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LMS Prospects in Mathematics

Friday 6th-Saturday 7th September 2019

All Finalists Maths Undergraduates, who are considering applying for a Maths PhD in 2020, are invited to attend the 2019 LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meeting.

LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meetings are annual events for Finalist Mathematics Undergraduates and Masters Students who are considering apply for a PhD after they have completed their current studies. The meetings feature speakers from a wide range of mathematical fields across the UK who discuss their current research and what opportunities are available to prospective PhD students. LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meetings are two-day meetings which usually take place in September each year. This year the meeting is organised by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University.

You can download this year's PiM 2019 Poster



50 places are available, including overnight accommodation and some funding towards travel costs.

To apply, please email Dr Nadia Mazza ( headed Prospects 2019 Application with the statement:

“I am on track academically to begin Ph.D. studies in 2020” with evidence of your predicted degree classification.

Financial Support

Thanks to support from our partners, we have funding to support the participation of 50 prospective PhD students. If you wish to be considered for this, please see the information provided during the registration process.

For UK-based mathematicians with caring duties the LMS has a Caring Supplementary Grant scheme which allows participants to apply for help covering caring costs.


All the talks will take place in Lancaster University's Conference Centre, Lancaster House Hotel.

A list of abstracts is available.

Friday 6th September

12:00-12:50 registration and buffet lunch

12:50-13:05 welcome and LMS presentation

13:05-13:45 Daniel Colquitt (Liverpool), Controlling mechanical waves - cloaking, earthquake protection, and one-way waves

13:50-14:30 Anitha Thillaisundaram (Lincoln), Hausdorff dimension of pro-p groups - history and open problems

14:35-15:00 Benjamin Miller (Warwick), How can mathematicians help eradicate infectious diseases?

15:00-15:30 break with refreshments

15:30-16:10 Lynne Walling (Bristol), Sums of squares as an entry-way to research in number theory and modular forms

16:15-16:55 Jon Pitchford (York), Why does it all have to be so complicated?

17:00-17:15 break

17:25-17:40 Riam Kanso (UCL), Conception X: Explore entrepreneurship during your PhD

17:45-18:25 Lucy Morgan (Lancaster), Solving real world problems - Operational Research (OR) a tool for decision making

18:25-19:00 free time (check-in, tour of campus, nap)

19:00-21:00 dinner time - food for thought and for the body

Saturday 7th September

9:00-9:40 Helen Ogden (Southampton), Complex Models, Statistical Scalability and Fighting Lizards

9:45-10:25 Brian Tom (Cambridge), Research at the MRC Biostatistics Unit

10:30-10:55 Zoltan Kocsis (Manchester), Proof Theory and Topology

10:55-11:25 break with refreshments

11:25-12:05 Daniel Loghin (Birmingham), Numerical Analysis

12:10-12:50 Codina Cotar (UCL), Probability Theory

12:50-13:40 buffet lunch

13:40-14:05 Jared White (Besançon), Abstract Algebra Meets Analysis

14:10-14:50 Louis Theran (St Andrews), Rigidity

14:55-15:35 Gesine Reinert (Oxford), Probability in Network Analysis

15:35-16:15 closing session: PhD in the UK Q&A with speakers, and local students and academics

Contact and Travel

Please contact the Departmental Resources and Projects Coordinator Stephanie Kutschmann with any non-application related questions (

The University provides information on travelling to Lancaster here.

The Prospects in Mathematics meeting will be based at the Lancaster University Conference Centre, Lancaster House Hotel.


We are grateful for the financial support from the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the London Mathematical Society, STOR-i and Lancaster University.