General Meeting of the Society & Aitken Lecture 2019

Mary Ward House, Tavistock Square, London (nearest tube station: Russell Square)
Meeting Date: 
Friday, 28 June, 2019 - 15
Aitken Lecture 2019: Bakh Khoussainov (University of Auckland); Paul Shafer (Leeds)
Meeting Time: 

LMS General Meeting & Aitken Lecture 2019

The lectures are aimed at a general mathematical audience. All interested, whether LMS members or not, are most welcome to attend this event.


3.30 pm Opening of the meeting and LMS Business (open to all)

Election of the LMS Honorary Members in 2019

Announcement of the 2019 LMS Prize winners

Agenda and Papers (to be announced)

Members' Book Signing


3.45 pm Paul Shafer (Leeds) 

Title to be confirmed

4.45 pm Tea & Coffee

5.15 pm Aitken Lecture 2019:  Bakh Khoussainov (University of Auckland)

Semigroups, groups, algebras, and their finitely presented expansions.​​​​​​​

The meeting will be followed by a reception at a nearby venueand the LMS Society Dinner at a nearby venue.


Regisration: Places are free and include refreshments. To help us with numbers for catering, please register for your place here.

LMS Society Dinner: There will also be a Society Dinner held at the Montague on the Gardens Hotel at 7.30 pm.  Tickets for the Society Dinner are £35.00 per person (payable in advance by cheque to "London Mathematical Society".  Please send cheques to LMS Society Dinner, c/o Elizabeth Fisher, LMS, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS). To sign up for the Society Dinner, please email Elizabeth Fisher by 21 June 2019. If you have any special requirements (e.g. dietary, access), please let Elizabeth know when registering.

Graduate Student Meeting

Location: To be confirmed

Meeting Date: 
Friday, 28 June, 2019  Meeting Time: 
10:00 am


This meeting is intended as an introduction to the Society Meeting later in the day.  All graduate students (and indeed any other mathematicians) will be very welcome.

09.30 Coffee and Registration,

10.00 Dr Robert Gray (UEA)

Title: Presentations of semigroups, groups and other algebraic structures 

Abstract: Presentations are a fundamental tool for describing algebraic objects as homomorphic images of free objects. In this talk I will give an introduction to the theory of presentations of algebraic structures in terms of generators and relations. I will also say something about some of the key algebraic and computational notions which arise in this context such as residual finiteness and the word problem.  

11.00 Coffee/Tea

11.15 Graduate student talks

We would like to invite graduate students to give short talks (15 minutes) aimed at a general mathematical audience. Prizes will be awarded for the best two talks. If you would like to give a talk, please email Anthony Byrne with your title and a short abstract.

12.45 Lunch

13.25 Award prizes

13.30 Second Speaker (to be announced)

14.30 Close of Graduate Student Meeting

Funding for Travel and Accommodation: For students who attend both the Graduate Student Meeting and the LMS General Meeting, the Society offers funding of up to £50 towards travel costs, and funding of up to £50 towards accommodation costs (for those travelling long distances).

Places are free and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided.

Register for your place here