The Big Mathematics Initiative (BMI) Virtual Event: An Academy for Mathematical Sciences

Thursday 11 June, 2020

Although the UK has a number of specialist professional and learned societies, it lacks an overarching body with the ability effectively to bring together its diverse parts, from pure mathematics through industrial and applied mathematics to statistics and operational research, in an effective broad-based forum. The experience of the Royal Academy of Engineering shows that a single Academy is a hugely powerful way to build on the existing specialist bodies, enabling them far more effectively to contribute their individual strengths to the overall discipline. The Academy would act as an enabler, not a competitor, enhancing the work of the existing learned societies and other groups.

The idea of an Academy was mooted in the Bond review and has been considered in more detail by the Implementation and Strategic Committees, which were set up by the Council for Mathematical sciences in response to the review and chaired by Sir Bernard Silverman and Dr Claire Craig respectively.

The purpose of this event is to bring together interested members of the mathematical community to discuss the role and mission of such an Academy and to map out possible ways forward.

For further information on the Big Mathematics Initiative, please go to this site

 

Time

Activity

9.30 (Start)

 

Welcome/Introduction

  • Overview of BMI work to date, given by:
    • Claire Craig, Chair of the BMI Strategic Committee
    • Bernard Silverman, Chair of the BMI Implementation Group

9.55

Panel discussion

  • Led by the John Pullinger, BMI Strategic Committee Member

Panel members:

  • Claire Craig, Chair of the BMI Strategic Committee
  • Bernard Silverman, Chair of the BMI Implementation Group
  • Caroline Series, BMI Strategic Committee Member
  • Nira Chamberlain, BMI Strategic Committee Member
  • David Leslie, BMI Implementation Group Member

10.30

Small group discussions in break out sessions (6-8 groups)

11.30

Coffee/Tea Break

12.00

Report back from breakout groups

12.55

Wrap up/Conclusions

1.20

End of meeting

 

There is the option to join the meeting and

  1. attend the introductory presentation and panel discussion only OR
  2. attend the introductory presentation and panel discussion and take part in the subsequent discussion groups.

Please make your preference clear on the registration form.

To register for this meeting, please complete this form.

Any questions, please contact Ollie.Quinn@icms.org.uk

This event is supported as part of the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences.