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MATRI✗: Groups and Geometries — postponed

July 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Groups and Geometries

Dates: 30 November. – 4 December 2020 postponed due to Covid-19
Venue: University of Melbourne, Creswick campus
Water Street, Creswick, Victoria, 3363, Australia

Program Description

In the 1950’s Jacques Tits provided a converse to Klein’s Erlangen program showing that algebraic groups could be understood by the study of geometric objects (buildings) associated to them. In fact his theory is so all-encompassing it also allows us to study groups over local fields, which are of crucial importance in number theory and representation theory. Moreover, the geometry of buildings is very rich in itself and buildings are a key family of examples in geometric group theory, as they form spaces of non-positive curvature (CAT(0) spaces). Lastly the development of buildings played a crucial role in the classification of the finite simple groups. The aim of the meeting is to gather world leading experts and early career researchers working on the theory of buildings and its connections to adjacent fields to investigate the research avenues that have opened up in recent years by means of some spectacular breakthroughs in the field.


  • Deadline: 30 September 2020
  • Registration is by invitation only.MatriX logo

For similar MATRI✗ workshops, consult this announcement.

MATRI✗ Wine and Cheese Afternoon: 1 December 2020.
On the first Tuesday of each program, MATRI✗ provides a pre-dinner wine and cheese afternoon. Produce is locally-sourced to showcase delicacies from the region.


  • Alice Devillers (Univ. Western Australia)
  • James Parkinson (Univ. Sydney)
  • Jeroen Schillewaert (Univ. Auckland, NZ)
  • Anne Thomas (Univ. Sydney)