Workshop on Incidence Geometry
Official Announcement

Dates: Tuesday 9th December - Friday 12th December 2003.

Location: The Engineering and Mathematics Building at the University of Adelaide. Here is a map of the campus. Here is a map of Adelaide. For tourist information on Adelaide, visit the South Australian Tourist Commission.

Dr Sue Barwick (
Dr Matthew Brown (

There is no registration fee. All interested are welcome.

The Institute for Geometry and its Applications, the University of Adelaide, is hosting a Workshop on Incidence Geometry on 9 - 12 December 2003 at the University of Adelaide, Australia. The workshop is being held in the week before the 28th Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing which is at Deakin University in Melbourne and it is anticipated that participants may be able to attend both events.

The purpose of this workshop to discuss recent and current research techniques in the area of incidence geometry and combinatorics. This will mainly, but not exclusively, include finite incidence geometries such as generalized quadrangles, projective and polar spaces, partial geometries and semipartial geometries as well as extremal structures in such geometries.

The workshop will include organised sessions of talks, of 50 or 25 minutes length, on incidence geometry techniques. There will be a scheduled session to discuss open problems, as well as opportunities for informal discussions between participants.

Please feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone whom you feel may be interested.

There is no registration fee, and all interested in attending are welcome. There is no expectation of participants presenting a talk, although it is strongly encouraged.

Speakers include

Professor Gary Ebert (University of Delaware, USA)
Associate Professor Tim Penttila (University of Western Australia)
Dr Burkard Polster (Monash University) who is speaking on What is the best way to lace your shoes?
Professor Josef Thas (Ghent University, Belgium)
Professor Hendrik Van Maldeghem (Ghent University, Belgium)


There will be some financial support available to interstate and overseas participants, with graduate students being given priority. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for support.
Graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.


If you need accommodation, please let us know. Accommodation can be arranged at the Princes Lodge Motel for $69, $55 or $45 per night (a 25 minute walk through the parklands to the university), or the Royal Adelaide Hospital Residential Wing which is adjacent to the University of Adelaide. Student rooms with shared facilities are $13.20 per night (for students) or $17.60 per night for others; rooms with ensuite, lounge room and either one or two bedrooms (each bedroom containing twin beds) are $60.50 per night. Further information about hotels will be provided on request. Note all prices quoted are in Australian dollars.


If you wish to attend, please complete the registration form, preferably by 17 November 2003.

Although there is no registration fee, registration is necessary for organisational purposes and for the official records of the IGA.

For more information, please contact the organisers
Dr Sue Barwick (, or
Dr Matthew Brown ( at:

School of Pure Mathematics
University of Adelaide
SA 5005
Fax: +61 8 83033696