Academy for the Mathematical Sciences: proto-Academy setup Phase

Benefitting our world through the power of the mathematical sciences

What is the Academy for the Mathematical Sciences?

The Academy for the Mathematical Sciences (AcadMathSci) will be an authoritative and persuasive voice for the whole of the mathematical sciences. We will work together to develop, communicate, teach and use the power of the mathematical sciences to benefit our world. This includes teaching and education, academic research pushing the frontiers of what is known, and the implementation of the mathematical sciences in practice. The Academy will be dedicated to supporting the advancement of the field ensuring that it delivers on its potential to enrich our world, by nurturing the people pipeline, and increasing societal engagement and recognition of the value, and indeed beauty, of mathematics. We know that the mathematical sciences improve lives, help people, help society, and improve the economy and productivity.

We are currently in a two-year “proto-Academy” phase as we set up the founding structure.  The proto-Academy Executive Committee  is leading a focussed programme of work to put in place the structures required for the full Academy to be launched by the first half of 2025.

The proposed Academy will work to make a difference in many ways including:

  1. People Pipeline. The health of the discipline is reliant upon shoring up the people pipeline at all stages from school through to research – including the supply of excellent teachers to ensure a virtuous circle, and a better deal for early-career mathematicians.
  2. Policy. The Academy will lead on both ‘maths for policy’ and ‘policy for maths’. It will ensure it has a voice at the table where policy and funding decisions are made. For example, mathematics is the A-level subject taken by more people each year than any other, and yet it is also the most underfunded.
  3. Mathematical Excellence. The Academy will champion the importance of mathematical excellence and cutting-edge mathematical sciences research, both fundamental and directly applicable. Further, it will work to bolster communication channels in both directions between researchers and users of mathematics for the benefit of all.

The Academy will be inclusive in at least the following ways:

  • It will cover all the mathematical sciences, including (but not limited to) pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, data science and operational research;
  • It will involve and include practitioners, academics, teachers, and other educators;
  • It will promote an inclusive and diverse mathematical sciences community, with a key focus on improving the representation of, and opportunities for, previously under-represented groups of people;
  • It will work with people in all the nations of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and recognise that many important matters for the Academy (including in education) are devolved to the individual nations;
  • It will engage with mathematical scientists and those who use and work with maths throughout the UK and beyond.

Engagement with the five Learned Societies and other organisations

We are delighted by the leading role that the learned societies are taking in the creation of the Academy as highlighted in their Joint Statement below.

CMS and Learned Societies statement of support for the Academy for the Mathematical Sciences

The Council for the Mathematical Sciences, and its five member societies, believe there is need for a single independent body which represents the whole of the mathematical sciences community including educators, practitioners, and academics. Therefore, we established the process to determine the feasibility and set-up of an Academy for the Mathematical Sciences for the United Kingdom.

The five learned societies believe a successful Academy will strengthen the mathematical sciences community relationships and impact with government, funding agencies, industry, the public and the media. We fully support the formation of the Academy and will work to ensure it is sustainable, and works in partnership with the societies covering mathematics, statistics, and operational research.

Council for the Mathematical Sciences
Edinburgh Mathematical Society
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
London Mathematical Society
Operational Research Society
Royal Statistical Society

We are equally delighted to reciprocate that support as per our statement below.

Statement from the proto-Academy about the relationship with the Learned Societies, JMC and ACME*

The Council for the Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and its five member Learned Societies have embarked on a process to launch an Academy for the Mathematical Sciences. These five Learned Societies are central to the creation of the Academy and have already played a crucial part in shaping its vision. The Academy will work in partnership with the CMS member societies and other organisations across the mathematical sciences, including JMC and ACME. This close partnership will be essential to the Academy’s success.

By speaking for the whole mathematical sciences community, the Academy will provide a unified voice on policy, with the resources required to drive policy development and facilitate a cross-community perspective mediated through the CMS societies. It will raise the profile of the mathematical sciences in industry and government – boosting the profile of the Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Statistician and Data Science Professional certifications and capitalising on the success of the AI / data science / OR revolution. From increased profile will come increased relevance, driving an increase in influence and membership for CMS societies. Furthermore, the Academy will provide a vehicle to promote the activities of the CMS societies and their members to the broader mathematical community and, more widely, the public.

*The five Learned Societies that form the CMS are: Edinburgh Mathematical Society, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, London Mathematical Society, Operational Research Society and Royal Statistical Society; JMC stands for Joint Mathematical Council of the UK; and ACME is the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.

Latest Updates

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14 May 2024

Jim Simons (1938 – 2024)

We are greatly saddened to learn to the passing of Jim Simons. He was a great mathematician, a pioneering investor, and a prolific philanthropist.

10 May 2024

First President of the Academy for the Mathematical Sciences announced

The Academy for the Mathematical Sciences today announces that Professor Alison Etheridge OBE FRS will be its first President. She will take up the role on 17 June 2024.

7 May 2024

Government opens Call to be new National Academy focused on Mathematical Sciences

The Government today opened its Call and is inviting applications from organisations wishing to be the new National Academy focused on Mathematical Sciences. We will be submitting an application in time for the 4th June deadline: we look forward to preparing our case to be the delivery partner for this important initiative.