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Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 10


No. 10 - September 2005


Welcome to the Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin!

This bulletin will be sent in January, May and September each year and will contain information regarding the Newton Institute and its activities. We hope you will find it a useful way of keeping in touch and a helpful source of information to distribute to your colleagues. We will also send you occasional updates on particular topics.

1. Comments always welcome!
As always, the Director is very happy to receive comments or suggestions regarding the Newton Institute and its activities, including possibilities for future programmes. He can be contacted by e-mail at

2. New Director appointed
Sir David Wallace CBE FRS FREng has been appointed as the next Director of the Newton Institute. He will take up his post in one year's time, on 1 October 2006, when the current Director, Sir John Kingman FRS, retires. Sir David, who is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University as well as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, will also become the second N.M. Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences. Further details are available on our website at

3. Programme announcements
The following new programmes have now been confirmed for 2007. Please follow the links for further information.

Analysis on Graphs and its Applications (8 January to 29 June 2007)

Highly Oscillatory Problems Computation, Theory and Application (15 January to 6 June 2007)

Strong Fields, Integrability and Strings (23 July to 21 December 2007)

Phylogenetics (3 September to 21 December 2007)

4. Workshop announcements
The following workshops have now been finalised. Please follow the links for further information.

Non-Equilibrium Dynamics of Interacting Particle Systems (27 March 7 April 2006)

First-Passage and Extreme Value Problems in Random Processes (26 June 30 June 2006)

Finite and Algorithic Model Theory (9 - 13 January 2006)

Correspondents have also received information about each of these workshops in individual e-mails.
A full list of workshops and events at the Newton Institute can be found on our website at
A full list of current and future programmes at the Newton Institute can be found on our website at

5. Annual Correspondents' Meeting
This year's meeting of Correspondents was held on Monday 27th June 2005 at the Institute. The minutes from this meeting are available from the following link as a .pdf file Correspondents' Meeting 2005.pdf (71KB). The meeting was very constructive and a large number of points were raised.

6. Distribution of Workshop Announcements to Correspondents
Following comments from Correspondents at the Annual Meeting (see the previous item and the .pdf file) we have further improved the way that we will distribute information about programmes and workshops to Correspondents in future. In particular, the subject line of each email sent to Correspondents will start "Newton Institute" and will indicate whether it is announcing a programme, a workshop or a training event. The top few lines of the email will set out (a) which scientific areas the event will cover, to enable you to distribute it to the right departments within your institution; and (b) whether or not it will contain a significant pedagogical component, i.e., whether or not it is particularly well-suited to research students and junior post-doctoral researchers. We rely on your help as a Newton Institute Correspondent to ensure that information about our activities reaches those within the UK mathematical community who can most benefit. We naturally welcome feedback on the new system and suggestions for further improvements.

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

b. The Newton Institute strongly encourages its long-term participants from overseas to visit other UK institutions during their stay. The Institute will pay the travel costs (but not accommodation, etc.) for such visits on request. 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 to travel

c. The Institute aims to maximise the opportunities it offers to junior researchers, and therefore operates a Junior Membership scheme. To be eligible for Junior Membership of the Institute 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, in a UK academic institution or in a R&D group in industry or commerce. Junior Members may apply for special grants to allow them to attend workshops, conferences and summer schools. Correspondents are strongly encouraged to advertise the Junior Membership scheme to suitable candidates. Further details are available on our website at

The next bulletin will be sent in January. We hope you find these bulletins a useful way of keeping in touch and a helpful source of information to distribute to your colleagues.

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