NZMRI Mathematics Summer Workshop 2001

Operator Algebras

4 - 11 January 2001

Nelson, New Zealand

Dear Nelson meeting participants,

Here is some information concerning the upcoming Operator Algebra meeting.

International Speakers

Suggested preliminary reading is Vaughan's Geneva book.

The accomodation is reserved for the seven nights 4-10 Jan. Here is our tentative lecture schedule:

4Th 1-5 + Social function in evening.
5F 9-1 + 7:30-9
6S Free day / Long March
7Su 9-1 + 7:30-9
8M 9-1 + 7:30-9
9T 9-1 + 7:30-9
10W 9-1 + 7:30-9
11Th 9-12

Thus you should plan to arrive in the morning of the 4th of January. Let us agree to meet at the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park. Someone will be there to welcome you from 10 to 12 am. We have to be out of our accomodation by noon on Thursday 11.

Nelson has a population of 50,000 so most of the creature comforts are available there. Tahuna Beach Park is right on the beach. Nelson has an airport and there are frequent flights from Wellington. There are also direct flights from Auckland. If you would like someone to pick you up at Nelson airport just reply to this email and let us know your flight times. If you are driving there are several ferries per day across Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton. We suggest you reserve on the ferry at least a couple of days in advance. It is another two hours to drive from Picton to Nelson. There is a very picturesque coast road through the sounds, but it winds a lot. Otherwise go via Blenheim. Both ways take about the same time. Also there are Intercity/Newmans coaches from Picton to Nelson, four times a day (10am, 1pm, 3.30pm, 6pm approx.), the fare is NZ$27 one way and the journey takes 2hrs 10mins. The phone no. is +64-9-9136100 (Auckland) or +64-3-3799020 (Christchurch).

Nelson information and weather. Garry Tee suggests visiting Ernest Rutherford's birthsite.

Car rental is in general quite cheap in New Zealand. It is certainly possible to rent a compact car for <= forty NZ dollars per day which includes the insurance.

As you see from the program, afternoons are free and we encourage you to either talk mathematics with each other of enjoy the local scenery or both. There are lots of possibilities on the day off. Captain Schucker has a tentative plan to rent a sailboat for the day and give the sailors among us a marine tour of the area. If you're interested please let us know. The Nelson coastline itself is vey pretty. You can go west through Motueka to a lovely beach at Kaiteriteri which is also the point of departure (by boat) for hikes in the Abel Tasman national park. David Gauld will also be organising a hike up a nearby mountain (probably Mt Arthur, weather permitting) on the free day. These hikes have been tremendously successful at past meetings. So far everyone has made it back. Further afield is Kaikoura - a three hour drive which is quite spectacular in parts. Whale watching and swimming with dolphins are features there. At about the same distance on the west coast is Westport which has a beautiful beach, a seal colony and a strong "last stop on the bus" feeling. One of your organisers is particularly attracted to a spot there called "Cape Foulwind". The scenery is fantastic just about everywhere in the South Island.

There is an enormous amount of information on the web. I did a google search for just Kaiteriteri and got hundreds of hits.

Here are a couple of useful phone numbers:

Tahuna beach park:3 548 5159 Interisland Ferry:From overseas it's +64-4-4983303, from within NZ it's 0800-802802. For real emergencies: Vaughan's Auckland phone number 9 575 7589

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th. If you need any help with travel arrangements don't hesitate to ask.

David, Gaven, Marston, Rod and Vaughan

Previous New Zealand Mathematics Summer Workshops

  1. December 1994 Huia: Knot Theory
  2. January 1996 Tolaga Bay: Integrable Models and Statistical Physics
  3. January 1997 Tolaga Bay: Discrete Groups and Geometry
  4. January 1998 Napier: Complex Analysis, Conformal Geometry
  5. January 1999 Raglan: Harmonic Analysis, Riemann Surfaces, Operator Theory
  6. January 2000 Kaikoura: Computability, Complexity and Computational Algebra