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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 19


No 19 - September 2008


This Edition's Tip: Andy Burbanks at Portsmouth has put together a nice page on the Institute which you might find helpful to copy or use:

1. Nominations for Chair of Correspondents: Replies by Friday 10 October.

2. Appointment of Deputy Director
3. Other Governance changes
4. Report of the Annual Meeting of Correspondents on 2 June 2008

5. Reminders on: programme and workshop announcements; Correspondents' web page; short visits; seminars at your institution


1. Nominations for Chair of Correspondents:

At its meeting on 12 June 2008, the Management Committee approved the proposal to disband the National Advisory Board and strengthen the role of the Correspondents. It agreed to co-opt an independent Chair of Correspondents who would be recognised as the Correspondents' spokesperson, and chair the annual meetings at the Institute. This person should be committed to the continuing success of the Institute, have the confidence of the UK community and bring wide experience of national issues so that they can make a full contribution; it would also be highly desirable if they helped the gender balance of the Management Committee. For details of current membership see

Correspondents are requested to consult amongst themselves and with colleagues and come forward with nominations for the Chair, to reach BY FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER. All names will go forward to the Executive Secretaries of the LMS, the IMA, the RSS, the ORS and the E(dinburgh)MS, who will agree a name to be forwarded to the Management Committee, for co-option for three years from 1 January 2009.

2. Deputy Director appointment:

We are delighted that Dr Ben Mestel, our Correspondent at the Open University, will join us in November as Deputy Director, succeeding Dr Robert Hunt.

3. Other Governance changes:

On behalf of the Scientific Steering Committee, John Ball has approved the proposal that the Research Director of ICMS should be ex officio in attendance at the SSC, with the Director or the Deputy Director of the Newton Institute similarly ex officio on the Programmes Committee of ICMS. Howard Covington, Chief Executive of New Star Asset Management, has been appointed as Chair of the Management Committee; he will bring a challenging independence to the committee, which we welcome.

4. The report of the Annual Meeting of Correspondents

The report of the Annual Meeting of Correspondents on 2 June can be found at The Director’s presentation can be found at


Reminders on programme and workshop announcements, Correspondents’ web page; short visits, seminars at your institution:

  1. Programme announcements: See

  2. Workshop announcements: See A list of workshops for the next six months is at the end of this bulletin.

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

  4. Short visits: Anyone from the UK can simply turn up at the Institute for up to 2 days without any kind of formal invitation. 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 require an invitation. Full details at

  5. 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 participants web page under each programme, or the listing of those participants who have indicated an interest in receiving invitations:

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 or the Deputy Director would be very pleased to visit your institution to talk about the Institute, what's happening here, and to hear your views.

Forthcoming Workshops:

Wall Bounded Shear Flows: Transition and Turbulence (8 to 12 September 2008)

Prospects of High Performance Computing in Turbulence Research (26 September 2008)

Inertial-Range Dynamics and Mixing (29 September to 3 October 2008)

Euler at Newton: the Inviscid Equations (31 October 2008)

Delocalization Transitions and Multifractality (a Satellite Meeting at Gregynog Hall, University of Wales) (2 to 6 November 2008)

Structure and Waves in Anisotropic Turbulence (a Satellite Meeting at the University of Warwick) (3 to 7 November 2008)

Rotating Stratified Turbulence and Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Oceans, with IUTAM (8 to 12 December 2008)

Classical and Quantum Transport in the Presence of Disorder (15 to 19 December 2008)

IMA Conference on Dense Granular Flows (5 to 9 January 2009)

Instructional Workshop in Algebraic Lie Theory (12 to 23 January 2009)

Quantum Integrable Discrete Systems (23 -27 March 2009)

Algebraic Lie Structures with Origins in Physicss (23 - 27 March 2009

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