The Institute invites proposals for research programmes in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. The SSC 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 these meetings should be submitted by 31 January or 31 July respectively. Successful proposals are usually developed in a process of discussion between the proposers and the SSC conducted through the Director, and may well be considered at more than one meeting of the SSC before selection is recommended. Proposers may submit a ‘preliminary’ proposal in the first instance with a view to obtaining feedback from the SSC prior to the submission of a full ‘definitive’ proposal.

The scientific planning and organisation of each programme are the responsibility of a team of three or four Organisers (aided in some cases by an Advisory Committee). The Organisers recommend participants in the programme, of whom up to thirty can be accommodated at any one time; they also plan short-duration workshops and conferences within the programme, to which many more participants may be invited. Each programme is allocated a budget for salary support, subsistence allowances and travel expenses.

Members of the Scientific Steering Committee usually serve a term of four years in office. The current members are:

Name Institution End of Service
Professor Ulrike Tillmann
Director, Isaac Newton Institute 30 September 2026
Professor Nick Barton Institute of Science and Technology Austria 31 December 2025
Professor Lucia Caporaso Università degli Studi Roma Tre 31 December 2027
Professor Susanne Ditlevsen Københavns Universitet 31 December 2024
Professor Mark Girolami University of Cambridge 31 December 2026
Professor Noah Linden University of Bristol 31 December 2026
Professor Sara Lombardo                              Heriot Watt University 31 December 2024
Professor Laure Saint-Raymond IHES 31 December 2026
Professor Richard Samworth University of Cambridge 31 December 2027
Professor Helen Wilson (Chair) University College London 31 December 2027
Ex-Officio: Professor Minhyong Kim
Scientific Director, ICMS

Previous Scientific Steering Committee members are listed below:

Name Institution From To
Professor J C R Hunt, FRS Meteorological Office 1990 1992
Professor V I Arnold Steklov Institute, Moscow 1990 1993
Professor P G Burke, FRS Queen’s University, Belfast 1990 1993
Professor I G Halliday University College, Swansea 1990 1993
Professor D J Wallace, FRS University of Edinburgh 1990 1993
Professor G A Gehring University of Sheffield 1990 1994
Professor J T Stuart, FRS Imperial College 1990 1995
Professor J M Ball, FRS Heriot-Watt University 1990 1995
Sir M F Atiyah, OM, PRS (Director) Isaac Newton Institute 1990 1996
Professor C T C Wall, FRS University of Liverpool 1990 1997
Professor J-M Bismut Université de Paris Sud 1990 1998
Professor Sir E C Zeeman, FRS (Chair) University of Oxford 1990 1998
Professor M V Berry, FRS University of Bristol 1990 1999
Professor A F M Smith Imperial College 1990 2000
Professor T J Pedley, FRS University of Leeds 1993 1996
Professor B D Ripley University of Oxford 1994 1999
Professor M Cates University of Edinburgh 1995 1998
Professor S K Donaldson, FRS University of Oxford 1995 1998
Professsor T W B Kibble, FRS Imperial College 1995 1997
Professor J Moser ETH Zurich 1995 1997
Professor J F Toland, FRS University of Bath 1995 1999
Professor H K Moffatt, FRS (Director) Isaac Newton Institute 1996 2001
Professor N J Hitchin, FRS (Chair) University of Oxford 1998 2001
Professor S White, FRS Max-Planck Institut fur Astrophysik 1998 2001
Professor D Zagier Max-Planck Institut fur Mathematik 1998 2001
Professor R M Anderson, FRS University of Oxford 1999 2000
Professor R H Dijkgraaf University of Amsterdam 1999 2002
Professor C M Elliott University of Sussex 1999 2002
Professor W T Gowers, FRS DPMMS, Cambridge 1999 2002
Professor E G Rees (Chair) University of Edinburgh 1998 2005
Professor A J Macintyre, FRS University of Edinburgh 2000 2003
Professor M A Moore, FRS University of Manchester 2000 2003
Professor J Stark University College London 2000 2003
Professor T C B McLeish University of Leeds 2001 2004
Professor J R Whiteman Brunel University 2001 2004
Professor C Bernardi University of Paris 6 2002 2005
Professor G Ross, FRS University of Oxford 2002 2005
Professor Sir John Kingman, FRS (Director) Isaac Newton Institute 2001 2006
Professor Sir J M Ball, FRS (Chair) University of Oxford 2002 2013
Professor S Abramsky, FRS University of Oxford 2003 2006
Professor S K Donaldson, FRS Imperial College London 2003 2006
Professor B W Silverman, FRS University of Bristol 2003 2006
Professor J G McWhirter, FRS, FREng QinetiQ 2004 2007
Professor E B Martin University of Newcastle 2004 2007
Professor M-F Vigneras University of Paris 7 2004 2007
Professor P V Coveney, FInstP, FRSC University College London 2005 2008
Professor C M Series University of Warwick 2005 2008
Professor C S Frenk, FRS University of Durham 2006 2009
Professor K G Binmore, CBE University College London 2006 2009
Professor M Vingron Max-Planck Institut für Molekulare Genetik 2006 2009
Professor Sir DJ Wallace, CBE FRS FREng (Director) Isaac Newton Institute 2006 2011
Professor PJ Green, FRS University of Bristol 2007 2010
Professor N Trefethen, FRS University of Oxford 2007 2010
Professor E Burke University of Nottingham 2007 2010
Professor M Broué (co-opt) Institut Henri-Poincaré 2006 2009
Professor DR Fearn, FRSE University of Glasgow 2008 2011
Professor E Ghys ENS Lyon 2008 2011
Professor SR Reid, FREng University of Aberdeen 2008 2011
Professor M-F Roy IRMAR 2009 2012
Professor D Preiss University of Warwick 2009 2012
Professor E Süli University of Oxford 2010 2014
Professor R Twarock University of York 2010 2013
Professor T Wooley University of Bristol 2010 2013
Professor M Calder University of Glasgow 2010 2013
Professor K Ball (ex officio) ICMS Edinburgh 2010 2014
Professor W Kendall University of Warwick 2011 2014
Professor R Thomas Imperial College London 2011 2015
Professor J Lygeros ETH Zurich 2012 2015
Professor S Richardson University of Cambridge 2012 2015
Professor C Villani (co-opt) Institut Henri-Poincaré 2010 2016
Professor J Toland FRS FRSE (Director) Isaac Newton Institute 2011 2016
Professor S Cowley Atomic Energy Authority 2013 2016
Professor M Harris Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu 2013 2016
Dr E Shuckleburgh British Antarctic Survey 2013 2016
Professor G-M Greuel Kaiserslautern 2014 2015
Professor H Byrne University of Oxford 2014 2017
Professor W Dahmen RWTH Aachen University 2015 2018
Professor S Jacka University of Warwick 2015 2018
Professor M Kwiatkowska University of Oxford 2015 2018
Professor S Tavaré University of Cambridge 2016 2018
Professor P Glendinning University of Manchester 2016 2019
Professor I Gordon University of Edinburgh 2016 2019
Professor Dame F Kirwan University of Oxford 2016 2019
Professor V Isham (Chair) University College London 2014 2020
Professor J Keating University of Oxford 2017 2020
Professor R Taylor Institute of Advanced Studies 2017 2020
Professor S Terracini Università degli Studi di Torino 2017 2020
Professor ID Abrahams (Director) Isaac Newton Institute 2016 2021
Professor M Chaplain University of St Andrews 2018 2021
Professor C-B Schönlieb University of Cambridge 2019 2022
Professor A Mijatovic University of Warwick 2019 2022
Professor J Shawe-Taylor University College London 2020 2022
Professor A Bertozzi University of Calinfornia Los Angeles 2021 2022
Dr K Lauter Facebook AI Research (FAIR) 2021 2022
Professor K Brown University of Glasgow 2020 2023
Professor R Henderson University of Newcastle 2020 2023
Professor M Rees University of Liverpool 2020 2023

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