LMS Mission and Objectives


The London Mathematical Society has, since 1865, been the UK learned society for the advancement, dissemination and promotion of mathematical knowledge. Our mission is to advance mathematics through our members and the broader scientific community worldwide.


While the Society’s Royal Charter contains a formal statement of its objectives, the Society’s Council has approved the following interpretation of its objectives for operational use.

  • Membership – To work, through its members and with the mathematical and broader scientific community worldwide, to advance mathematics.
  • Supporting Mathematical Research – To advance mathematical knowledge by enabling mathematicians to undertake research and collaboration, and by supporting them in their efforts.
  • Disseminating Mathematics – To disseminate mathematical knowledge and make it available worldwide, where appropriate seeking to create an income stream to support the Society’s activities.
  • Representing and Promoting Mathematics – To promote mathematical research and its benefits to decision-makers, policy advisers, funders and the users of mathematics.
  • Engaging with Education and the Public – To support mathematical education in schools, colleges and universities, and encourage the public and young people to appreciate and engage with mathematics.
  • Managing the Society Effectively – To manage the Society’s affairs and resources effectively and efficiently, operating where appropriate to make a financial return on activities to support the Society’s work.

Approved by LMS Council
July 2013