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Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 11


No. 11 - January 2006


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. The National Advisory Board
The Newton Institute has a National Advisory Board, set up in 1999 at the suggestion of the EPSRC, that advises the Director on all matters relating to the national role of the Institute. Since its inception, the Board has been chaired by Professor Adrian Smith; his term of office has now expired and the new chairman is Professor Elmer Rees. A number of new members have also recently been appointed to the Board: the full membership is available at Professor Rees, or indeed any member of the Board, will be happy to receive comments about the work of the Institute for discussion at future meetings.

3. Programme announcements
The following new programmes have now been confirmed for 2008. Please follow the links for further information.

Statistical Theory and Methods for Complex, High-Dimensional Data (7 January to 27 June 2008)

Mathematics and Physics of Anderson Localization: 50 Years After (14 July to 19 December 2008)

The Nature of High Reynolds Number Turbulence (26 August to 19 December 2008)

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

Spectral Theory and its Applications (24-28 July 2006)

Noncommutative Geometry and Cyclic Cohomology (31 July to 4 August 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. Difficulties in attending Institute programmes
The National Advisory Board (see item 2 above) has recently discussed the problems that some UK academics find in attending Newton Institute programmes, often because of difficulties obtaining leave from teaching duties. However, hard evidence of these problems is scarce, and the Director will be very interested to hear of specific examples encountered by individuals from anywhere in the UK. The Board is keen to discover whether these problems are wide-spread and whether they are correlated with age, gender or any other issues; if sufficient evidence comes forward then the Institute will seek to address the problems. Please inform the Director by email (see item 1 above) if you are able to help.

6. Scientific programme reports available
Final scientific reports on the following past programmes at the Newton Institute are now available: Magnetic Reconnection Theory (August 2004)
Quantum Information Science (August to December 2004)
Magnetohydrodynamics of Stellar Interiors (September to December 2004)
Model Theory and Applications to Algebra and Analysis (January to July 2005)
Developments in Quantitative Finance (January to July 2005)

Links to all of these reports in .pdf format can be found at

7. Annual Report
The Institute's Annual Report for 2004-5 has now been published and all Correspondents will receive an individual copy in the near future. The report is available on our website in .pdf format at

8. 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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