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Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 12


No. 12 - May 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. Annual Meeting of Correspondents
This year's Annual Meeting of Correspondents will be held at the Institute on Friday 23rd June. We very much hope that you will be able to attend, as feedback and comments are vital in helping us to maintain and increase the value of the Institute to the entire UK mathematical community last year's meeting was extremely productive. As a Correspondent, you are an integral part of the mechanism for enabling this dialogue.

We should be grateful if you would let us know by 31st May at the latest whether you are able to attend, by contacting the Director's Administrative Assistant, Kate Gilbert (email or telephone 01223 335982). It is important that as many UK institutions as possible are represented; therefore, if you are unable to attend then please nominate somebody else from your institution (maybe a colleague who could benefit from involvement in Institute activities) who is willing to attend in your place.

The programme will be as follows

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Seminar by Professor Steve Cook (Rothschild Visiting Professor) Computational Complexity and Proofs of Combinatorial Principles

14.30 Presentations by Sir John Kingman (Director) and Dr Robert Hunt (Deputy Director)

15.30 Tea

16.00 Open Discussion an opportunity for a wide-ranging exchange of views

17.00 Seminar by Professor Alan Bray First-passage problems in systems with many degrees of freedom

18.00 Wine reception

The seminars, which are on topics related to the programmes currently in residence at the Institute, will be aimed at a general mathematical audience and will require no specialist knowledge. The open discussion will be completely unrestricted; however, if any Correspondent would like to suggest agenda items in advance then we will be happy to receive them.

Travel expenses (maximum of 2nd class rail fare) will be covered on request by the Institute. A limited amount of accommodation is also available, which can be arranged through Kate.

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

Noncommutative Geometry and Physics Fundamental Structure of Space and Time (4-8 September 2006)

Painleve Equations and Monodromy Problems An Introduction (11-15 September 2006)

Recent Advances in Monte Carlo Based Inference (30 October to 3 November 2006)

Trends in Noncommutative Geometry (18-22 December 2006)

You will already have 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

4. Scientific programme reports
The following scientific programme reports are available in draft format on our website. They will be published in the 2005/06 'Annual Report'.

Pattern Formation in Large Domains (August to December 2005)

Global Problems in Mathematical Relativity (August to December 2005)

5. 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 September. 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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