our contact pages.
INI and its programme participants produce a range of publications to communicate information about activities and events, publish research outcomes, and document case studies which are written for a non-technical audience. You will find access to them all in this section.
The Isaac Newton Institute aims to maximise the benefit of its scientific programmes to the UK mathematical science community in a variety of ways.
Whether spreading research opportunities through its network of correspondents, offering summer schools to early career researchers, or hosting public-facing lectures through events such as the Cambridge Festival, there is always a great deal of activity to catch up on.
Find out about all of these endeavours in this section of the site.
There are various ways to keep up-to-date with current events and happenings at the Isaac Newton Institute. As detailed via the menu links within this section, our output covers social media streams, news articles, a regular podcast series, an online newsletter, and more detailed documents produced throughout the year.
“A world famous place for research in the mathematical sciences with a reputation for efficient management and a warm welcome for visitors”
The Isaac Newton Institute is a national and international visitor research institute. It runs research programmes on selected themes in mathematics and the mathematical sciences with applications over a wide range of science and technology. It attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and overseas to interact in research over an extended period.
INI has a vital national role, building on many strengths that already exist in UK universities, aiming to generate a new vitality through stimulating and nurturing research throughout the country.During each scientific programme new collaborations are made and ideas and expertise are exchanged and catalysed through lectures, seminars and informal interaction, which the INI building has been designed specifically to encourage.
For INI’s knowledge exchange arm, please see the Newton Gateway to Mathematics.
The Institute depends upon donations, as well as research grants, to support the world class research undertaken by participants in its programmes.
Fundraising activities are supported by a Development Board comprising leading figures in academia, industry and commerce.
Visit this section to learn more about how you could play a part in supporting INI’s groundbreaking research.
In this section you can find contact information, staff lists, maps and details of how to find INI’s main building in Cambridge.
Our administrative staff can help you with any queries regarding a prospective or planned visit. If you would like to discuss a proposed a research programme or other event, our senior management team will be happy to help.