CMSA E-Newsletter 41

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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 42: 31 March 2015. (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

38ACCMCC December 2014

The 38th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing (38ACCMCC) will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Monday 1 to Friday 5 December 2014.

Invited speakers

  • Mike Atkinson (University of Otago, NZ)
  • Simeon Ball (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Alice Devillers (University of Western Australia)
  • Jaroslav Nesetril (Charles University, Prague)
  • Sergey Norin (McGill University, Canada)
  • James Oxley (Louisiana State University, USA)
  • Andrew Thomason (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Mark Wilson (University of Auckland, NZ)
  • Stefan van Zwam (Princeton University, USA)

More Information

Attendees are invited to submit an abstract for a contributed talk of 25 minutes duration, covering some topic in discrete or combinatorial mathematics or a related area of computer science.

Please make sure that you register during the earlybird registration period, which ends on Friday 24 October 2014.
All registration will close on Monday 10 November 2014.

Conference website:
Director: Dillon Mayhew, dillon.mayhew at

Information on registration, submission of abstracts, and accommodation can all be found at the website. We look forward to seeing you in Wellington!

8th Australia New Zealand Mathematics Convention

The 8th Australia New Zealand Mathematics Convention will be held at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 8-12 December 2014.

There will be a Special Session for Algebra/Combinatorics.

Plenary speakers

  • Rosalind Archer (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Mark Gross (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • John Hearne – ANZIAM lecturer (RMIT, Australia)
  • Nicolas Monod (Ecole Polytechnique, Switzerland)
  • Robert Penner (Caltech, USA and Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Jill Pipher (Brown University, USA)
  • Nicolai Reshetikhin – ANZAMP lecturer (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Hyam Rubinstein (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Nina Snaith – Hanna Neumann lecturer (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Mariel Vazquez (San Francisco State University, USA)

More information

Conference website:

2nd International Conference on Mathematics and Statistics

The Second International Conference on Mathematics and Statistics, AUS-ICMS15, will be held at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 2-5 April 2015.


The conference program will include special sessions in the following areas:

  • Algebras and coalgebras
  • Commutative Algebra and Its applications
  • Designs, Codes and Graphs
  • Machine learning in data mining
  • Mathematical Applications in biology and medicine
  • Number theory
  • Topology

More information

Conference website:
Organisers: aus-icms at

Some more combinatorics conferences in 2015

46th Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing. Florida Atlantic University, USA, 2-6 Mar 2015.

5th Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference. University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1-4 Jun 2015.

Connections in Discrete Mathematics (honoring Ron Graham's 80th birthday). Simon Fraser University, Canada, 15-19 Jun 2015.

8th Slovenian International Conference on Graph Theory. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, 21-27 Jun 2015.

25th British Combinatorial Conference. University of Warwick, U.K., 6-10 Jul 2015.

39th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing. University of Queensland, 7-11 Dec 2015.

Recent news


Gee-Choon Lau, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, will be attending the 28th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics and Combinatorial Computing, University of Nevada, USA, 22-24 Oct 2014, then visiting DeAnza College and San Jose State University, USA, from 27 Oct to 20 Nov 2014.


Anne Street, Honorary Professor University of Queensland, was awarded an AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) in June, "for significant service to science education in the field of mathematics". Anne was CMSA President from 1996 to 1998 and Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics from 1990 to 2001.

Professor Cheryl Praeger, University of Western Australia, was elected recently to Honorary Membership of the London Mathematical Society, an award to distinguished mathematicians who are not normally resident within the United Kingdom. [Editor's note: see for the honour board which includes such riffraff as F. Klein, H. Poincare, G. Cantor, D. Hilbert, A. Einstein, G. Polya, K. Godel, P. Erdos, A. Wiles, and T. Tao.] Cheryl, a member of CMSA since 1975, was its conference director in 1984 and 1992.

Symmetry and Computation

The Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation, University of Western Australia, produces an online newsletter three times per year. The latest edition can be found at,-september-2014

New PhDs

Nicholas Brettell successfully defended his PhD earlier this year at the University of Canterbury. His thesis is entitled Aspects of Matroid Connectivity. His supervisor was Charles Semple. He is now undertaking a post-doc at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Congratulations to Nick and Charles.

Daniel Harvey and Michael Payne recently completed their PhDs at The University of Melbourne, both supervised by David Wood. Daniel's thesis On Treewidth and Graph Minors is on the website Michael's thesis Combinatorial Geometry of Point Sets with Collinearities is on Congratulations to Daniel, Michael, and David.

The Australasian Journal of Combinatorics

The website for the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics is

The Journal is now online only, free for readers and authors (so it is a "diamond open access" journal). There are three volumes per year, with each volume closing in February, June and October, matching the time of publication of the old paper volumes. Volumes are currently being uploaded in three batches. All three parts of Volume 60 are now online.

Visit and sign up to subscribe to email notices whenever new papers are published. The contents of all volumes, 1 to 60, are listed at the above web page.

Submissions to the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics may be sent to Only pdf files are required at submission stage.

The Journal is now indexed by Scopus from Volume 13 (1996) onwards.

ISSN: 2202-3518 (online only, from 2014); 1034-4942 (paper, to end 2013).


Kevin McAvaney, Australia.
Email: kevin.mcavaney at