Welcome to ICMS

VIRTUAL/ONLINE EVENTS: In view of the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, ICMS and INI have been exploring ways in which we can facilitate more activity within the mathematical sciences. We would like support to the mathematical sciences community in the UK by helping to organize and run online seminars (both one-off events and seminar series). Please see this webpage for more details.  

ICMS events due to be held at Bayes Centre, Edinburgh for April, May and June 2020 have been postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. This is an unprecedented situation and we did not want to put the wellbeing of any of our participants at risk.  In the meantime, we are exploring opportunties to support activity on-line.      


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


April /May/June

A call for virtual events was launched late March. Further details are available on this webpage. These are being scheduled, details will appear here in due course.

Forthcoming Events at Bayes Centre, Edinburgh    

3-4, 2020
CANCELLED Integrable models. conformal field theory and related topics 2020

April 6-9, 2020

April 13-17, 2020
POSTPONED Arithmetic, algebra, and algorithms: celebrating the mathematics of Hendrik Lenstra

April 20-24, 2020
POSTPONED Edinburgh workshop on operational research

May 7-9, 2020
POSTPONED Equity and peer review in mathematics

May 11-15, 2020
POSTPONED New directions in classical density functional theory

May 19-22, 2020
POSTPONED ICMS Modelling Camp 2020

May 25-28, 2020
POSTPONED Second Edinburgh-Vienna workshop on advances in PDEs

June 1-3, 2020
CANCELLED Edinburgh Mathematical Society Postgraduate Meeting for Students 2020

June 4-5, 2020
POSTPONED Decomposition Methods in Very Large Scale Optimization

June 8 - 12, 2020
POSTPONED Harmonic analysis, stochastics and PDEs

June 22 - 26, 2020
POSTPONED Geometric and asymptotic group theory with applications

June 29 - July 3, 2020
POSTPONED Manifolds and K-theory: the legacy of Andrew Ranicki

July 6 -10, 2020
POSTPONED Mathematical criminology and crime science

July 13 - July 17, 2020
POSTPONED Convex intergration and nonlinear partial differential equations

July 19 - 25, 2020
Young researchers in combinatorics

August 31 - 4 September, 2020
The algebraic geometry of matroids


ICMS at the Bayes Centre

Here are some recent photos of our new home

There is also a video! You can view the video here

In July 2019, Eugenia Cheng gave a fascinating public lecture entitled, Inclusion-Exclusion in mathematics and beyond. Here is a link to the talk.

As a quick preview here is a video of Eugenia answering some quick questions in advance of the talk.

Below is a collection of 2019 workshop group photos.

In addition here are some photos from 2019 public lectures.

More photos from 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.