North British Functional Analysis Seminars
The North British Functional Analysis Seminar (NBFAS) was founded in February 1968 by the late Frank Bonsall and John Ringrose with a meeting at the University of Edinburgh. The founding universities were Edinburgh and Newcastle. Since then, almost 200 meetings took place at the growing number of member institutions (at present 12 universities in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) with the purpose to bring to the UK leading figures in functional analysis that are based outside the UK. The seminar normally meets three times a year, holding a one or two-day meeting in one of its member institutions, where distinguished mathematicians, usually from abroad, are invited to lecture.
More about the history of NBFAS can be found at the EMS blog on "The History and Culture of the North British Functional Analysis Seminar", led by Houry Melkonian and funded by the EMS RSF. The project contains interviews with John Ringrose, Alastair Gillespie and Allan M Sinclair on the origins and the influence of the seminar series.
The following universities are members of NBFAS: Aberdeen, Queen's University Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Lancaster, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford.
The current organizing committee is as follows:
Secretary: Dr Evgenios Kakariadis (Newcastle).
Treasurer: Dr Yemon Choi (Lancaster).
Local representatives: Prof. Robert Archbold (Aberdeen), Prof. Martin Mathieu (Belfast), Dr Olga Maleva (Birmingham), Dr András Zsák (Cambridge), Prof. Anthony Carbery (Edinburgh), Prof Christian Voigt (Glasgow), Dr Lyonell Boulton (Heriot-Watt), Dr Robin Hillier (Lancaster), Dr Ben G. Sharp (Leeds), Dr David Kimsey (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Dr Joel Feinstein (Nottingham), Prof. Stuart White (Oxford).
NBFAS is registered with the Charity Commissioners, Reg. No. 313424.