Thirty-Second Annual Victorian Algebra Conference


Thursday October 2 – Friday October 3, 2014

School of Mathematical Sciences

Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia

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.


There is no fee for registration.

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    • All talks will be held in the Lecture Theatre S13, in Building 29; see about the venue below.

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

The Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday evening.


The conference booklet is available here.

The timetable is available here.


A map of the Monash Clayton campus can be found here. All talks will be held in the Lecture Theatre S13, in Building 29 (coordinates C2 on the map), with morning and afternoon tea in the foyer outside. The lecture theatre has blackboards, a computer, and a projector.


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 need help finding accommodation, please contact the conference organisers ( or


Details of the conference dinner will be advised closer to the date.

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





Catch a train on the Pakenham or Cranbourne lines and alight at Huntingdale station.

When leaving the station, walk down the ramp and turn left. Cross the road and catch a bus 900 towards Stud Park; you can also walk round the corner and catch an express bus (number 601 or 630) towards "Monash University" (the 601 bus runs very frequently). Any bus takes 5 minutes to get to Monash university bus loop, which is where you get off.

From there you need to walk to the North Western corner of campus,building 29.

By Car

Take the South Eastern freeway and exit at Forster Road (turning right after exiting). Follow Forster road until it ends, then turn left on Bayview Ave, Melways Page 70,E9.

Enter campus and go straight ahead through a roundabout and then turn right into a multistorey carpark (building 80 on this map). On the top (4th) floor there is all-day voucher parking, for $6.50. There are no free parking spots on campus or on nearby streets.