Thirty-Fourth Annual Victorian Algebra Conference

Tuesday November 22 - Wednesday November 23, 2016

La Trobe University, City Campus

360 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, 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.


  • A map of the Melbourne CBD showing the City Campus can be found here. The lecture venues are as follows:

  • The talks will be held on level 20 of 360 Collins Street.

    • Not all lifts go to all floors: select the lift containing level 20 in its floor range.

    • When level 20 is reached, there is a reception desk, with visitors asked to sign in. Registered participants of VAC34 do not need to sign in.

    • If you cannot find the conference room, then someone at the reception desk on level 20 can help you.

  • The room has computer projection from inbuilt computer and ample white board space. If you wish to use a laptop or other device, be sure to investigate whether it works before your talk.


Printed copies of the booklet will be distributed at the conference. A PDF may be downloaded here.


Registration fees

The following registration fees will be collected at the conference.

Members of the Victorian Algebra Group: free

Students: free

Members of the AustMS who are not members of the Victorian Algebra Group: $15

Non-members of the AustMS: $20


The Conference Dinner will be held on Tuesday evening at +39 Pizzeria The cost, aside from drinks is $20 for students and $35 for other attendees.


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 as soon as possible.


The Conference Dinner will be held on Tuesday evening. Venue and cost TBA. Students will receive a subsidy.




To plan journeys and for information on bus, train and tram timetables you should consult the Public Transport Victoria website.