Winter of Disconnectedness:

AMSI Workshop

25 July—5 August, 2016

Hosted by: CARMA, The University of Newcastle



Travel funding

Individuals at AMSI member institutions are reminded that travel funds are available through AMSI.

This is the second workshop in the Winter of Disconnectedness programme, a series of workshops and seminars on the topic of totally disconnected, locally compact (t.d.l.c.) groups. The current state of knowledge of simple t.d.l.c. groups and efforts towards their classification will be a theme running through the program, although simple groups will not be the only focus.


Register for the conference on our Eventbrite page. Registration fees are as follows:

AMSI Members: $250

Non-AMSI Members: $300


The first week of the workshop will be held at the Harbourview Function Centre in Newcastle, and the second week will be held in the Purdue Room at the University of Newcastle's Callaghan campus.

Harbourview Function Centre

Purdue Room, The University of Newcastle
The Purdue Room is in the Great Hall on the university's Callaghan campus.

Invited speakers

  • Marc Burger, ETH Zurich
  • Elisabeth Fink, University of Ottawa
  • Michael Giudici, University of Western Australia
  • Helge Gl√∂ckner, Paderborn University
  • Alessandra Iozzi, ETH Zurich
  • Shahar Mozes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Uri Onn, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • CRE Raja, ISI Bangalore
  • Riddhi Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Thierry Stulemeijer, Universit√© catholique de Louvain

Short course speakers

  • John Wilson, Profinite groups
  • Adrien le Boudec, Simple groups of almost automorphisms of trees
  • Pierre-Emmanuel Caprace, Locally normal subgroups and local decomposition theory
  • Colin Reid, Normal subgroup structure


You can also download the conference programme as a PDF.

Workshop Program - Monday 25 July - Friday 29 July 2016
Harbourview Function Centre - Harbour Lights Room

Monday 25th July Tuesday 26th July Wednesday 27th July Thursday 28th July Friday 29th July
9:30Wilson 1Wilson 2Wilson 3Wilson 4Wilson 5
10:30Morning teaMorning teaMorning teaMorning teaMorning tea
11:15Le Boudec 1Le Boudec 2Le Boudec 3Le Boudec 4Le Boudec 5
14:00GlöcknerMozesFree AfternoonShahRaja
15:00Afternoon teaAfternoon teaAfternoon teaAfternoon tea
15:30Problem SessionCollaborationStudent talksGiudici

Workshop Program - Monday 1 August - Friday 5 August 2016
University of Newcastle - Callaghan Campus - Purdue Room

Monday 1st August Tuesday 2nd August Wednesday 3rd August Thursday 4th August Friday 5th August
9:30Caprace 1Caprace 2Caprace 3Caprace 4Caprace 5
10:30Morning teaMorning teaMorning teaMorning teaMorning tea
11:15Reid 1Reid 2Reid 3Reid 4Reid 5
14:00BurgerIozziFree AfternoonFink
15:00Afternoon teaAfternoon teaAfternoon tea
15:30Problem SessionStulemeijerStudent talks
18:00Maths + Creativity Forum: Newcastle Museum
18:30Conference Dinner: Noah's on the Beach

Accommodation Suggestions


Sydney Airport to Newcastle

For those arriving at Sydney Airport we recommend taking the train most of the way to Newcastle (the train line has recently been truncated and you will need to transfer to a bus or other alternative at Hamilton Station). For information and trip planning, please visit

You should take the T2 Airport Line from Domestic/International Airport Station to Central Station and then the Central Coast & Newcastle Line Hamilton Station. From Hamilton Station you must transfer to a bus into the city.

Alternatively, there is the Happy Cabby Airport Shuttle Service which you will need to book in advance.

Newcastle Airport to Newcastle

For those arriving at the Newcastle Airport we recommend taking a taxi to Newcastle. The taxi rank is adjacent to the arrivals area of the terminal. Newcastle Taxis can be contacted directly, free-of-charge, on the dedicated taxi phone located in the arrivals end of the terminal.

Alternatively, you can catch the 130 or 131 bus from the Newcastle Airport to the Newcastle Station. From Newcastle Station it is an easy walk to the recommended hotels. For more information and/or to plan your exact trip times see the CityRail website or the Port Stephens Coaches timetables.

Local Transportation in Newcastle

Newcastle Taxis: bookings can be made online or by calling 133 300 within Australia.

For public transport options, please visit

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact

Juliane Turner (, Telephone: (02) 492 15483.

Nobbys Beach, Newcastle