2022-23: Research Skills Day

Friday 3rd March 2023

The SMSTC Research Skills Day 2023 will be held on Friday 3rd March in the main lecture theatre of the ICMS, Edinburgh. It will be a hybrid meeting, with attendance possible either in person or remotely via Zoom. To get the most out of the event, we encourage attendance in person where possible. This event is aimed primarily at first-year PhD students in the mathematical sciences, but PhD students at any stage are welcome to attend.

Topics to be covered include unexpected connections in research, data in research, writing mathematical papers and giving a mathematical talk, communicating mathematics through social media, public engagement and outreach, and finding information.

This event is free, but we are unable to cover travel expenses for participants. Those travelling from outside Edinburgh to attend in person should talk to their local postgraduate coordinator about these expenses.

We are grateful to the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust for financial support for this event.


Registration in advance is essential for catering purposes. Please register by 22nd February 2023 at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SMSTCResearchSkillsDay2023/

(and not using the automatically generating 'register for this symposium' button above).


09.45 - 10.00 Welcome and introduction (Fraser Daly, Heriot-Watt University)
10.00 - 10.30 Unexpected connections (Tom Leinster, University of Edinburgh)
10.30 - 11.00 Finding information (Fraser Daly, Heriot-Watt University)
11.00 - 11.30 Data in research (George Streftaris, Heriot-Watt University)
11.30 - 12.00 Break (refreshments provided)
12.00 - 12.45 Writing mathematics (Richard Scott, University of St Andrews)
12.45 - 13.30 Lunch (provided)
13.30 - 14.15 Talking about research on social and broadcast media (Oliver Johnson, University of Bristol)
14.15 - 15.00 Public engagement and outreach (Francesca Iezzi, University of Edinburgh) 
15.00 - 15.30 Break (refreshments provided)
15.30 - 16.15 Giving a mathematical talk (Rachel Norman, University of Stirling)
16.15 - 16.30 Round-up and goodbye (Fraser Daly, Heriot-Watt University)