New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference 2008

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New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference


18 - 21 November 2008

NZMASP 08 Description

Honours, Masters and PhD students from Universities in New Zealand are encouraged to attend and present a talk at this years New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference. The organisers will provide conference facilities including lunches, morning and afternoon teas, a conference dinner, accomodation as detailed below, and travel to and from Auckland if required.

Tips for Effective Conference Presentations

There will be a workshop as such on Thursday October 30th from 3pm til 5pm. For more information please go here.

NZMASP 08 Talks

If you attend this conference, you will be expected to give a talk, otherwise no free accomodation and meals. The talks will be expected to be of high quality and careful preparation is required. Talks will be 20 minutes in length with 4 minutes for questions.

NZMASP 08 Important information

Please find a PDF file with some important information regarding this conference here here.

NZMASP 08 Tuesday Bussing to Whitianga

There will be two bus stops for Whitianga. First Tuesday bus stop will be at 12.30 pm on the University of Auckland City Campus near the Clock Tower on Princes Street. The bus will be parked in a bus parking spot, a little ways down from the clock tower near the Maidment theatre, close to the Mathematics department. The roof of the Maidment theatre is currently being repaired so it is a noticable landmark. There will be people positioned near the clock tower directing attendees towards the bus.

Second Tuesday bus stop will be at 13.15 at the Auckland Airport.

NZMASP 08 Registration

If you are interested in attending NZMASP08 please register using this webpage. All attendees should enrol separately and please don't forget to mention if you will be bringing other (non-delegate) people with you and that you realize that you will need to arrange for accomodation separately for them. In October we will email those who have registered asking for a title and small abstract for their talk. You must register before Friday, 29 August 2008 to get full costs covered. Please enrol here.

Currently the conference is limited to 65 delegates. Those who register after the 65th person will be informed that they are on the waiting list. Note: As of Friday October 31, there are 61 postgraduate students enrolled.

NZMASP 08 Venue

Aotearoa Lodge offers a professional venue for conferences which is set up to cater NZMASP 2008. So close to Auckland, yet another world away from the office ...

Conference Accomodation

As has been done in the past, NZMASP will cover backpacker style accomodation, during the conference, for the attendees. This year accomodation will be held at On the Beach Backpackers Lodge located at 46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga. Situated on Buffalo Beach, with beautiful ocean views. Free kayaks, boogie boards, fishing lines. Trips arranged to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Mountain bikes for hire, fishing trips, horseriding, bushwalks can be arranged. Close to town, buses stop at gate. Backpacker accomodation, double and twin ensuite.

Funding for travel

There is a limited amount of funding available to pay travel expenses of participants at the conference. This will be available to students who are unable to get travel support from other sources such as their home institution. If you would like to apply for travel support please email Howard Cohl by August 15th. Include in your email an estimate of your travel expenses, a statement of how much support you would like, and details of any other applications you have made for travel support for this conference.

Tentative timetable

You can find a PDF of the current timetable here (file download - please check your downloads directory or desktop for nzmasp08.pdf).

 Day 0: Tuesday 18 November 2008
18:00-20:00 Welcome event

 Day 1: Wednesday 19 November 2008
8:45-11:55 Talks (morning tea)
12:00-13:15 Lunch (provided by conference)
13:15-18:00 Talks (afternoon tea)

 Day 2: Thursday 20 November 2008
9:00-11:55 Talks (morning tea)
12:00-13:15 Lunch (provided by conference)
13:15-18:00 Talks (afternoon tea)
19:30-onward Conference dinner, Sangam Indian Cuisine, 13/1 Blacksmith Lane

 Day 3: Friday 21 November 2008
9:00-12:35 Talks (morning tea)
12:35-13:35 Lunch (provided by conference)
14:00 Bus departure for Auckland, Van departure for Massey Palmerston North
16:30 Bus arrival at Domestic Terminal Auckland Airport
17:00 Bus arrival at University of Auckland Clock Tower
19:30 Flight departure for Christchurch from Auckland Airport

Potential Excursions

Hot water beach, about 45 minute drive (30-40 km) from Whitianga. Hot water beach is a hot springs, at the beach, free of charge (open air and all that). Take a spade to dig a hole and relax in. Hot water beach is tidal but we can know the tides well in advance. NIWA's calculator says the following about low tides at (approximately) hot water beach between 18-21 Nov 2008:

18 Nov - low at 5:05am, 5:44pm
19 Nov - low at 6:00am, 6:42pm
20 Nov - low at 6:58am, 7:41pm
21 Nov - low at 7:57am, 8:41pm

Previous years New Zealand Postgraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conferences

NZMASP 2007 - New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference (NZMASP) was held at the Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown on the 22nd and 23rd of November. All post-graduate students associated with a New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics departments were invited to attend. Accommodation, conference dinner, and transport costs between Christchurch and Queenstown were covered by generous offers from the University of Canterbury Mathematics and Statistics Department and NZIMA.

SIMaSP 2006 - South Island Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference (SIMaSP) was held at Queenstown for two days. Twenty six postgraduate students and staff from the University of Canterbury and Otago attended.

Conference organisation committee

Howard Cohl (co-chair, University of Auckland, Maths)

Alethea Rea (co-chair, University of Auckland, Stats)

Maarten Jordens (Massey University, Albany, Maths)

Haydn Cooper (Massey University, Albany, Maths)

Lyndon Walker (University of Auckland, Stats)

Dion O'Neale (Massey University, Palmerston North, Maths)

Beata Faller (University of Canterbury, Canterbury, Maths)

The organisers are happy to acknowledge support from The University of Auckland ( Department of Mathematics, Department of Statistics), NZIMA, New Zealand Mathematical Society, IIMS at Massey University, Albany, NZIAS at Massey University, Albany, Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the New Zealand Statistical Association.

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