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Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 14


No. 14 - January 2007


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.

This Edition's Tip: every single invited participant in future Institute programmes is listed on our website. Go to and click on the relevant programme; then click the "Invited Participants" link on the left. You'll be given a full list of invitees and their dates. This may enable you or your colleagues to invite them to visit your institution.

1. Comments always welcome!

Sir David Wallace, previously Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University and currently Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, became the new Director of the Newton Institute on 1 October 2006. 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 on Friday 22 June 2007. Invitations will be issued closer to the time, but in the meantime please keep the date free.

3. Director's visits to UK institutions

Sir David is visiting in person as many Universities and other institutions as possible in order to spread the word about what the Institute has to offer; to understand how the Institute might best change and adapt to the needs of the UK community; and to get a feel for the most exciting up-coming areas of research. Sir David would greatly value invitations along these lines to add to the 5 visits that he has already undertaken in his first 4 months. As well as meeting mathematicians, he might speak to figures in University management such as pro-Vice Chancellors.

All Correspondents are encouraged to consider arranging such a visit through the Director's Administrative Assistant, Kate Gilbert:

4. Programme announcements
The following new programmes have now been confirmed for 2008 and 2009. Please follow the links for further information.

Design of Experiments (21 July to 15 August 2008)

Algebraic Lie Theory (12 January to 26 June 2009)

Discrete Integrable Systems (19 January to 3 July 2009)

A full list of current and future programmes at the Newton Institute can be found on our website at


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

Bayesian Nonparametric Regression: Theory, Methods and Applications (30 July - 24 August 2007)

EMBO Workshop on Current Challenges and Problems in Phylogenetics (3 to 7 September 2007)

A full list of workshops and events at the Newton Institute can be found on our website at

6. Scientific programme reports available
Final scientific reports on the following past programmes at the Newton Institute are now available: 

Logic and Algorithms (January to July 2006)
Principles of the Dynamics of Non Equilibrium Systems (January to June 2006)
Global Problems in Mathematical Relativity (August to December 2005)
Pattern Formation in Large Domains (August to December 2005)
Links to all of these reports in .pdf format can be found at

7. Annual Report
The Institute's Annual Report for 2005-6 has now been published and all Correspondents will receive an individual hard 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

d. The Chairman of the National Advisory Board (see ), Elmer Rees, would be happy to receive comments about the work of the Institute for discussion at future meetings. In particular, any firm evidence of the difficulties that might be faced by UK academics in attending Newton Institute programmes would be very welcome. (See the last Correspondents' Bulletin for further information.)

The next bulletin will be sent in May. 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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