Integrable systems, special functions and combinatorics

23 - 28 June 2019

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College, the Isle of Skye

Scientific Organisers

  • Christopher Athorne, University of Glasgow
  • Misha Feigin, University of Glasgow
  • Claire Gilson, University of Glasgow
  • Christian Korff, University of Glasgow
  • Masatoshi Noumi, Kobe University
  • Wolfgang Schief, University of New South Wales
  • Ian Strachan, University of Glasgow
  • Daniele Valeri, University of Glasgow
  • Ralph Willox University of Tokyo


Travel to Skye Sunday 23 June - please read this carefully.

Please note that this workshop will take place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College, on the Isle of Skye, 23-28 June. A coach will leave from Glasgow to the workshop location on Sunday 23 June, leaving the University of Glasgow at 14.00, stopping at Glasgow Airport at 14.30 arriving late in the evening at the Gaelic College. Departure from the conference location will be on Friday, 28 June directly after breakfast arriving back in Glasgow in the afternoon. Full details of travel arrangements from Glasgow to Skye can be found here.

On Sunday the bus will stop at Fort William for a food and drink break. Here is a map of Fort William with some suggestions of cafes and restaurants.

If your travel to Glasgow on Sunday is delayed please email Jane Walker (jane.walker @ as soon as possible. Jane will be able to help you and advise what to do if you miss the bus. We don't want to leave anyone behind but the bus will not be able wait for too long for late arrivals at either University of Glasgow or Glasgow Airport.

About the workshop

There has been a flurry of applications of techniques from integrable systems in the areas of special functions, combinatorics and stochastics. This workshop will bring together key experts in these areas as well as world-leading researchers within the community of integrable systems in order to:

  • disseminate the new applications and emerging problems, where expertise from integrable systems has led to a step change in research and opened up new horizons;
  • strengthen existing and explore new connections between the many different branches of integrable systems (continuous and discrete, classical and quantum);,
  • identify future perspectives and possible emerging trends;
  • provide a networking opportunity for established and early career researchers from Scotland and the wider UK.

During the workshop there will also be a reception in honour of Dr Jonathan Nimmo (1958 - 2017), a key member of the “Integrable Systems and Mathematical Physics" research group at the Univeristy of Glasgow, whose work has been highly influential on the development of the subject.


Preparing for your vist to the Isle of Skye: It is hard to think of a more beautiful place than the Isle of Skye and visiting in midsummer is a particular joy. The days are endless allowing you to make the most of your time there. The venue for the workshop is remote and you should make sure you bring everything with you that you need. For example: phone and laptop chargers; plug adaptors for UK plugs and any medication and sunscreen. Possibly the most important thing to bring is an insect repellant. There are few things that blight a visit to Skye more than being bitten by the dreaded midge - this tiny insect can wreak havoc on your skin. There are two well-known repellants Avon Skin-so-Soft and Smidge. We recommend that you bring one of these with you. If you plan to walk in your free time you may want to invest in a net to wear over your head. The weather on Skye changes by the minute: it can be glorious, warm sunshine one moment and then pelting down with rain the next. Please come prepared with waterproofs and layers of warm clothing, bring some good shoes as well as summer clothing. Have a wonderful time!

The organisers have collated some useful information about Skye, including maps and bus timetables as well as things to do on the free afternoon. This can be downloaded here.

You can see a map of the Sabhal Mor Ostaig campus here


Registration is now closed.

Confirmed participants:

  • Maali Alkadem, University of Glasgow
    Georgios Antoniou, University of Glasgow
    Christopher Athorne, University of Glasgow
    Matteo Casati, University of Kent
    Oleg Chalykh, University of Leeds
    Jen-Hsu Chang, National Defense University, Taiwan
    Kian Cheng, University College London
    Adam Doliwa, University of Warmia and Mazury
    Theo Douvropoulos. Paris Diderot, IRIF, ERC CombiTop
    Anton Dzhamay, University of Northern Colorado
    Yuri Fedorov, Polytechnic university of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona
    Misha Feigin, University of Glasgow
    Allan Fordy, University of Leeds
    Claire Gilson, University of Glasgow
    Tamás Görbe, University of Leeds
    Martin Hallnas, Chalmers University of Technology
    Masashi Hamanaka, Nagoya University
    Jarmo Hietarinta, University of Turku
    Rei Inoue, Chiba University
    Kenji Kajiwara, Kyushu University
    Saburo Kakei, Rikkyo University
    Ronan Kerr, Loughborough University
    Alisa Knizel, Columbia University
    Christian Korff, University of Glasgow
    Martina Lanini, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"
    Chun-Xia Li, Capital Normal University
    Ana F. Loureiro, University of Kent
    Kenchi Maruno, Waseda University
    Jianqin Mei, Dalian University of Technology
    Atsushi Nagai, Tsuda University
    Masatoshi Noumi, Kobe University
    Yasuhiro Ohta, Kobe University
    Simon Ruijsenaars, University of Leeds
    Junkichi Satsuma, Musashino University
    Wolfgang Schief, University of New South Wales
    Ying Shi, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology
    Duncan Sleigh, University of Leeds
    Katie Spalding
    Alexander Stokes, Univeristy College London
    Ian Strachan, University of Glasgow
    Satoshi Tsujimoto, Kyoto University 
    Daniele Valeri, University of Glasgow
    Johan van de Leur, Utrecht University
    Jan Felipe van Diejen, Universidad de Talca
    Alexander Veselov, Loughborough University
    Bart Vlaar, Heriot-Watt University
    MartinVrabec, University of Glasgow
    Jing Ping Wang, University of Kent
    Ralph Willox, University of Tokyo
    Ye Yiru, Loughborough University
    Junxiao Zhao, Glasgow International College
    Paul Zinn-Justin, The University of Melbourne


The workshop programme can be downloaded here

The abstracts for talks and posters can be downloaded here.

ICMS does NOT use third parties to arrange accommodation.  If you are approached by a third party (e.g. Business Travel Management) asking for booking details, please ignore.  If you have any concerns please contact ICMS.

The workshop organisers would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust towards the costs of this meeting.