50th Anniversary meeting of the North British Functional Analysis Seminar

12-14 April 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

The North British Functional Analysis Seminar (NBFAS) was founded in February 1968 by the late Frank Bonsall and John Ringrose with a meeting at the University of Edinburgh. The founding universities were Edinburgh and Newcastle. Since then, almost 200 meetings took place at the growing number of member institutions (at present 14 universities in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) with the purpose to bring to the UK leading figures in functional analysis that are based outside the UK.

In 2018, NBFAS will turn 50 years old. An afternoon of the current meeting will be dedicated to a review of the historical development of NBFAS including contributions by seasoned members. Professor Ringrose has agreed to participate in this session.

Speakers include:
Shiri Artstein, Tel Aviv
Nate Brown, Penn State
Kate Juschenko, Northwestern
Nicolas Monod, EPFL Lausanne
Assaf Naor, Princeton
Jonathan M. Rosenberg, Maryland


This workshop will commence at 13:00 on Thursday 12 April and close around lunchtime on Saturday 14 April 2017. Details of the Preliminary Schedule can be found below.


This workshop is open to all, subject to a registration fee of 20 GBP (10 GBP for postgraduate students). This fee is payable on arrival at ICMS.  This fee covers coffee breaks and lunches.

If you wish to participate in this workshop please follow this link to register.

Registration closes on 22 March 2018.

Workshop dinner

A workshop dinner will take place on Friday 1 April at 18.30 at Blonde, St Leonard’s Street. There is a non-refundable contribution of 35GBP towards the cost of this dinner. This will be payable on arrival at ICMS. Places for dinner are limited due to the capacity of the venue and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to attend the dinner.

Financial support

Limited funding is available to assist attendance by particularly (but not only) early career researchers based in the UK. If your request is successful the support will take the form of the cost of advance purchase rail fares  and up to 60 GBP (early career: 40 GBP) towards your accommodation expenses per night. Please indicate on the registration form if you require financial support. Requests for financial support must be made by 12 March 2018.

Call for short talks

Applications for a session of contributed 30 minute talks on Thursday afternoon are welcomed, especially from early career researchers. Please submit a title and abstract using the registration form. These applications must be made by 12 March 2018.


On Thursday 12 April and Friday 13 April the workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. On Saturday 14 April, the workshop will be held in an Edinburgh University building (TBC).

UK visas

If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site [https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa] to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey. There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100. This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above).

Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge.

Accommodation in Edinburgh

Some suggestions for accommodation close to the workshop venue.

  • Ibis Hotel on South Bridge (not Hunter Square) Very close to ICMS.
  • Motel One Edinburgh (Please note that Motel One has two hotels in the city centre - Motel One Royal or Motel One Princes.  Both are within easy walking distance of ICMS)
  • Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY 0800 028 7118 (UK only) - +44 (0)131 651 2189 - University of Edinburgh accommodation. Pollock Halls is about a 20-25 minute walk.
  • Jurys Inn Edinburgh, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH +44 (0)131 200 3300 - A 5 minute walk from ICMS.
  • Edinburgh City Hotel, 79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ  +44 (0)131 622 7979 -
  • St Christophers Hostel, 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE  (approx 25.00 or less depending on offers available)+44 (0)20 7407 1856 - bookings@st-christophers.co.uk This is Youth Hostel accommodation.

Talks and audio/visual equipment (for invited speakers)

Talks will be 40 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions and answers. All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre. The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera. In addition, there are two blackboards. The projector and one board may be used simultaneously. We advise speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks. ICMS staff can help with this. It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment). If you use a Mac we expect you to bring your own adaptor.

Preliminary Schedule

13:00 - 17.30 Early career talks,
18.00 NBFAS committee meeting

9:30 - 10.30 Speaker 1,
10:30 - 11.00 coffee break,
11.00 - 12.00 Speaker 2,
12:00 - 13.00 Speaker 3,  
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch,
14.00 - 15.00 Speaker 4,
15.00 - 16.00 John Ringrose, Alastair Gillespie,
16.00 - 16.30 coffee break,  
16.30 - 18.00 E. Chris Lance, Allan Sinclair, greetings,
18:30 conference dinner

9:30 - 10.30 Speaker 5,
10.30-11.00 coffee break,
11.00 - 12.00 Speaker 6