New Connections in Representation Theory

Mantra Hotel Conference Centre

Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia

10-14 February 2020




Schedule and Abstracts

    • The conference will start at 9am on Monday, February 10 and end at 3:30pm on Friday, February 14. All talks will take place in The Mantra Room, which is on the ground floor of the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach next to reception. A schedule of talks can be found here.
    • Titles and abstracts for talks can be found here.
    • Titles and abstracts for posters can be found here.

Conference Dinner and Lunches

    • Lunches and morning+afternoon tea are included in registration fees. Lunches will take place at Lemon & Thyme Restaurant from 12:30-1:30pm Monday - Friday.
    • The conference dinner will take place on Thursday at 6pm at Ocean Ended Restaurant & Bar. The cost of an accompanying person is 55AUD, please contact Masoud on Monday if you would like to bring a guest. (There is no cost for registered participants.)
    • There will be a welcome reception with appetizers and drinks during the poster session on Monday, February 10 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Harbour Room Courtyard at the Mantra hotel.


    • On Wednesday, we will take an excursion to Noosa National Park and take a 6km walk along the coast. (The blue Coastal Walk on this map.) Our walk will end at the Noosa Main Beach Surf Club, where we will eat dinner. Dinner is not supplied by the conference on this night.
    • Meet at the Mantra Hotel lobby at 2pm to participate. We will return to the hotel around 8:30pm.

Poster Session

    • The conference will include a poster session for early career participants to present posters on their research. We encourage all early career participants who are not speaking to present a poster. The poster session will take place on Monday, February 10 from 4:30-6:30pm.
    • We will be able to partially support travel of some early career researchers who present posters. Please email with a copy of your CV and an abstract of your poster to apply for this funding. We also ask that applications of graduate students are supplemented with a supporting email from their PhD adviser sent to
    • Financial support decision will be made starting Dec 1. Therefore, applications received by then are more likely to be funded.

Photo Contest

    • To memorialize Mooloolaba 2020, we will have a contest for best photo taken during the conference. Please submit all your entries to before lunch on Friday. We look forward to receiving many photos from the talks, discussions, and social events. The winner(s) will be announced on Friday.
    • A slideshow of submitted photos can be found here.
    • The winning photo by Sam Gunningham, "Writing my talk with my Airbnb companion":

Travel Information

    • Everyone entering Australia who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand will need a visa of some type. Depending on nationality, this is either an eVisitor (link), ETA (link) or a traditional visa. Please contact the organisers if you need assistance with a visa.
    • The Sunshine Coast is served by two airports, Brisbane (BNE) and Sunshine Coast (MCY).
    • Brisbane Airport (98km from venue) is an international airport. A direct flight from an overseas airport to BNE is recommended over a connection to a domestic flight to MCY. From Brisbane airport, a shuttle can be caught to Mooloolaba for $45 one way.
    • Sunshine Coast Airport (13km from venue) is a domestic only airport. It is served by Virgin Australia (VA, full service), Qantas (QF, full service) and Jetstar (JQ, budget airline). Beware flights that connect via SYD onto a JQ flight (which may have a QF flight number) as you will be abandoned at the wrong terminal upon arrival in SYD. From Sunshine Coast airport, a taxi can be caught to Mooloolaba. Both traditional and app-based taxis operate in Australia.
    • We don't recommend going to the Gold Coast Airport (OOL) for this conference as it is more than two hour drive away.
    • For travel to/from Brisbane, options include car, regular public transport (train to Landsborough station and change to 615 bus) or long distance bus (Premier Motor Services or Greyhound).


    • Registration is now open. It is required that all participants, including speakers, register for the conference. Registration fees (in Australian dollars) are as follows.
              • Participant: $600
              • Postdoc: $500
              • Student: $400
    • AustMS members and participants from AMSI member institutions receive a 20% discount on the registration prices above. To access these discounts, you will need a voucher code. If you are an AustMS member or are located at an AMSI member institution, please email the organizers at to request a discount code before registering.
    • Registration fees cover the costs of venue rental, lunches, conference dinner and Wednesday excursion. Funding rules do not allow covering these costs from any other source, except registration fees. However, we do not want the registration fee to stop anybody from coming, so we can offer some financial support to those who need it. Please don't hesitate to write to us at to enquire about financial support if you need it. If you have your own grant and decide not to ask for financial support, then more funding can be directed to the younger participants.
    • Financial support decision will be made starting Dec 1.
    • Registration can be accessed through this link.


    • Hotel Scam Warning: Our conference has been targeted by scammers who have contacted participants encouraging them to book conference accommodation through a third party. Please do not give any credit card information to these companies, they are scams. All participants and speakers for this conference need to organize their own accommodation directly through the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Hotel or other accommodations of their choosing. If you have questions or need assistance with accommodation, please contact the conference organizers directly.
    • We have arranged for a block of rooms at the Mooloolaba Mantra Hotel to be made available to conference participants at a discounted rate. To access these discounted rates, please book using this form before January 10, 2020. The rooms will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
    • Other (possibly less expensive) options for accommodation in Mooloolaba can be found on or through airbnb.

Mailing List

    • If you are interested in joining our mailing list to receive updates about this conference, please email the organizers at


    • This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the Australian Mathematical Society. AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (for list of members, see here). 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.
    • Childcare support for this conference is sponsored by the University of Sydney. Participants with family care responsibilities may contact the organizers for more details about available funding.