Category Archives: ICMS Staff News

Nomination News!

Yesterday we received some great news from our colleagues at Heriot-Watt Engage.  Our Communications Officer, Madeleine Shepherd has been shortlisted for the Principal’s Public Engagement Prize 2014.  This builds on our previous success in the field.  In 2012, ICMS won the Group Category of the same prize.  The award money funded our winter lecture series on the Mathematics of Planet Earth.

We’re looking forward to the announcement of the award on 18 June and wish Madeleine the best of luck!



Winter Holidays at ICMS

ICMS has announced its winter closure dates.  The offices will close at 5pm on Thursday 22 December 2011 and reopen on Wednesday 04 January 2012.

Christmas tree at 15 South College Street

Traditional Swedish Christmas heart made by Helene Frossling from recycled journal pages.

We wish all the visitors to this site the compliments of the season and the best of wishes for the New Year.

NAIS/CANPDE meeting and a new Dawn for Knowledge Transfer!

2011 sees ICMS getting off to a flying start.  Three working days after the winter break our first workshop of the year started.  The following week we play host to joint event from our collaborators NAIS and CANPDE.

18 January is the beginning of Advanced Numerical Studies in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, a 4-day meeting  organized by the Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software Centre and the Centre for Analysis and Nonlinear PDE. The goal of this meeting is is to study problems at the interface of the numerics and PDE communities,  examining a variety of different problems in nonlinear partial differential equations for which numerical treatments and the use of high performance computers may lead to important new insight.

This event gives Dawn Wasley, ICMS’ and NAIS’ newest member of staff, her first opportunity to meet the wider NAIS community. Dawn took up her post as Knowledge Transfer Officer for ICMS and NAIS at the beginning of December and is now becoming involved both organisations’ events.  Of particular interest to Dawn will be the applications strand of meeting. All her colleagues at ICMS and NAIS welcome Dawn to their teams and, through her role, look forward to productive collaborations outside academia.

Snow news is good news

Edinburgh under snow

In spite of the massive snow falls in the east of Scotland, ICMS is continuing to function more or less as normal in its headquarters in the centre of Edinburgh.  If you are planning to attend an event at ICMS next week and can travel safely then we will be here to greet you.

That said, a number of staff who live outside the city have been unable to get to the office but are able to attend to some things remotely.  For the city centre dwellers the trudge through the slush is unappealing  but quite manageable and our two Scandinavian staff members are finding the current conditions perfectly normal and wondering what all the fuss is about!

The view from ICMS' window

Snowman, Old College and the Tron


Keith Ball Begins His Tenure as ICMS Scientific Director

Keith BallOn 1 September Professor Keith Ball began his tenure as scientific director of ICMS in Edinburgh.

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.

Helen runs for Britain

World Orienteering Championships 2010 logo

ICMS staff member  Helen Bridle will be representing Great Britain in long distance and sprint events at the World Orienteering Chamionships in Trondheim, Norway later this month.

Helen has been orienteering for over ten years and represented also Great Britain in the European Championships this year.  A full profile of her orienteeing career can be seen here to gether with selection of pictures of her in action.

ICMS welcomes new staff

There have been a number of changes to the ICMS staff in the last few months.

We were sorry to say goodbye to Irene Moore who left ICMS in the spring to manage the Financial Mathematics and Computational Research Cluster at University College Dublin. However we are very pleased to have Jane Walker as our new Executive Secretary and Centre Manager. Jane comes to us from Publishing Scotland, where she was Publishing Services Manager.

We also have a brand new post of Receptionist, with responsibility for visitors to both organisations in 15 South College Street. Moira Spencer joins us as Receptionist for ICMS and the e-Science Institute, having previously worked in a similar role in Dalkeith High School.

Contact details for Moira, Jane and the rest of the ICMS staff can be found on the Management Structure page of the ICMS website.