British Early Career Mathematicians' Colloquium

University of Birmingham, 1st - 2nd April 2020

Conference PhotoParticipants at BYMC (now BECMC) 2019. Click here for a side-angle group photo.

The British Early Career Mathematicians' Colloquium aims to consolidate the network among early career researchers and postgraduate students from across the country, particulary those studying branches of mathematics prominent at our univeristy - algebra, analysis, combinatorics, applied mathematics and optimisation. This two-day event will be divided into two parallel sessions (pure mathematics and applied mathematics/optimisation), each with plenary speakers as well as contributed postgraduate talks.

The websites for previous BECMC (formerly BYMC) meetings can be viewed here - (2015), (2016), (2018), (2019).


Registration is now open! Please click here to register. Note that registration will close on the 15th March.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is now open. Postgraduate students working in any field of mathematics are encouraged to submit an abstract for a short talk (20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions). There are two deadlines for abstract submission:

Early-bird submission - 23rd February 2020
General submission - 8th March 2020

You may submit your abstract at any point up until the 8th March. If you submit your abstract before the early-bird deadline, you will find out if your abstract has been accepted approximately a week later (2nd March). Otherwise, you will find out on approximately 16th March. If it is important that you know if your abstract has been accepted early (e.g. if you need to make travel plans), we recommend you aim to submit before the early-bird deadline.

Guidelines for abstract submission: Please send the title and abstract of your talk as either a TeX file or, if there are no formulas or mathematical symbols, in the body of an email. Please limit your abstract to 1000 characters or less (longer abstracts may be rejected). Literature references will not be included in the book of abstracts. Send submissions to


It is a pleasure to have the following as invited speakers:

Pure Maths
Applied Maths
A full programme will be available here closer to the event.


We have limited travel funding available, and will prioritise students from MAGIC universities. For further information, please contact us.

If you absolutely cannot attend the conference without funding, please contact our accessibility consultant Olivia Renshaw (contact details are given in the accessibility section of this website.

Local information

The colloquium will take place at the University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus, about 2 miles away from the city centre. Intructions for travelling to the university can be found on its main website here.


Participants are invited to make their own accommodation arrangements. We recommend the following options:

  • Lucas House - University run accommodation (10 minute walk from campus).
  • Ibis Budget Birmingham Centre - Inexpensive hotel (45 minute walk from campus but with a bus service also available through routes 61 or 63).
  • Renwick House - Inexpensive hostel style accommodation (10 minute walk from campus).


The committee recognises that the standard of access at academic conferences across the UK is largely unacceptable. Our team are working to improve this within our capabilities, both for this year's colloquium as well as all future events.

Getting to campus

  • Click here for the Birmingham New Street station guide.
  • Click here for the Birmingham University station guide.
  • The university is a campus within a ring road, and it does have internal roads that cars can access, including taxis. Please reassure your driver that if they buzz in at the entrance gates with a passenger, they will be allowed to enter and drop you off in an accessible bay close to the building you wish to enter. Most drivers should be aware of this, but some Uber drivers have been unsure in our experience.
  • Click here for University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus parking details.

Further guidance on where is best to park in order to access the two conference locations will be issued shortly.

Moving around on campus

The conference is held across two buildings on campus: the Watson Building, and the Teaching and Learning Building. The UoB campus map app (viewable here) shows the step free routes on campus, including between these buildings. Please note that the app erroneously points to the parking deck behind the Teaching and Learning Building. Below is a still from the app showing the step free route between Watson Building and Teaching and Learning Building:

UoB campus map still

If you require a sighted guide in order to move between the buildings, please get in touch.

Toilet facilites

There is a 'changing places' toilet in the main library at the University of Birmingham (see here). For toilets within the Watson Building, please see the venue guines on AccessAble (viewable here). The toilet guide for the Teaching and Learning Building is expected at the end of January 2020 as this building has only recently finished construction.

Baby changing facilities and nursing facilities

There is a dedicated nursing room in the Teaching and Learning Building which is not a toilet. Photos of this facility will be added here when we recieve them.

Assistance dogs

Staff on Campus are trained to accept/welcome guide dogs and medical alert dogs as per the law. Unfortunately the legislation about emotional support animals is currently unclear so we are unable to confirm whether emotional support animals can be allowed on campus. Do get in touch with any specific requests which will then be passed on to management and followed up by Olivia (our access consultant).

There is a watering/spending area for guide/alert dogs - location TBC.

Induction loop for hearing aids

Induction loops for hearing aids are available at reception in the Teaching and Learning Building. Please get in touch if you plan to use one so we can reserve it.

Vibrating pager in case of emergency

These are available at the Teaching and Learning Building reception. These will vibrate in conjunction with alarms sounding and lights flashing, and they indicate evacuation of the building. Please get in touch if you plan to use one so we can reserve it.

On campus lunch catering

  • There will be bendable plastic straws available.
  • There will be a range of dietary requirements catered for.
  • Buffet Queuing will be kept to a minimum through thoughtful design.
  • There will be assistants on hand to carry food over for anyone who cannot queue or needs assistance.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place in Birmingham city center. The details are to be confirmed, but we can assure than an accessibly venue will be chosen.

Access consultant

If you have any further questions about accessibility, please do get in touch with our access consultant Olivia Renshaw with any concerns, queries or recommendations in relation to accessibility. Contact details are as follows:

Email -
Phone - 07930158803

Contact us


Organising Committee:
Amarja Kathapurkar
Euan Smithers
Cara Neal
Joseph Hyde
Alexander Brune
Constantin Bilz
Matthew Clowe


BECMC 2020 would not be possible without the support of the MAGIC network and the School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham.

IMPORTANT: In light of the currect COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are sorry to inform you that we will be postponing BECMC 2020 until further notice. Please follow us on social media in order to receive all updates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.