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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 21


No 21 - May 2009


1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents

2. Staff changes
3. Cambridge Science Festival video
4. Rothschild Visiting Professor seminars to be given on 11 and 18 May
5. Paolozzi's Newton returns to the Institute

6. Programme announcements

7. Workshop announcements

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


1. Annual Meeting of Correspondents:

The invitation has been issued for this year's Annual Meeting of Correspondents on 11 June. The meeting is particularly important this year, as participants will be contributing to a 10-year vision for the Institute. If you are unable to attend please nominate somebody from your institution (maybe a colleague who could benefit from involvement in Institute activities) who is willing to attend in your place.

Seminars suitable for a general mathematical audience will be given by a participant from each of the programmes currently in residence at the Institute: Professor Iain Gordon (Edinburgh) Algebraic Lie Theory through the Symmetric Group and Professor Nalini Joshi (Sydney) Hunting nonlinear mathematical butterflies.

2. Staff changes:

We recently said goodbye to Stephen Penton who was working in the Library on a temporary basis to cover the maternity leave of Sara Wilkinson, whom we are pleased to welcome back. We also welcome Sue Gilbert to the Institute as our new Programme and Visitor Secretary.

3. Cambridge Science Festival video:

On Saturday 21 March Professor Franco Vivaldi (QMUL) gave a talk at the Institute entitled The arithmetic of chaos as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The seminar was recorded and can be viewed on our website as well as a pdf of the presentation; please see: /

4. Rothschild Visiting Professor Seminars to be given 11 and 18 May:

The RVP on the Algebraic Lie Theory Programme, Professor Laurent Lafforgue, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Monday 11 May entitled Langlands' functoriality viewed as a kind of function theoretic Poisson formula problem. The RVP on the Discrete Integrable Systems Programme, Professor J.J. Duistermaat, will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Monday 18 May entitled QRT maps and elliptic surfaces. Both seminars will be followed by an informal reception at 6 p.m. To receive regular details of the Rothschild Visiting Professor Seminars by email, please send the message 'subscribe Monday-seminars' to

5. Paolozzi's Newton returns to the Institute:

This sculpture, which was donated to the Institute by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), is based on that commissioned for the new British Library at St Pancras. It has recently been returned to the library, having been on loan to the Whitworth Art Gallery at Manchester University and the Museum of Art as Seoul National University.

6. Programme announcements:

A list of programmes is at

7. 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.

8. Reminders:

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, Dr Ben Mestel, would be very pleased to visit your institution to talk about the Institute, what's happening here, and to hear your views.

Forthcoming Workshops:

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)

Anabelian Geometry (24-27 August 2009)

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