Review praises ICMS



A review of mathematical sciences infrastructure in the UK has praised the activities of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS).

It is gratifying to see that we are recognised as a valuable resource to the community.
Professor David Abrahams

The review, undertaken by the EPSRC, deemed the infrastructure to consist of mathematical centres or departments that had received longer-term funding to enable collaboration and development of interconnections of the mathematical sciences community. The evidence was gathered via an online questionnaire for mathematicians to complete, while individual centres submitted responses. A panel of eminent mathematicians then reviewed the evidence and produced a report.

The report placed ICMS as the top of the UK Infrastructure activities and found that it is highly regarded and highly important, offering a suitable variety of high quality scientific and knowledge exchange activities and showing clear, broad and deep engagement of and with the community as a whole and an appropriate framework for broader impact.

A valuable resource

Professor David Abrahams, Scientific Director of ICMS, said, “Thanks to the hard work of ICMS staff we run annually a successful programme of bespoke workshops, as well as knowledge exchange and public engagement events for the whole of the mathematical sciences.  It is gratifying to see that we are recognised as a valuable resource to the community, both for the quality and range of our meetings."

Professor Jim Howie, Chair of the ICMS Management Committee, said, “ICMS is proud of its international reputation for workshops of the highest scientific quality. Evidence is given in the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure Review, in which ICMS was judged as one of the top-three international venues 'to participate in over the course of your career', and 83% of respondents put it as the 'key Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure' in the UK.”

ICMS is run jointly by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.