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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 20


No 20 - January 2009


1. A date for your diaries - Annual Meeting of Correspondents

2. New Chair of Correspondents

3. Programme announcements

4. Workshop announcements

5. Reminders on: Correspondents' web page; short visits; seminars at your institution; Junior membership scheme; video seminars on the web.


1. Annual Meeting of Corresponents:

This year's Annual Meeting of Correspondents will be held on Thursday 11 June 2009. A significant item this year will be a strategic discussion to help develop a vision for the Institute over the next ten years; your involvement would be greatly valued. Invitations will be issued closer to the time, but in the meantime please keep this date free.

2. New Chair of Correspondents:

Correspondents will already have received the email confirming the appointment of Caroline Series from the University of Warwick as the first Chair of Correspondents. Professor Series will serve for the two year term January 2009 - December 2010 and has been co-opted onto the Newton Institute Management Committee. The Chair of Correspondents represents the interests of the UK mathematical community and of the Institute Correspondents. Caroline will chair the annual meeting of Correspondents.

3. Programme announcements:

A full list of Institute programmes is at

Please note the change of date from previously advertised for Stochastic Partial Differential Equations which will run from 4 January - 2 July 2010.

New programmes recently approved are:

Stochastic Processes in Communication Sciences (11 January to 2 July 2010)

Statistical Challenges arising from Genome Resequencing (12 July to 6 August 2010)

Gyrokinetics in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas (19 July to 13 August 2010)

Mathematical and Statistical Approaches to Climate Modelling and Prediction (11 August to 22 December 2010)

Partial Differential Equations in Kinetic Theories (16 August to 22 December 2010)

Moduli Spaces (4 Jan - 1 July 2011)

Discrete Analysis (10 January - 8 July 2011)

Inverse Problems (25 July - 21 December 2011)

4. Workshop announcements

A full list of forthcoming workshops is at

A summary of the workshops arranged so far this year is shown at the end of this bulletin.


Correspondents’ web page; short visits; seminars at your institution; Junior Membership scheme; video seminars on the web:

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

  2. 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

  3. 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:

  4. Junior Membership Scheme: Early career researchers are encouraged to apply to become Junior Members of the Institute. To be eligible 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 Institute events. Do please advertise this opportunity to suitable candidates. Further details are available at

  5. Video seminars on the web: All seminars and workshops held at the Institute are now being recorded on video and placed online for free download; in time this will form a substantial resource for the UK mathematical community. All available seminars are listed at Feedback is particularly welcome. .

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:

Quantum Discrete Integrable Systems (23 - 27 March 2009)

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

Satellite scoping meeting at the University of Reading - Multi-scale Modelling of the Atmosphere and Ocean (25-26 March 2009)

Satellite Workshop at the University of Glasgow - Geometric Aspects of Discrete and Ultra-discrete Integrable Systems (30 March - 3 April 2009)

Satellite Workshop at the University of Glasgow- Categorification and Geometrisation from Representation Theory (14 - 17 April 2009)

Satellite Workshop at the University of Leeds - Algebraic Theory of Difference Equations (11 - 15 May 2009)

Representation Theory and Lie Theory (22 - 26 June 2009)

Discrete Systems and Special Functions (29 June - 3 July 2009)

Non-Abelian Fundamental Groups in Arithmetic Geometry: Introductory Workshop (27 - 31 July 2009)

The Cardiac Physiome: Multi-scale and Multi-physics Mathematical Modelling Applied to the Heart (20 - 24 July 2009)

The Dynamics of Discs and Planets (17 - 21 August 2009)

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