Founded in late 2021, the Australian Postgraduate Algebra Colloquium (APAC) primarily functions as a series of online seminars occuring on either a fortnightly or monthly basis. The colloquium aims to provide students in algebra a platform to practice giving seminar talks on, to meet and socialise with other students and early-career researchers in algebra, and to learn about a wide range of topics in the area.
The word "algebra" is interpreted broadly, and we aim for the colloquium to be inclusive of, but not limited to, students in any of the following disciplines:
Ring and module theory;
Algebraic geometry/number theory;
Throughout 2022, we aim to build a community of students and early-career researchers both inside and outside of the APAC seminars, and hope that the community will continue to grow in future years. Please see the 'APAC Community' link in the top right corner to get involved in the community outside of the seminars.
We strongly enourage undergraduate students to participate and elect to give a talk. International students and academics are also welcome to participate in the colloquium.
For the second half of 2022, we will be trialling a different structure for the APAC seminars. All seminars will be approximately 50 minutes in length and they will be a "What is...?" style seminar. A "What is...?" seminar is a seminar in which the speaker has to give a talk which is structure around a title of the form "What is ...?". Examples of possible talk titles include "What is a hyperbolic group?", "What is the von Neumann conjecture?", "What is a Kac algebra?"...
All talks will be aimed at students with an undergraduate background in mathematics and hence should be accessible to all such audiences.