Conference 2017

An international conference on Future Directions in Representation Theory will be held at the University of Sydney in the week of December 4-8, 2017  


The conference will be held in Lecture Theatre 1170 in the new Abercrombie Building, on the corner of Abercrombie St and Codrington St, in the Darlington part of the main Camperdown/Darlington campus of The University of Sydney. See the campus map and transport information.

Timetable and Other Events

Talks will start on the morning of Monday December 4 and finish on the afternoon of Friday December 8, with a free afternoon on Wednesday December 6 and a conference dinner in the evening of Thursday December 7. A full timetable will be posted later.

This is the week preceding the annual conference of the Australian Mathematical Society, which will be at Macquarie University in Sydney, December 12-15, 2017. The invited speakers include Georgia Benkart and Andrei Okounkov, and there will be a special session on representation theory, featuring 25-minute contributed talks. 

Here are some other events in Australia around the same time that may be of interest:


Intending participants in the conference are required to register and pay the appropriate level of registration fee (see below) by Visa or MasterCard on the online payment form

The registration fee is a contribution to the cost of the morning and afternoon teas which will be provided throughout the conference, as well as the conference dinner (if selected). Note that the registration fee does not cover accommodation.

The levels of registration fee are as follows:
  • The full registration fee is A$187 (including Goods and Services Tax), or A$110 without the conference dinner.
  • 20% discounted rate is A$149.60, or A$88 without the conference dinner. This rate is for ordinary members of the Australian Mathematical Society and all staff members of AMSI member institutions.
  • 50% discounted rate is A$93.50, or A$55 without the conference dinner. This rate is for students, early-career researchers without grant support, retired researchers, and reduced-rate members of the Australian Mathematical Society.
  • The rate for invited speakers is A$55, which includes the conference dinner.
The deadline for registration is Friday November 24, 2017, but please register as soon as possible to assist planning. If your plans change after registering, you can obtain a refund of the fee by emailing the chair of the organizing committee (see below) with a copy of your electronic payment receipt.


On campus, St Andrew's College on the corner of Missenden Rd and Carillon Ave has rooms available for the week of the conference. The rate is A$110 per night for a room with bathroom, or A$70 per night for a single room using shared bathroom facilities, with breakfast included and Wifi available for an extra A$15. Registered conference participants should book and pay for their own accommodation (within the dates of December 3-9) using this online form. Please refer booking queries to the college using the contact information given at this link.

Some hotels within an easy walk of campus (expect to pay at least A$200 per night for a room): 


International visitors coming to Australia for a conference need to obtain a visa prior to travel. For holders of passports from eligible countries, this could be an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) or eVisitor visa (subclass 651) which can be obtained online at minimal or no cost. See the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Finder tool for information adapted to your circumstances. Registered participants who require an official letter of invitation to obtain a visa should email their CV to the chair of the organizing committee. The deadline for applications for travel support for international participants has passed.

Australian participants please note: this event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), which allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (see the membership list). Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance. See here.

Organizing committee

This conference is sponsored by the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Sydney, the School of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Queensland, the National Science Foundation (USA), and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). Specific funding for some speakers came from Australian Research Council grants held by some of the organizers.