London Institute

About LIMS

What We Are

The London Institute for Mathematical Sciences (LIMS) is Britain's first private institute for theoretical scientific research. It gives scientists the support and freedom to do what they do best: make fundamental discoveries. LIMS is a charity (London Centre for Mathematical Sciences) and is incorporated in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee.

What We Do

LIMS' scientists do basic research in all the theoretical sciences, including physics, mathematics, chemistry, quantitative biology and economics. They have published their discoveries in the world's leading scientific journals, including Nature, Science, PNAS and PRL, and their work has been reviewed in the Times, New York Times, Financial Times, New Scientist, CNN and the BBC World Service.

Why We Exist

Despite its longstanding tradition of scientific leadership, until recently the UK did not have an elite institute for theoretical research, unlike America, Canada, France and Germany. Founded in 2009, LIMS attracts the world's best scientists and enables them to focus on their research without teaching and administrative commitments. It is also a response to the current government's drive for private research enterprise.

Our Scientists

LIMS' scientists do basic research in all the theoretical sciences, including physics, mathematics, chemistry, quantitative biology and economics. They have published their discoveries in the world's leading scientific journals, including Nature, Science, PNAS and PRL, and their work has been reviewed in the Times, New York Times, Financial Times, New Scientist, CNN and the BBC World Service.

Whom We Benefit

World

LIMS aims to be a world leader in scientific research, and pushes the boundary of human knowledge by making its findings publicly available in the leading international scientific journals. LIMS hires and collaborates with the most accomplished scientists from inside and outside the UK.

UK

Fundamental advances in our understanding of the universe, technology and life are essential to our nation's security, prosperity and health, as well as part of the British tradition of scientific discovery. LIMS is a national centre of excellence for researchers across the UK.

London

London is already a world hub in finance, business and art. LIMS contributes to the city's scientific pre-eminence by attracting the world's leading researchers, liaising with London's universities (Imperial, King's College, UCL and others), and generating local spin-off technologies.

New scientists

LIMS also trains the next generation of scientists through its programme of postdoctoral research assistants and visiting graduate students, as well as summer undergraduate research fellowships (SURFs) and work experience for secondary school students.