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Joint Meeting of the AMS - NZMS 2007

incorporating the New Zealand Mathematics Colloquium 2007

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

December 12 - 15, 2007

New Zealand
Mathematical Society A view of Wellington Harbour, from Tinakori Hill
American Mathematical Society

The meeting is over and we believe it was a great success! Our thanks to all who participated.

To refresh your memories we have:

  • A short report on the conference.
  • The book of abstracts, which includes abstracts for almost all of the talks and timetables by special session.
  • The printed version of the full timetable, which links to individual abstracts.
  • Photographs from the Opening ceremony, Group Theory, Actions and Computation session, Special Functions & Orthogonal Polynomials session. special session.

The first Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the New Zealand Mathematical Society will be held at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand's capital city, from Wednesday 12 - Saturday 15 December 2007.

NZIMA The organisers gratefully acknowledge additional financial support from the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Enquiries to Peter Donelan and/or Matt Miller please.

AMS site for this meeting.

On this page:
Plenary speakers
Abstract submission
Special sessions
Student support grants
Accommodation information
Related conferences
Tourist and visitor information
Scientific and organizing committee

Plenary Speakers

Special Sessions and General Contributions

Please go to this page for detailed information about the speakers. Enquiries directly relating to the special sessions should be sent to the organisers as listed but title and abstract details to Peter Donelan.

  1. Hopf Algebras and Quantum Groups
    Organisers: Susan Montgomery, Yinhuo Zhang.
  2. Computability Theory
    Organisers: Rod Downey, Noam Greenberg, Theodore Slaman
  3. Infinite-Dimensional Groups and their Actions
    Organisers: Christopher Atkin, Greg Hjorth, Alica Miller, Vladimir Pestov
  4. New Trends in Spectral Analysis and PDE
    Organisers: Boris Belinskiy, Anjan Biswas, Boris Pavlov
  5. Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory
    Organisers: Arno Berger, Rua Murray, Matt Nicol
  6. Special Functions and Orthogonal Polynomials
    Organisers: Diego Dominici, Ole Warnaar, Shaun Cooper
  7. Matroids, Graphs, and Complexity
    Organisers: Dillon Mayhew, James Oxley
  8. Quantum Topology
    Organisers: David Gauld, Scott Morrison
  9. History and Philosophy of Mathematics
    Organisers: James Tattersall, Ken Pledger, Clemency Montelle
  10. Group Theory, Actions and Computation
    Organisers: Marston Conder, Russell Blyth
  11. Integrability of Continuous and Discrete Evolution Systems
    Organisers: Mark Hickman, Willy Hereman
  12. Water-Wave Scattering Focusing on Wave-Ice Interactions
    Organisers: Michael Meylan, Malte Peter
  13. Dynamics and Control of Systems: Theory and Applications to Biomedicine
    Organisers: Ami Radunskaya, James Sneyd, Urszula Ledzewicz, Heinz Schaettler
  14. Geometric Numerical Integration
    Organisers: Laurent Jay, Robert McLachlan
  15. University Mathematics Education
    Organisers: Pat Cretchley, Derek Holton,Bill McCallum, Tim Passmore

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This is now a late registration period.

Please complete online registration here. Any changes to registration details should be sent to Ginny Whatarau.

The standard registration fee is NZ$140. Students may register for NZ$40.

Details of accommodation and costs are below.

The conference dinner will be held at the Skyline on the evening of Friday 14 December. The cost is NZ$60 per person ($40 for students).

Registration will generate an invoice which should be mailed or faxed back with payment either by cheque, bank draft or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only).

Closing date for registration: 31 October 2007.

Student Travel Grants

The organisers are able to make limited travel grants available to NZ and Pacific students wishing to attend the meeting. Please send a brief letter of application which should include: (1) your name, (2) your home institution, (3) your thesis supervisor's name and email address, (4) details of your travel and an estimate of the expenses you will incur. Send this to:

Dr Peter Donelan,
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science,
Victoria University of Wellington,
PO Box 600,
Wellington 6140, NEW ZEALAND.

Applications should be made by 30 September 2007. Decisions on grants will be made shortly after that. Late applications will be considered but available funds are now very limited.

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Weir House/Victoria House

We have booked a large number of single rooms and a smaller number of double rooms and self-contained flats at Weir House and Victoria House, student hostels each about 5 minutes' walk from the University. Rooms are available from the 11th till the 16th December (6 nights). It may be possible to extend this at either end by special request. The single and double room rate (bed and breakfast) is NZ$40 per person per night at Weir House and $50 per person per night at Victoria House. The rate for the flats (Weir House) is NZ$90 per night. Bookings should be made when you register.

Weir House single rooms and flats are now fully booked. Those requiring a single room will now be allocated to Victoria House.

Quest Atrium/Quest on the Terrace

We have also booked some studios and 1- and 2-bedroom apartments at the Quest Atrium and Quest on The Terrace, about 10 minutes' walk from the university and close to the centre of the city. Reservation of an apartment can be made by emailing Ginny Nikorima-Robinson. Rates from around $105 to $170 per night depending on accommodation. Payment is direct to Quest.

Other options

For any of the following please make your own reservation. All of these are within 15 minutes' walking distance (uphill) from the conference venue except the Duxton and Capital View (20-25 minutes). (See location and maps.)

Middle to top-end hotel accommodation:


  • Quest Wellington (from $125 for 1-bedroom apartment) in the heart of the city, 20 mins to University
  • Tinakori Lodge ($120 single room, $170+ double) bed & breakfast, close to University
  • Capital View Motor Inn ($110-150) cooking facilities, and close to the Jewish community centre
  • Tinakori Lodge ($120 single room, $170+ double) bed & breakfast, close to University

For more accommodation options, as well as travel information:

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Related Conferences

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Travel and Visitor Information


US nationals do not require a visa to enter New Zealand for a period of less than 3 months. However you can obtain uptodate information on immigration and visas here.

Arrival in NZ

Participants should plan to fly to Wellington International Airport (WLG) but, unless travelling via Australia, will probably arrive in New Zealand at either Auckland (AKL) or Christchurch (CHC) International Airports and transfer there to a domestic flight. At Auckland a free shuttle is available between the international and domestic terminals or transferring passengers can take the short 10-minute walk, which is clearly marked. Christchurch and Wellington have single terminals catering for international and domestic flights. Alternatively you may want to travel the scenic routes to Wellington by car, bus, train and/or ferry. In that case you should allow two days for comfort. Cars can be hired for around NZ$50-80 per day, depending on vehicle and length of hire.

At Wellington Airport, taxi stands are located directly out of the ground floor entrance of the terminal. A taxi from the airport to the city will cost between NZ$25-NZ$35, and will take around 20 minutes, though it may take longer during Wellington's rush hours/commute (weekdays between 8.00-9.00am and 4:30-5:30 p.m.). A number of companies run door-to-door shuttle services from the airport to Wellington city. Shuttles are located on the ground floor level at the southern end of the terminal. The airport-to-city trip costs around NZ$15, although couples or groups may qualify for discounts. The trip to the city should take around 30 minutes, depending on where passengers are dropped off. The Airport Flyer is a bus service between the airport, Wellington City, and the Hutt Valley. The bus stop is on the ground floor level at the southern end of the terminal. Buses depart approximately every 30 minutes, but hourly in the early morning and at night during weekends. The fare from the airport to Wellington city is NZ$4.50 for adults and NZ$2 for children. The Stagecoach Flyer makes a number of stops including all bus stops through the city center. The trip to the city takes about 45 minutes.

Location and Maps

The conference will be held in the Maclaurin and Cotton Lecture Theatres on Victoria University's Kelburn campus. The campus is set on an escarpment overlooking the city so is an uphill walk (typically around 15 minutes) from most of the accommodation. However the hostel at Weir House is nearby and only requires a modest 5-minute walk uphill. The city's cable car has a stop adjacent to Weir House and near the main campus. The bus routes 17, 18, 20, 22 and 23 pass the university. All except number 18 also pass both the Quest hotels. Timetable information is available from Metlink. The relevant bus stops are near the Easterfield Building, and are labelled 4 and 12 on the campus map. The Journey Planner will sometimes give walking times as well as times for all forms of public transport.

Kelburn village is a 10-minute walk up from the university and contains very good delicatessens, cafes and restaurants as well as a good variety of local shops.

The University website has a page with maps, transport and parking information. You can download a map of the University's Kelburn campus or link to an online searchable map of Wellington. You should be able to locate Victoria University, Weir House and most of the accommodation listed above as places in Wellington.


December is early summer in New Zealand, and the weather is generally mild and sunny but can be damp.

Power Supply

The electrical standard in New Zealand is 230 volts AC at 50 Hz. Power sockets use a 3-pin plug and are compatible with Australian power sockets so electrical equipment from US or Europe is likely to require an adaptor plug. See here or here for diagrams. Please check before you plug in any appliance or equipment that you bring with you that it can operate safely with 230V AC/50Hz power. Power adaptors for laptops will almost certainly be able to handle the supply.

Cost-of-living/Exchange Rate

The cost of living is reasonable. Petrol is around $1.60 a litre, coffee is typically $3.50 for a long black, or latte, a loaf of bread is $2-3, a filled roll $4-5. Exchange rates at 15 October 2007: $1 US = $1.29 NZ, €1 = $1.83 NZ. See currency converter for uptodate values.


New Zealanders do not generally follow the custom of giving a tip to waiters, porters and other service people, such as taxi drivers, hairdressers etc. However, tipping is appropriate in the more expensive restaurants and hotels - particularly if you have received unusually good service. A tip of between five and ten percent of the total bill is appropriate.


See New Zealand tourism online and WellingtonNZ for more information.

Scientific and Organizing Committee

The scientific and organizing committee consists of Jeff Cheeger, Courant Institute/New York University, Peter W. Jones, Yale University (AMS), Rod Downey, Victoria University of Wellington, Gaven J. Martin, Massey University, Albany, Auckland, (NZMS), Vaughan F. R. Jones, University of California Berkeley, (AMS/NZMS), Matthew Miller, University of South Carolina (AMS), Peter Donelan, Victoria University of Wellington (NZMS) and Ginny Whatarau, Victoria University of Wellington (administration), Donna Salter, (AMS conferences).

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