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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 26

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NEWTON INSTITUTE CORRESPONDENTS' BULLETIN
No 26 - January 2011

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FOR INFORMATION:
1. New Director of the Institute from October 2011
2. Annual Meeting of Correspondents: Wednesday 15th June 2011
3. Staff changes
4. Update to Correspondents List

FOR DISTRIBUTION TO RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS OR GROUPS:
5. Climate Change Question Time
6. Research programmes at the Institut Henri Poincaré
7. Programme announcements
8. Workshop announcements
9. Rothschild Visiting Professor seminar to be given on 6th December 2010
10. Reminders on: Correspondents' web page; short visits; seminars at your institution; Junior membership scheme; video seminars on the web.

1. New Director of the Institute from October 2011

The appointment of Professor John Toland as the next Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences has been announced. He will succeed Professor Sir David Wallace who has served as Director since October 2006. For further details see http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2011011101

2. Annual meeting of Correspondents:

This year's annual meeting of Correspondents will be held on 15th June 2011. Your involvement would be greatly valued. Invitations will be issued closer to the time, but in the meantime please keep the date free.

3. Staff changes:

Naomi Clark is leaving us at the beginning of February to take up as position at Addenbrooke?s Hospital with the Institute of Metabolic Science. Many visitors to the Institute will have met Naomi on Reception and we pass on our best wishes for the future. Aine De Lacy will work on Reception temporarily until a permanent replacement is appointed.

4. Update to the Correspondents List

As you know, the Institute maintains a list of Correspondents, who act as focal points for communication between the Institute and our stakeholders in the scientific community. We should like to ensure the list is up to date, so we would be grateful if you would check that the information we have for your institution is correct. Please see the Correspondent's webpage. Changes can be sent to deputy-director@newton.ac.uk Thanks to all who have recently notified us of any changes and corrections.


5. Climate Change Question Time (24 November 2010)

In November 2010 the Institute co-hosted an Open for Business event under the auspices of the Mathematical and Statistical Approaches to Climate Modelling and Prediction programme. The event took place at the Willis Building in the City of London, and featured an scientific overview from Professor Tim Palmer and two panel discussions, one concentrating on climate science, and the other on the economic and political issues.

Approximately 250 people attended (Business 149, Academic 176 and Government Departments 24). The event was rated as ?Excellent, very clear and knowledgeable, high profile panel added both interest and highlighted the importance of the issues? and ?Excellent, probably one of the best events I have attended in the last two years. The range of expertise that was gathered in one place was exceptional. It would be good to see some further practical activities emerge from this event?.

The presentation from Professor Tim Palmer and both panel sessions can be found on the programme webpage

6. Research programmes at the Institut Henri Poincaré

Information for potential organisers of research programmes at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris is available at http://www.ihp.fr/en/ceb/vade-mecum

7. Programme announcements:

A full list of programmes is at www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/

8. Workshop announcements:

A full list of forthcoming workshops is at www.newton.ac.uk/events.html

9. Rothschild Visiting Professor seminars

To receive regular announcements of the Monday Seminars, subscribe at Monday Seminars Mailing List

10. Reminders:

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

  1. The Correspondents’ web page (containing a list of all Correspondents, past bulletins and other information) is at www.newton.ac.uk/correspondents.html.

  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 info@newton.ac.uk 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 www.newton.ac.uk/shortvisits.html.

  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: www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/Speakers.html.

  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 www.newton.ac.uk/junior.html.

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: david.wallace@newton.ac.uk. He or the Deputy Director, Dr Ben Mestel, b.mestel@newton.ac.uk would be very pleased to visit your institution to talk about the Institute, what's happening here, and to hear your views.


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