NZMRI Summer Meeting 2021    

Napier, 10-16 January 2021

[Photo taken by Robyn Gallager]

Overview : Venue : Schedule : Kalman Scholarships : Travel : Accommodation : Registration : Organisers


As you may be aware, the NZMRI's summer meeting on "Modern Number Theory" that was scheduled for January 2021 (in Akaroa) has been postponed until January 2022, in the hope that the invited speakers can travel to NZ by then.

The directors of the NZMRI have decided to organise another meeting in its place, and invite to this meeting a small number of "up-and-coming" early/mid-career mathematicians based in New Zealand to give a couple of lectures each on their research field and their contributions to it.

The NZMRI summer meeting will now take place in Napier, the week 10-16 January 2021.

The annual NZMRI summer meeting has been running for over 25 years now, and offers a great opportunity for graduate-level students and also qualified researchers to learn about interesting topics and to interact personally with the speakers, in a socially comfortable environment. Most lectures are scheduled for mornings only, but with one or two as more "public" style lectures scheduled in the evening, allowing participants and their partners/families free time in the afternoons and the other evenings.

The following people have accepted invitations to be the speakers at this summer's meeting:

Each will give two lectures, introducing participants to one or more topics in their research field, and then describing some of their own contributions.

Participants should aim to arrive in Napier by the evening of Sunday 10th January (or early on the morning of Monday 11th January), and the meeting will finish at lunchtime on Saturday 16th January.

If you wish to attend, then please register as soon as possible, and certainly by 31st October, under Registration below.

There are no registration fees (for NZ-based participants), but participants who are not invited speakers or NZ-based students will need to organise their own accommodation. Also participants other than invited speakers should contact the organisers if they wish to bring their partner and/or other family members to join us for lunch or the special dinner, as this will involve additional cost.


This meeting will take place at Napier, a city on the coast of Hawkes Bay, east of the centre of the North Island. Napier is famous for a number of things, including its great weather, its "Art Deco" architecture, its tree-lined waterfront promenade (Marine Parade), its "Pania of the Reef" statue (a symbol of the city), its proximity to several vineyards and orchards and beautiful countryside. Tourist information can be found at the Napier i-SITE Visitor Information website.

All lectures/talks will take place at the Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre, on the waterfront at 48 Marine Parade.


Click here for maps of the region and Napier city itself.

Schedule and catering

Lectures will be given at the following times, with free afternoons:

Morning tea will be provided for all registered participants on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (from 10:00 to 10:25am on those five days), and lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (from 12:30 to 1:15pm on those four days), and a special dinner will be arranged for the Friday evening, at a venue to be determined.

Kalman Summer Scholarships

NZ-based student participants are invited to apply for a Kalman Summer Scholarship, to assist with their costs in attending this meeting (including travel, accommodation and meals).

The Kalman Summer Scholarships were established from a generous bequest in support of New Zealand mathematics from the late John Kalman, who was a professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland for 30 years, until he retired in 1993, as described here.

Applicants will normally be expected to be studying for an Honours or Masters degree or a PhD, and will be considered in terms of the academic merit of the students and the relevance of their participation to their course of study. In exceptional circumstances, financial need might be taken into account. Applications will be judged by a committee that includes a member of the organising committee for the summer meeting.

Applicants should submit an academic transcript, brief CV, and a statement from their academic supervisor (or mentor) that indicates how participation in the summer meeting will benefit the student's development.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Rod Gover, the NZMRI Secretary, by email to Rod Gover (NZMRI Secretary), by 31st October 2020.

Four or five Kalman Summer Scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship recipients will be expected to submit a full report to the Trustees of the Kalman Trust, describing what they gained from their participation in the meeting, by mid-February 2021.


The quickest way to reach Napier is by air. There are a few direct flights each day from Auckland, Wellington and/or Christchurch, with Air New Zealand.

It is also possible to travel from Auckland or Wellington to Napier by car through scenic countryside in approx. 5 hours, or by bus in 6 to 7 hours (see InterCity bus service).


Accommodation will be provided for the invited speakers at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania, just across the road from the conference venue, at 45 Marine Parade, Napier.

Accommodation will be provided for NZ-based students in rooms for two or three people at Toad Hall about 200m away, at 11 Shakespeare Rd, Napier. Students should let us know their accommodation preferences (e.g. who they would like to share with, in a twin (2 single beds) or double (1 large bed for two) or triple (3 single beds) room) when registering, using the form below.

All other participants should organise and book their own accommodation, for example at the Scenic Hotel, or the nearby "Art Deco" Masonic Hotel, or one of the other places recommended at Napier's i-SITE accommodation website. If funding allows, we may be able to offer an accommodation subsidy for non-student participants.


If you wish to participate in this meeting, please make an application to apply for registration for it as soon as possible, using the form below.

The closing date for registration is 31st October 2020, but we may have to close registration early if the numbers get too large.

Registration for the meeting includes participation in the lectures, morning teas and lunches (as per the Schedule above), and the special dinner.

To make an application, fill in the form below, click on the "Submit" button, and then send the email that should pop up containing your details.

This form should work well with the "Firefox" and "Opera" browsers, but not well with "Safari".

Your name

Your affiliation/institution

Your email address

Degree currently enrolled in (if a student)

Name and email address of supervisor/lecturer who can endorse your participation (if a student)

Accommodation preferences (twin/double/triple, if a student)

If pressing "Submit" fails to bring up an email window containing the details you have entered in the boxes,
or if you don't receive an acknowledgement within five days, then please just copy them clearly into an email to
Marston Conder. Thanks!

Once again, please note that intending participants other than NZ-based students (and invited speakers) need to book their own accommodation.


The organisers of this year's summer meeting are two of the founding co-directors of the NZMRI:

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