BCC26, Strathclyde

A gentle reminder that the registration fee for BCC26 will increase to the late fee at the end of this month; so please hurry!

The conference web page is here.

On a personal note, let me add that the last time the BCC was in Glasgow was in 1985; Neil Calkin was at the conference, picked up a problem I posed at the problem session, and wrote his thesis on it. We exchanged quite a number of letters in those pre-electronic days!

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Summer school on finite geometry

James Hirschfeld and Fatma Karaoglu are running a summer school on finite geometry at the Universty of Sussex from 26 to 30 June 2017.

The school will include four sequences of lectures as follows:

  • Joseph Thas, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium: Arcs, Caps and Codes: Old results, New results, Generalizations
  • Simeon Ball, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain: Combinatorial Applications of Finite Geometry
  • Anton Betten, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA: Computational Methods in Finite Geometry
  • Peter Cameron, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom: Eigenvalues and Root Systems in Finite Geometry

There will also be slots for short contributed talks.

The web page is here, and registration is now open here.

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Scottish Combinatorics Meeting

The speakers for the Scottish Combinatorics Meeting in St Andrews on 24-25 April 2017 have been announced. They are:

  • Rosemary Bailey (St Andrews)
  • David Bevan (Strathclyde)
  • Simon Blackburn (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Robert Brignall (The Open University)
  • Anders Claesson (University of Iceland, Reykjavik)
  • Max Gadouleau (Durham)
  • Kitty Meeks (Glasgow)
  • Maura Paterson (Birkbeck, University of London)

The web page is here.

Note that, as well as the invited talks, there will be opportunities for young researchers to present their work.

The meeting is followed on 26-28 April by the British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science, also in St Andrews.

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Anne Penfold Street

Anne Penfold Street died this week.

Anne arrived at the University of Queensland as a lecturer while I was a student there. She taught me measure theory; a feature of her well-organised lectures was that all results were numbered in sequence, so that we reached Theorem 100 before the end of the course.

But her main field was combinatorics, where she wrote several books: an introduction, a book on combinatorics of experimental design with her daughter Debbie, and research monographs.

Anne was very active in the combinatorics community, as president of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australia (a sister body of the BCC) and recipient of their medal, and as president of the ICA.

She was the third female professor of mathematics appointed in Australia, and the Australian Mathematical Society has an award named after her.

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A conference that might interest you

On 24–27 July 2017, in the beautiful city of Lisbon, there will be a conference entitled “All kinds of mathematics remind me of you”. The editor of the BCC conference listings will suppress his natural modesty and mention that this conference celebrates his 70th birthday next year.

Take a look at the star-studded list of speakers, and put the dates in your diary.

If you are outside Europe and are thinking of visiting next summer, there are several other conferences to tempt you, including one for Stanley Fiorini’s birthday, the British Combinatorial Conference, Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics, Graph Embeddings and Maps on Surfaces, and Groups St Andrews. Details can be found in the BCC conference list.

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Programme for Old Codgers meeting

The Old Codgers combinatorics meeting this year takes place at the University of Reading on 2 November 2016, organised as usual by Anthony Hilton. The first talk is at 11.00, with coffee available from 10.30.

The programme is available here.

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Note that the British Combinatorial Conference in Strathclyde and the Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics conference at Queen Mary, London, are in consecutive weeks in July next year: all the more reason for coming to Britain! And if you want more, Groups St Andrews is in Birmingham in August.

The addresses:

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