Conference on Finite Groups and Representations

Monday 14 - Friday 18 January, 2008


Conference co-ordinator:

Ben Martin
Mathematics & Statistics
University of Canterbury
Phone: (+64) (3) 364-2987 ext 7687


Finite groups, representations of groups and of related algebras.

This follows on from the 2008 NZMRI Summer Workshop in Nelson the previous week (6-12 January 2008). The Joint Meeting of the New Zealand Mathematical Society and the American Mathematical Society is being held in Wellington the previous month (12-15 December 2007).

The Venue:

UC Edward Percival Field Station
The Esplanade
Kaikoura, New Zealand. [Google Maps]

The Field Station is located on Kaikoura's Esplanade on the waterfront, within walking distance from the town centre.

The teaching laboratory at the Edward Percival Field Station was built primarily to provide accommodation and laboratory facilities for University of Canterbury undergraduate field courses. More info on the Edward Percival Field Station can be obtained from their website.

There is limited access to computers. Wireless is available for those with laptops.

Supported by:

NZIMA   Marsden
blank   RSNZ


There will be invited talks and a limited number of contributed talks. The program will be relaxed, to allow plenty of time for discussions and collaboration.

The conference begin on the morning of Monday 14 January and will finish around midday on Friday 18 January. Wednesday 16 January will be a free day.

There will be one blackboard, one overhead projector and one data projector available for speakers.

Program and Abstracts:

The conference program can be downloaded HERE. The abstracts can be downloaded HERE.

Invited speakers include:

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  More photos:
Group photo
  Group photo from conference
  courtesy of Lisa Carbone and
  Konstantin Mischaikow.
  • Jianbei An (Auckland)
  • Henrik Bäärnhielm (Auckland)
  • Michael Bate (Oxford)
  • Peter Brooksbank (Bucknell)
  • Lisa Carbone (Rutgers)
  • Marston Conder (Auckland)
  • Peter Fleischmann (Kent)
  • Simon Goodwin (Birmingham)
  • Vaughan Jones (Berkeley)
  • Martin Liebeck (Imperial)
  • Eamonn O'Brien (Auckland)
  • Gaven Martin (Massey)
  • Andrew Mathas (Sydney)
  • Gerhard Röhrle (Bochum)
  • Gary Seitz (Oregon)
  • Rudolf Tange (Bochum)


There will be no registration fee.


Some financial assistance will be available to NZ graduate students.

Getting to Kaikoura:

[Kaikoura by the sea] Kaikoura is roughly halfway between Christchurch (which has an international airport) and Blenheim on State Highway 1. It is approximately 2.5 hours from Christchurch and 1.75 hours from Blenheim, by car or train.

A bus has been arranged to take participants from Christchurch to Kaikoura on the afternoon of Sunday January 13. It will leave the University of Canterbury Maths Department (Ilam Campus, cnr Science & Engineering Roads) at 3pm and will stop at Christchurch airport (coach park, end of international terminal), leaving the airport at 3:40pm. No transport has been arranged back to Christchurch at the end of the conference.

Rental cars are available from:


Bus and train information is available from:

    InterCity Coachlines
    Atomic Shuttles
    The Tranzcoastal (train)


Delegates are to arrange their own accommodation. The Panorama Motel, the Admiral Court and the Anchor Inn Motel are recommended as they are situated near to the conference venue. New (upmarket) accommodation is available at Waterfront Apartments or Kaikoura Cottages (Phone:+64 3 3195599). Additional accommodation information can be found at the Kaikoura information website and also

There is also shared/backpacker style accommodation available at the Marine Lab. Spaces are limited and you will need your own sleeping bag. Contact Ben Martin to apply for this.


There will be no organised conference excursion. Participants must make their own arrangements. Things to do in Kaikoura include:

4WD trip (3 hours) around the area (~$80)
Whale watch (~$130)
Dolphin Encounter (~$150)

More information:

Contact the organiser Ben Martin.

Last updated 22 January 2007.

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