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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Newton Institute Correspondents' Bulletin No 29


No 29 - January 2012


1. Christie Marr appointed as Deputy Director
2. New Chair of Correspondents from June 2012

1. Christie Marr appointed as Deputy Director:

The Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Christie Marr who took up the post of Deputy Director from January 2012. Christie studied Mathematics at Oxford before taking a PGCE at Kings College London after which she returned to Oxford and studied for a DPhil in Computer Science. She was the founding Director of the Mathematics Support Centre in St Andrews and won the 2010 SIGMA prize for outstanding contributions to mathematics support.

2. New Chair of Correspondents from June 2012

Caroline Series has been Chair of Correspondents since the National Advisory Board was replaced by the Network of Correspondents in 2007. Her tenure comes to an end at the meeting in June 2012 and we are greatly indebted to her for what she has done in terms of developing the network and defining this role.

The Institute is now actively seeking a new Chair of Correspondents to act for the next five years and is inviting suggestions. If you wish to make a recommendation (or indeed volunteer yourself!) please contact the Deputy Director, by the end of February.


1. Newton Institute 20th Anniversary Lectures
2. New Programmes announced for 2013/14
3. Cross Disciplinary News
4. Workshop announcements
5. Rothschild Visiting Professor seminars
6. Reminders on: Correspondents' web page; short visits; seminars at your institution; Junior membership scheme; video seminars on the web.

1. Newton Institute 20th Anniversary Lectures:

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012, we will sponsor lectures around the UK given by participants at the Institute. Please raise this within your Department, to see if there is an interest in doing this in your Institution, and let Christine West and know of your intentions at the earliest opportunity.

As well as paying the travel expenses of the speaker within the UK, as we do normally, for these anniversary lectures we offer £200 towards the cost of reception (tea and biscuits before and/or wine after) for all attending, £300 towards the cost of a dinner party for selected guests, and up to £100 for overnight accommodation for the speaker. Costs beyond these figures would have to be met by your Institution. We generally expect Institutions in the same city to co-ordinate, and each Institution to host at most one anniversary lecture during the year. Our requirements are: 'Newton Institute 20th Anniversary Lecture' is used in publicity; and we are given the number attending the talk, the names of those attending the dinner and copies of invoices to show that costs were at least the figure we are donating. Detailed arrangements for inviting anyone will rest with your institution. The names and dates of participants can be found under Invited Participants on the appropriate web pages:

2. New Programmes announced for 2013/14:

The following new programmes have been announced.

Further details and a full list of all programmes is available on our programme pages.

3. Cross-Disciplinary News

During his last week in office Sir David Wallace learned that the Institute's cross-council bid submitted some fifteen months earlier had been successful and as a result the Institute now has formal liaison officers in BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC. This level of cross-council support is appropriate recognition of the fact that mathematics relates to all of science (physical and social) and technology. This policy of supporting and embracing excellence wherever it is to be found sits comfortably with the founding principles of the Institute. Indeed, in the first Annual Report, the then Director, Sir Michael Atiyah, commended the "interdisciplinarity" of the programmes which then included computer vision and the mathematical modelling of the AIDS epidemic.

As ever, communication is paramount, and to this end the Institute's network of Correspondents will be enlarged to include representatives from departments and institutes in other disciplines. Additionally, a Cross-Disciplinary College is being developed to advise the Scientific Steering Committee on current proposals and on novel and challenging questions which other disciplines pose to the mathematical sciences. Moreover, the Institute supports scoping meetings, short workshops designed to initiate cross-disciplinary discussions and to investigate the possibility of a full proposal.

4. Workshop announcements:

A full list of forthcoming workshops is at

5. Rothschild Visiting Professor seminars

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6. 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

  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

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.

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