The London Mathematical Society (the UK’s learned society for the advancement of mathematics) is offering travel grants to support attendance of UK-based mathematicians at the Seventh European Congress of Mathematics in Berlin, 18-22 July 2016 (www.7ecm.de)

LMS would particularly like to support those mathematicians at an early stage in their career, including postdocs. You do not need to be an LMS member to apply.

Costs covered include international economy fares, accommodation and meals, and conference registration.

To apply for a travel grant, please download an application form from the LMS website:


Applications should be submitted to the Society by 5 February 2016 and applicants will be informed of the outcome by early March 2016.


Oxford Comic Con 2016 – call for papers

Not the usual call for papers …

Oxford Comic Con is inviting abstracts for its 2016 Conference which will be held at Examination Schools, 5-6 March 2016.

The conference will be exploring academic subjects relating to popular comic books, science fiction movies and other forms of popular culture.  It aims to use these media to convey academic research to the public in a fun and engaging way.Papers can take the form of short presentations, panels or debates and possible subjects include scientific debates behind the Force, Ant-Man, the Incredible Hulk, etc.  The choice is yours!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/136093560083237/

Please send proposals and brief bio to Head of Knowledge Michael Serafian at epic@oxcon.xyz

The deadline for abstracts is 15 December 2015

Ada Lovelace Symposium, Oxford 2015

adaAn interdisciplinary Symposium celebrating the life and legacy of Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852, will take place at Mathematics Institute, University of Oxford on 9th and 10th December 2015. Ada Lovelace is best known for a remarkable article about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt computer, the Analytical Engine, and the symposium will present Lovelace’s life and work, in the context of nineteenth century mathematics, science and culture, and present-day thinking on computing and artificial intelligence.

Speakers include: computer scientists John Barnes, Adrian Johnstone, Ursula Martin, Bernard Sufrin and Moshe Vardi; historians of computing and mathematics, June Barrow Green, Elizabeth Bruton, Judith Grabiner, Christopher Hollings and Doron Swade; Lovelace scholars Imogen Forbes-Macphail, Julia Markus and Betty Toole; historian and biographer Richard Holmes; and graphic artist Sydney Padua.   Participants in a panel on female icons include computer scientists Valerie Barr and Muffy Calder, founder of Ada Lovelace Day Suw Charman-Anderson, mathematician Cheryl Praeger, and cultural historian Murray Pittock.

A reception and dinner in Balliol College on 9th December includes a  pre-dinner address by Lovelace’s descendant  the Earl of Lytton, and an after dinner speech by philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley.

Registration for the symposium is £40, or £90 including the symposium dinner. Some sponsored place are available. For further information and registration see https://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/adalovelace/

A display at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, 13th October – 18th December, incudes Lovelace’s exercise books, childhood letters, correspondence with Charles Babbage, a newly found daguerreotype, and a new archive discovery showing computational thinking in action –Lovelace, Babbage, magic squares and networks.

Sponsors This event has been made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from ACM, AHRC, British Computer Society, Clay Mathematics Institute, EPSRC, google, IMA, London Mathematical Society, and Queen Mary University of London’s cs4fn project.

Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore – Call for Nominations

gyssOxford has been invited to nominate up to 5 bright young scientists to participate in the 2016 Global Young Scientists Summit, to be held from the 17th – 22nd of January 2016 in Singapore. This is the fourth held Summit, which sees around 300 young scientists from around the world come together with globally-recognised scientific leaders to discuss the latest advances in science and technology, and how research and innovation can be harnessed to address major global challenges.

The Summit provides a platform for these young researchers to connect and engage with like-minded peers from all over the world and build up a global research network. An integral part of GYSS@one-north is the Singapore Challenge, which enables participants with a compelling research proposition to take steps to exploit their research. Hospitality for the participants in Singapore will be provided, which will include accommodation, summit conference costs, social activities, meals and local transportation between accommodation, conference sites and social activities (yet excluding flights which are to be covered by department).

To be eligible, the nominee must be:
– Under the age of 35
– Be a Dphil or Post-Doc

The Expression of Interest Form for internal submission, the details of selection criteria used by the summit organisers and details of the Singapore challenge 2016 are available on the Research Services co-ordinated bids website.

As only 5 young scientists can be nominated by Oxford, all EOIs must be submitted internally for selection. Completed EOI’s, plus supporting documentation, should be returned to researchsupport@cs.ox.ac.uk by noon on Friday 28th August 2015 where they will be ranked then passed on to Keri Dexter for assessment across the division.

To find out more about the Summit – Click Here
To view the EOI Document – Click Here

Chist-ERA 2015 – Participate in defining the call

Chist-ERA LogoThe Call for the 2015 round of Chist-ERA applications will arrive in October 2015, and the two topics will be:

  • Security and Privacy in Internet of Things
  • Terahertz Band for New-Generation Mobile Communication Systems

The full topic descriptions, to appear in the call text, will result from the CHIST-ERA Conference 2015. This conference, held in Lisbon, June 16-18 2015, brings together scientists working in these research areas and CHIST-ERA representatives to refine the topics contour and scope of the Call 2015. All attendees are invited to participate in plenary and facilitated break-out sessions to identify and formulate the promising scientific and technological challenges at the frontier of research. This represents a unique opportunity for the scientific community to directly participate in scoping the call.

To find out more – Click Here (PDF)
To register for the conference – Click Here