LMS 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.

LMS-BATH MATHEMATICAL SYMPOSIUM 2020  - Mathematics of Machine Learning 

The first LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposium was held online by the University of Bath from 3-7 August 2020. A copy of the programme and the slide videos are available on the Symposium website here.


It is intended that two LMS-Bath Mathematical Symposia will take place in 2021. Further details will be available later in 2020.

The Call for Proposals will open later in 2020 and further details, including how to submit a proposal and the deadline by which to submit proposals will be here.

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.

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).

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.

Durham Symposia (1974 - 2019)

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