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If you intend to be away from the Institute for more than three weekdays, please leave details of how you can be contacted with Reception or by emailing reception[at][dot]uk. If you plan an absence of more than five days, please consult the Administrator who can be contacted at administrator[at][dot]uk. Such absences may have implications for your subsistence allowance (if applicable), unless you are visiting another UK academic institution. It may be necessary for somebody else to use your desk during any absence because of the pressure of office space.


When publishing papers authors are asked to include the following:


The author(s) would like to thank the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences for support and hospitality during the programme [insert programme name] when work on this paper was undertaken. This work was supported by:

EPSRC grant number EP/R014604/1

Audio Visual Resources:

Seminar Room 1 can accommodate an audience of 100 seated at tables and offers chalk boards, data projector, 1 overhead projector and 1 digital camera/visualiser.

Seminar Room 2 can seat 42 and also has chalk boards, data projector and 1 overhead projector.

The Institute wishes to make talks, presentations, lectures, seminars etc widely available by placing them on the web. There are recording facilities available in both seminar rooms for this purpose. Please note that any lectures booked with less than 1 day notice may not be recorded or streamed.

We also provide facilities whereby visitors can submit their presentations / lecture notes / overhead transparencies to be placed on our website. All visitors are strongly encouraged to make use of this facility, to enhance the accessibility of research at the Institute. These documents can be submitted by replying to the email you will have been sent, or by uploading them via ISAAC in the "My Seminars" section. If you require any further help please email help[at][dot]uk

For further information, please see the Audio Visual Resources page.

See also Lectures / Seminars.


Cambridge is one of the UK's most cycle-friendly cities, with nearly a third of its residents commuting on two wheels. You can find a list of local hire services (including recent dockless schemes and more traditional hire arrangements) via the Visit Cambridge website. If you require any further information about hiring bicycles, please see Reception staff or email reception[at][dot]uk.


The Institute has (limited) funding to assist participants who have child, or other, care needs.

INI is committed to removing barriers to participation in its Programmes. It strives to facilitate necessary child or other care support, as appropriate, on a case-by-case basis with the recommendation of Programme Organisers.

Assistance can take the form of :

To apply for funding, please complete this form and send to administrator[at][dot]uk

All requests for financial support require approval by the principal Programme Organiser.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Administrator for any advice or guidance in requesting support (administrator[at][dot]uk).

Code of Conduct:

The Isaac Newton Institute asks all of its staff and visitors to treat each other with dignity and respect at all times. Any issues should be reported directly to the Administrator or Director. Please click the following link to view our Code of Conduct poster, which is prominently displayed throughout the Institute.

Coffee and Tea:

There is a kitchenette area, including a microwave, kettle and a self-service machine which can be used to make coffee, tea and hot chocolate, on the mezzanine floor. Please ensure that cups taken into offices are returned to the counter near the kitchen.

Cold drinks and snacks are also available, payment for which should be placed in the ‘honesty tray’.

Computing Facilities:

If you have any queries or problems relating to computing facilities in the Institute, the computer staff can be contacted in the admin suite or by emailing help[at][dot]uk. A brief summary of the facilities available is given below, but more complete information is available on the Computing page.

The facilities that are offered depend on whether you have been allocated an office within the Institute.

For those who have not been allocated an office within the Institute (including workshop participants):

  • Wireless access is available using UniOfCam, for which you will need a Ticket ID and a password.
    • If you are a workshop participant, these details will be available when you register.
    • Otherwise, please see the reception staff, who will create an account for you.
    • Alternatively, if you already have an eduroam account, you will be able to access this wireless service whilst at the Isaac Newton Institute.

For those who have been allocated an office within the Institute:

  • Desktop machines running Windows are provided in the offices. A variety of software is installed, including web browsers, mathematical packages (Maple, Matlab, Mathematica, etc.) and document preparation software (including Office and (La)TeX).
  • Wireless access is also available through UniOfCam; Ticket ID and passwords may be obtained from reception. If you already have an eduroam account, that may also be used.
  • Your computer account will be closed on departure from the Institute, although in exceptional circumstances arrangements may be made to keep it open for a further short period.

Due to health and safety reasons, please do not use covered power sockets in the Institute building.

Computing facilities in the Institute are provided to authorised users only for academic purposes. Their usage is subject to the guidelines of the Institute and the rules of the University of Cambridge.

See also Laptops and Printing.

Dates of Visit:

In order that the Institute can use its limited facilities and resources effectively, please ensure you keep INI informed of any changes to your visit dates. If you need to change these dates before you receive your formal ‘Confirmation of Resources’ please go into ISAAC and change your dates; if you need to change your visit dates after the ‘Confirmation of Resources’ has been sent to you, please contact programmes[at][dot]uk.


There are various matters that need to be dealt with before visitors leave the Institute:

Programme Participants / Visiting Fellows:

  1. Before your departure, you will receive a request to complete the following on-line questionnaires.  These can also be found on the Departure Information page:
    • scientific and administrative aspects of your visit.
    • Details of publications resulting from your time at the Institute. We would particularly appreciate it if you could continue to send us details of preprints and other publications connected with your work here so that we can build up an archive.
    • Details of Talks Given at Other UK Institutions during your visit
  2. Books borrowed from Cambridge libraries should be returned directly to them.
  3. On your last day at the Institute: your door entrance card and office key (if applicable), should be handed in at Reception. Please also provide Reception with a forwarding address if this differs from the one held on our records.
  4. If you have any outstanding questions about your financial arrangements, please contact Julia or Paul on 65732. If you have any remaining queries regarding the Institute's accommodation, please contact the Freya or Elif on 65730.

Workshop Participants:

  1. Luggage / bags / posters must be moved out of the Discussion Room by 16:00 on your last day.
  2. Please complete Taxi request list at Reception by 16:00 on your last day.
  3. Please return your INI door entrance cards (if applicable) and lanyards to the collection box at Reception.
  4. Conference Package participants must return room keys to the Porters' Lodge before departing.

Directions to the Institute:

The Institute is located at 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EH. For full road, rail, bus and air directions please see the "How to Find Us" page.

Entry Cards and Keys:

On arrival, Programme Participants are issued an entry card that will enable them to enter the building at any time by the front and rear entrances. Use of doors without an entry card between 17:00 and 09:00 and at weekends or public holidays will result in the sounding of the intruder alarm and security will be summoned automatically.

Workshop participants are not issued with an entry card.

Those visitors allocated an office space will be issued with the office key. You are advised to lock your office and windows when it is likely to be unoccupied. The University Security Office secures the building each night, locking all office doors and windows. Visitors should ensure they have their key with them after 19:00 to avoid being locked out of their offices. Security may check the building at various times during the night.

If you lose your key or entry card, please inform Reception immediately.

See also Opening Hours.

Environmental action plan:

The Institute has laid out its aims for adopting sustainable, ecologically-minded practice in all of its activities within its current "environmental action plan". For more information see our "Green impact at INI" pages.

Equality and Diversity policy:

The Isaac Newton Institute is committed to equal opportunities at all levels of our activities. Click here to view our current Equality and Diversity Action Plan (2018-2020). 


Documents to be faxed should be handed to Reception. Expenditure on faxing is monitored in the same way as telephone calls.

Financial Support:

If you are receiving an allowance for living expenses (per diem) or are claiming travel expenses, please note that payments are made in arrears on a monthly basis.  Payments made in sterling are by cheque; payments in foreign currency will be paid directly to bank accounts via International Bank Transfer. We can also offer USD$ cheque payment to US account holders.

Please note that per diem payments are not made for visits of 5 days or fewer (see Length of Stay).

If you require a travel expenses form, please speak to a member of the Finance Team or contact finance[at][dot]uk. Please then complete and return this with original receipts.

For non-sterling payments, please ensure bank details are provided to the Finance Team using an international bank details form. Please contact them for more information.


If you discover a fire, sound the fire alarm by breaking the glass at one of the red fire alarm call points. Attempt to deal with the fire if possible but do not take personal risks. If you hear the fire alarm sound (a loud continuous ringing), telephone the Fire Brigade by lifting a telephone receiver and dialling 1999 from an internal phone. When the operator replies, say "Fire at 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge".

Do not replace the receiver until the operator has repeated the address. Leave the building by the nearest exit and assemble in the car park at the side of the main building. Occupants of the Gatehouse may assemble in the Reception area of the main building, unless the alarm has sounded there as well.

In the event of a fire, do not use the lift, do not attempt to collect personal belongings before leaving the building and do not re-enter the building. If you are unable to use the stairs because of decreased mobility please make your way to one of the landings on the staircases in the northeast or southwest corners of the main building and wait for assistance. The stairwells provide 20 minutes of fire resistance.

Please note that in Seminar Room 1 the area around the room which is carpeted in beige must be kept clear of chairs and personal belongings at all times as it is needed as an escape route in case of fire.

Please ensure that all chairs and personal belongings are kept within the red-carpeted area of Seminar Room 2 to allow sufficient space around the outside edge of the Seminar Room for an emergency evacuation.

The fire alarm is tested each Friday at 9:30am.

First Aid:

If you require first aid, please contact Reception.

Furniture and Office Equipment:

Furniture items such as footrests, fans, desk lamps and additional small tables are available on request from Reception. If you have any problems with the furniture provided or require something that is not already in your office please email reception[at][dot]uk.

See also Stationery.


Insurance policies at the Institute cover only Institute equipment. If you wish to bring your own computer or other equipment, please ensure that you obtain adequate insurance cover.

Junior Members:

The Institute has a scheme of ‘Junior Membership of the Isaac Newton Institute’. Graduate students and early-career researchers in UK universities within 5 years of receiving their PhD are eligible to apply. Full details can be found on the Junior Members page.


Visitors are welcome to use their own laptops (or tablets or phone). There is seating with power points in the mezzanine area. Please avoid trailing cables. If you need assistance, please contact the computing staff in the IT Suite or by email at help[at][dot]uk.

See also Computing Facilities and Printing.

Lectures / Seminars:

Lectures and seminars should be arranged with the agreement and cooperation between the organisers of the current programmes. Where possible, seminar rooms should be booked three working days in advance through Reception. Please note that lectures / seminars should not be booked to finish after 17:00.

Information about seminars at the Institute is distributed weekly via INI's mailing lists. Details of seminars should be given to Reception by the end of the Tuesday of the week before they are scheduled so that they can be included in these lists.

Please see Upcoming Seminars for all the latest seminar information.

See also Audio Visual Resources.

Length of Stay:

The INI prides itself on providing a purpose-built environment to facilitate long-term collaborative and interdisciplinary interactions between its visiting academics.  Whilst appreciating that finding time to visit INI can be challenging, the INI encourages all participants on its research programmes to stay for as long as possible to uphold its spirit and purpose.

Experience has proven that short visits (of one week or less) are not long enough for programme participants to fully engage with others, and hence to be rewarding as regards developing new insight or collaborations. Visitors are therefore strongly encouraged to stay for a minimum of two weeks (this, of course, excludes those visitors who are here solely to attend a workshop or other short-term event).

Please note that there is a significant administrative burden for each programme participant visit to the Institute, and therefore programme  visitors who are here for 5 days or fewer will not automatically be allocated a per diem, nor listed as a priority for an office space (visitors are invited to use the communal mezzanine area).  However, please do contact the Institute’s Administrative Team if this would cause any significant issues.


Library services are offered by the Betty & Gordon Moore Library

Local Information:

Leaflets, guidebooks and maps can be found on the shelves just outside the admin office. The Visit Cambridge website contains a large amount of current information about leisure and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area.

See also University Lectures and Events.


Lunch is available in the cafeterias at Churchill College and Robinson College. Hot and cold food is also available at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. For those who would prefer to bring their own lunch, there is a refrigerator and a microwave oven on the Mezzanine Floor of the Institute.

Mailing Lists:

The Institute has a number of mailing lists that provide regular information about the Institute and its activities. For a full list and details of how to subscribe, see the Mailing Lists page.

Medical Treatment:

Information about local healthcare services can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group website.

All overseas visitors are entitled to free emergency treatment under the NHS. Emergency means essential treatment, which cannot be reasonably delayed until the patient returns to their home country. If you do not normally live in the UK and you do not meet one of the exemptions from charges then you will have to pay for any treatment you might need. We strongly advise participants to consider taking out appropriate health insurance for non-emergency treatment. Further information about healthcare for overseas visitors can be found on the NHS Choices website.

See also First Aid.


A selection of Isaac Newton Institute merchandise, including t-shirts, pens, mugs and USB drives, is available on the ground floor reception area. Please pay for merchandise at Reception.

Newcomers and Visiting Scholars:

The Newcomers and Visiting Scholars have a programme of social events during University term time, including weekly coffee mornings at the University Centre to which children are welcome. Other social events include tours of the Colleges, and visits to other towns and cities, such as London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Events require advance booking.


A selection of national newspapers are available on the newspaper rack by break out area.

Office Space:

Office space at INI is limited and most offices are shared work spaces. Each programme is allocated a number of 2 and 3 people offices. Visitors who are not allocated an office have the option to work in the mezzanine work area.

Opening Hours:

Normal opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30.

During workshops opening hours are usually Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30. 

See also Entry Cards and Keys.


Visitors can park in the Institute’s car park if space allows. Cars should be registered with Reception where a parking permit will be issued.


There are photocopiers located on the mezzanine floor which can also be used to scan and email documents. Visitors should observe copyright regulations when making copies; these are displayed next to the photocopier.


Incoming post is delivered to the mailboxes on the first floor.

Items to be sent by post should be brought to Reception by 14:30  Monday to Friday, with the visitor’s name noted in the top left hand corner.

  • Letters to destinations within the UK will be sent First Class unless marked otherwise
  • Letters are automatically sent airmail to the rest of the world
    • Wherever appropriate, international mail should be marked Printed Matter, which allows books and printed documents, such as preprints, etc to be sent at a cheaper rate
    • Packages marked Printed Matter must not be sealed, but fastened by string or tags, to allow for the examination of the contents by the Post Office, and they must not contain personalised items or tapes
  • In general, the Institute will meet postage costs but, because of limited resources, these are monitored and it may be necessary to ask visitors to meet their own postage costs if they exceed their allowance


The Institute has boards which can be used to display posters. The size of the boards is 1170 mm x 890 mm (3' 10" x 2' 11"). Please check your invitation letter to determine if your request to present a poster has been accepted.

Participants who wish to print out large posters for display at our poster sessions are advised to use the Old Schools Reprographics Centre. You may send posters through in advance of your visit and then collect them upon your arrival in Cambridge.


Papers written at the Institute or based on work carried out at the Institute can be included in the Isaac Newton Institute Preprint Series. Participants are strongly encouraged to submit relevant papers to this series by sending a .pdf to preprints[at][dot]uk. We will then assign it a number and add it to the series online, as well as displaying a bound copy on the mezzanine level display area. The author may request bound copies if required. If you have any questions about submitting a preprint, please email preprints[at][dot]uk or speak to the Reception.

Our preprint series is an online repository that complies with the Green Open Access model, to provide greater accessibility to our research output. Find out more about this initiative on the University's Open Access website.

Visitors are asked to acknowledge support from the Institute in their preprints.

See also Publications.


A multi-function device (printer/copier/scanner) is located outside room M12. You may save scans to a USB drive, or email them to yourself. The Institute does not normally charge participants for printing unless the facilities have been used unreasonably or inconsiderately.

See also Computing Facilities and Laptops.


Information about past, current and future programmes can be found in the Programmes section of our website.

Proposal Submission:

The Institute's Scientific Steering Committee considers proposals for 1-, 4- or 6-month research programmes, to be submitted by 31 January and 31 July each year. See our "Submit a proposal" page for more details.  A Scoping Meeting may be useful before submission of a proposal, particularly when different disciplinary approaches need to be integrated or where a shared language needs to be developed, for example when there is no strong history of interdisciplinary work to rely upon. Full details are available on the Scoping Meetings page.


The Institute produces a variety of publications on its activities, including our Preprint Series, Annual Report, Newsletter and Case Studies. For a full list, please see our Publications page.

Visitors are asked to acknowledge support from the Institute in their publications (see above). It would also be appreciated if authors would keep the Institute informed of any papers completed after their visit based on work carried out at the Institute.


The Institute is committed to reducing its environmental impact by the recycling and composting of items whenever possible. To this end, please check the information sheets displayed by the recycling, compost and general waste bins provided throughout the building. For further help, please don’t hesitate to consult a member of staff and the University’s detailed A-Z recycling and waste list.

For more information on the Institute's recycling initiatives please see:


An overview of local schools provision and admissions, aimed specifically at Visiting Scholars, can be found on the University’s Childcare Office website.

Cambridgeshire County Council advise that, if you have come from overseas, your child may be eligible for a Cambridgeshire school place if they are aged between 4 and 16, and if they will be resident in Cambridgeshire for six teaching weeks or longer. Because of differences in the availability of school places in different parts of the city, non-EC nationals who expect to be accompanied by school-age children should draw this to the attention of the Housing Co-ordinator who will take account of this when seeking accommodation for them.

More detailed information can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council School Admissions webpages. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, their Admissions Team can be contacted at admissions[at][dot]uk.

See also Childcare.


In the event of any emergency or breach of security at the Institute please inform the Administrator - 35981, or University Security - 31818 (24 hours) immediately.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the Institute building or the grounds of the Institute and Centre for Mathematical Sciences.  The Institute's designated smoking area is outside the Betty and Gordon Moore Library located on the CMS Compound.  The designated smoking area can be found by exiting the back door to the Institute.  

Sports Facilities:

There are various facilities available in Cambridge to cater for your needs: Cambridge University Sport website.


The Institute staff are here to to make your stay in Cambridge as fruitful, pleasant and trouble-free as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have difficulties; we shall do our best to resolve them.


Pens, pencils, photocopying paper, notepads, chalk, etc. are available on the shelves on the Mezzanine floor or ask at Reception during office hours.

See also Furniture and Office Equipment.

Telephone Calls:

The Institute constantly monitors telephone expenditure because of limited funds. The Finance Co-ordinator is able to inform you of the cost of your calls so that you can ensure that they are kept within reasonable bounds.

  • Internal University numbers (five digits) can be dialled directly on the Institute phones
  • External numbers can be dialled from Institute phones if prefixed by a 9
  • University five-digit extension numbers can be dialled directly from outside the University:
    • If the extension number starts with a 3, prefix it with a 3
    • If the extension number starts with a 6, prefix it with a 7
  • If an Institute office telephone is not answered within four rings it will automatically forward to voicemail

University Centre:

The University Centre, a facility for graduates and staff of the University, is located overlooking the river in Granta Place off Mill Lane. There is a cafeteria serving lunch and evening meals seven days a week, as well as a restaurant and additional cafeteria, with newspapers, periodicals and televisions. Visitors who wish to use the University Centre may collect a card from reception.

University Lectures and Events:

The official publication of the University, the Cambridge University Reporter, gives details of some of the lectures and seminars open to the public. It is published every week during term time. gives details of talks held throughout the University that are open to the public.

What's On lists public events run by the University, and includes exhibitions, performances, clubs and classes, as well as talks.


In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to store valuables in the Institute safe. Visitors for whom this is necessary should consult the Finance Co-ordinator. The Institute can accept no liability for visitors’ possessions. 


Please confirm whether or not you need a visa for entry into the UK by referring to the UK Border Agency website.

It should be noted that:

  1. Visa applications should be made at least 8 weeks before the intended day of travel
  2. Visitors wishing to visit countries outside the UK during their stay at the Institute should ensure that they obtain a multiple entry visa
  3. A visitor applying for a visa should obtain the reference number assigned to the application by the UK authorities and give this information to the Institute in the event of any difficulty
  4. It should be noted that entry to the UK should be made as an academic visitor
  5. Visa applications are processed by the UK Border Agency. Please refer to their website at for guidance

Visits to Other UK Universities:

All long-term participants in Newton Institute programmes are encouraged to give seminars at, or to make short visits to, UK institutions outside Cambridge during their stay. To support this activity, the Institute will cover the travel expenses involved for any participant who is formally invited to speak at another institution; the host institution is expected to cover any accommodation and incidental costs. Further details are available on our webpage for participants willing to speak elsewhere.

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