Job Opportunity – Conference Coordinator and Editorial Officer

Yesterday we said farewell to a valued colleague and now we’re looking to recruit her successor.

This permanent post is predominantly conference & events management and around 30% looking after the editorial side of two research journals.  The application period is now open and runs until 4 October.

Full details and application forms can be found here.


Indo-UK Initiative in Applied Mathematics

The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India are jointly funding a programme for organising 12-14 workshops in Applied Mathematics in next two years. Roughly half the workshops will take place in each country. ICMS will be administering the workshop programme.
This initiative follows the UK-India Interaction Meeting in Applied Mathematics that took place in July 2012.  The full report from this meeting can be found here.
Workshop participants should be from the two countries and each proposal should involve at least one Key Organiser from the host country and a Coordinator in the other country.
The workshops themselves will take place between April 2014 and April 2016. Proposals should be submitted at one of the following deadlines:

  • Current submission deadline: 11th October 2013
  • Future submission deadline: 31st July 2014

Full details of the submission procedure are in our Indo-UK workshop section.

Internationally Innovative

Last month saw the publication of International Innovation magazine’s interview with Professor Keith Ball, our Scientific Director.  In it he talks about the international aspects of ICMS and gives his views on the near future of mathematics.  Read the article here.

Double honours for our Scientific Director!

Photo of Keith Ball

Professor Keith M. Ball, FRS. FRSE

ICMS is delighted to report that its Scientific Director, Professor Keith Ball has been elected as a Fellow of two of the UK’s learned societies.

Professor Ball is one of 54 new Fellows elected to the Royal Society (RS) on 2nd of May. The full list is available on the RS website.

In March this year Professor Ball was also elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).  The induction of new Fellows takes place on 20 May in the Society’s rooms on George Street, Edinburgh.

Professor Ball joined ICMS as it’s Scientific Director in 2010 and is Professor of Mathematics at University of Warwick.  His time is shared between the two institutions.


Viking maths at Museum Lates

Viking maths at Museum Lates

ICMS Staff and the Outreach Team from the School of Mathematics at University of Edinburgh combined forces to present The Valknut Challenge at the National Museum of Scotland’s Viking-themed RBS Museum Lates event last week. The Valknut is a symbol from Norse mythology which happens to be the first recorded instance of a topological structure called the Borromean Rings. This particular braided link was ideal material for a puzzle and friendship bracelet workshop. So Julia, Joshua, Helene and Madeleine donned their Viking gear and set about challenging the visitors to make their own Valknut. Much maths was undertaken painlessly in this disguse!

[Click the photo to visit the National Museum of Scotland’s RBS Museum Lates website]

Edinburgh’s gone “maths mad”!

Wow! Edinburgh is really hungry for maths! 

In less than eight hours yesterday all 65 tickets for Primes and Zeros were snapped up.  By 2pm today, our waiting list for cancellations reached twenty five. It’s not likely that we’ll have that many cancellations notified so we’ve decided to close it. If by some fluke chance we can release tickets after the existing list has been accommodated then we’ll announce it here and on Twitter and Facebook.

We are truly impressed that Professor Conrey’s talk has inspired such enthusiasm.  Thank you, people of Edinburgh, for supporting our events – there’ll be more along soon!

Primes and Zeros

Our 2013  activities start with a workshop on Online Databases: from L-functions to combinatorics from 21-25 January.  The workshop is co-sponsored by AIM and NSF and will be devoted to the development of new software tools for handling mathematical databases.

As part of the workshop,  Professor Brian Conrey will give a public lecture on Primes and Zeros: A million dollar mystery on Thursday 24th January, 6pm. Professor Conrey writes:

More than 150 years ago Riemann formulated what is widely regarded today as the most famous unsolved problem in all of mathematics. In this talk, which is intended for a general audience, we will look at some of the colourful history and stories about this problem.

Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis, via Eventbrite  (
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, last entry at 6pm.
Venue: Newhaven Lecture Theatre, ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.

This is the first of many public events we have lined up for the coming year.  We’ll be taking part in Edinburgh International Science Festival and are planning range of activities for the Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth.  Information will appear here and on our website as well as via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you’d like to receive direct emails about our public events, then please email