General Meeting Minutes for 1986

A General Meeting of the British Mathematical Colloquium was held in the Middleton Hall, University of Hull, on Wednesday 9th April 1986 at 2.00 p.m.


Dr D Strauss was in the chair and opened the meeting at 2.10 p.m.

  1. The minutes of the General Meeting held in Cambridge in 1985 were read and approved.

  2. There were no matters arising (but see the first item under Any other Business).

  3. The accounts of the Cambridge BMC were accepted.

  4. Dr J H Davenport invited the meeting to a BMC in Bath in 1991; precise dates were unavailable so many years ahead. The invitation was accepted by acclamation.

  5. The following retired from the Committee, having completed four years' service:
    C J Mulvey, J P Sproston. (Dr Sproston, as Secretary of the current Colloquium, agreed to be co-opted for the remainder of it.)
    Of the other members of the Committee at the Cambridge Colloquium, those present in Hull were re-elected, as follows (previous number of years' service in brackets):
    I T A C Adamson (EMS representative), H R Dowson (EMS representative), D J H Garling (Cambridge) (2), D L Johnson (Nottingham) (1), J J O'Connor (St Andrews) (2), A R Pears (LMS representative), J S Pym (LMS representative), D Strauss (Hull) (1), F J Yeadon (Hull) (1).
    The following were newly elected to the Committee:
    R B J T Allenby (Leeds), T S Blyth (St Andrews), C M Campbell (St Andrews), R W K Odoni (Exeter), C T C Wall (Liverpool).

  6. Dr A C McBride and Professor R Schwarzenberger (of the EMS and LMS respectively) were re-elected Honorary Auditors by acclamation.

  7. There were three items under Any other Business:

    (a) Dr Pinch referred to Professor Vámos's suggestion at the General Meeting in Cambridge that a cheaper and lighter lunch be provided. It was observed that cheap lunches were indeed available at Hull, both within and near the University, but that this had not been mentioned in the Colloquium publicity. It was recognized that the range of possibilities would vary from one University to another.

    (b) Dr Sproston referred to the Committee's discussions at Cambridge concerning the reduction in the Colloquium balance being urged by the LMS and the EMS. He explained that the Hull organizers were budgeting for a fairly substantial reduction; the precise outcome was of course not yet clear, but members should expect to see a deficit on the Hull colloquium, with accordingly a reduced balance, when the accounts appeared. The Hull organizers had deliberately not increased the registration fee, and had kept other costs to members as low as possible, while at the same time they had invited two principal speakers from America and one from Europe rather than the other way round.

    (c) In reply to a question, Dr Sproston said that his impression was that the reduction in registration fee for research students, introduced at Cambridge, had had a noticeable effect which had been consolidated at the Hull Colloquium. The extension at Hull of this reduction to cover also the retired was appreciated.


The meeting closed at 2.30 p.m.

Minutes signed by J P Sproston and D Strauss (undated).