Australian Algebra Conference

Aims of the AAC

The main aim of the annual Australian Algebra Conference is to foster communication between algebraists in Australia. We interpret algebra quite broadly, including areas such as topological algebra, algebraic logic, graph theory and coding theory.

The conference has a proud tradition of encouraging talks by students: typically about one third of the talks are presented by students. The conference aims to provide graduate students in algebra with the opportunity to give their first public presentation in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each conference, the most outstanding student talk is awarded the Gordon Preston Prize.

The next conference

The 8th Australian Algebra Conference will be held at the Australian National University, 27-29 November, 2024

History of the AAC

The Australian Algebra Conference began life as a Victorian conference. The zeroth Victorian Algebra Conference, at La Trobe University in 1982, was actually a workshop on lattice theory and universal algebra, which was organised by Brian Davey because he had two international visitors, Heinrich Werner (Kassel) and Hilary Priestley (Oxford). This workshop brought together Australian algebraists from a wide range of areas, and its success led Gordon Preston to suggest "We should do this every year". The Algebra Conference of Victoria (ACV), later the Victorian Algebra Conference (VAC) and now the Australian Algebra Conference (AAC) has been held every year since. The conference was renamed as the Australian Algebra Conference in 2017.