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65th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society
7-10 December 2021


With the meeting fast approaching, please check here regularly for announcements and updates.

  • You can download the schedule here.
  • Zoom Events. The talks will be online in Zoom Events. This is not the same as a regular Zoom meeting that can be joined from a simple link. You will have received an email (On Tuesday 30 November) with a ticket to Zoom Events. This ticket is free, but you need a Zoom login. You can either create one, or use an email address (like your university email address) that is already registerd with Zoom. If you would like to use a different email address than the one you used to register for the conference, let us know.
  • gather.town. Like last year, we'll be using gather.town as a place to mingle online. You can access it via a link that was sent to your email (On Tuesday 30 November).
    We will have a meet-and-greet in gather.town on Monday evening 7-8pm, as well as another gathering around the time of the conference dinner. Besides that, gather.town will remain open throughout the conference, so please drop in and meet people, especially during coffee breaks.
  • Discord. We have set up a discord server for the conference. Discord is a messaging app that has a variety of discussion channels, including one for each session. If you let it, it can also deliver push notifications to your device, which is the quickest way to get updates about the conference.
    You will have received an email (On Tuesday 30 November) containing the link to join Discord, along with instructions for signing up.
  • If you are attending the face-to-face component, please complete this form. It is required for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes, and you can also indicate which sessions you would like to attend, which helps us allocate venues for you.
  • We are charging face-to-face participants $100 to contribute to catering costs. Please click on the Payments link in the Register! system to make your payment if you are planning to attend in person.
  • The conference dinner will take place at the Customs House Hotel on the foreshore on Thursday 9 December. We are charging dinner participants $100 to contribute to dinner costs. Please click on the Payments link in the Register! system to make your payment if you are planning to attend in person.
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The 65th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will be hosted by the University of Newcastle's School of Information and Physical Sciences.


Due to the current uncertainty about future government restrictions concerning the ongoing pandemic, the conference will primarily be held on-line, with all talks delivered via Zoom. There will be a face-to-face component of the conference at the University of Newcastle's City Campus, allowing participants to mingle and speakers to broadcast their Zoom talks from lecture rooms in front of a live audience.

AustMS ANZIAM CARMA The University of Newcastle NSW Government

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission closes: 15th November 22nd November [NOW CLOSED]
  • Online attendance registration closes: 7th December (start of conference)
  • Face-to-face attendance registration closes: 29 November
  • Conference dinner registration closes: 29 November
  • Conference: 7–10 December, 2021 (Tuesday to Friday)



All conference sessions will be held in Zoom, with connection details to be added later.


The face-to-face component of the AustMS21 conference will take place at the University's City Campus, in parallel with the online component of the conference. The Zoom talks of selected sessions will be streamed live in the venues, and talks can be presented live in these venues while being simultaneously broadcast over Zoom.

Please note that, due to the University of Newcastle's COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, only doubly-vaccinated participants may attend in person; please bring you proof of vaccination. Please complete the form at https://forms.gle/ZPf8oiJJoYWWUETTA to enter the necessary contact-tracing information, and to indicate which sessions you would like to attend in person. This will help us allocate live venues to sessions.

We are charging a fee to contribute to catering costs, please click on the Payment link in the Register! system to make your payment.

The conference dinner will be held at the Customs House Hotel in Newcastle.

We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle!

Accommodation suggestions


The draft schedule has been added below. The programme is divided into 30 minute slots.

  • Contributed talks: 1 slot
    • 20 min talk + 5 min questions + 5 min setup next talk
  • Special Session keynote speakers: 2 slots
    • 45 min talk + 10 min questions + 5 min setup
  • Plenary talks: 2 slots
    • 50 min talk + 10 min questions

ECR Workshop

To be held via Zoom on Monday 6th December. See the workshop page for more information.

Social programme


Conference Dinner

Thursday 9 December, 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm, at Customs House Hotel.

AustMS Annual General Meeting

The 2021 AGM will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday 9th December.


Abstract booklet will be added later.

Draft schedule

Click on the table below to download a PDF version.

AustMS 2021 draft schedule


Plenary speakers:

Gang TianPeking University, China, and Princeton University, USA
Zeev RudnickTel-Aviv University, Israel
Emily RiehlJohns Hopkins University, USA Hanna Neumann lecturer
Robyn AraujoQUT
Joaquim Serra ETH Zurich, Switzerland ECR lecturer
Chris MatthewsUTS Dr Mandawuy Yunupingu lecturer
Susan ScottANU ANZAMP lecturer
Jennifer FleggUniversity of Melbourne ANZIAM lecturer

ECR Workshop

The 2021 Australian Mathematical Society Early-Career Workshop will be held online, preceding the 65th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society. It will run on Monday 6th December.

Featuring speakers from industry and academia, the AustMS ECW 2021 aims to provide early-career mathematicians with the chance to discuss career pathways, get advice from experienced mathematicians, and (digitally) network with other early-career academics.


Registration is free and is recommended for current higher-degree research students and ECRs up to five years post-PhD. A Zoom link for the workshop sent to registered participants closer to the date of the workshop. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


• Brian AlspachUniversity of Newcastle
• Maria AthanassenasDepartment of Defence
• Jennifer FleggUniversity of Melbourne
• Ivan GuoMonash University
• Nina HoldenETH Zurich
• Geordie WilliamsonUniversity of Sydney


Monday 6th December
9:30Nina Holden
10:00Ivan Guo
10:30Maria Athanassenas
11:00Q and A
13:30Brian Alspach
14:00Geordie Williamson
14:30Jennifer Flegg
15:00Q and A


Sophie Calabretto, Valentina Wheeler, Mat Langford (local liaison).

Special Sessions

Hover over a session name to see its organisers and abstract.

  1. Algebra
  2. Applied and Industrial Mathematics
  3. Computational Mathematics
  4. Cryptography, Coding Theory and Related Topics
  5. Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory
  6. Equity Diversity and Inclusivity in Mathematics
  7. Geometric and Harmonic Analysis
  8. Geometry with Symmetries
  9. Harmonic Analysis and Hyperbolic PDEs
  10. Indigenising University Mathematics
  11. Integrable Systems and Mathematical Physics
  12. Mathematics Education
  13. Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras
  14. Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry
  15. Optimisation
  16. Partial Differential Equations: From Theory to Applications
  17. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
  18. Representation Theory
  19. Topology
  20. Visualisation and Mathematical Art


Organisers: Michal Ferov, George Willis


The Algebra session aims to present a diverse range of talks covering all algebraic interests represented in Australia. Talks on computational algebra or involving interactions with other fields are welcome. We particularly encourage students and early career researchers to take this opportunity to talk with others about their work.

Applied and Industrial Mathematics

Organisers: M.I. Nelson, S. Watt, H.S. Sidhu


The Applied and Industrial Mathematics session provides a 'catch-all' forum for talks across the fields of applied and industrial mathematics, including statistics. Sessions held at previous AUST-MS meetings have featured talks covering a wide range of sub-disciplines including: bioengineering, bushfire modelling, cancer treatments, climate, combustion, computing science, ecology, education, electrochemistry, engineering mathematics, epidemiology, financial mathematics, fluid mechanics, game-theory, graph theory, granular materials, Lie group methods to solve PDEs, logistics, nanotechnology, numerical analysis, operations research, synchronisation, travelling waves, wave diffraction etc.

Mathematically, this session encompasses a potpourri of frameworks including deterministic and stochastic models.

Computational Mathematics

Organisers: Quoc Thong Le Gia, Bishnu Lamichhane


Mathematical research in any areas of science where scientific computing plays a central role is included in computational mathematics. Computational mathematics involves designing and analysing algorithms and numerical methods to solve mathematical problems arising from science and engineering. One major area of computational mathematics is to solve equations (integral equations, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, fractional differential equations, stochastic differential equations, etc.) using approximation methods (finite element methods, finite volume methods, boundary element methods, meshless methods, kernel methods etc.) on computers.

Cryptography, Coding Theory and Related Topics

Organisers: Bimal Kumar Mishra, Ajit Kumar Keshri, Veronika Kuchta, Ron Steinfeld.


Cyber attacks are great threats in all aspects of life. Cybersecurity is the art of protecting digital networks, mobile devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information using cryptographic and coding techniques. When used appropriately with the right strategies, these techniques help to protect intellectual property from being susceptible to cyber threats and adversaries.

Modern cryptography uses various fields of mathematics such as number theory, field theory, coding theory, algebra, algebraic geometry, etc. The main mathematical principle in cryptography is that the mathematics that cryptographic schemes rely on should be based on the intractability of a mathematical problem (i.e., it should be very hard to solve by a brute force attack without knowing the secret key). In order to reduce cyber threats it is important to better understand the attacking behaviour of malicious objects in digital networks. Cryptology, the science of code breaking, deals with this question.

In this special session we will see the recent developments in modern cryptography and coding theory as well as the mathematical progress in cryptology.

Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory

Organisers: Jason Atnip, Gary Froyland


We welcome talks across a broad range of topics in dynamical systems and ergodic theory including theory, numerics, and applications.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in Mathematics

Organisers: Aidan Sims, Matthew Mack, Judy-anne Osborn


The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion special session invites contributions and participation from members of the community on issues relating to justice and equity in the mathematical sciences and society in general. Questions of interest may relate to issues of access, intersectionality, discrimination, belonging and identity, worldview and values, health including mental health, and the value of diversity as a positive thing for progress in mathematics. The format will allow for both individual presentations, as well as more collective fora. We aim to create a safe environment and opportunities for people to be heard.

Geometric and Harmonic Analysis

Organisers: Kwok-Kun Kwong, Po-Lam Yung


Many recent breakthroughs in harmonic analysis make crucial use of tools from incidence geometry, by which one exploits a deep connection of the problem at hand with curvature in the underlying geometry. In return, many problems in geometric analysis are deeply connected with estimates that are traditionally seen as part of harmonic analysis, with the role of Gagliardo-Nirenberg inequality in the Yamabe problem being a prominent example. This special session aims to bring together researchers in harmonic and geometric analysis, to discuss their recent work and explore possible synergies.

Geometry with Symmetries

Organisers: Owen Dearricott, Ramiro Lafuente


The session will focus on modern trends in Differential Geometry and related areas, with an emphasis on group actions and symmetries.

Harmonic Analysis and Hyperbolic PDEs

Organisers: Ji Li, Zihua Guo, The Bui


Harmonic analysis lies in the frontier of modern mathematics. Over the past 60 years, Euclidean harmonic analysis has been inextricably linked with partial differentiable equations (PDEs). While applications to the theory of elliptic PDEs and pseudo-differentiable operators were a driving force in the development of the Calderón-Zygmund school from the very beginning, the past 20 years have also seen an influx of harmonic analysis techniques to the theory of nonlinear dispersive equations such as the Schrödinger and wave equations. These developments continue to this day. This special session will enable both international and Australian researchers to discuss their recent progresses in harmonic analysis, hyperbolic and dispersive partial differential equations.

Indigenising University Mathematics

Organisers: Judy-anne Osborn, Michael Donovan


The purpose of this session is to give a voice and support to those interested in finding ways to Indigenise Mathematics at University. What it means to do this is partly the topic of the session, as the concept is just beginning to be explored and may apply across a range of the aspects of our academic lives, including our teaching approaches, content, protocols of respect for Australia's First Nations Peoples and knowledge systems, as well as our underpinning values and philosophies.

The impetus for introducing the session at this time is a sense of a growing momentum in this space, especially around Indigenising Undergraduate Curriculum. The call to do this is coming at many levels, partly from individual connections and relationships between academics, Indigenous and non-Indigenous; and partly from institution-level requests to Schools, Departments and Disciplines.

Indigenising University Mathematics is challenging in interesting ways that may, in the long run, help us to understand ourselves and our own discipline better. In the short run, it is not necessarily easy to know how to start. The examples that are emerging in other disciplines are only partly helpful, since they are often in subject areas with more obvious connections to the Australian landscape or skyscape (like Food Science or Astronomy), so that connections to specific traditional knowledge may be more evident than in our space.

This session, hosted in partnership between an Anglo-Australian Mathematician and an Indigenous Education Academic, is based upon the predicate that meaningful Indigenisation is possible within Mathematics. This base-line assumption is built upon a combination of our personal experience starting to do this within various University Mathematics courses, and many interactions with other colleagues working towards the same goal.

We invite the Australian Maths Community to explore this space with us. If you are interested and want to share your thoughts, please make a submission for a talk. We expect submissions to very often have much more the character of a work-in-progress than might be expected in other sessions, because the endeavour is so new to many of us. We are interested in people's ideas, experiences, concerns, challenges, partial solutions and questions.

Integrable Systems and Mathematical Physics

Organisers: Nalini Joshi, Pieter Roffelsen, Yang Shi


Mathematical Physics lies at the boundary of mathematics and physics. The field comprises several well developed areas, such as classical integrable systems, exactly solvable models, quantum integrable systems, Topological Field theory, Conformal Field theory, Painlevé equations and recent developments in birational geometry and discrete dynamical systems. Whilst each of these areas have their own interesting problems, techniques and approaches, their interplay is also very rich and prominent. This special session aims to gather Australian and potentially international scientists working in various aspects of Mathematical Physics, to encourage interaction and exchanges of ideas.

Mathematics Education

Organisers: Carolyn Kennett, Judy-anne Osborn, Chris Tisdell, Leesa Sidhu


This special session welcomes topical and engaging presentations on any aspect of mathematics education. This includes but isn't limited to current challenges in our context, including those relating to the aims of University Mathematics Education, academic integrity and assessment, digital learning and teaching, service teaching, and inventive ways of addressing these challenges.

Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras

Organisers: Adam Rennie, Hao Guo, Abe Ng


A special session to highlight recent Australian and New Zealand research in these fields.

Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry

Organisers: Mumtaz Hussain, Anna Puskás


We welcome talks on any topics in number theory and/or algebraic geometry. Given the breadth of these fields, talks on research that falls on interconnected topics in number theory, algebraic geometry and representation theory may also be considered. This session will provide a much needed platform to interact with fellow researchers and disseminate research findings.


Organisers: Scott B. Lindstrom, Hoa Bui, Reinier Diaz Millan


Mathematical optimization is the study of using mathematics to make better decisions when faced with competing options. Both geometry and numerical considerations feature prominently. Applications are many; they include both aspects of design and operations. Talks in this session will be about the theoretical and computational aspects of optimization. Topics include variational analysis, optimal control, algorithms, mathematical programming, and error bounds.

Partial Differential Equations: From Theory to Applications

Organisers: Giorgio Poggesi, Enrico Valdinoci


The main focus of this session are recent results of highest standard in research fields related to Analysis and Partial Differential Equations.

This session aims to bring together specialists in these fields.

Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes

Organisers: Kostya Borovkov and Yamazaki Kazutoshi


This session will focus on recent advances in the research areas of probability theory and its numerous applications. This session aims to bring together specialists in these fields, including but not limited to the theory of stochastic processes, Monte Carlo methods, mathematical finance etc.

Representation Theory

Organisers: Asilata Bapat, Masoud Kamgarpour


Talks in this session will focus on representation theory understood broadly to include geometric and categorical representation theory as well as representation theoretic concepts emerging from physics. If interested, please submit a talk with an abstract.


Organisers: Jessica Purcell, Zsuzanna Dancso, Bea Bleile


This session is for topology across Australia, broadly interpreted. It includes low-dimensional topology, knot theory, geometric topology, algebraic topology, and interactions of topology with other fields.

Visualisation and Mathematical Art

Organisers: Katherine Seaton, Matt Skerritt


Visualisations of mathematical ideas can be both instructive and attractive. In this session, speakers are invited to explain how a picture or physical object of their own original construction assists the viewer to visualise a mathematical concept and/or to describe aesthetic decisions they made as creator. This session will potentially traverse many areas of mathematics, and we invite a range of visualisations (e.g., digital, painting, sculpture, fibre arts).


Registration is now open although submission of abstracts is now closed. Registration is for the online portion of the conference. Pricing will depend on your membership status and on whether you have research funding:

  • Students and unfunded AustMS/ANZIAM/ANZAMP members: free
  • Funded AustMS/ANZIAM/ANZAMP members: $50
  • Non-members: $75
  • Special offer for those eligible for AustMS reciprocal membership: $74 for registration + two years AustMS reciprocal membership
  • Face-to-face attendance (for catering etc.): $100
  • Conference dinner: $100


Abstract submission is done through the same system and closes on the 15th November 22nd November [NOW CLOSED].

ECR Workshop

Registration for the Early-Career Workshop can be made on this site, using the link below.

Register for ECW


Local Organising Committee

Chair:Florian Breuer
Secretary & Treasurer:Juliane Turner
Special Sessions:Bishnu Lamichhane, James McCoy
ECR workshop liaison:Mat Langford
WIMSIG meeting organiser:Natalie Thamwattana
Social Program:Stephan Tornier, Ljiljana Brankovic
Registration system:John Banks
Education afternoon:Judy-anne Osborn
Discord server:Björn Rüffer
Website/tech assistance:David Allingham
At large:George Willis, JV Pinto e Silva, Fran Baker

AustMS Program Advisory Board

• Amie Albrecht (UNISA)
• Maria Athanassenas (DSTO)
• Vladimir Bazhanov (ANU)
• Florian Breuer (UoN)
• Serena Dipierro (UWA)
• Vlad Ejov (Flinders U)
• Jerzy Filar (UQ)
• Joanne Hall (RMIT)
• Anthony Licata (ANU)
• Alina Ostafe (UNSW)
• Gerd Schmalz (UNE)
• Natalie Thamwattana (UoN)
• Chris Tisdell (UNSW)
• George Willis (UoN)

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission closes 15th November 22nd November. Submission should be made through the registration system.

Education Afternoon

The Education Afternoon is especially crafted towards the needs and interests of school teachers; and is free for school teachers to attend. Academics from the mathematical sciences and schools of education will present on topics of diverse interest to school teachers. Some of this will also be of broader interest to those of us who teach in any of the education sectors. All are welcome.


The University of Newcastle NSW Government