Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Joint meeting of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques

Sep 27, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


Name Institution
Barrenechea, Gabriel University of Strathclyde
Farkas, Jozsef University of Stirling
Gimperlein, Heiko Heriot-Watt University
Jarque, Xavier Universitat de Barcelona
White, Stuart University of Glasgow

Scientific committee:

Ernesto Estrada (University of Strathclyde)
Joan Sola Morales (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
Carles Rovira (Universitat de Barcelona)
Agata Smoktunowicz (University of Edinburgh)
Nuria Vila (Universitat de Barcelona)

This joint meeting of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (www.ems.ac.uk) and the Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques (http://blogs.iec.cat/scm) will take place at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, from 27-29 September 2017.  

Plenary lecturers:
Pere Ara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Marta Casanelles (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
Natalia Castellana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Des Higham (University of Strathclyde)
Xiaoyu Luo (University of Glasgow)
Stefaan Vaes (KU Leuven)

Mini-workshops (2 x 2h each):

Algebra and Applications
Organisers: Ferran Cedo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Agata Smoktunowicz (University of Edinburgh)
Speakers: Pere Ara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Vladimir Bavula (University of Sheffield), Ken Brown (University of Glasgow), Dolors Herbera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Differential Equations and Applications
Organisers: Angel Calsina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and József Farkas (University of Stirling)
Speakers: Armengol Gassull (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Nicholas Hill (University of Glasgow), Gemma Huguet (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya), Joan Saldana (Universitat de Girona), Alan Terry (University of the West of Scotland), Stephen Watson (University of Glasgow)

Geometric Group Theory
Organisers: Laura Ciobanu (Heriot-Watt University), Colva Roney-Dougal (University of St Andrews) and Enric Ventura (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
Speakers: Tara Brendle (University of Glasgow), Nick Gilbert (Heriot-Watt University), Martyn Quick (University of St. Andrews)

Geometry and Physics
Organisers: Michael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh), José Figueroa-O'Farrill (University of Edinburgh) and Sebastia Xambo (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
Speakers: Roger Casals (MIT / University College London) Ignasi Mundet (Universitat de Barcelona) Bernd Schroers (Heriot-Watt University) Ian Strachan (University of Glasgow)

Industrial Mathematics
Organisers: Andrew Lacey (Heriot-Watt University) and Tim Myers (CRM, Barcelona)
Speakers: Marc Calvo (Centre de Recerca Matematica), Jacek Gondzio (University of Edinburgh), James Cruise (Heriot-Watt University), Tony Mulholland (University of Strathclyde), Tim Myers (Centre de Recerca Matematica), Marta Pellicer (Universtitat de Girona)

Operator Algebras
Organisers: Francesc Perera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Aaron Tikuisis (University of Aberdeen)

Organisers: Istvan Gyongy (University of Edinburgh) and Marta Sanz-Sole (Universitat de Barcelona)

Organisers: Mark Grant (University of Aberdeen) and Wolfgang Pitsch (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Speakers: Andrew Baker (University of Glasgow), Rachael Boyd (University of Aberdeen), Federico Cantero (BGSMath), Carles Casacuberta (University of Barcelona), Jim Howie (Heriot-Watt University), Ignasi Mundet (University of Barcelona)


The meeting is open to all interested participants, and there is a poster session to which everybody is invited to contribute. There is also a dedicated mini-workshop for Ph.D. students and early career researchers. Abstracts for both posters and short talks should be proposed via the registration form by 31 August.

Limited funding is available to support the accommodation of Scottish Ph.D. students not based in Edinburgh. This will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please apply through the registration form.


We are grateful for the financial support from the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Learning and Research Support Fund.




The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 

UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one. 

Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.

Registration fee
There is a £20 registration fee. It covers coffee breaks and a lunch on Wednesday. The conference dinner on Thursday costs an additional £40.

A registration form is available here for those who wish to apply to attend.


The provisional programme can be found here


Presentation Details
Higham, Des
Nonbacktracking Walks for Network Science
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Vaes, Stefaan
Classification of von Neumann algebras
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Name Institution
Aaghabali, Mehdi University of Edinburgh
Bavula, Vladimir University of Sheffield/School of Mathematics
Boyd, Rachael University of Aberdeen
Calsina, Angel Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona
Calvo Schwarzwälder, Marc Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Chris, Heunen University of Edinburgh
Ciobanu, Laura Heriot-Watt University
Dannan, Fozi Arab International University
Farkas, Jozsef University of Stirling
Figueroa-O'Farrill, José Miguel University of Edinburgh
Gimperlein, Heiko Heriot-Watt University
Gondzio, Jacek University of Edinburgh
Grant, Mark University of Aberdeen
Higham, Des University of Strathclyde
Lacey, Andrew Heriot-Watt University
Leinster, Tom University of Edinburgh
McIntyre, Finlay
Mulholland, Anthony University of Strathclyde
Myers, Tim Centre de Recerca Matematica
Pellicer, Marta Universitat de Girona
Perera, Francesc Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Roney-Dougal, Colva University of St Andrews
Rovira, Carles Universitat de Barcelona
Sabanis, Sotirios University of Edinburgh
Sanz-Sole, Marta University of Barcelona
Strachan, Ian University of Glasgow
Vaes, Stefaan KU Leuven
Ventura, Enric Universitat Politecnica Catalunya
Watson, Stephen University of Glasgow
Xambo, Sebastian Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Departament de Matemàtiques
Zapata Carratala, Carlos University of Edinburgh