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The Edinburgh Mathematical Society hosts annual two-day residential meetings for postgraduate students from all Scottish Universities at The Burn House, a mansion house situated in extensive grounds near Edzell. These events provide an informal setting for students to meet others working in similar areas. Participants are encouraged to give short talks on their research. The programme also includes other intellectual activities, with ample time left for exploration of the House grounds and socialising.

Burn House at Edzell


The previous meeting was held from 30 May to 1 June 2011, organised by Radha Kessar (Aberdeen) and Max Neunhoeffer (St Andrews) with help from Maria Chlouveraki (Edinburgh). In total 23 students from five universities participated.

The postgraduate students presented 15 talks on a diverse variety of mathematical subjects. Each talk took between 20 and 25 minutes with 5 more minutes for questions and comments. The talks were all very nicely prepared and well received by the other participants.

As in previous years, the sessions were completely organised by the participants. They chaired sessions, organised the technical equipment and handled questions and comments. Therefore this was a great opportunity for the participants to get some experience not only with preparing and giving presentations, but also with organising and running them.

Another positive effect of the meeting was of course that PhD students of different Scottish universities had an opportunity to get to know each other.

We have received very positive verbal feedback regarding the event. In particular, it appears that all participants thought that the blend of pure and applied mathematics was highly instructive, and the discussions after each talk and during the breaks (and the free afternoon!) really highlighted this fact.