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 page for details of how you can request support. This service has proved to be very popular and at present we are unable to take on new seminar series for 2020. We can still support one-off 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 now all work 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 Events 

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.

Online 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.


November 27 and 28, 2020

Integrable Days: 65th birthday celebration for Alexander P. Veselov

December 1, 2020

Florence Nightingale Lecture 2020

January 8, 2021

Burnside rings for profinite groups online meeting

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

More to follow:

Details of virtual events since April 2020 is available here.



Online Public Events

ICMS is planning to host a series of online public events over the coming months.

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Public Events

November 10, 2020

I Wish You Are Here – Mathematics & Mathematicians From History

ICMS welcome Snezana Lawrence to discuss the nature of mathematical ideas, and the historical and personal contexts surrounding them. Please find booking details here.

The recording from

The Creativity Code: In Conversation with Marcus du Sautoy

is available here.

Details of forthcoming Public Lectures will be announced shortly.


Details of recent public events are here.

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.