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 three LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia in 2022 and further details will be available in due course.

  • 18-29 July 2022, LMS-Bath Symposium on New Directions in Water Waves. (Organisers: Vera Mikyoung Hur (University of Illinois), Paul Milewski (University of Bath), Philippe Trinh (University of Bath) and Miles Wheeler (University of Bath)). 
    • Water waves are an active contemporary topic in the mathematical sciences, with deep implications for numerous scientific, industrial, and engineering applications. This symposium will focus on recent results, in both pure and applied mathematics, which go beyond the traditional techniques designed for two-dimensional and irrotational flows.
    • Summer school (18-22 July 2022): a five-day summer school, covering both general and specialised topics in water waves, and carefully designed to target graduate students and early-career researchers in the mathematical sciences. The summer school will aim to present combined perspectives in applied and pure mathematics. The daily structure will consist of three 1-hour morning lectures, led by leading academics in the area, followed by afternoon problem-class and research incubator sessions.
    • Main symposium/workshop (25-29 July 2022): the main workshop will take place in the week following the summer school and will consist of a mixture of survey talks on the core themes outlined in the scientific programme, as well as more technically-focused research talks.

LMS-BATH MATHEMATICAL SYMPOSIA 2023 - Call for Proposals is now closed. The deadline was extended to 23 February 2022.

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 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’.

For further details about the LMS Mathematical Symposia, please visit the Society’s website: www.lms.ac.uk/events/mathematical-symposia

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, which is normally 15 December but was extended to 23 February 2022 for proposals for LMS-Bath Symposia to be held in 2023. Proposals are approved by the Society’s Research Grants Committee after consideration of referees’ reports.

The Call for Proposals to organise a LMS-Bath Symposium in 2024 will open later in 2023 and the deadline will be 15 December 2022.

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: