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ICMS stimulates and promotes the mathematical sciences through diverse international workshops & conferences. Our vibrant events programme attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and internationally - connecting mathematical communities across the world. As a response to COVID, we are now experienced in organising and hosting virtual events, alongside in-person ones.

In addition to workshops, ICMS manages a number of other mathematical activities, such as our very popular Research-in-Groups programme; an extensive knowledge exchange programme; public engagement; and by giving administrative support to a number of mathematical groups.

For information on our aims, governance structure and our gender and diversity policies, see the About page.

Our Principal Aims:

  • To advance the mathematical sciences by fostering collaborations between researchers and disseminating their discoveries
  • To stimulate the impact of mathematical innovation on the world, promoting interactions with other disciplines, industry and commerce;
  • To contribute to the future of the mathematical sciences through the training and support for the next generation of mathematicians;
  • To promote an appreciation of the value, beauty and ubiquity of the mathematical sciences;
  • To build and connect international research communities, encouraging their diversity and dynamism.  


ICMS works closely with its sister institute the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge. Together we have a network of correspondents in all departments of Mathematical Sciences throughout the UK.

We are wholly owned by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. ICMS is funded by its parent universities and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the UK.

ICMS is a member of ERCOM, the European Mathematical Society’s committee for European Research Centres on Mathematics.


To see more of what a workshop at ICMS can do for you and your research, click here for examples of research outputs from our workshops.



For a thorough accessibility review of the Bayes Centre, where the ICMS main venue is located, please click here.