2020 AustMS Meeting

The 64th Annual Meeting will be an online conference, hosted by the University of New England. It will be held from Tuesday December 8 to Thursday December 10

We wish to acknowledge the Anaiwan people, on whose land the University of New England is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.


Registration is through the usual system for AustMS meetings. Many of you will have an account on this system already. Click here to access the system.

The conference will be free for members of the AustMS (note that registration is still required in this case) and $50 for non-members. For a non-member, the $50 fee may be used towards an AustMS membership.

The conference runs Tuesday 8 December to Thursday 10 Dec.

Since the conference will be run exclusively online, there will be no WIMSIG dinner or conference banquet. There may be an online WIMSIG event, details TBA.

Note: Since the conference has been made online only, we cannot confirm that all plenary talks will go ahead as planned.

Plenary speakers:

Rowena Ball (Australian National University)

Lisa Beck (University of Augsburg)

Henry Berestycki (EHESS)

Michael Eastwood (University of Adelaide)

Robert Van Gorder (University of Otago)

Gerhard Huisken (University of Tübingen)

Chris Matthews (University of Technology Sydney)

Kerrie Mengersen (Queensland University of Technology)

Alexander Molev (University of Sydney)

Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University)

Reidun Twarock (The University of York)

Ilze Ziedins (University of Auckland)

All time slots will be 20 minutes long plus 5 minutes break between talks, although some special sessions have a keynote talk that takes two timeslots. Please make an effort to start and finish on time

The special sessions and session organisers for the 2020 AustMS Meeting are as follows:

The education session will be held on Wednesday 9th December. Local school teachers are welcome to join the afternoon. Several online talks will be held.

Thomas Britz (UNSW), the editor of Parabola
Title: From competitions to comics: 56 years of Parabola

Abstract: Offering challenging problems and interesting articles, the recreational maths journal Parabola has engaged high school students and other readers for more than a half-century. This talk gives an historical overview of Parabola and invites the audience to enjoy and contribute to its contents, and, ultimately, to join in shaping its future.

Yudhistira A Bunjamin (UNSW)

Title: Mathematical thinking for everyday life

Abstract: Students may be encouraged to study mathematics simply because it will help them with their career prospects. However, at its core, mathematics is about ideas and thinking. At UNSW in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, we have been working on mathematics outreach initiatives to develop thinking skills needed to tackle everyday situations which seemingly have no mathematics in them. This talk will discuss our learning activities and outline some external resources which we found very helpful.

Kirsti Abbot (UNE)  will describe the Boilerhouse, an old boilerhouse whose previous life was devoted to heating UNE, while its current life is repurposed as a centre for research-led science discovery experiences for children of all ages. (TBC)

The Society’s 64th Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 10 December 2020 at 5pm AEST via Zoom.

The agenda, papers and zoom link to for the meeting will be posted here about a week before the meeting.

Satellite Conferences

Mathematics of String Theory AU

The Mathematics of String theory AU will be held at the University of New England, Armidale from 14th December – 18th December 2020. At this stage the conference is going ahead with a mixture of Zoom and in person talks. Topics include

  • Arithmetic aspects of mirror symmetry
  • Generalised geometry, F-theory
  • Heterotic string theory and D-branes
  • Integrability, AdS/CFT dualities and string theory
  • Supersymmetry and Supergravity

Organising committee is Jock McOrist (UNE), Anthony Ashmore (Penn & Chicago), Peter Bowknegt (ANU), Johanna Knapp (Melbourne), Gabriele Tartaglino Mazzucchelli (UQ).

Contact Jock McOrist (jmcorist@une.edu.au) for more information. A website with a list of confirmed speakers and registration will be available soon.

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The 64th Annual Meeting will be an online conference, hosted by the University of New England. It will be held from Tuesday December 8 to Thursday December 10

We wish to acknowledge the Anaiwan people, on whose land the University of New England is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Registration

Registration is through the usual system for AustMS meetings. Many of you will have an account on this system already. Click here to access the system.

The conference will be free for members of the AustMS (note that registration is still required in this case) and $50 for non-members. For a non-member, the $50 fee may be used towards an AustMS membership.

Dates & Timetable

The conference runs Tuesday 8 December to Thursday 10 Dec.

Since the conference will be run exclusively online, there will be no WIMSIG dinner or conference banquet. There may be an online WIMSIG event, details TBA.

Invited Speakers

Note: Since the conference has been made online only, we cannot confirm that all plenary talks will go ahead as planned.

Plenary speakers:

Rowena Ball (Australian National University)

Lisa Beck (University of Augsburg)

Henry Berestycki (EHESS)

Michael Eastwood (University of Adelaide)

Robert Van Gorder (University of Otago)

Gerhard Huisken (University of Tübingen)

Chris Matthews (University of Technology Sydney)

Kerrie Mengersen (Queensland University of Technology)

Alexander Molev (University of Sydney)

Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University)

Reidun Twarock (The University of York)

Ilze Ziedins (University of Auckland)

Special Sessions

All time slots will be 20 minutes long plus 5 minutes break between talks, although some special sessions have a keynote talk that takes two timeslots. Please make an effort to start and finish on time

The special sessions and session organisers for the 2020 AustMS Meeting are as follows:

Education Afternoon

The education session will be held on Wednesday 9th December. Local school teachers are welcome to join the afternoon. Several online talks will be held.

Thomas Britz (UNSW), the editor of Parabola
Title: From competitions to comics: 56 years of Parabola

Abstract: Offering challenging problems and interesting articles, the recreational maths journal Parabola has engaged high school students and other readers for more than a half-century. This talk gives an historical overview of Parabola and invites the audience to enjoy and contribute to its contents, and, ultimately, to join in shaping its future.

Yudhistira A Bunjamin (UNSW)

Title: Mathematical thinking for everyday life

Abstract: Students may be encouraged to study mathematics simply because it will help them with their career prospects. However, at its core, mathematics is about ideas and thinking. At UNSW in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, we have been working on mathematics outreach initiatives to develop thinking skills needed to tackle everyday situations which seemingly have no mathematics in them. This talk will discuss our learning activities and outline some external resources which we found very helpful.

Kirsti Abbot (UNE)  will describe the Boilerhouse, an old boilerhouse whose previous life was devoted to heating UNE, while its current life is repurposed as a centre for research-led science discovery experiences for children of all ages. (TBC)

AGM

The Society’s 64th Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 10 December 2020 at 5pm AEST via Zoom.

The agenda, papers and zoom link to for the meeting will be posted here about a week before the meeting.

Satellite Conferences

Satellite Conferences

Mathematics of String Theory AU

The Mathematics of String theory AU will be held at the University of New England, Armidale from 14th December – 18th December 2020. At this stage the conference is going ahead with a mixture of Zoom and in person talks. Topics include

  • Arithmetic aspects of mirror symmetry
  • Generalised geometry, F-theory
  • Heterotic string theory and D-branes
  • Integrability, AdS/CFT dualities and string theory
  • Supersymmetry and Supergravity

Organising committee is Jock McOrist (UNE), Anthony Ashmore (Penn & Chicago), Peter Bowknegt (ANU), Johanna Knapp (Melbourne), Gabriele Tartaglino Mazzucchelli (UQ).

Contact Jock McOrist (jmcorist@une.edu.au) for more information. A website with a list of confirmed speakers and registration will be available soon.