The 23rd Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and
Combinatorial Computing (23ACCMCC)

Brisbane, Australia, 6-10 July, 1998

Conference Report

The Twenty-third Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing was held in Brisbane, Australia, from 6 to 10 July 1998. Talks on the Monday, Thursday and Friday were held at the University of Queensland, in the suburb of St Lucia, Brisbane; on the Tuesday talks were at Queensland University of Technology in the city of Brisbane. On the Wednesday morning talks were held at Jupiters Casino, 100km south at the Gold Coast. (This was a joint session with the 14th Australian Statistical Conference.)

The conference was also in honour of Professor Anne Penfold Street's retirement from full-time employment.

There were 83 participants from sixteen different countries, and for some participants this was their first trip to Australia. The conference included ten invited lectures, and 52 contributed talks in parallel sessions.

The following invited speakers attended:

  • Rosemary Bailey(Queen Mary and Westfield, London, UK)
  • Peter Cameron (Queen Mary and Westfield, London, UK)
  • Hung-Lin Fu (National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan)
  • Zhicheng (Jason) Gao (Carleton, Canada)
  • Jovan Golic (Belgrade)
  • Derek Holton (Otago, New Zealand)
  • Curt Lindner (Auburn, USA)
  • Winfried Müller (Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Christine O'Keefe (Adelaide, Australia)
  • Alex Rosa (McMaster, Canada)

    The TALK TITLES are all listed here.

    Travel on the Tuesday to QUT in the city was via the Citycat, a smooth fast catamaran ride down the river from St Lucia. The conference outing on the Wednesday afternoon was to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at the Gold Coast, where besides the many birds at the sanctuary, we saw wombats, koalas, sleepy crocodiles (since this time of year is our winter!), kangaroos, aboriginal dancers, and the famous wild rainbow lorikeets which were hand fed.

    The conference dinner was held at the Staff and Graduates Club at UQ on the Thursday evening. Jennie Seberry gave a splendid talk in honour of Anne Street, Curt Lindner presented Anne with a ``War Eagle'' Auburn University mouse pad, and Anne received an engraved fountain pen from the conference.

    Other social events were the registration with wine and cheese on the Sunday night, and a so-called cocktail party (better wines than on Sunday, and more food!) on the Monday evening.

    The UQ morning and afternoon teas were also memorable (thanks to Peter Adams, Barbara Maenhaut and helpers!), with delicious fruit, cakes and pastries to fatten participants.

    The AGM of the ICA was held on the Thursday morning, at which the 1996 Hall Medal was presented to Christos Koukouvinos. The AGM of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia Inc. (CMSA) was also held later on the Thursday. The CMSA now has a web page; see here. Professor Anne Street has stepped down as President, and the new President of the CMSA is Professor Derek Holton of the University of Otago, New Zealand.

    Check out a history of past Austral(as)ian combinatorics conferences; thanks to Kevin McAvaney for this list.