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The History of PGTC

The first Postgraduate Group Theory Conference was held at the University of London in 1999. Its aims were the same as those of this year's conference; to be a postgraduate organised conference that brings together the postgraduate group theorist and those researching related subjects (such as - but not confined to - Lie algebras, semi-group theory, representation theory etc.) and to share our latest work with one another in a relaxed environment. The focus was on giving postgraduates the chance to present their work in a formal environment, but without the additional pressures of presenting their work to the leading academices in their field. Another aim of the conference was to allow postgraduates to gain an understanding of the other areas of active research.

Over the subsequent years the PGTC has become established as an important annual conference and attracts postgraduates from institutions accross the British Isles and further afield. At previous conferences participants have been present from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and even New Zealand and Columbia! It really is a great opportunity to meet up with those researching similar topics and of course have fun at the same time!

The status of the conference in the academic calender has also attracted many leading academics to give keynote opening and closing lectures at the conference. These have included Dr. John Bray (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr. David Craven (University of Birmingham), Prof. Stephen Donkin (University of York), Dr. Brent Everitt (University of York), Prof. Martin Liebeck (Imperial College, London), Dr. Peter Neumann (The Queen's College, University of Oxford), Dr. Nikolay Nikolov (Imperial College, London), Prof. Christopher Parker (University of Birmingham), Dr. Tim Riley (Cornell University), Dr. Class Röever (National University of Ireland, Galway), Prof. Rick Thomas (University of Leicester), Prof. Dr. Rebecca Waldecker (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) and Prof. Robert Wilson (Queen Mary, University of London). In 2013 we were delighted to welcome back Prof. Martin Liebeck and to welcome Dr. Colva Roney-Dougal (University of St.Andrews) to the PGTC for the first time.

In previous years the PGTC has been hosted at the following universities:

1999Royal Holloway, University of London
2000Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
2001Imperial College
2002University of Birmingham
2003University of Oxford
2004University of Warwick
2005University of Newcastle
2006University of Southampton
2007University of Cambridge
2008University of Oxford
2009University of Manchester
2010University of St. Andrews
2011University of Aberdeen
2012University of York
2013University of Manchester
Since being hosted at Manchester, the PGTC has been held at
2014University of Birmingham
2015University of Bristol


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