Welcome to ICMS

VIRTUAL/ONLINE EVENTS: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our ability to run events in Edinburgh and for the mathematical sciences community to work together in person ICMS is facilitating a large and exciting programme of online events. Please see this webpage for details of how you can request support.   This service has proved to be very popular and by early August 2020 we have supported over 8000 participants in 143 events. We have built up an exciting repository of recordings from many of these events that can be viewed on the ICMS channel.

ICMS, INI and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are working with various representatives from the mathematical sciences community to develop a virtual forum for knowledge exchange in the mathematical sciences (V_KEMS). The main aim is to identify a range of virtual approaches that will help address challenges from business and industry, the third sector, and other groups outside academia. Please see this webpage for more details.

ICMS events due to be held at Bayes Centre, Edinburgh up to the end of 2020 have been postponed. We are working with all our organisers to reschedule these events to 2021 and details will be published here shortly.


The ICMS staff are now all working remotely. Please refer to the staff contact details page for email addresses.

ICMS supports research in the mathematical sciences. Its core activity is the development and organisation of international workshops and conferences in all areas of mathematics and these attract leading mathematical scientists from the UK and abroad.

In addition to workshops, ICMS is involved in a number of other mathematical activities such as small group research programmes, postgraduate training, journal management and outreach. ICMS also hosts events organised by other mathematical and related organisations.

The Scientific Director of ICMS is Professor Paul Glendinning.

The ICMS is located at The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT.

ICMS is wholly owned by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. It is funded by its parent universities and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the UK with additional support from the London Mathematical Society.

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Forthcoming VIRTUAL Events


A call for virtual events, including seminar series, was launched late March.

Further details are available on this webpage.

Regular Virtual Seminar Series

Mondays at 2pm: One World Numerical Analysis

Tuesdays (bi-weekly) at 2pm: South East Mathematical Physics Seminars

Tuesdays (bi-weekly): Wavinar: Waves in Complex Continua

Wednesdays at 1pm: One World Stochastic Numerics and Inverse Problems

Wednedsays at 1.30pm: Virtual Integrable Systems Seminars

Wednesdays at 3pm: One World Nonlinear Waves and their Applications Seminar Series

Wednesdays at 4pm: The RepNet Virtual Seminar

Thursdays at 1pm: LAGOON: Leicester Algebra and Geometry Open ONline

Thursdays at 3pm: Geometry and Topology Online Seminar

Thursdays at 3.30pm: OPSFOTA: Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions, Operator Theory and Applications virtual series

Fridays at 2pm: Warwick Combinatorics Seminar Series

Fridays (variable timings): Research and teaching in statistical and data sciences

Completed Virtual Seminar Series

Scientific understanding and modelling of the decontamination of COVID-19 infected spaces and surfaces



Forthcoming Virtual Events 

A call for virtual events was launched late March. Further details are available on this webpage. We are working to schedule numerous seminars and other events. We will post details once available.

September 07-18, 2020

Introductory lectures on manifold topology: Exotic spheres

September 21-24, 2020

Stochastic Transport in Upper Ocean Dynamics Workshop

September 21-25, 2020

LMS Autumn Algebra School

September 25, 2020

MAC-MIGS Annual Colloquium

October 1-2, 2020

IMA & LMS Joint Meeting: Topological methods in Data Science

October 5-9, 2020

LMS Autumn Algebra School

October 26-27, 2020

Black Heroes of Mathematics

November 2020

UK challenges and capabilities in computational acoustics - 3 day Sandpit

Ongoing support to the UK-Africa Postgraduate Advanced Study Institutes and Workshop Series

More to follow:

Recent Virtual Events

Details of virtual events since April 2020 is available here.



Events at Bayes Centre, Edinburgh 

Details of Events POSTPONED and Events given NEW DATES due to the global pandemic are available here.

We are working to reschedule Spring/Summer 2020 workshops and will post details once available.

In the meantime, recordings from various seminar series, events, workshops & public lectures are available on the ICMS channel.


Photos from previous ICMS events are available on our Flckr page.



Calls for Proposals

ICMS welcomes proposals for workshops and Research in Groups (RiGs) activities in all aspects of mathematical sciences and interdisciplinary areas with significant mathematical content.

Workshop proposals are considered by the Programme Committtee twice yearly. Proposal deadlines are

  • the first of October in order to be considered in March;
  • the first of April in order to be considered in June.

RiGs enables researchers to spend a short period in intensive research collaboration at ICMS, away from teaching and administration.

Full details of how to prepare and submit proposals can be found here.