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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”.



Sandro Mattarei gives a talk in Cambridge

On 24th May 2017 Sandro Mattarei visited the University of Cambridge and gave a seminar talk on Generalisations of self-reciprocal polynomials.

Sandro Mattarei gives a talk at the University of Milano Bicocca

On 28th April 2017 Sandro Mattarei gave a talk at the University of Milano Bicocca, on Generalizations of self-reciprocal polynomials.  Sandro is approaching the end of a one-month stay at the University of Milano Bicocca as visiting professor, which has been a very exciting time. Besides completing a research project with Marina Avitabile, Sandro has had many opportunities for fruitful discussions with other members of the local Algebra group.

Sandro Mattarei visiting the University of Milano Bicocca

Sandro Mattarei is staying for one month at the University of Milano Bicocca, invited as visiting professor. He is continuing a long collaboration with Dr Marina Avitabile on a new joint project. As you may guess from the notes on the blackboard behind them, binomial coefficients seem to always crop up in Sandro’s research one way or another (although the present topic is actually motivated by the theory of modular Lie algebras).

On a lighter note, here is a glimpse of Milan’s bubbling nightlife as seen from the safe distance of Sandro’s accommodation.

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.


Anitha Thillaisundaram gave a talk at the Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet algebra research seminar

hhuAnitha visited the Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf during the months of December and January. Aside from her collaborations there, she gave a talk on the “Automorphisms of finite p-groups” at the algebra research seminar on Monday the 16th of January.

Simon Smith was at the Banff International Research Station last week


Last week, Simon Smith was at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) in Canada, where he was an invited speaker at a meeting about permutation groups. BIRS is an isolated station nestled in the Rocky Mountains, where researchers from around the world are invited to discuss and to work collaboratively on important areas of research.
The focus of this meeting was on the interplay between permutation group theory, topological group theory and model theory. Simon gave a lecture on a theorem of his which describes the structure of subdegree-finite primitive permutation groups. This theorem took many years to prove, and is the culmination of a large research project for which he was awarded a grant of over $300,000 by the Australian Research Council.

Conference in Istanbul

In October 19–22 Evgeny Khukhro took part in the international conference BN-Pair (in honour of the 60th birthdays of Alexandre Borovik and Ali Nesin), where he gave the invited talk Elimination of operators in nilpotent groups


The conference title is a nice pun about long-standing collaboration of Borovik and Nesin, and their research also involves BN-pairs (important construction in algebraic groups). But the first prize in this respect goes to the title of Katrin Tent’s talk  Sharp BN-pair of rank 1, which perfectly describes the subject (sharply 2-transitive group) but can also be applied to compliment the main protagonists of the conference! Both are prominent mathematical researchers and educators. Inter alia, Alexandre Borovik is a member of our School’s External Advisory Board and Ali Nesin is famous for running the Nesin Mathematics Village (where Borovik is one of the most active teachers).

The venue of the conference was the Boğaziçi University on the European bank of the Bosphorus strait.



Lecture about George Boole in Brasilia

On 7 October Evgeny Khukhro gave a public lecture George Boole: legacy of a mathematics revolutionary at the seminar of Department of Mathematics of University of Brasilia. Attended by about 40 members of staff and postgraduate students, the lecture attracted a lot of interest in the life and work of the famous son of Lincoln, whose ideas laid the foundations of modern algebra and mathematical logic, as well as paved the way to applications in computer science and technology.

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Talk at a seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil

On 29 September Evgeny Khukhro gave a talk p1020593bEngel-type conditions in finite, profinite, and compact groups at the Algebra seminar of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, part of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.san-paulo-maths

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