LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia


The Society facilitates the organisation of the LMS-Bath Symposia (formerly the LMS-Durham Symposia). Proposals are approved by the Society’s Research Grants Committee after consideration of referees’ reports.


There will be two LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia in 2023 and further details will be available in due course.

  •  24 July - 04 August 2023 (TBC): Operators, Asymptotics, Waves (Organisers: Kirill Cherednichenko (Bath), Karl-Mikael Perfekt (Norway University of Science and Technology) and Euan Spence (Bath). 
    • The mathematical study of wave propagation in continuous media and its applications have
      been areas of strength in the UK over a number of decades: several UK mathematics departments
      host related research groups with long-established traditions. This symposium will provide a bird’s-eye view of the three mentioned areas, identify areas of existing contact between them, and develop plans for building links between problems with common underpinning mechanisms.
    • The symposium will run as a two-week event, consisting of a workshop and a research incubator (one week each).
  • 2023 (TBC), Categorical and Geometric Representation Theory (Organisers: Chris Bowman (York), Iain Gordon (Edinburgh), Radha Kessar (City) and Lewis Topley (Bath). 
    • The past ten years have been some of the most exciting and fruitful years in the history of representation theory. One of the overarching themes in this story is the search for richer structures which secretly underpin the classical problems in the field- these might manifest themselves as algebraic or geometric structures, or even diagrammatic categories. These richer structures provide us with new intuition and new lines of attack on long-standing open problems.
    • Summer school (TBC 2023): A three-day intensive summer school, covering both general and specialised topics in geometric and algebraic categorification at a level appropriate for early-career researchers. In order to ensure the success of the summer school, our daily structure will consist of four 1-hour lectures, followed by problem-class and research incubator sessions.
    • Main symposium/workshop (TBC 2023): The workshop schedule will be a mixture of survey and in-depth research talks.

LMS-BATH MATHEMATICAL SYMPOSIA 2024 - Call for Proposals is open. The deadline is 15 December 2022.

The London Mathematical Society is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia to be held at the University of Bath in 2024. It is intended that there will be two LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia and one of the LMS-Bath Symposia will be funded by the Isaac Newton Institute. Core funding at approximately £40,000.00 is available to support each Symposium, and it is planned to support up to two Symposia to take place in 2024.

Formerly known as the LMS-Durham Symposia, the LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia will be held at the University of Bath between 2020 and 2025. The Symposia are an established and recognised series of international research meetings, since their foundation in 1974, that provide an excellent opportunity to explore an area of research in depth, to learn of new developments, and to instigate links between different branches.

The format is designed to allow substantial time for interaction and research. The meetings are by invitation only and will be held in July/August, usually lasting for two weeks, with up to 50 participants, roughly half of whom will come from the UK. A novel element of the symposia is that they will be complemented by a summer school, to prepare young researchers such as PhD students, or a “research incubator”, where problem(s) related to the topic of the conference is studied in groups. These events can take up to an additional week.

Funding for one of these Symposia per year from 2022-2025 inclusive will be provided by the Isaac Newton Institute (INI).

Proposals should include:

  • A full list of proposed participants, divided into specific categories:
    • Category A – Scientific Organisers
    • Category B – Key Overseas Participants
    • Category C – Key UK-based Participants
    • Category D – Important Overseas Participants
    • Category E – Important UK-based Participants
  • Proposers are encouraged to actively seek to include women speakers and speakers from ethnic minorities, or explain why this is not possible or appropriate. 
  • A detailed scientific case for the symposium, which shows the topic is active and gives reasons why UK mathematics would benefit from a symposium on the proposed dates.
  • Details of additional support from other funding bodies, or proposed avenues of available funding.
  • Indicative plans for the summer school or research incubator.
  • Where appropriate, prospective organisers should consider the possibility of an ‘industry day’.

Before submitting:  Organisers are welcome to discuss informally their ideas with the Chair of the Research Grants Committee, Professor Andrew Dancer (Grants@lms.ac.uk).

Prospective organisers should send a formal proposal to the Grants Team (Grants@lms.ac.uk) by the annual deadline, 15 December 2022 for proposals for LMS-Bath Symposia to be held in 2024. Proposals are approved by the Society’s Research Grants Committee and INI Management Committee after consideration of referees’ reports.

The Call for Proposals to organise a LMS-Bath Symposium in 2025 will open later in 2023 and the deadline will be 15 December 2023.

Additional sources of funding

Current and prospective organisers may also consider applying for additional sources of funding e.g. the Clay Mathematics Institute Enhancement and Partnership Programme. A list of other external sources of funding is available here.

Previous LMS-Bath Symposia (2020 - present)

Durham Symposia (1974 - 2019)

Further information on past LMS-Durham Symposia can be accessed using the link below: