David Jordan (Sheffield) until 31 May 2017.
Sarah Rees (Newcastle) until 31 May 2016, John Hunton (Durham) until 31 May 2017, Phil Rippon (Open) until 31 May 2017. EdMS representatives:
Stuart White (Glasgow) until 31 May 2016,
Sophie Huczynska (St Andrews) until 31 May 2017.
Rachel Camina or Tom Fisher (Rachel Camina present).
Tim Dokchitser, Lynne Walling.
Andrew Lobb, Alexander Stasinski.
St Andrews (2018):
Colva Roney-Dougal, Mike Todd.
Representative of the 2015 BMC:
Brita Nucinkis (Royal Holloway) until 30 September 2015.
Elizabeth Fisher present in lieu of Fiona Nixon (Executive Secretary of the LMS).
Tim Dokchitser, Sophie Huczynska, Fiona Nixon, Colva Roney-Dougal, Alexander Stasinski
The minutes were approved subject to the correction on one error. There no matters arising not appearing elsewhere on the agenda.
The minutes were received and will be presented for approval at the 2016 AGM.
A comprehensive detailed report from Tom Fisher and Rachel Camina had been circulated in advance of the meeting. The meeting had proved extremely popular, there having been 580 delegates, of whom 218 were research students. The report contained full details of the pro- gramme including public lectures, afternoon workshops and additional events such as the invited discussion on The Future of Proof and the Women in Mathematics reception.
The financial outcome of the joint meeting had been unexpectedly healthy .
Aspects of the practical organisation of the conference that were viewed as successful included sponsorship, AV streaming, websites, and the use of a cloud-based spreadsheet. Aspects of the organisation that, with hindsight, might have been changed and/or improved were the lack of one-day registration, the lack of transport between venues that were 15-20 minutes' walk apart, levels of expenses for morning and workshop speakers and the timing of the start of work on the conference booklet. The Cambridge organisers would be happy to share further comments on these with future organisers. Some, for example the single registration fee, were special to the joint nature of the meeting. Much of the sponsorship covered the costs of postgraduate students and a significant contribution to this came from the Heilbronn Institute. It was acknowledged that some members of the UK mathematical community have expressed concerns about such sponsorship.
The Committee agreed that the meeting had been successful and thanked the Cambridge representatives.
Lynne Walling reported as follows:
Andrew Lobb reported as follows: The dates are 3rd - 6th April 2017.
The public speaker will be Noam Elkies of Harvard University. We have four comfirmed
plenary speakers: Eva Bayer-Fluckiger, Lausanne; Isabelle Gallagher, Paris; George Lusztig, MIT; and Jacob Lurie, Harvard. We are actively pursuing a couple of high profile mathematicians who say that they cannot commit too far in advance.
We applied for and received an LMS grant, getting the offer letter at the end of July 2015. We received the full amount applied for: £15,540. We are of course happy to share details of the application with future organizers on request.
We have opened a dialogue with Clay and with Heilbronn. We intend a face-to-face meeting with the director of Heilbronn, and we shall submit an application to Clay at the end of this calendar year.
The mini-conferences will be in the areas of Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Number Theory, and Topology. Each area will have two morning speakers, as well as around 10 talks of between 30 and 45 minutes, and a possibility for even briefer graduate student talks. Each area has been allocated an internal Durham organizer who will help in choosing a good external organizer to work alongside.
We have reserved a large suite of lecture rooms on the Durham Science Site. The largest of these, to hold the plenary and the public lecture, holds 460 people. We also have three rooms of half this size as well as a host of smaller rooms on hold while we decide exactly how many we need. The total amount that Durham wishes to charge us for these rooms is £3000.
We have reserved 220 college rooms for cheap accommodation. The university will also arrange special rates with local hotels to cope with the expected larger numbers.
The conference dinner will be held on the evening of the 5th April, and will be in the Great Hall of Durham Castle. There is a maximum of 200 people who can fit into the hall when it is laid out for formal dining.
Durham have recently supplied us with the 2017 rates for lunches, tea, coffee so we shall be able to make a more detailed budget in the near future.
We have yet to liaise with publishers. At the moment we do not intend to seek other corporate sponsorship.
Mike Todd reported that The dates will be 11-14 June 2018. Planning was at a preliminary stage and the opportunity was taken for Mike to seek advice from previous organisers on several aspects.
Subject to formal approval at the Bristol AGM, the 2019 BMC will be in Lancaster. There was a brief discussion of potential hosts beyond 2019. If the five-year cycle of joint meetings with the BAMC continues then the 2020 meeting will be such a joint meeting.
YRM 2016 (Young Researchers in Mathematics) is to be held at the University of St Andrews from 1 August to 4 August. BCTCS 2016 (British Colloquium in Theoretical Computer Science) is to be held at Queeen's University Belfast from 22 March to 24 March, an unfortunate clash with BMC 2016.
The Chair thanked the retiring members Rachel Camina, Tom Fisher and Brita Nucinkis for their contributions to the Committee.
The current proposal is during lunchtime (12:30-14:00) on Wednesday 23 March.