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Sir Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Annual Meeting of Correspondents 2013

The 2013 Annual Meeting of Correspondents took place on Monday 10 June 2013.


12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:15 Welcome and Introduction
13:15-14:15 Correspondents' Day Lecture
Prof Christl Donnelly (Imperial) Science and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy

Biographical information: I am Professor of Statistical Epidemiology at the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London. I studied Mathematics at Oberlin College (Ohio) and Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health (ScD, 1992). Following 3 years as a lecturer at University of Edinburgh, I joined (now Sir) Roy Anderson's epidemiology group at University of Oxford in 1995. With several like-minded colleagues, I moved to Imperial College London in 2000 to help form the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. I use statistical and mathematical tools to understand how diseases spread and thus to identify opportunities for control. I study diseases affecting both humans (including SARS, polio, and pandemic influenza) and animals (including bovine TB, BSE, foot and mouth disease [FMD] and influenza in poultry and pigs). I was a member of the Krebs review committee on cattle TB and badgers in 1997 and the deputy chair of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB from 1998 to 2007. I have also helped to advise policymakers about BSE/variant CJD, FMD, SARS and pandemic influenza. I am particularly interested in zoonotic diseases (those transmitting from animals to humans) and in infectious disease outbreaks.
14.15-15:00 Session 1
  • Developments at INI including Turing Gateway to Mathematics
  • Cross-Council Engagement
  • What is the Role of a Correspondent?
15:00-15:30 Tea Break
15:30-16:30 Group Discussions
Three groups - all to discuss topic A; each group to be allocated one topic from B:
  • 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
16:30-17:00 Feedback from Group Leaders
17:00-18:00 Rothschild Seminar
Prof Peter Constantin (Princeton) Nonlocal Evolution Equations
18:00-19:00 Wine Reception

Videos of the sessions from last year's Annual Meeting on Wednesday 13 June 2012 are available to view via the University's Streaming Media Service.

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