Referees' Information

This document outlines the general scientific policy of ICMS, sets out the selection criteria (which are reflected in the questions asked of the referee) and outlines what happens to the referees' reports. Referees are encouraged to use the secure web form wherever possible. The address of the form and a security code will be sent with the proposal. If you do not wish to use the form please email the Centre Manager instead. Referees are asked to respond within three weeks.

For background information, referees may wish to refer to the general guidelines for EPSRC-funded workshops at ICMS, which is available here. Any specific questions should be directed to the Centre Manager (

ICMS Scientific Policy

The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences was established to facilitate international collaborations across the mathematical sciences through a programme of workshops and symposia. Meetings of this sort have an important part to play in the development of the mathematical sciences, both in terms of creating and consolidating collaborations and in establishing new links between different areas of mathematics and between disciplines.

The ICMS programme is being developed both in response to initiatives from potential organisers and through active encouragement of proposals in certain areas by the Scientific Director and members of the Programme Committee. (See Structure of ICMS for current Programme Committee membership.)

ICMS welcomes proposals for workshops and symposia on all aspects of the mathematical sciences in new or traditional subjects and in interdisciplinary areas with significant mathematical content. The core of the ICMS programme will be the rapid-reaction research workshop programme that focuses on fast-developing and newly emerged areas where there is a need to evaluate developments quickly. All proposals will be refereed by national and international experts whose comments will be assessed by the Programme Committee. Proposed meetings should

  • have substantial and significant mathematical content and be likely to contribute to the advancement of the mathematical sciences;
  • bring together mathematicians and scientists of international standing, with an appropriate balance of age and gender;
  • be focussed with clearly defined aims and objectives;
  • be of a size, type and duration suitable to its stated aims and objectives.

Selection Criteria

All proposals should meet the following criteria:

Research Quality
The topic must be of current international importance or likely to be of future international importance.
The invited speakers and participants should be of high calibre (or younger people with high potential) and appropriate to the aims of the meeting
The aims and objectives of the meeting must be clear and distinctive.

Methodology and Resources
The proposed structure (e.g. numbers, length, organisation of presentations, level of exposition) should be that best able to meet the objectives of the proposal
The Organisers should have the skill and experience to manage the scientific aspects of the meeting
The resources requested should be reasonable

Research Impact
The meeting must have the potential to be both internationally significant and significant for UK workers.
Significance may be judged in terms of a workshop's potential impact beyond its own specific mathematical context or in disciplines outside mathematics.


The report will be passed to the proposers for comment. The identity of the referee will be known to the Programme Committee but not to the proposer.

The Programme Committee will rank all proposals on the basis of the referees' report. Proposals will be considered for funding twice each year (in February and July).

A full record of correspondence relating to proposal will be retained at ICMS for 5 years.