` NBDES History

North British Differential Equations Seminar

The NBDES was set up in 1972, following an initiative of the then Science Research Council, to encourage research in differential equations, especially in areas where pure and applied mathematicians could cross-fertilise each other, and to help workers in differential equations keep abreast with recent developments in the subject.

The inaugural meeting of the Seminar was in Edinburgh in November 1972, when the speaker was Professor G. Fichera (Rome). For more information on previous speakers please see: Past Lecturers.

The Seminar was founded by pure and applied mathematicians from five Scottish Universities, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, and Strathclyde, together with the University of Newcastle. It developed out of the North British Differential Equations Year, organised jointly by the six founder universities in the session 1971-72 and sponsored by the then Science Research Council, and from the Conferences on the Theory of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations organised by the University of Dundee. The membership of the Seminar was enlarged to include the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield in 1975, the University of Bradford in 1977, and the Universities of Leeds and St.Andrews in 1985.

Here's the 1996 Constitution.

The Seminar typically meets in November and May each year. For each meeting a distinguished worker in differential equations is invited to address the Seminar and to visit some of the member universities. Because of the distances between the member universities, the visitor gives several one-hour lectures to a in either Scotland, and several more at another time to a meeting in nortthern England. A visit from overseas is usually of around two weeks in duration.