In his first week in the role Professor Ball said “I am excited and honoured to be starting as scientific director at ICMS. I have organised and attended workshops here and always found the staff wonderfully helpful, efficient and easy to work with. They have made ICMS an exceptionally valuable part of the British and international mathematical community.”
Professor Ball succeeds John Toland who held the position for eight years from September 2002. When asked about Professor Toland’s legacy Keith Ball went on to say “It is a little daunting to follow a director as successful as John Toland, under whose guidance the centre has delivered a superb programme of research workshops and played a vital role in the education of Scottish PhD students. Fortunately he has taken great trouble to pass on as much of his expertise as possible.”
Professor Keith Ball is the Astor Professor of Mathematics at University College London.
Professor John Toland is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath.