Present: Professor D.A. Brannan (Open, LMS Nominee), Dr G.R. Burton (Bath), Professor J.H. Davenport (Bath), Dr A. Gardiner (Birmingham), Professor M.N. Huxley (Cardiff), Dr A.C. McBride (Strathclyde), Professor C.St.J.A. Nash-Williams (Reading, Chairman), Dr P.E. Newstead (Liverpool), Dr A.R. Pears (KCL, LMS Nominee), Dr R.G.E. Pinch (Cambridge), Dr E.F. Robertson (St. Andrews, EMS Nominee), Dr D.L. Salinger (Leeds), Dr E.J. Scourfield (RHBNC), Dr G.C. Smith (Bath), Dr R.J. Steiner (Glasgow, EMS Nominee), Dr D.S.G. Stirling (Reading), Professor D.A.R. Wallace (Strathclyde).
(Minute 6(i)) (Request from publisher for list of members' names and addresses)
This was up to local organisers, as the AGM had not seemed greatly concerned. We should insist that publishers used it only for their own purposes and did not pass it on.
(Minute 6(iii)) (Archives)
Professor Davenport reported that the Contemporary Scientific Archives at Bath had, on investigation, proved inappropriate. In accordance with the wishes of the AGM, it was agreed that the BMC archives be housed with the LMS collection in University College, London, and that an initial approach should be made through the LMS.
(ii) Morning Speakers, 1993:
Professor Nash-Williams read out a list proposed by Dr Hilton (of Reading). It was held that we should adhere to the usual convention of not inviting members of the committee and that both Professors Benjamin and Crighton would give too much applied mathematics.
There then followed a general discussion on what we should seek to achieve. Dr Gardiner said we needed to enliven the meetings and all agreed that something to arrest the slow decline in numbers was important (see later). Professor Davenport suggested that we concentrated too much on research at the expense of teaching.
It was agreed that we should ensure that there was a fair selection of women speakers (e.g. S. Rees of Newcastle), and some were added to the list. Professor Brannan pointed out that the proposed speakers should include at least one complex analyst and suggested J.B. Twomey or F. Holland (both of Cork). It was agreed that a broad spread of topics should continue to be represented. Other specific proposals included J.W.S. Cassels and F. Smithies.
(iii) Evening Speakers, 1994:
Three specific suggestions were made: R. Askey (Numerical Analysis), Joan Birman (Braid Groups), J. Neubuser (Groups). It was remitted to the organisers at Cardiff to consider these and any other suggestions which seem appropriate.
(iv) Future Morning Speakers:
It was decided that in future we should invite written suggestions in advance from the previous year's committee so that longer thought could be given to the matter.
A number of names were added to the list of potential speakers.
E. Robertson suggested that we try to re-invigorate the splinter groups. To do this we might try sending the splinter group organisers the list of participants (so far as then known) in advance and ask them to try to drum up some speakers.
A. Gardiner asked what happened to the guidelines for speakers which used to exist; it was agreed that some were needed.
There were various suggestions for providing a good, lively forum on education (including Professor Noble of Save British Science, a politician, a UFC representative).
It was also agreed that we should try to draw to the attention of all academic staff the usefulness of the BMC (and the splinter groups) for postgraduate students. Information about the programme (ideally an exciting one) should be disseminated as widely as possible, not only to universities and polytechnics, members of the EMS and LMS but perhaps relevant parts of industry and computer science departments.