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.

Cancer Research UK International Symposium on Oesophageal Cancer

The Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Cancer Centre and Chinese Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Science (CICAMS) have come together to host an International Symposium on Oesophageal Cancer.

The symposium is being co-organised by Professor Xin Lu, Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald and Professor Qimin Zhan. Speakers that cover the breadth and depth of Oesophageal Cancer Research will be in Oxford on June 6-7th for this innovative event.

We are pleased to confirm that registration is now open and details can be found here.

Why oesophageal cancer?

Investigating oesophageal cancer presents unique opportunities for advances on two fronts: addressing the substantial unmet clinical needs of this disease; and uncovering molecular mechanisms with broad implications for our understanding of tumorigenesis.

The oesophagus provides an unusual yet accessible tumour context. In the lower oesophagus, the squamous epithelium of the oesophagus meets the columnar epithelium of the stomach and oesophageal adenocarcinoma is often preceded by epithelial cellular changes in an inflammatory condition called Barrett?s oesophagus. This setting thus presents a unique model for studies of the fundamental principles of interactions among different epithelial cell types, how signalling and differentiation are disrupted in cancer development and the influence of immune responses and inflammation on cell fate. On a global scale oesophageal squamous cell cancer is a major cause of cancer related death with some very high incidence areas thus providing further opportunities for investigating the epidemiology and causation of this disease and potential avenues for treatment.

Oesophageal cancer research is thus an ideal forum to bring together cell biologists, geneticists, immunologists and clinicians.

HPC and Big Data Summit 2015


UK High Performance Computing & Big Data Summit 2015

Date: 3rd February 2015
Location: QEII Conference Centre, London
Description: This CPD Certified Course will provide a unique forum for the HPC community, including scientists, engineers, educators, researchers and developers in academia, industry and government, to discuss policies surrounding the development of the UK’s e-infrastructure, address challenges, share new ideas and applications, and explore future and emerging technologies to boost research excellence and enhance the competitiveness of UK business and industry.

To view the conference agenda click here
To find out more or enquire about “Early Bird Pricing”, please contact Hannah Chipperfield at hannah.chipperfield@govnet.co.uk