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Joint British Mathematical and Applied Mathematical Colloquium
April 7th to 12th 2002
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Deadline for registration: 15 March 2002


For 50 years, the British Mathematics Colloquium and the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium, the annual UK meetings for Pure and Applied Mathematics, have been held as independent events at separate venues. It is now becoming broadly recognised that for too long, the subject of Mathematics has been unnecessarily and arbitrarily divided. The first ever joint BMC/BAMC will therefore take place at the University of Warwick, April 7th - 12th, 2002. The conference has touched a responsive chord and both communities are optimistic and enthusiastic about this new venture.

The combined meeting will be spread over five days. The first two days will focus mainly on traditional BMC areas, moving on to a middle overlap day devoted to themes of common interest, and ending with two further days on topics usual for the BAMC.

The meeting is being generously supported by the LMS, the EPSRC, the IMA and SIAM.


The joint meeting will be held from the morning of Monday 8th April until the late afternoon of Friday 12th April 2002. Roughly speaking Monday to Wednesday will be the BMC whilst Wednesday to Friday will be the BAMC. However the lectures will be so arranged that there will be considerable overlap between the Pure and Applied themes from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning inclusive. The traditional organisation will be somewhat changed so that both meetings follow a similar format. Also significant emphasis will be placed on poster presentations. Participants will be encouraged to attend selectively for any subset of the full five days. The central day (Wednesday) will be devoted to overlap plenary lectures and discussion sessions on joint themes, designed to promote maximal interaction between the two groups, culminating in the colloquium banquet on Wednesday evening with after dinner entertainment.



Number Theory (organiser: Martin Huxley):
Speakers: Detta Dickinson (Maynouth, Eire), Rob de Jeu (Durham), Jens Marklof (Bristol) and Anton Deitmar (Exeter)
Braids and low-dimensional topology (organisers: Stavros Garoufalidis, Colin Rourke):
Speakers: Patrick Dehornoy (Caen), John Crisp (Bourgogne), Daan Krammer (Basel) and Peter Teichner (San Diego).
Morning: Analysis
Speakers: Garth Dales (Leeds) and Keith Ball (UCL)
Afternoon:Workshop on rings (organiser: Charu Hajarnavis)
Speakers: Arthur Chatters (Bristol) and Paul Cohn (UCL)

Representation Theory (organisers: Roger Carter, Derek Holt):
Speakers: Andrei Zelevinsky (Northeastern), G.Hiss (Aachen), R.T.Curtis, (Birmingham), W. Crawley-Boevey (Leeds).
Morning: Focus on history:
Speakers: Jeremy Gray (OU) and Jackie Stedall (Oxford)

Afternoon:Quantum Theory:
Organisers: Gero Friesecke (Warwick) and Lionel Mason (Oxford).

Speakers: Richard Jozsa (Bristol), Leonid Parnovski (UCL), Alexander Veselov (Loughborough), Fay Dowker (QMW, London)

There will also be Splinter Groups on various topics on these days.


Wednesday is devoted to overlap plenary lectures, discussion sessions on joint themes and a mixed selection of posters. The plenary speakers are Persi Diaconis, Richard Karp and David Mumford. Between the plenary talks there will be four discussion sessions in two parallel pairs:

Dynamical systems led by Steve Wiggins (Bristol) and Kostya Khanin (Newton/Heriot-Watt)
Discrete maths led by Bela Bollobas (Memphis) and Martin Dyer (Leeds)
Quantum phenomena led by Gero Friesecke (Warwick) and Lionel Mason (Oxford)
Partial differential equations led by Simon Donaldson (Imperial College) and Chris Budd (Bath)

The day finishes with the Colloquium Banquet at Chesford Grange.



Critical properties of climate systems, organiser: Julian Hunt (UCL)
Current developments in learning and teaching in mathematics, organiser: John Blake (Birminham)
Geometry, Topology and Mechanics, organiser: Mark Roberts (Surrey)
Random matrices, operators and polynomials, organiser: YV Fyodorov (Brunel)
Dissipative PDE, organiser: John Gibbon (Imperial College)
Epidemiology, organiser: Bryan Grenfell (Cambridge)


Micromechanics of solids, organiser: John Willis (Cambridge)
Mathematics of Control, organiser: Stuart Townley (Exeter)
Computational challenges in PDEs, organiser: Charlie Elliott (Sussex)
Numerical linear algebra, organiser: Nick Higham (Manchester)
Granular and particle laden flow, organiser: Nico Gray (Manchester)

There will also be contributed sessions on a range of applied topics on Thursday and Friday.

Robert MacKay, Colin Rourke, Andrew Stuart

Please use the
on-line registration form if possible. Otherwise download the printable registration form and mail or fax it to Peta McAllister - MRC Business Manager, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, COVENTRY, CV4 7AL, UK. Fax: +44-24-7652-4182.

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For further information on any of the above contact:
Peta McAllister - MRC Business Manager -