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EPSRC Reference: EP/J018074/1
Title: International Centre for Mathematical Sciences Programme 2012-2016
Principal Investigator: Howie, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Gordon, Professor I Duncan, Professor D Braden, Professor H
Ball, Professor K Bochkina, Dr N Carr, Professor J
Sherratt, Professor JA
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: S of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2012 Ends: 30 September 2016 Value (£): 1,629,559
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Algebra & Geometry Continuum Mechanics
Logic & Combinatorics Mathematical Analysis
Mathematical Aspects of OR Mathematical Physics
Non-linear Systems Mathematics Numerical Analysis
Statistics & Appl. Probability Theoretical biology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Financial Services Healthcare
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Mar 2012 Mathematics Prioritisation Panel Meeting March 2012 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh is one of the UK's most important resources in the mathematical sciences. The centre's primary role is to organise research workshops in mathematics and related areas of science and to involve users from other sciences and industry in these activities.

In the 20 years since it was founded the centre has established a superb reputation for hosting well-organised meetings at the highest scientific level on the most important and innovative topics in the mathematical sciences. Proposed meetings are subjected to a rigorous reviewing process by referees of international standing and selected only if they are of very high quality. In any 2 or 3 year period, ICMS workshops cover an unusually broad and exciting range of topics.

The centre monitors quality through participant questionnaires, workshop reports that are assessed by the programme committee and is introducing follow up questionnaires asking participants to list collaborations and other research outcomes generated by meetings.

The centre has a dedicated knowledge transfer officer whose job is to identify potential users of new mathematical ideas from outside the academic community and to stage events (either in connection with research workshops or independently) to involve those users. Some 50 of the world's largest companies have sent representatives to ICMS meetings in the last 3 years, covering healthcare, the oil industry, the financial industry, defence, engine manufacture and computing.

ICMS also runs a research-in-groups programme to enable small groups of researchers to work together for a short period of intensive collaboration. It provides a particularly cost effective way of promoting international collaborations by UK scientists.

Research workshops play a particularly crucial role in the development of mathematics. Important research collaborations often begin at such meetings and early career researchers gain a significant part of their training at workshops and conferences. ICMS events have attracted many of the world's leading mathematicians to Britain and have involved many of the world leaders who work here. Younger prticipants, many of whom will later move into industry, also have a chance to make industrial contacts at these meetings.

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