Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Edinburgh Mathematical Society Postgraduate Meeting for Students 2015

Jun 01, 2015 - Jun 03, 2015

The Burn, Edzell

The Society will host its eighteenth residential meeting for postgraduate students from all Scottish universities at The Burn, a mansion house situated in extensive grounds near Edzell in the Highlands, in the beginning of June 2015. The aim is to provide an informal setting for students to meet others working in similar areas. Participants are encouraged to give short talks on their research and the programme will also consist of other intellectual activities, with ample time left for socialising and exploration of the grounds.

Prize for the Best Student Presentation
The prize for the best student presentation for the Burn meeting 2015 went to Sascha Troscheit (University of St. Andrews).

Photos from this meeting are now available

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The cost of the meeting will be subsidised by the Society, but it is necessary to make a charge to each student of £62.00, payable in advance. The following universities have confirmed that they will pay the £62.00 charge for their PhD students:

Heriot-Watt University
University of Edinburgh
University of St Andrews
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
University of Strathclyde
University of Stirling
University of Glasgow

We are waiting to hear from the other Scottish universities.  

This fee covers the cost of accommodation and all meals at The Burn, from Monday evening to Wednesday afternoon. We are not able to reimburse the cost of travel to The Burn, but you may be able to recover this from your department. We will provide transport to The Burn from Montrose station for the outgoing journey on Monday 1 June and also for the return journey on Wednesday 3 June if there is sufficient demand.

You may register your interest in attending this meeting by completing the application form available from this website by 30 March 2015. Numbers are limited and if your application has been successful you will be notified by e-mail after 13 April 2015.

The meeting will begin in the afternoon on Monday 1 June at 16.15 and will end after lunch on Wednesday 3 June at 13.30.  A detailed timetable can be found in the Programme section of this page.

How to get there
The Burn is 1½ miles east of Edzell on the B966 road. If you intend to travel by CAR, you should aim to arrive at the Burn before TBA on Monday 1 June. Please visit this link for driving instructions. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are properly insured. Some insurers may regard the trip as business travel, particularly if expenses are being refunded.

If you are travelling by TRAIN, you should go to MONTROSE. We will provide transport to The Burn from Montrose station for the outgoing journey on Monday 1 June and also for the return journey on Wednesday 3 June.

  • For the outgoing journey on Monday 1 June the minibus will depart at 14.45(TBC).
  • For the return journey on Wednesday 3 June the minibus will depart at 13.30(TBC).

Please note places are strictly limited to those who have requested minibus transportation. The journey between the Montrose station and The Burn will take approximately 30 minutes. 

On Monday 1 June, 2015, suitable trains to Montrose are:

  • Aberdeen Departs 13:38 Arrives 14:17
  • Dundee Departs 14:02 Arrives 14:32
  • Edinburgh Departs 12:30 Arrives 14:09
  • Glasgow Queen Street Departs 12:41 
  • Leuchars Departs 13:23 Arrives 14:09
  • Stirling Departs 13:07 Arrives 14:32

On Wednesday 3 June, 2015, suitable trains from Montrose are:

  • Aberdeen Departs 14:10 Arrives 14:50
  • Dundee Departs 14:18 Arrives 14:53
  • Edinburgh Departs 14:18 Arrives 16:29
  • Glasgow Queen Street  Arrives 16:18
  • Leuchars Departs 14:18 Arrives 15:28
  • Stirling Departs 14:18 Arrives 15:43 

These times are based on  the 2015 timetable. 

Further information about rail travel can be found at the National Rail or Scot Rail website.

Bedding and a towel are provided at the Burn House. If you have indicated a special diet, this will be catered for. Tennis, croquet and bowls can be played in the grounds, and the area is good for hill-walking. (Note that you are responsible for your own safety during any activity).

The Burn contact details
Further information, about the Burn House can be found here.

Giving a Talk

  • Talks should be 15 minutes long. Session chairs will be keeping a close eye on the time, so don't overrun!
  • There are no blackboards at the Burn. You must prepare either over-head projector transparencies or an Acroread (pdf) presentation. A data projector is available for those wishing to give a Acroread presentation. A computer will be available for this purpose which will run Adobe Acroread. Bring your talk on a USB key, or as a last resort you can e-mail the talk directly to Dr Raluca Eftimie.
  • Please remember that you may be the only expert in your subject area at the Burn - so don't make things too difficult for the rest of us.

Not Giving a Talk
Those of you who are not giving a talk will be allocated the job of session chair or helper.

Further Information

Academic enquiries:
Dr Raluca Eftimie
Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee
Tel: 01382 384488
Fax:  01382 385516
Email: reftimie@maths.dundee.ac.uk

Administrative enquiries:
Moira Spencer
Tel: 0131 650 9817
Fax: 0131 651 4381
Email: moira.spencer@icms.org.uk


The full programme from the event is here


Presentation Details
Barnes, Gwendolyn
Geometry on a non-intuitive coordinate system?
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Bitsouni, Vasiliki
Analysis of mathematical models for cancer cell aggregation and movement
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Boyd, Rachael
An introduction to homological stability
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Demessie, Getachew Alemu
Higher Poincare Lemma
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Elsakout, Doaa
Multilevel Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MLMCMC) Applied to Uncertainty Quantification Objectives
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Gower, Artur
Hunting inverse matrix fields
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Jalali, Mahdi
Curvilinear grid generation for a shallow flow solver
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Jalali, Mohammad Reza
Application of Green-Naghdi equations in shallow water
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Jason, Smith
A formula for the Möbius function of the permutation poset
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Lijoka, Oluwaaseun
Trefftz time-space discontinuous Galerkin Method for wave equation in time domain
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Lucas Jesús, Morales Moya
Characterisation of the Segmentation
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Marciuk, Adriana
A p-basic set for the symmetric group
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Paterson, Iona
Controlling Antibiotic Resistance in an Aquatic Environment
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Torpey 2, Michael
Computing with Semigroup Congruences
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Troscheit, Sascha
Dimension Theory of Random Fractals -random, yet attractive
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Walker, Lachlan
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Wilson, Wilf
Computing with finite semigroups
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Name Institution
Bainson, Bernard Oduoku Heriot Watt University
Barnes, Gwendolyn Heriot-Watt University
Bitsouni, Vasiliki University of Dundee
Boyd, Rachael University of Aberdeen
Clark, Alice Heriot-Watt University
Demessie, Getachew Alemu Heriot Watt University
Dumitru, Trucu University of Dundee
Eftimie, Raluca University of Dundee
Elsakout, Doaa Heriot-Watt University
Gower, Artur University of Manchester
Jalali, Mahdi University of Edinburgh
Jalali, Mohammad Reza the University of Edinburgh
Jason, Smith University of Strathclyde
Lijoka, Oluwaaseun Heriot Watt University Edinburgh
Lucas Jesús, Morales Moya University of Dundee
Marciuk, Adriana University of Aberdeen
McMenemy, Paul University of Stirling
McPike, Ruaraidh University of Strathclyde
Nicholson, Michael University of Edinburgh
Paterson, Iona University of Stirling
Paulin, Mark University of Aberdeen
Torpey 2, Michael University of St Andrews
Troscheit, Sascha University of St Andrews
Walker, Lachlan University of Aberdeen
Wilson, Wilf University of St Andrews
Worton, Adrian University of Stirling