The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) provides an internationally recognised venue for the creation and exchange of mathematical ideas. It is a key part of the UK infrastructure that supports high-level research and innovation in the mathematical sciences.
We act as a hub for mathematical sciences and related fields in the UK, fostering and supporting research of the highest quality and impact, and promoting mathematics broadly. Our principal work is to organise workshops of high scientific quality in all areas of the mathematical sciences and their applications.
We provide dedicated space for researchers to follow up innovative ideas. Research-in-Groups (RiGs), Industrial Modelling Groups, Research Partnerships with Industry, and Follow-on Funds all provide researchers with opportunities to develop ideas further. RiGs allow small groups of researchers, typically no more than four, to work together without the distractions of their daily working life for short periods, between one week and a month.
We organise knowledge exchange (KE) events, or activities within workshops, aimed at end-users of mathematical ideas in commerce, industry and other sciences. ICMS enables mathematical scientists to engage in large-scale cross-disciplinary projects by providing a venue and support for scoping meetings to consolidate ideas for proposals to the Isaac Newton Institute (INI), EPSRC, or contributions to larger university-coordinated grants.
An important aspect of our activities is building communities wherever they are needed, within the mathematical sciences, across disciplines and between academics and outside users of mathematics.
ICMS is a joint initiative of Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The single largest funder of ICMS is the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Professor Paul Glendinning, Scientific Director, International Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Paul leads the scientific strategy and direction of the ICMS. In addition to this role Paul is a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Manchester.
Jane Walker, Centre Manager, International Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Jane leads the ICMS administrative team who organise all of the events run by the Centre.
Dawn Wasley, Knowledge Exchange Officer, International Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Dawn’s role is to promote engagement with the mathematical sciences to industry, the public and government.