Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Edinburgh Mathematical Society Postgraduate Meeting for Students 2017

Jun 07, 2017 - Jun 09, 2017

The Burn, Edzell


Name Institution
Eftimie, Raluca University of Dundee
Trucu, Dumitru University of Dundee

The Edinburgh Mathematical Society will host its twentieth residential meeting for postgraduate students from all Scottish universities at The Burn, a country house situated in extensive grounds near Edzell in the Highlands, in early June 2017. The aim is to provide an informal setting for students to meet others working in similar areas. Participants are encouraged to give short talks on their research and the programme will also consist of other intellectual activities, with ample time left for socialising and exploration of the grounds.



The cost of the meeting will be subsidised by the Society, but it is necessary to make a charge to each student of £67.50, payable in advance. The following universities have confirmed that they will pay the £67.50 charge for their PhD students:

University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
University of St Andrews

University of Strathclyde

University of Stirling

We are waiting to hear from the other Scottish universities. 

This fee covers the cost of accommodation and all meals at The Burn, from Wednesday evening to Friday lunchtime. We are not able to reimburse the cost of travel to The Burn, but you may be able to recover this from your department. We will provide transport to The Burn from Montrose station for the outgoing journey on Wednesday and also for the return journey on Friday 9 June.

You may register your interest in attending this meeting by completing the application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 12 May 2017. Numbers are limited and if your application has been successful you will be notified by e-mail after 15 May 2017.

The meeting will begin in the afternoon on Wednesday at 16.15 and will end after lunch on Friday 9 June at 13.30.  A detailed timetable will be published in due course in the Programme section of this page.

How to get there
The Burn is 1½ miles east of Edzell on the B966 road. If you intend to travel by CAR, you should aim to arrive at the Burn before 15.30 on Wednesday 7 June. Please visit this link for driving instructions.  

If you are travelling by TRAIN, you should go to MONTROSE. We will provide transport to The Burn from Montrose station for the outgoing journey on Wednesday 7 June and also for the return journey on Friday 9 June.

    •    For the outgoing journey on Wednesday 7 June the minibus will depart at 14.30
    •    For the return journey on Friday 9 June the minibus will depart at 13.30.

Please note places are strictly limited to those who have requested minibus transportation. The journey between the Montrose station and The Burn will take approximately 30 minutes.

On Wednesday 7 June suitable trains to Montrose are:

    •    Aberdeen Departs 13:37 Arrives 14:17
    •    Dundee Departs 13.39 Arrives 14.09
    •    Edinburgh Waverley Departs 12:30 Arrives 14:09
    •    Glasgow Queen Street Departs 11.41 Arrives 13.33
    •    Leuchars Departs 13:23 Arrives 14:09
    •    Stirling Departs 12:07 Arrives 13.33

On Friday 9 June suitable trains from Montrose are:

    •    Aberdeen Departs 14:10 Arrives 14:50
    •    Dundee Departs 14:18 Arrives 14:53
    •    Edinburgh Waverley Departs 14:18 Arrives 16:28
    •    Glasgow Queen Street  Departs 14.18  Arrives 16.18
    •    Leuchars Departs 14:18 Arrives 15:29
    •    Stirling Departs 14:18 Arrives 15:43

Please check the train times before travelling. Further information about rail travel can be found at the Scotrail website.

 Bedding and a towel are provided at the Burn House. If you have indicated a special diet, this will be catered for. Tennis, croquet and bowls can be played in the grounds, and the area is good for hill-walking. (Note that you are responsible for your own safety during any activity).

The Burn contact details
 Further information, about the Burn House can be found here.

Giving a Talk

  • Talks should be 15 minutes long. Session chairs will be keeping a close eye on the time, so don't overrun!
  • There are no blackboards at the Burn. You must prepare either over-head projector transparencies or an Acroread (pdf) presentation. A data projector is available for those wishing to give a Acroread presentation. A computer will be available for this purpose which will run Adobe Acroread. Bring your talk on a USB key, or as a last resort you can e-mail the talk directly to Dr Raluca Eftimie.
    Please remember that you may be the only expert in your subject area at the Burn - so don't make things too difficult for the rest of us.
Not Giving a Talk: 
Those of you who are not giving a talk will be allocated the job of session chair or helper.

Further Information 

Academic enquiries: 
Dr Raluca Eftimie
 Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee 
Tel: 01382 384488
 Email: reftimie@maths.dundee.ac.uk and Dr. Dumitru Trucu,
Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee, Tel:  01382 384462 Email: trucu@maths.dundee.ac.uk

Administrative enquiries: jane.walker@icms.org.uk


Wednesday 7 June

16:00: Afternoon tea/coffee+cake (General introduction)
Session Chair: Ruaridh Gardner
16:45: Wilf Wilson (University of St Andrews) - An introduction to transformation semigroups
17:05: Cameline Orlendo (University of Glasgow) - The evolution of sheep immunity in response to nematode infection
17:25: Nayab Khalid (University of St Andrews) - Topological Properties of Connected Rearrangement Groups
17:45: Arnina Goodlad (University of Dundee) - Modelling the impact of anthropogenic activity on the collective movement of marine animals
18:30: Dinner

Thursday 08 June

09:00: Breakfast

Session Chair: Arnina Goodlad
10:00: Andres Barajas Paz (Heriot Watt University) Mortality model for Emerging Countries within a Bayesian Inference Framework
10:20: Chris Russell (University of St Andrews) - E-unitary inverse semigroups in GAP
10:40: Robyn Shuttleworth (University of Dundee) - Multiscale modelling of cancer invasion: the role of matrix-degrading enzymes and cell-adhesion
11:00: Coffee/Tea break

Session Chair: Wilf Wilson
11:30: Ruaridh Gardner (University of Aberdeen) - An introductory look at C*-algebras
11:50: Lukas Muller (Heriot-Watt University) - A two categorical point of view on projective representations and monoidal functors
12:10: Philipp Ruter (Heriot-Watt University) - Spectral Networks, Nonabelianization and irregular Singularities
12:30: Fiona Macfarlane (University of St Andrews)  - Mathematical Modelling of the Immune Response and Antigen Presentation in Response to a Solid Tumour
13:00: Lunch
15:00: Excursion/ Leisure time
18:30: Dinner

Friday 09 June
09:00: Breakfast

Session Chair: Cameline Orlendo

10:00: Douglas Howroyd (University of St Andrews) - Fractaensions
10:20: Linnea Franssen (University of St Andrews) -
Modelling cancer invasion using an individual-based game-theoretic approach
10:40 :TBA
11:00: Coffee/Tea Break
11:30: Announcement of Prize Winner
12:00: Lunch
13:30: Bus to Montrose train station


Name Institution
Alghamdi, Abdulaziz Strathclyde University
Barajas Paz, Andres Heriot-Watt University
Devlin, Jon University of Strathclyde
Franßen, Linnéa University of St Andrews
Gardner, Ruaridh University of Aberdeen
Goodlad, Arnina University of Dundee
Howroyd, Douglas University of St Andrews
Kerr, Lyndsay University of Strathclyde
Khalid, Nayab University of St Andrews
Macfarlane, Fiona University of St Andrews
Müller, Lukas Heriot-Watt University
Orlendo, Cameline University of Glasgow
Russell, Chris University of St Andrews
Rüter, Philipp Heriot-Watt University
Shuttleworth, Robyn University of Dundee
Toh, Bemsibom Heriot-Watt University
Torpey, Michael University of St Andrews
Wilson, Wilf University of St Andrews
Xie, Chunxiao Heriot-Watt University