New members sought for the ICMS programme committee

Recruitment for new members of the ICMS Programme Committee September 2019

The ICMS runs a programme of international research workshops and related research activity. Our EPSRC grant, started in April 2018, guarantees funding for six years. The ICMS has recently moved into a new building in the heart of Edinburgh, so this is an exciting time for change and development. Proposals for workshops are considered by the Programme Committee which makes recommendations to the Scientific Director. The ICMS would like to appoint new members to join the Programme Committee. Committee members serve for a period of three years in the first instance, with the possibility to extend for a further three year period. The closing date for applications is Friday 11 October 2019.


The ICMS Programme Committee provides an independent assessment of proposals and review of the scientific activities at ICMS. It meets at least once a year, normally in Edinburgh in early July, and assesses proposals at other times via email. It is responsible for the vetting of scientific proposals and to assist the Scientific Director in the identification of areas of the mathematical sciences in which the ICMS should be involved. The Programme Committee activities which include: • Recommending referees for scientific proposals; • Assessing referees reports and determining a rank list of fundable proposals for consideration by the Scientific Director; • Reviewing past activity and recommending improvements; • Considering the funding portfolio and recommending areas for future potential funding; • Reviewing its own areas of expertise and identifying areas which could be strengthened.


The ICMS Programme Committee members should have a broad range of interests and appointments will be made to ensure a balance of expertise in research in the mathematical sciences. The ICMS is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged. The Committee Members will be appointed by the ICMS Management Committee on the recommendation of a Nominating Committee. Appointments are for three years in the first instance with an option to renew for a further period of three years.


Applications are sought from individuals who possess a range of expertise and experience in research and innovation across the mathematical sciences. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following criteria: Essential • A commitment to the ICMS’s mission and priorities; • A clear understanding of the current state of mathematical sciences research and the role of interdisciplinary research and the applications of the mathematical sciences; • An established record of research in the mathematical sciences and an ability to advise on new opportunities within the remit of the ICMS; • An awareness of barriers to progress and unconscious bias, and a record of promoting inclusivity in research; Desirable • Experience of working across international boundaries, particularly with regard to research collaborations and industrial outreach; • Knowledge of the decision-making process for publicly funded research and the associated strategic issues, for example alternative funding sources; • Experience of public engagement with research.


If you would like to discuss making an application we recommend that you please contact either the ICMS Centre Manager, Jane Walker (, tel: 0131 651 4394), the Scientific Director, Paul Glendinning ( To apply, candidates should submit a short CV and brief covering letter to the ICMS by email to by end of the day 11 October 2019. The covering letter is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate how they meet the person specification. Once the deadline has passed, receipt of applications will be acknowledged and then passed to the Nominating Committee (see below) to review the applications against the person specification. At the final appointment stages, where applicants are as qualified on merit, the selection panel will seek to achieve a balanced membership of the Programme Committee in terms of, for example, diversity, expertise and experience. The Chair of the Nominating Committee will make the proposed recommendation of appointments to the ICMS Management Committee. The Nominating Committee for the ICMS Board appointments comprises: • Committee Chair: Ineke de Moortel, University of St Andrews; • ICMS Scientific Director: Paul Glendinning; • ICMS Centre Manager: Jane Walker; • One member of the ICMS Advisory Board: Richard Pinch: • One independent member of the UK mathematical sciences community: Helen Wilson, University College London.

We expect the outcome of the process to be completed by the end of November 2019.

The Programme Committee will meet in Edinburgh on 3 July 2020.