Maths for research – and for fun

We’re about to hit a really busy patch here at ICMS. July sees three week-long research workshops without a break, then there’s a reshuffle of offices in August and another tranche of workshops in September.

Professor Angus MacIntyre

Professor Angus MacIntyre

The first of these workshops honours the retirement of Professor Angus MacIntyre, who was our first Scientific Director from 1994-2002. ICMS flourished under his guidance and has continued to build on the foundation laid by Professor MacIntyre. We are therefore delighted to be hosting Recent developments in the applications of model theory to algebraic, analytic and diophantine geometry from 7-11 July.  The workshop aims to paint a broader picture of the current range of applied model theory, giving the whole community a feel for the latest results and the current directions of research in the field.  It is also a welcome opportunity to celebrate Professor MacIntyre’s contribution to mathematical life in general.

You can find links to full details of all of our forthcoming research workshops on the ICMS website. The programme for 2015 will be added as events become finalised.

We did say something about fun in the title, didn’t we? There are a couple of public events coming up in the next few weeks too.  The first sounds particularly entertaining.

Our colleagues at University of Edinburgh School of Mathematics are holding an evening of mathematical card magic in our lecture theatre on 4 July.  Tickets can be reserved  here. If they are all taken, you can join the waiting list for cancellations on the same site.

As part of the workshop on Function theory in several complex variables in relation to modelling uncertainty Professor Malcolm Smith will give a public lecture on Inerters and Formula 1 at 6pm on Tuesday 22 July . Details and ticket reservations will be available from the ICMS website in the next day or two.  Keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

Finally, some of you may be wondering about the outcome of the nomination that was the subject of our previous blog post.  We are very proud to say that Madeleine Shepherd (ICMS Comms Officer) was runner up in the Individual Category of the Heriot-Watt Universiy Principal’s Public Engagement Prize.  This well-deserved recognition for her innovative work for ICMS and beyond.  We extend our congratulations to the winners – you can read about them here.


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