For announcements of AustMS business, such as awards, vacant positions, upcoming deadlines, etc.

Social Media and News Co-ordinator, Applications due 27 Januray

We seek a person with significant ties to mathematics and AustMS, either with a PhD in the mathematical sciences, or a PhD student in the field, or an AustMS member working in industry in the mathematical sciences. We also seek someone with web and social media skills, and preferably with experience in news curation

Firstly the role services the Society’s social media stakeholders, the new website content management group, conference, workshop and event organisers. Secondly, it curates national and international news feeds for the website, and for social media.

A brief position description is available here. Remuneration offered.

Contact person: AustMS vice-president, Aidan Sims

Applications by email to Aidan closing on Friday 27 January 2023.

New Incoming President, and Vice-President

The AustMS welcomes its new members of Council, and is particularly pleased to announce its new Incoming President, Professor Jessica Purcell, and Vice-President, Professor Aidan Sims.

Jessica Purcell: I am a Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at Monash University. I am also Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science at Monash University. I was Chair of WIMSIG from 2019 to 2020, and I’m currently finishing up my term as Immediate Past Chair of WIMSIG. My research is in geometry and topology. In research, I work on problems in the overlap of hyperbolic geometry, 3-manifolds, and knot theory. I obtained my PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University, and held positions in the US (a postdoc at University of Texas at Austin, a continuing position at Brigham Young University) and the UK (postdoc at Oxford University). A sabbatical at the University of Melbourne in 2014 helped convince me to move to Australia long term, and I joined Monash in 2015. I seek to make mathematics open and welcoming, and I want to see the support and opportunities to ensure its healthy future.

Aidan Sims: I’m Aidan Sims, currently in the School of Maths and Applied Stats at the University of Wollongong, which stands in Yuin Country. I was born on Anēwan Country (in Armidale), and completed my undergrad degree and PhD (2004) at the University of Newcastle on Awabakal Country. I came to UOW in 2007. My research is focussed on functional analysis and operator algebras, with a few forays into algebra and topology. Personally, I’m especially enthusiastic about promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in the AustMS and in mathematics more generally.

You can read a short interview with Prof. Purcell here, and Prof. Sims here.

Algy Howe

It is with great sadness that we bring to you the news of the sudden passing of Algy Howe, at the age of 79.

Algy was the Society’s Treasurer between 1994 and 2019, and an Honorary Member of AustMS in recognition of his many years of exceptional service.

Algy was born on the third of August 1942, and grew up in Guyra, NSW. He attended Armidale High School, before commencing his undergraduate studies at the University of New England in 1960. Algy completed his BSc Honours degree at UNE in 1963 and moved to the ANU in 1964 to undertake his doctoral degree in mathematics under the supervision of Andrew Coppel.

Following the successful completion of his PhD, specialising in differential equations, he took up a temporary lectureship at the University of Queensland in early 1967. Later in the year he commenced a two-year postdoctoral position at Brown University in the United States. In August 1969, Algy commenced his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics, in the Faculty of Arts at ANU, under the Headship of Hanna Neumann. He subsequently remained at ANU throughout the rest of his career.

Algy unexpectedly passed away on 21 December, and will be deeply missed by all of those in our community who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

The Society wishes to expresses its condolences to his wife Maisie and children Marc and Melissa.

The family will hold a private farewell with just the immediate family prior to the New Year.

They will be holding a memorial event at the ANU mid to late January. Details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Please note, the family are also gathering personal messages for Algy that they will place with him on the day of his cremation before the New Year.  

If you would like to convey a personal message to Algy, please email it to prior to 30 December.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to .

Deborah Jackson

Neil Trudinger

Ole Warnaar

Australian mathematicians recognised for contributions to research, teaching and the discipline

This week the Australian Mathematical Society recognises the work of leading Australian mathematicians at its 65th Annual Meeting.

The hybrid event, hosted by the University of Newcastle, started today and saw the award of the AustMS Medal, the George Szekeres Medal, the Society’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Gavin Brown Prize. These prizes cover the breadth of contributions of mathematicians—from distinguished research of a mid-career researcher to sustained outstanding contributions; from teaching to specific outstanding publications in the last decade.

Read more

Honorary memberships for trio of leading mathematicians

AustMS is pleased to announce that, at the hundred and thirty-first Council meeting, Council has unanimously decided to award Professor Graeme HockingProfessor Nalini Joshi and Associate Professor Peter Stacey Honorary Membership of AustMS for their exceptional services to the Society and to the discipline of mathematics.

A person distinguished for the promotion, extension or application of mathematical knowledge may be elected by the Council as an Honorary Member of the Society.

2021 NSW ANZIAM branch meeting

The New South Wales branch of ANZIAM will hold a one-day mixed virtual and in person meeting (depending on circumstances, may end up purely online) on Friday the 26th of November at NUspace in Newcastle. The meeting will include our AGM.

The meeting will run from approximately 10am to 5.30pm (depending upon the number of speakers).

We are delighted to have Dr Christopher Lustri from Macquarie University, as our keynote speaker

There will be no registration fee.

If you wish to attend, please fill out the following form ASAP. 

If attending in person you must fill out the following form as well and present proof of double vaccination on the day.

Currently, the deadline for submission of abstracts is 5pm on Monday the 22nd of November.

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner for those attending in person, please note whether you will be attending and any dietary requirements in the form.

Selection of Speakers

In the fortunate event that we are over-subscribed with speakers priority will first be given to students and ECR, with preference given to NSW ANZIAM members. If there are slots remaining for established researchers, preference will again be given to NSW ANZIAM members.

Student Prize

There will be a prize for the best student speaker.


Fillipe Georgiou and Kyle Stevens,
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle

Supported by

AMSI BioInfoSummer 2021 hybrid conference

29 November – 2 December

Adelaide | Melbourne | Perth | Sydney | Townsville

Join with other advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and professionals from the mathematics, statistics, data science, and medical sciences to develop your bioinformatics skills, nationals networks and employability! Learn about the latest research and developments in High Performance Computing for bioinformatics, Computational Methods in Human Genomic Health, Metagenomics and Long reads from an exciting line up of speakers including:

  • Ana Conesa, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology and Politechnical University of Valencia
  • Chen Ying, Genome Institute of Singapore
  • Greg Caporaso, Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, North Arizona University
  • Lorena Pantano, NextRNA Therapeutics, USA
  • John Quackenbush, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Melanie Bahlo, WEHI
  • Aaron Jex, WEHI
  • James Ferguson, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Nadia Davidson, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Participate online or from one of our event hubs:

  • Adelaide | The University of Adelaide
  • Melbourne | Melbourne Bioinformatics, The University of Melbourne
  • Perth | Curtin University
  • Sydney | UNSW
  • Townsville | James Cook University

Full conference registration

Students: $90 AMSI members / $140 non-members

Standard $140 AMSI members / $210 non-members

Register now:

AMSI member students can attend for FREE for a Registration Scholarship courtesy of Australian BioCommons.  

Apply by 27 October:

Join the program! Share your research by entering the ePoster and Fast Forward Talks competition

Submit your abstract by 8 November:

Message from the President – time to renew your membership!

The Australian Mathematical Society’s President, Ole Warnaar, has a message to all members discussing recent national-scale activities of the society, to kick off our annual membership renewal season. You can read the open letter on this page, or else view a pdf version at this link.

Indigenising University Mathematics 20-21 Sept: registration open – all welcome

Dear Colleagues,

You are warmly invited to register for “Indigenising University Mathematics” 20-21 Sept 2021, being held simultaneously online via Zoom and in-person at the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle: 

This symposium is being put together to provide support, learning and collaborative opportunities around Indigenising our practices and teaching in University Mathematics and Statistics.  Increasingly, this is a responsibility that individual academics and University departments are feeling, but we do not necessarily know where to start. In some discipline areas, such as Food Science or Astronomy, the task may seem easier due to more obvious links between traditional Indigenous knowledge and course content.  In Mathematics and Statistics, the task may initially seem harder.  The purpose of this Symposium is to help.

It turns out that the challenges presented by Mathematics and Statistics may mean we may have an opportunity to do things which are deeper and more meaningful than simply incorporating isolated fragments of content, and we can do this in multiple ways.   We can utilise Indigenous pedagogies, for example using stories, symbols, maps and relationships.  We can promote inclusion and recognition.  We can compare with and learn from Indigenous ways of organising the world through structures such as kinship, that relate to graph theory and group theory and so on. And we can begin to (learn and) apply Indigenous perspectives to our own traditional content.  There is a lot to discover. 

In this symposium, we will utilise the traditional Indigenous practice of “yarning circles” to help us all get together and think through opportunities around all these and more.  To support this, the Symposium is organised around a number of themes, each of which is led by a small team of 2 or 3 Mathematicians/Statisticians/Indigenous practitioners. A presentation on each theme – see the Symposium webpage for more details – will precede the yarning sessions.  We hope to have broad representation from our Mathematics/Statistics and Indigenous communities, to facilitate sharing and the development of relationships and partnerships to support ongoing work in this area.

If you’d like to attend in person, please register soon, since places are limited to about 40 for in-person attendance, due to covid.  If you do register for in-person attendance and then cannot come in person, and you let us know by the week before, we will happily refund the difference and convert your registration to online. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

best wishes,

Judy-anne and all the organising committee.

Representation theory’s hidden motives: Conference at Münster and Sydney

The workshop takes place in-person at the University of Münster and at the University of Sydney, on 27 September – 1 October 2021. It can also be attended online. Workshop participation is free of charge. However, a registration is required. 

In recent years, motivic techniques have been applied in several branches of representation theory, for example in geometric and modular representation theory. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in these areas in order to foster new synergies in topics such as foundational aspects of the theory of motives, Tate motives on varieties of representation-theoretic origin, motivic aspects of the Langlands program, and motives of classifying spaces.


Speakers marked (*) will speak in Münster, (**) will speak in Sydney.

Angeltveit, Vigleik (Canberra, **)
Cass, Robert (Harvard, *)
Coulembier, Kevin (Sydney, **)
Eberhardt, Jens (Bonn, *)
Fu, Lie (Lyon, *)
Haesemeyer, Christian (Melbourne, **)
Hoskins, Victoria (Nijmegen, *)
Kamgarpour, Masoud (UQ, **)
Lanini, Martina (Roma, *)
Levine, Marc (Essen, *)
Richarz, Timo (Darmstadt, *)
Semenov, Nikita (Munich, *)
Soergel, Wolfgang (Freiburg, *)
Spitzweck, Markus (Osnabrück, *)
Treumann, David (Boston College, *)
Vilonen, Kari (Melbourne, **)
Xue, Ting (Melbourne, **)
Yang, Yaping (Melbourne, **)
Zhao, Gufang (Melbourne, **)
Zhong, Changlong (Albany, *)


Nora Ganter (Melbourne)
Jakob Scholbach (Münster)
Matthias Wendt (Wuppertal)
Geordie Williamson (Sydney)

For more information, visit