Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

50th Anniversary meeting of the North British Functional Analysis Seminar

Apr 12, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018

ICMS, 15 Soth College, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA/ Appleton Tower, Crichton Street

Speakers include:

Shiri Artstein  (Tel Aviv)
Nate Brown  (Penn State)
Kate Juschenko  (Northwestern)
Nicolas Monod (EPFL Lausanne)
Assaf Naor  (Princeton)
Jonathan M. Rosenberg (Maryland)

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.


This workshop will commence at 13:00 on Thursday 12 April and close around lunchtime on Saturday 14 April 2017. 

Invitations to invited speakers will be sent out in early January 2018. If you wish to apply for this workshop please apply here

- Please register as soon as you can.

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).

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 to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.

Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) 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 £1.60 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. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.


You are asked to arrange and pay for your own accommodation. Further details and many more suggestions for accommodation can be found here

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. 

Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to:  moira (dot) spencer@icms.org.uk









Preliminary Schedule:  

Thursday 13:00 - 17.30 Early career talks and one invited talk

Friday 09:30 - 13.00 Invited talks

14:00 - 17:00 Invited and historical talks: 50 years NBFAS

18:30 conference dinner

Saturday 9:30 - 13.00 Invited talks




Presentation Details
Rosenberg, Jonathan
Index theory on manifolds with singularities, C*-algebras, and positive scalar curvature
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Name Institution
Ringrose, John R Newcastle University
Rosenberg, Jonathan University of Maryland