Resources offered by the Isaac Newton Institute
The Isaac Newton Institute (INI), based in Cambridge, is an organisation independent of any particular University. It exists to promote research in Mathematics across the UK. Listed below are resources that the Institute provides that may be of use to researchers at the University of Portsmouth and elsewhere.
Find out below what the Institute can do for:
- Research Staff (obtain help to organise or participate in workshops at the INI).
- Research Students (information and funding; junior member grants).
- Seminar Series Organisers (speaker lists and help with expenses).
- All parties (web seminars with full video, audio, and slides).
- About the Institute
- Workshops & Satellite meetings - help for organisers & participants.
- Short visits - visit for up to 2 days at short notice.
- Junior Membership & Junior Member Grants - benefits for students.
- For seminar series organisers - speakers & expenses.
- Web Seminars - OF INTEREST TO ALL; with full video, audio, and slides.
About the Institute
The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is a national and international visitor research institute. It runs research programmes on selected themes in mathematics and the mathematical sciences, with applications in a very wide range of science and technology. It attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and from overseas to interact in research over an extended period.
For more Information:
Main Institute web page:
Workshops & Programmes
The Newton Institute hosts a number of workshops each year, as part of the ongoing programmes of research, which researchers can apply to organise or attend. The institute offers a lot of help both for organisers and participants, including arranging accommodation in Cambridge during the workshop, arranging shared office space and computer access, and other resources, and can offer possible financial help where this is needed to allow full participation.
A list of workshops is here:
The overall structure of programmmes (of which workshops are a part):
A guide for those wishing to participate is here:
Prospective organisers should see the Call for Proposals:
The refereeing process is described here:
Under a new scheme, any researcher attached to a UK University, academic institution or R&D group in industry or commerce may visit the Newton Institute for up to 2 days without an invitation, in order to attend seminars or to work with colleagues. Simply sign in at the Institute's reception desk giving your name, academic affiliation and which programme you are interested in.
"There is no need to warn the Institute in advance that you will be coming, but it will make it easier for us to provide you with facilities if you send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand telling us when you intend to arrive."
Note: It should be noted that you will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation, etc. - this is simply for entry to the Institute.
For more details, see:
Junior Membership and Junior Member Grants
Research students and early career postdocs can apply for (free) Junior Membership of the Institute.
"To be eligible for Junior Membership of the Institute you must be a Research Student or within 5 years of having received a PhD (with appropriate allowance for career breaks) and you must work or study in a UK University, in a UK academic institution or in a R & D group in industry or commerce."
The Institute receives sponsorship from the London Mathematical Society and Microsoft Research Limited as well as making available some of its general funds specifically to support Junior Member's involvement in Institute activities. The types of involvement supported include (but are not limited to) attendance at workshops, conferences etc, and visits of up to 2 weeks to work or study with longer-term participants in the Institute's programmes.
The Junior Membership page is here:
Applicants for membership can fill-out a simple online form:
Seminar programmes - speakers and funding
Do you organise a seminar series in your institution?
The Institute maintains a web page of workshop participants - many of these from overseas - who are willing to visit other UK institutions to give seminars. The Institute can also offer limited financial help to cover travel expenses for the local visit.
"To assist organizers of seminar series at UK Universities in their search for relevant speakers, the Newton Institute maintains a register of those of its participants who are visiting from overseas for a period of at least two weeks, and who have indicated their willingness to give lectures or seminars elsewhere during their stay. This register lists their contact details, visit dates and key subject areas. Arrangements are normally made directly with the speaker via the email address given in the register; but the Institute will be happy to assist in cases where there are difficulties in making direct arrangements."
"All long-term participants in Newton Institute programmes are encouraged to give seminars at, or to make short visits to, UK institutions outside Cambridge during their stay. To support this activity, the Institute will cover the travel expenses involved for any participant who is formally invited to speak at another institution; the host institution is expected to cover any accommodation and incidental costs."
For the current list of "Participants willing to speak elsewhere", see:
Each programme page also lists all participants in that programme:
Seminars on the web
The Institute now records all seminars and publishes them on the web. The main seminar room has advanced audio and video capture equipment and seminars are edited to include video of the speaker, blackboards, OHPs, data projector output, audience questions and answers, so that people unable to participate in a programme, or simply those interested in a topic, can benefit without attending the programme itself.
Web Seminars Archive:
For any further queries, please see the main Newton Institute page:
You can also contact Andrew Burbanks (Newton Institute Correspondent
for Mathematics/ICG at Portsmouth):