CMSA E-Newsletter 36

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Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia (incorporated 8th July 1996)


Thanks to all CMSA members who have sent information for this newsletter. Please send news as soon as you have anything of possible interest to CMSA members and the Combinatorial Community, even if no newsletter is imminent! Please email the Newsletter Editor (Kevin McAvaney): kevin.mcavaney at

CLOSING DATE for Issue 37: 30 June 2013. (Please email items to the newsletter editor ONLY in plain text.)

Old newsletters can be found here.

Aims of the newsletter

  • To promote combinatorics within Australasia.
  • To provide a forum for sharing combinatorial and related information.
  • To keep CMSA members informed and in touch with combinatorial and related matters.

Workshop and conference announcements

36ACCMCC December 2012

The 36th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing (36ACCMCC) was held at the University of New South Wales on 10 - 14 December 2012. There were more than 120 participants from more than 20 countries around the world. Our invited speakers (Ron Aharoni, Marston Conder, Daniel Horsley, Christine O'Keefe, Chris Rodger, Frank Ruskey, Carsten Thomassen and Anders Yeo) all gave wonderful talks; the parallel sessions contained lots of great contributed talks too.

Early in the week, the Sydney weather did not match up to expectations created by the blue-sky image of Coogee Beach from the 36ACCMCC website. But the rain cleared up in time for the conference excursion on Wednesday afternoon. Excursion attendees had a picnic lunch and a quick bushwalk at Audley in the Royal National Park, then a visit to Symbio Wildlife Park where delegates had the chance to sniff a koala. On the way home we made a quick stop at Bald Hill Lookout to soak up beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Delegates had another chance to view the ocean during pre-dinner drinks at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach, where the conference dinner took place.

The 36ACCMCC group photo, excursion photos, abstracts of talks, participant list and other information are available on the conference website

Many thanks to all our invited speakers, to everyone who chaired a session and to everyone who attended 36ACCMCC, for making it such a happy, enjoyable and successful conference. See you in Perth at 37ACCMCC!

Julian Abel, Thomas Britz, Diana Combe and Catherine Greenhill

37ACCMCC December 2013

The 37th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing (37ACCMCC) will be held at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia, 9-13 December 2013.

Invited speakers

  • Matt DeVos (Simon Fraser University)
  • Graham Farr (Monash University)
  • Bill Martin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  • Dillon Mayhew (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Primož Potočnik (University of Ljubljana)
  • Dana Randall (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Tamás Szőnyi (Eötvös Loránd University)
  • Nick Wormald (Monash University)

More Information

Conference website:
Director: Prof Gordon Royle, 37accmcc at

Recent news of CMSA members and others


Guangjun Xu received his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2012. His superviser was Sanming Zhou. The thesis title is: Domination numbers, three-arc graph construction and symmetric graphs. A copy is available at

On Leave

Dan Archdeacon, at the University of Vermont USA, will be on sabbatical leave during the latter part of 2013. He'll be visiting Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is particularly interested in topological graph theory.

The Press

Jennie Seberry, at the University of Wollongong, recently had an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on mathematics education and girls.
She invites comment from CMSA members by email (jennifer_seberry at with maths teaching in the subject line.

The Australasian Journal of Combinatorics

The website for the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics is

The Journal is published three times per year: in February, June and October. CMSA Members are entitled to a $10 discount per volume.

There is a search facility for past authors and for keywords in the titles of papers. Instructions to authors are also available at this website.

The contents of all volumes, 1 to 55, are listed at the above web page. We also now have free public access to the full papers in Volumes 1 to 43 inclusive. All but the last four years are available for free.

The CMSA Council recently confirmed that the production of paper copies of the journal will cease from 2014, so Volumes 56 and 57 (June and October 2013) will be the last paper volumes. From the start of 2014, the journal and all back issues will be available free online to all, with no costs involved for either authors or readers.

Recent blogs by Peter Cameron (Honorary Editor) and by Gordon Royle (Chief Managing/Production Editor) have reported this change as a move to "diamond open access". As Peter says, "Send your best papers to diamond journals."

Submissions to the Australas. J. Combin. may be sent to ajc at Only pdf files are required at submission stage. For submissions on paper, please check the journal's website.


Kevin McAvaney, Australia.
Email: kevin.mcavaney at