Each academic year, the Society normally holds eight ordinary meetings from October to June terminating with the Society's AGM the following October, which immediately precedes the first ordinary meeting of the following year. Four of these meetings are usually held in Edinburgh and the remainder in other Scottish locations.
Meetings are normally held on a Friday afternoon, and are open to all. In each year's programme, speakers are chosen to cover a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics. The society now has a fund to reimburse postgraduate students for travel within Scotland to attend EMS meetings; claim forms will be available at meetings.
The Society has also arranged postgraduate students' meetings at the Burn, in early Summer, every one or two years since 1995. At present, due to the popularity of this meeting, the meetings are planned to continue annually. These meetings are supported by the Society's St Andrews Fund.
From time to time there are joint meetings with other societies, notably the London Mathematical Society.
The last joint meeting with the LMS took place on 10-11 December 2015 in Edinburgh at ICMS, with the theme "Mathematical Aspects of Big Data". More details: LMS-EMS 2015.
In 2015, the first joint meeting between the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the Societat Catalana de Matematiques took place on 28-30 May in Barcelona at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. More details: EMS-SCM 2015.
In 2017, the second joint meeting between the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the Societat Catalana de Matematiques will take place during 27-29 September in Edinburgh at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences. More details: EMS-SCM 2017.