About the LMS
The London Mathematical Society (LMS), founded in 1865, is the UK’s learned society for mathematics. The Society has as its purpose the advancement, dissemination and promotion of mathematical knowledge in the UK and worldwide.
The Society’s main activities include publishing journals and books, providing grants to support mathematics and organising scientific meetings and lectures. The Society is also involved in policy and strategic work to support mathematics and the mathematics research community. This work includes engaging with government and policymakers on mathematics education and research, participating in international mathematical initiatives and promoting the discipline.
The Society receives its resources through publishing activities, investments and endowments. Providing funding in support of mathematical activities is one of the primary mechanisms through which the Society achieves its charitable aims, namely to ‘promote and extend mathematical knowledge’. This is vital for the continued health of mathematics as a subject, which impacts on a wide range of societal activities.
The standing and usefulness of the Society depends upon the support of a strong membership, to provide the resources, expertise and participation in the running of the Society to support its many activities in publishing, grant-giving, conferences, public policy, influencing government, and mathematics education in schools.
The Society’s Council therefore hopes that all mathematicians on the staff of UK universities and other similar institutions will support mathematical research by joining the Society. It also very much encourages applications from mathematicians of comparable standing who are working or have worked in other occupations.
Results of Community Survey on Membership
The Society would like to thank all those who participated in the Community Survey on Attitudes to Membership of the LMS, which took place at the beginning of 2011. Almost 800 people completed the survey, providing the Society with an invaluable resource looking forward. We will be considering all responses received.
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