The 2018 Postgraduate Combinatorics Conference will be held at the London School of Economics on 4th-6th June 2018. The local organisers are Jan Corsten, Nóra Frankl, Eng Keat Hng and Aaron Lin.
The PCC is a conference for research students working in combinatorics and discrete mathematics. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to present their results and meet other young researchers in their area.
The PCC is mainly aimed at UK-based students, but is open for everyone. The conference will consist of 25 minute long talks given by students, and three plenary talks given by
- Daniela Kühn, University of Birmingham
- Maura Paterson, Birkbeck, University of London
- Will Perkins, University of Birmingham
The deadline for registration is 30th April 2018.
More details can be found at the conference webpage:
We are pleased to announce the list of confirmed speakers for BCC27 in Birmingham:
- Penny Haxell (Waterloo)
- Michael Krivelevich (Tel Aviv)
- Dan Král’ (Warwick)
- Kristin Lauter (Microsoft Research and University of Washington)
- Hendrik van Maldeghem (Ghent)
- Iain Moffatt (RHUL)
- Igor Pak (UCLA)
- Daniel Paulusma (Durham)
- Gábor Tardos (Simon Fraser and Rényi Institute)
The conference has a website where further details will be announced in due course.
The Committee is delighted to announce that the 27th British Combinatorial Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham from 29 July to 2 August 2019. The organisers are Allan Lo, Richard Mycroft, Guillem Perarnau and Andrew Treglown.
Please put the dates in your diary now. Further details will follow.
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!
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.
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.
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.