Category Archives: Conferences

Conference “Groups, Rings and the Yang–Baxter equation”

Evgeny Khukhro IMG_1300bgave an invited talk at the international conference “Groups, Rings and the Yang–Baxter equation”, which was held in Spa, Belgium, on June 18–24, 2017. He spoke on “Almost Engel finite, profinite, and compact groups”.



Conference in Giessen

Anitha Thillaisundaram attended the Norddeutsches Gruppentheorie Kolloquium at Schloss Rauischholzhausen of the University of Giessen, Germany from June 9th-10th, 2017. She gave a talk in German on “Maximal subgroups of branch groups”.


Algebraic conference in Lincoln

confSchool of Mathematics and Physics conducted the conference “Maximal Conditions and Embeddings of Profinite Groups” in University of Lincoln on 2nd June. The conference was supported by a grant of the London Mathematical Society under the ‘Celebrating New Appointments’ scheme, which was secured by Dr Anitha Thilaisundaram.  The participants included Prof Dugald Macpherson (Leeds), Prof Rögnvaldur G. Möller (University of Iceland, Reykjavik), Prof Peter Neumann (Oxford), Prof Dan Segal (Oxford), Prof John Wilson (Oxford), as well as young researchers from Australia, Germany, and UK. The talks were given by Alejandra Garrido (Düsseldorf), Simon Smith (Lincoln), Anitha Thillaisundaram (Lincoln), and John Wilson (Oxford); see the programme here.

After the conference a wine reception was addressed by the Pro Vice Chancellor of UoL / Head of College of Science and Engineering Prof Libby John and Prof John Wilson (Oxford). The reception was followed by the conference dinner.

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LARA seminar by Dr Alejandra Garrido

On 30th of May we had a P1030268aseminar within the Lincoln Algebra Research Afternoons (LARA), with Dr Alejandra Garrido (currently an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at Duesseldorf) giving a talk on Congruence and profinite completions for groups acting on rooted treesP1030280aP1030261a

The next LARA seminar will be on 31st May 2017 with two talks, one by Röggi Möller (Univ. of Iceland), and another by Colin Reid (Newcastle Univ., Australia).

We enjoy several extra speakers at LARA seminars due to participants arriving in Lincoln for the forthcoming conference “Maximal Conditions and Embeddings of Profinite Groups” on 2nd June.

AMS Special Session at Hunter College, City University of New York


Hunter College, City University of New York  [Image source]

The Special Session on Infinite Permutation Groups, Totally Disconnected Locally Compact Groups and Geometric Group Theory organised by Simon Smith (University of Lincoln) and Delaram Kahrobaei (City University of New York) took place this weekend, as part of the huge American Mathematical Society Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting held at Hunter College, City University of New York.

The idea behind the special session was to bring together three areas of infinite group theory that share a powerful tool: the analysis of group structure through an action on a locally finite graph. Subdegree-finite permutation groups act on an orbital graph, finitely generated groups act on a Cayley graph, and compactly generated totally disconnected locally compact groups act on a Cayley–Abels graph.

In the Special Session there were speakers from across the world: USA, Australia, Europe and South America. The talks were excellent. James Maynard (University of Oxford) gave the prestigious Erdös Memorial Lecture to the entire Sectional Meeting, where he spoke about his work on finding large gaps in the prime numbers.

List of speakers in the Special Session

Joaquín Brum, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
Vladimir Shpilrain, The City College of New York, USA
Phillip Wesolek, Binghamton University, USA
Benjamin Steinberg, City College of New York, USA
Luke Morgan, University of Western Australia, Australia
Lisa Carbone, Rutgers University, USA
Catherine E Pfaff, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Cheng Chang, Mercy College, USA
Juan Alonso, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
Daniela B Nikolova-Popova, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Zoran Sunic, Texas A&M University, USA
Keivan Mallahi-Karai, Jacobs University, Germany
Yago Antolin, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Rögnvaldur G. Möller, Science Institute, University of Iceland
Matias Carrasco, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
James B Wilson, Colorado State University, USA
Dmytro M Savchuk, University of South Florida, USA
Gerhard Rosenberger, University of Hamburg, Germany
Cristóbal Rivas, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Benjamin Fine, Fairfield University, USA

Simon Smith and Delaram Kahrobaei are organising a conference in New York City with the American Mathematical Society

Simon in NYC

Simon Smith (University of Lincoln, UK) and Delaram Kahrobaei (City University of New York, USA) are organising a conference on infinite permutation groups, totally disconnected locally compact groups, and geometric group theory. It is a special session at the American Mathematical Society Eastern Meeting, and will take place at the City University of New York on May 6th-7th 2017.

For more information, see the website:

Algebraic conference in Lincoln


A mini-conference “Maximal Conditions and Embeddings of Profinite Groups” will be held at the University of Lincoln, UK, on Friday the 2nd of June 2017. The conference is supported by a grant of the London Mathematical Society. The speakers are:

John Wilson (Oxford)
Simon Smith (Lincoln)
Alejandra Garrido (Duesseldorf)
Anitha Thillaisundaram (Lincoln)

Some funding is available for research students. For details visit the conference site.

Grant of the London Mathematical Society


Dr Anitha Thillaisundaram

Congratulations to Dr Anitha Thilaisundaram! She has successfully secured a grant of the London Mathematical Society under the ‘Celebrating New Appointments’ scheme, which will support a mini-conference “Maximal conditions and embeddings of profinite groups” to be held in Lincoln on 2 June 2017.  Further information about the conference will follow.

4th Biennial Group Theory Conference in Kuala Lumpur

Anitha Thillaisundaram was an invited speaker at the 4th Biennial Group Theory Conference at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She spoke on branch groups.


Forthcoming conference “Groups, Rings and the Yang–Baxter equation”

International conferencegryb17 “Groups, Rings and the Yang–Baxter equation” will be held at Domain Sol Cress in the beautiful town of Spa, Belgium, June 18–24, 2017. It will focus  on recent developments in the areas of ring theory, group theory and connections with the Yang–Baxter equation, which originated in theoretical physics. Evgeny Khukhro is one of the invited speakers at this conference.

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