Roger Plymen (Manchester) was in the chair. The Secretary was Grant Walker (Manchester) and about 80 members attended the meeting.
The relationship between the BMC and the BAMC was debated. The two colloquiua were being held concurrently at Manchester and Brunel in 1998, and this caused problems for exhibitors, which this year included EPSRC and the Computers in Teaching Initiative as well as publishers. Professor M Dunwoody suggested that an agreement might be struck by which one meeting was regularly held before Easter and the other held after Easter. The variation in the date of Easter was seen as a drawback to this. Professor J Howie proposed that amalgamation of the two meetings was desirable as a long term aim on mathematical grounds.
Professor D Brannan and Dr A J Baker suggested that some form of joint meeting with the BAMC might be held as an experiment, perhaps in 2002. Dr Garling suggested that two parallel conferences might be held at the same time and place, with free transfer between the two. There could be a common theme for such parallel meetings, with perhaps a special session or some plenary lectures in common. Several speakers supported vigorous consultation with the BAMC in order to seek a way to carry these ideas forward.
It was agreed that Prof Dunwoody (1999 BMC Chairman) would consult his opposite number in the BAMC to initiate this process, and that Dr G Walker (1998 BMC Secretary) would document the present discussion in the LMS Newsletter in order to open up the discussion in the mathematical community.
Minutes signed by Grant Walker, Secretary, 50th BMC (undated).