Consolidated Support for EPSRC-LMS Durham Symposia

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Mathematical Sciences


The LMS Durham Symposia have long and glorious history and are among the most important regular international mathematical events, reflecting and initiating developments in cutting edge modern mathematics. These 10-day meetings have run since 1974, and their highest international reputation and prestige are widely known. They are widely associated with the excellence of British mathematics. The programme activity of the Durham Symposia is fully controlled by the London Mathematical Society, and takes place only during the summer period which fits well into the academic diary of mathematicians worldwide. This proposal seeks support for a continuation of the programme of Symposia for a further four years. The Symposia bring together the top UK and international researchers in an informal atmosphere, with the aim of finding common ground and discussing exciting recent developments. This, and the fact that virtually all the participants reside in the same accommodation block, gives the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and cross-fertilization of research expertise. We are confident that exciting new international collaborations will be continue to be realised if this proposal comes to fruition. The results of the meetings are distributed initially via an actively-managed and easily accessible website (, which contains a list of all 88 previous Durham Symposia. Following the link for any symposium leads to much information, including a list of participants, and other relevant information. The main talks of each symposium are recorded (with permission of the speakers) with a camcorder, and are placed on the website within a few days of the finish of the meeting. Lecture notes and/or slides are also on the site, and all this material is made freely available to all. A more detailed record of the meeting is provided by the publication in research journals of cutting-edge articles inspired by the subjects covered in the meeting. The outcomes from the Symposia impart a large impetus to already dynamic research areas. The UK and international symposium participants are the immediate beneficiaries, but the timely appearance of videos and lecture notes on the Durham Symposium website also informs the research of many other mathematical scientists working in the area. This in turn adds considerably to our understanding of the various research topics studied.


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Description Conferences were organised according to the original proposal.
Exploitation Route The research presented at the conferences is at the cutting edge of mathematical research. It has been further developed by those presenting and disseminated in the usual ways, such as research papers in academic journals.
Sectors Education

Description The grant was to support the LMS-EPSRC Durham Symposia series of conferences. Full details of these conferences may be found on: In particular, there were several non-academic participants. For example, Symposium 95 had participants from the Met Office; Symposium 101 had numerical analysts from various industrial concerns.
Sector Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Policy & public services

Description Webcasts of talks at EPSRC-LMS Durham Symposia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact The talks at these symposia are available on the Symposia website.

These webcasts will be of use mainly to academic mathematicians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010