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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 16


No 16 - September 2007


This Edition's Tip: Anyone can simply turn up at the Institute for up to 2 days without any kind of invitation. See item 2 below.


  1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents
  2. Short Visits
  3. Programme announcements
  4. Workshop announcements
  5. Reminders on: Correspondents’ web page; seminars at your institution; Junior Membership

1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents:

The Annual Meeting was held on Friday 22 June 2007 and was attended by 33 Correspondents or their substitutes. The minutes from this meeting are available from the following link as a pdf file Correspondents' Meeting 2007.pdf (57KB). The meeting was, as always, extremely constructive, and the Institute is grateful to those who were able to attend. The Director will be following up on several issues raised.

2. Short Visits:

There is now no need to obtain a formal invitation to the Institute if you or your UK colleagues wish to attend a programme for just one or two days. (This relaxation of the rules is directly thanks to comments from Correspondents and other members of the UK mathematical community.) You do not even need to warn us in advance that you will be coming, though a brief email to beforehand telling us when you intend to arrive will help us to provide you with some facilities. Visits lasting more than 2 days still require an invitation. Full details can be found on our website at

3. Programme announcements:

The following new programmes have now been confirmed for 2009.

Non-Abelian Fundamental Groups in Arithmetic Geometry
(20 July to 18 December 2009)

Dynamics of Discs and Planets
(12 August to 18 December 2009)

4. Workshop announcements:

The following workshops have now been finalized.

Gauge Theory, String Theory and Unification
(8 October 2007): LMS Spitalfields Day

Zeros of Graph Polynomials
(21-25 January 2008)

High Dimensional Statistics in Biology
(31 March-4 April 2008)

A full list of our workshops and events can be found at:

A full list of our current and future programmes is at:

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. We will pay the travel costs (but not accommodation etc) for such visits on request. Do 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: Complete lists of invited participants are under each programme.

c. Junior Membership: The Institute aims to maximize the opportunities it offers to early career researchers, through our Junior Membership scheme. To be eligible for Junior Membership 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, academic institution or R&D group in industry or commerce. Junior members may apply for special grants to allow them to attend workshops, conferences and summer schools. Do please advertise this opportunity to suitable candidates. Further details are available at

This bulletin is sent in January, May and September each year. We hope you find it a useful way of keeping in touch and a helpful source of information to distribute to your colleagues. As always, the Director is very happy to receive comments or suggestions regarding the Institute and its activities, including possibilities for future programmes: He would be very pleased to visit your institution to talk about the Institute, what's happening here, and to hear your views.

The next bulletin will be sent in January.

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