Welcome to the website of the 20th Postgraduate Group Theory Conference (PGTC) hosted at the University of St Andrews on 17th — 19th July 2018.

This is the second time that PGTC is hosted in St Andrews, the previous time was eight years ago, in 2010.

PGTC is organised by postgraduate students to provide a friendly environment to other postgraduate students interested in Group Theory to talk about their work. Even though we encourage attending students to give a talk about their research, this is by no means compulsory.

PGTC 2017 in Cambridge


Registration is now closed.

The conference will be held in Lecture Theatre B of the Physics & Astronomy building and will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th July 2018. There will be a conference dinner and 20th anniversary celebration ceilidh on the night of 18th July. There will be a satellite software workshop in GAP from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday 16th and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday 20th July 2018.

The conference fees are as follows:

  • Registration: £40
  • Accommodation: £34 per night

Participants can select the nights for which they require accommodation, and the nights available are Monday 16th July, Tuesday 17th July, Wednesday 18th July and Thursday 19th July. The accommodation is Bed & Breakfast at University Hall, which is a 10 minute walk from the conference venue. Travelling to St Andrews takes quite a bit of time, so we recommend arriving by Monday evening and departing on Friday morning, and we have provided accommodation for all four nights for this reason.

The Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust will be subsidising accommodation costs for participants affiliated with Scottish universities. Please email us at pgtc2018[at]st-andrews.ac.uk if you wish to take advantage of this support.

Satellite Event: Software Carpentry with GAP

The CoDiMa project will be running two satellite hands-on tutorials on the computational algebra system GAP on Monday 16th and Friday 20th July 2018. The instructors will be Alexander Konovalov and [probably also someone else].

The tutorial on Monday will run from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm and will be structured around the Software Carpentry lesson “Programming with GAP”. The tutorial on Friday will run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and will cover more advanced topics, including sessions on avoiding common pitfalls while programming group-theoretical algorithms, debugging and profiling, and other aspects of programming in GAP. CoDiMa will be providing lunch and refreshments on both days.

We encourage all participants - especially those who employ some computational methods to their research - to attend both tutorials.

The webpage of the tutorial is available here.

Talks and abstracts

We are honoured to have as our invited speakers this year:

who will deliver the opening and closing talks.

The titles and abstracts of all invited and contributed talks are available below:

Alternatively, it could be accessed from here.


The schedule can also be downloaded here.


Should you have any enquiries about the event, please do contact us at:

pgtc2018 [at] st-andrews.ac.uk

and we will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, you could also find us at our Facebook page:


Getting to St Andrews

If you are traveling from London Stansted, then you can fly directly to Dundee Airport . From Dundee, we recommend you to first get to Seagate bus station, then take the Stagecoach bus service 99 to St Andrews. This journey will take approximately half an hour. A single ticket is £5, (£3.40 with a student card) an open return is £9 (£6.80 with a student card), if you are travelling after 7:00 pm you can get the nightrider for £2.

If you are flying from anywhere else, the most convenient airport is Edinburgh Airport. From Edinburgh Airport you can take the following modes of transport:

  • The St Andrews Shuttle: This service needs to be booked in advance. If you are travelling with larger parties (8-10 people), we recommend booking the Shuttle. The price for the shuttle varies between £20-80, depending on the number of people travelling.
  • The bus: We recommend taking the Stagecoach 747 from the airport to Halbeath Park, and then switching to the X24/X59 to St Andrews. This journey will be covered by a Fife dayrider plus ticket, which is £7.90 with a student card and £11.20 otherwise.
  • The train: You can take a train from Edinburgh (the most convenient stop from the airport is Edinburgh Gateway, but it is also possible to take the train from Haymarket or Edinburgh Waverley) to Leuchars. A bus or tram from the airport to the train station is around £5, and train ticket prices can be checked from the Scotrail or National Rail websites.

For more information on getting to St Andrews from Edinburgh airport, click here.

The closest train station to St Andrews is Leuchars. From Leuchars, you can take a Stagecoach bus service 99 (a single ticket is £3.20, an open return is £5.80, if you are travelling after 7:00 pm you can get the nightrider for £2) or a taxi (roughly £15-20) to St Andrews. Additionally, there are also bus services provided by Moffat and Williamson.

You can find more information on how to get to St Andrews here.

Map of St Andrews



Name Affiliation
Tim BaileyUniversity of St Andrews
Martin van BeekUniversity of Birmingham
Imen BelmokhtarQueen Mary University of London
Fernando Flores BritoUniversity of St Andrews
Mark ButlerUniversity of Birmingham
Mun See ChangUniversity of St Andrews
Robert ChamberlainUniversity of Warwick
Matthew ConderUniversity of Cambridge
João DiasUniversidade de Lisboa
Alex Evetts Heriot-Watt University
Richard Freeland University of Cambridge
William Giuliano Imperial College London
Horacio Guerra Newcastle University
Scott Harper University of Bristol
Luke Jeffreys University of Glasgow
Adam Jones University of Oxford
Ollie Jones University of Birmingham
Nayab Khalid University of St Andrews
Raad Al Kohli University of St Andrews
Matt McDevitt University of St Andrews
Adán Mordcovich University of St Andrews
Andrea Pachera University of Birmingham
Gerard O’Reilly University of St Andrews
Rameez Raja Harish-Chandra Research Institute
Aluna Rizzoli Imperial College
David Robertson Newcastle University
Jack Saunders University of Birmingham
Yegor Stepanov Queen Mary University of London
Ben Stratford University of Warwick
Vladimir Vankov University of Southampton
Federica Velotto Università Degli Studi Dell’Aquila
Nicholas Winstone Royal Holloway University of London