Twenty-Seventh Annual Victorian Algebra Conference

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Melbourne, Parkville Victoria 3010, Australia

Announcement: VAC28

The 28th Victorian Algebra Conference will be held at Monash University, Thursday 4–Friday 5 November, 2010.

The aim of the annual Victorian Algebra Conference is to foster communication between algebraists in Australia in general and in Victoria in particular. We interpret algebra quite broadly, including areas such as topological algebra, algebraic logic, graph theory and coding theory. The conference is run by the Victorian Algebra Group, which has been a special interest group of the Australian Mathematical Society since 1988.

We particularly encourage talks by students. Most students talk about original research undertaken as part of their thesis. But beginning students can give a survey talk on their thesis topic. Students should feel free to give the same talk at the VAC and the AustMS meeting. There is a prize for the best student talk: see below.

Here is the program for VAC27!

Here is a map showing the location of the maths department.


There is no fee for registration.

    • Register for VAC27 (for those who attended VAC25 or VAC26)

    • Register for VAC27 (new participants)

    • View registrations

    • Submit an abstract (submission and editing of abstracts closes on Friday October 30, 2009)

    • View abstracts

    • Conference timetable

        • Linked timetable (draft version only)

    • The sessions are expected to run from about 9.00 till about 5.00 on Thursday the 5th and Friday the 6th of November. Coffee and tea will be available from 10.00am on both days.

    • The Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday evening.

The duration of general presentations will be 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

All talks will be held in the Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building. There is a data projector with laptop connectivity, a document camera, an overhead projector and a computer (dual boot Mac mini running Windows XP or Mac OS X) with standard applications. There are also blackboards.


We particularly encourage graduate students to give presentations on their work. All graduate students from Australian universities, regardless of their intention to give a talk, are entitled to apply to the organisers for a small travel contribution. (The amount will depend on the number of applicants.) This contribution is given as a cheque upon presentation of travel and/or accommodation receipts to at least the value of the amount being reimbursed.

Australian participants in financial need may also apply for a small travel contribution. Participants should indicate on the registration form if they wish to apply for assistance. Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide any contribution to costs for non-Australian participants.


The Gordon Preston Prize is awarded for the best presentation at the VAC given by a current student based at an Australian university. The presentations will be judged by a panel appointed by the executive committee. The winner of the prize will receive $200. The Rules for the Gordon Preston Prize are available here.


If you require accommodation, please contact the conference organiser as soon as possible.



If you have special dietary requirements, could you please contact the conference organiser well in advance of the dinner. In addition, special dietary requirements can be listed as part of your registration details.




    • Map of Melbourne University

        • Talks will be held in the Russell Love Theatre, in the Richard Berry Building.

        • Registration and coffee will be in the Staff Tea Room.

    • Conference Location

The Richard Berry building is located on Swanston Street just across the road from Faraday St.

The University of Melbourne is well serviced by public transport.


The following tram routes can be used to visit the University of Melbourne:

    • 01 East Coburg — South Melbourne Beach

    • 03 Melbourne University — East Malvern

    • 05 Melbourne University — Malvern

    • 06 Melbourne University — Glen Iris

    • 08 Moreland — Toorak

    • 16 Melbourne University — Kew via St Kilda Beach

    • 19 North Coburg — City, Elizabeth St

    • 64 Melbourne University — East Brighton

    • 67 Melbourne University — Carnegie

    • 72 Melbourne University — Camberwell

You can find out when trams arrive at the University by looking at the tram timetables.


Three bus services take you to the doorstep of the University of Melbourne.

    • 205: Melbourne University — Doncaster Shoppingtown (via Kew Junction & Bulleen) (timetable)

    • 546: Heidelberg — Melbourne University — Queen Victoria Market (via Clifton Hill & Carlton) (timetable)

The bus stop for the 205 and 546 services is outside the Arts Centre of the University of Melbourne on Swanston Street.

    • 401: North Melbourne Station — Melbourne University (timetable)

The bus stop for the 405 service is outside Gate 10 of the University of Melbourne on Grattan Street:


The closest train station to the University is Melbourne Central Station. Please exit Melbourne Central Station and take the escalators to Swanston Street where you can take any north-bound tram to reach the University of Melbourne tram terminus. (Metropolitan train timetables)

By Car

Parking on campus is only available with a permit.

Please contact the conference organiser if you would like to arrange parking on campus.


Thursday November 5 – Friday November 6, 2009