Twenty-Eighth Annual Victorian Algebra Conference


Thursday November 4 – Friday November 5, 2010

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.

The Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday evening.


A map of the Monash Clayton campus can be found here. All talks will be held in the Lecture Theatre S15, in building 29 (coordinates C2 on the map), with morning and afternoon tea in room 342, building 28. Computer facilities will be available in room 344, building 28.


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 organiser ( as soon as possible.


At "Nights of Kabul" in Oakleigh from 6:30pm on Thursday evening. We will be having their $40 banquet. Students will be subsidised, so they only pay half price. The restaurant is licensed or BYO. Its webpage is

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.

Transport to the dinner will be by car-pooling and/or local buses from Monash. Details will be arranged at the conference. The restaurant is a short walk from Oakleigh train station, which has regular services to and from the city centre until around midnight.





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 bus number 630 towards "Monash University"). Both take 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.