A Very Short History of the NSW ANZIAM Branch

At the moment this is a very short web-page containing a selection of miscellaneous comments about the NSW ANZIAM branch. The full title of the branch is: the NSW branch of the division of applied mathematics of the Australian Mathematical Society.

The history of the branch

The early history of the branch

The Sydney and Victorian branches of ANZIAM are the oldest branches of ANZIAM. Both were holding meetings as early as November 1973 (Braddock 1983, page 21), operating before ANZIAM was formed as a division of the Australian Mathematical Society, and were noted as being `active' at the 1974 ANZIAM conference (Braddock 1983, appendix E). The division of Applied Mathematics itself was formed following a ballot of members of the Australian Mathematical Society in 1974. It was formally setup and launched at the 1975 ANZIAM conference (Braddock 1983, page 21 & appendix E).

Contradictory, Braddock (Braddock 1983, page 22) notes that the "Sydney and Victorian Branches started in 1974/5". The constitution of the Sydney branch was adopted in May 1977 (constitution). In March 2002, by electronic ballot, the name of the branch was changed to NSW (constitution) 1.

A news item detailing the first two talks organised by "Sydney area members of the Division of Applied Mathematics (Anonymous, 1974) suggests that the first activities were organised sometime between August and November 1974.

When ANZIAM is organised from within NSW it is not usually organised by the branch but by a group principally from one university. However, in 1979 ANZIAM was organised by the Sydney Branch of the division of applied mathematics.

Organisers of early ANZIAM meetings held in NSW. (Braddock, appendix D).
Year Main organising group
1972 University of Wollongong
1973 Newcastle University
1976 CSIRO
1977 University of New South Wales
1979 Sydney Branch
1982 University of Wollongong

I contacted Ian Sloan to see if he had any recollections of the early days of the branch. (email) told me that " I was significantly involved with ANZIAM itself (or rather its predecessor) from around 1976, but not directly with the NSW branch. I did attend some annual meetings, though, from memory of which I would say that the branch was for many years close to inactive. ".

A new page with information about the olden days of the Sydney ANZIAM branch!

The turn of the millennium

The Sydney ANZIAM branch appears to have entered a period of little activity around the turn of the millennium. It was relaunched by Neville de Mestre, through his role as Chair of ANZIAM in 2001. (Neville was ANZIAM deputy chair in 2000, chair in the years 2001-2004 and deputy chair in 2005).

The turn of the millennium: 1999-2000

There was no activity in the Sydney Branch in 1999. At the ANZIAM AGM in 2000 Charlie Macaskill stated that "he had taken on board the advice that a `Careers Evening' type event should be arranged and a website set up" (Minutes, 2000) 2. He also suggested that the name of the branch be amended to the NSW Branch sometime in the future. 2. I believe that there was no branch activity throughout 2000 because at ANZIAM 2001 (3-7 February, Barossa Valley) it was announced that the Sydney branch of ANZIAM would be reactivated with a meeting at `The Entrance' (de Mestre, appendix B).

The turn of the millennium: 2001

Neville de Mestre (Bond University, Queensland) re-launched the Sydney ANZIAM branch by organising the 2001 branch meeting at the The Entrance RSL on the NSW Central Coast. (3-4 November). One of the reasons for choosing this location was Neville hoped that it would entice academics to attend from Newcastle (de Mestre, 2009). The meeting program does not include a delegate list, but there were at least 183 attendees (BOU 1, CSIRO 1, DSTO 1, MQU 1, UNC 2, USN 7, UoW 3, UTS 1, UNSW 1). There were fourteen talks, including four from students and the invited speaker. Although not the fewest number of student presentations, there were identical numbers in 2003 and 2004, this is the lowest number of student talks as a percentage. The student prize was awarded to Raseelo Moitsheki (UoW).

There was an early start on Saturday, with registration at 8.30 and the first talk, by the invited speaker, at 9:00. Talks finished at 13:00, followed by lunch and a free afternoon until 18:30/19:00 when there were "Informal Drinks and Dinner for those interested". (A rather leisurely perambulation by today's standards). On the Sunday the program started at 09:00 and finished with lunch at 13:00.

The invited speaker was Dr John Croucher (MQU) who talked on "Gambling, Sport and Mathematics". All talks, including that of the invited speaker, were of thirty minutes in duration!

It is noted in the conference book that the lecture room facilities are "Overhead projector, television, video player, whiteboard. NOTE: No computer projection".

The turn of the millennium: 2002

In 2002 the NSW ANZIAM branch held its first event, a a very successful meeting at Bannisters Point. There were 33 registered delegates, although only 30 attended the meeting (Sexton 2002) - the figure of thirty remained a record until the 2011 branch meeting. The registered delegates included 20 (!) from Sydney University, 7 from the University of Wollongong and 3 from the Australian Defence Force Academy. There was one delegate each from Canon, DSTO and the University of New South Wales. The number of presentations at this meeting would not be surpassed until the 2008 branch meeting. The winner of the best student presentation was Alex Antic (UoW) who was given a $100 prize. At this distance in time (19.12.11) I do not remember how the best student presentation was determined. It was something along the lines of "write the names of the two best speakers onto a piece of paper". I also do not remember if only non-students voted or if everyone voted.

Geoff Aldis brought a computer projector, but the delegates were informed that "There is no guarantee that it will work, so bring slides for backup". (The program does not say who was providing the laptop). The meeting was held in the very uncharacteristic month of May!

There were no invited speakers and the duration of all talks was twenty-five minutes.

The conference dinner was a three course meal including tea or coffee. No BYO.

The Wollongong years: 2003-2011

I've called the period from 2003-2011 the "Wollongong years" because for the last eight of these years (2004-2011) the chair of the branch was based at the University of Wollongong: 2004-2006, T.R. Marchant; 2007-2008, M.I. Nelson; 2009-2010, G. Cox; and 2011, N. Thamwattana. In addition, we provided the Secretary for the four years in which this position was filled: 2008, G. Cox; 2009-2001, M.I. Nelson.

Although the branch was not being "controlled/run" from Wollongong in 2003 we did organise the branch meeting in that year!

The "Wollongong Years" were a period of regular branch meetings, with eight meetings in nine years. The only year with no activity was 2005. With the exception of the first meeting, in 2003, all meetings were co-organised with the ACT ANZIAM branch.

The Wollongong years: 2003

The New South Wales Branch of ANZIAM held its annual branch meeting over the weekend of 22-23 November at Mittagong RSL Club. The meeting was organised by Maureen Edwards, Tim Marchant, Scott McCue and Mark Nelson (all UOW). There were 18 participants: thirteen from NSW (USN, 3; UOW, 10) and three from the ACT (ADFA, 1; ANU, 1; CSIRO, 1 ). (That only adds up to 16, because in 2018 I don't remember where John Edson came from and there is one person not on my list of attendees!).

The invited speaker was Dr Bob Anderssen (CSIRO) who spoke on "Inverse problems in Rheology: Rheological implications of completely monotone fading memory" (sixty minutes). In addition to the invited speaker, a further nine individuals gave presentations including four by students. The non-invited speakers spoke for thirty minutes.

The prize for the best student presentation was awarded by Dr Bob Anderssen. It's now 2018, but I can see from my notes that before he announced the winner he asked the question ``What makes a good talk?''. His answer included four points.

  1. Logical story.
  2. Balance the background and the mathematics.
  3. Keep it Simple Stupid. Don't have too much mathematical detail.
  4. Talk to the projection, not to the projector... or rather stand in front of projection.
The prize for the best student presentation was awarded to Ms Bronwyn Bradshaw-Hajek.

The conference dinner was an alternate serving three course meal with tea/coffee. A limited amount of wine was supplied, with delegates able to purchase additional drinks at the bar.

The conference dinner was started half-an-hour early so that the delegates could watch as much of the Rugby World Cup Final as possible. A partisan crowd at the RSL club enjoyed an excellent game and although many were disappointed by the result it seemed to this observer that the outcome was most agreeable.

(The nationalistic editors of The Australian Mathematical Society Gazette removed the above paragraph from the printed report (compared to Nelson 2003).)

For some reason the branch AGM was not held during the 2003 mini-meeting. Rather, it was held in January 2004 at the University of Sydney (Marchant, 2005). At the AGM the NSW ANZIAM branch express a desire to co-organise a joint branch meeting with the ACT branch in 2004.

Although not directly related to the activities of the branch in either 2003 or 2004, it is interesting to note the following discussion at the ANZIAM Annual General Meeting in 2004.

"... the chair asked for comment on the requests from various Branches for membership lists. A/Professor Weber suggested an automated list server, on the ANZIAM website, might allow all that was required. Professor Taylor and Dr Clarke agreed to bring a proposal to the Executive Committee as soon as possible. Minutes of the Twenty-Ninth General Meeting of ANZIAM (02/02/2004) as reported at the Twenty-Seventh General Meeting of ANZIAM (01/02/2005, item 2).

The Wollongong years: 2004

During 2004 the main activity of the NSW ANZIAM was the join NSW/ACT mini-meeting. This was held at Vincentia Golf Club on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November. The organising committee for the mini-meeting comprised A/P Tim Marchant (UOW), A/P Rod Weber (UNSW@ADFA), and Dr Harvinder Sidhu (UNSW@ADFA).

"Around 25 delegates from NSW and ACT Universities attended" (Marchant 2005). There were ten talks, including four from students. Mr Paul-James White (UOW) won the student prize. Interestingly, both of the student speakers from the University of Wollongong were undergraduate students! (To my mind, if there were twenty-five delegates and only ten speakers then a lotta people were having a holiday and slacking off!)

The mini-meeting book only lists the speakers and the session chairs. Seven of the delegates came from NSW (MQU, 1; UOW, 3; USN, 3) and five came from the ACT (ANU, 2; CSIRO, 1; UNSW@ADFA, 2). There are approximately thirteen delegates missing in action! All talks were thirty minutes in length and there was no invited speaker.

The conference dinner was unusual it that there was not a set menu, but rather that "guests can order directly off the Club's Chinese, Thai and Australian menu. For example, the Thai banquet is $20 a person" (mini-meeting booklet). Perhaps of more interest to delegates was the notification in the mini-meeting booklet that "some bottled wine will be supplied"!

At the AGM it was agreed that another joint ACT/NSW mini-meeting be organised for 2005, probably in the Blue Mountains.

The Wollongong years: 2005

The branch did not hold a meeting in 2005. In the report to the ANZIAM AGM (Marchant, 2006) it was noted that the "NSW and ACT ANZIAM branches will hold a joint mini-meeting in April/May 2006, somewhere in the Blue Mountains. The AGM of NSW ANZIAM will be held during this mini-meeting."

The Wollongong years: 2006

A joint branch meeting was held with the ACT ANZIAM branch at Vincentia Golf Club on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th December. (The same location as the 2004 meeting). The organising committee was A/P Tim Marchant (UOW) and Dr Harvinder Sidhu (UNSW@ADFA).

According to the report of the meting "Around 25 delegates attended from NSW and ACT universities attended" (Marchant, 2007). This is the same number as were stated as attending the 2004 meeting. Actually, it is the same exact phrase. A co-incidence or an error from copying the previous report? I rather suspect it is an error since the meeting report further states that there were four student, presentations, the same as in 2004, whereas the program shows that there were five! Furthermore, according to the program one of the ACT delegates did not work at an ACT university and the invited speaker, Professor Venkat Subramanian (Tennessee Technical University, USA), came from neither NSW nor ACT!

There were ten talks (including the invited speaker), five from students. Mr Barry Cox (UOW) won the student prize. (Now, if that figure of 25 delegates is correct... I shall have to repeat my comment about the 2004 mini-meeting: if there were twenty-five delegates and only ten speakers then a lotta lotta people were having a holiday and slacking off!)

The program only lists the speakers and the session chairs. Seven of the named delegates came from NSW (CSU, 1 ; UOW, 5; USN, 1) and five came from the ACT (Geoscience Australia, 1; UNSW@ADFA, 4). There was one delegate from the USA. There are approximately twelve delegates missing in action! The invited speaker was given 50 minutes, the remaining speakers were given twenty-five minutes.

The format for the conference dinner differed from that in 2004. This time, only the Thai banquet was available. However, some things had not changed since the conference booklet contained the same important message that "some bottled wine will be supplied".

Although I did not attend the mini-meeting, I subsequently heard that following the conference dinner ("some bottled wine will be supplied)" the newly licensed delegate X was designated to drive student Y's car back to the conference accommodation. Student Y recovered in rapid time, as their talk the next day (at 10.30am) won the prize for the best student presentation!

At the NSW ANZIAM AGM Dr Mark Nelson was elected chair of NSW ANZIAM "for 2007 and beyond" (Marchant, 2007), even though he was not present at the meeting! That was to teach me the perils for not attending NSW ANZIAM branch meetings.

At the 2007 ANZIAM no request was made for funding due to sufficient existing funds. In the "Report on NSW ANZIAM 2006" presented at the ANZIAM meeting in February 2007 (Marchant, 2007) it was announced "An email list of NSW ANZIAM members is to be generated. In the first instance this is to be used to solicit nominations for a new NSW ANZIAM committee. No such email list has ever been constructed. The road to email nirvana was paved with good intentions...

The Wollongong years: 2007

In 2007 the NSW and ACT branches organised a joint meeting at the University of Wollongong (10th December). The organising committee for the mini-meeting comprised Dr G.N. Mercer (UNSW, ADFA), Dr M.I. Nelson (UOW) and Dr H.S. Sidhu (UNSW, ADFA). There were 15 delegates (ADFA 7, UoW 7, USN 1). There were ten talks, including six from students. The prize for the best student talk was given to Mr Alex Badran (UoW) and Ms Roslyn Hickson (UNSW, ADFA). The former had just completed the second-year of his undergraduate degree! Alex talked about a research problem in financial mathematics that he had investigated during an elective.

The invited speaker was Dr M. Matthews (UOW) who gave an overview of mathematical modelling in nanotechnology. His talk was fifty minutes in length, the remaining presentations were twenty-five minutes in duration.

The Wollongong years: 2008

In 2008 the NSW and ACT branches organised a joint meeting at the Coachhouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay (Friday 21st to Saturday 22nd November). The organising committee for this meeting comprised Dr M.I. Nelson (UOW) and Dr H.S. Sidhu (UNSW, ADFA).

There were 22 delegates, seven from NSW and fifteen from the ACT (ADFA 5, CSIRO 1, ANU 9, misc 1, UoW 6). There were eighteen talks, including ten from students. It was recognised at the meeting that the standard of student talks was very high. The prize for the best student talk was shared between Mr Aaron Thornton (UoW) and Ms Chin Foon Khoo (ANU). Ms Roslyn Hickson (ADFA) was highly commended for her talk. The winners each received a cheque for $100 whilst Ms Hickson received a cheque for $50. All three also received certificates.

There were no invited speakers and all talks were of twenty minutes duration.

Dr Bob Anderssen was unable to attend the first day of the meeting, he attended a meeting in Ballarat. Flying back to Canberra on the Friday his plane was delayed by 90 minutes. He got up in the early hours of Saturday morning, drove through thunderous rain and arrived for the start of the first session. He arrived before some of the delegates staying locally! He gave the final presentation of the meeting on "Modelling Gene Silencing".

The registration fee covered the hire of the facilities, afternoon tea (Friday), conference meal (a BBQ) and morning tea (Saturday). During the conference dinner, the resort set up a bar for the purchase of individual drinks.

At the AGM appreciation was noted for the very friendly staff at the Coachhouse who had gone out of their way to help organise the meeting at very short notice. A resolution was made to return to the Coachhouse for the 2009 NSW/ACT mini-meeting, to be held in November/December. A resolution was also made to change the co-signatories of the ANZIAM NSW account to A/P C. Macaskill, Dr M. Myerscough and Dr M. Wechselberger (all USN). (I wonder if and when this happened!)

The report that appeared in the Gazette (Nelson, 2009b) included two photographs. The first shows the winners of the best student talk. The second shows Dr Bob Anderssen (winner of the ``The Most Heroic Attendee''), Associate Professor Harvinder Sidhu (ACT organiser) and Professor Brain Gray. Three photographs taken at the meeting are available on the NSW ANZIAM image gallery. (The photographs on the LHS and RHS of the image gallery correspond to the two photographs that appeared in the Gazette article).

The Wollongong years: 2009

In 2009 the NSW and ACT branches organised a joint meeting at the Coachhouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay (4-5 December). The organising committee for the mini-meeting comprised Dr M.I. Nelson (UoW) and Dr H.S. Sidhu (UNSW@ADFA).

Thirteen delegates from NSW (UoW 12, misc 1) and ten from the ACT (UNSW@ADFA 5, CSIRO 1, ANU 3, Geosciences Australia 1) attended the meeting. There were eighteen talks, including thirteen from students. The students presentations were all of a high calibre. The prize for the best student talk was given to Mr Alex Badran, an honours student from UoW. This was the second time that Alex had won the prize, and he was not yet a postgraduate student! Mr Ahmed Msmali (UoW) and Mr Thiansiri Luangwilai (UNSW at ADFA) were highly commended for their talk. Alex received $200 (cash). All three also received certificates.

The registration fee covered the hire of the facilities. In addition it covered afternoon tea (Friday), a BBQ buffet dinner and morning tea (Saturday). As at the event the previous year, during the conference dinner the resort set up a bar for the purchase of individual drinks.

There were no invited speakers and all talks were of twenty minutes duration.

Although the branch was very happy with the excellent support it had received from the staff at the Coachhouse Marina Resort in both 2008 and 2009, at the AGM it was resolved to "investigate the possibility of moving to a venue that is slightly nearer to Sydney". This was in the hope of attracting delegates from Sydney: neither the 2008 nor the 2009 mini-meetings attracted any delegates from Sydney! Unfortunately, subsequent experience suggests that the only venue for a branch meeting that is close enough to Sydney to tempt Sydneysiders to attend is Sydney itself!

The report that appeared in the Gazette (Cox & Nelson, 2010b) included one photograph. This showed all the attendees of the conference except for one - the photographer! For a bonus mark. Identify the photographer. Two photographs taken at the meeting are available on the NSW ANZIAM image gallery. (The photograph on the RHS shows Bob Anderssen, the chair of the student prize committee, shaking the hand of Alex Badran, winner of the best student talk. The photograph on the RHS shows the delegates minus the photographer).

As noted in the report to ANZIAM (Cox & Nelson, 2010), "During the course of the year Dr M.I. Nelson has constructed an incomplete history of the NSW branch. It is hoped that missing information will be filled in over time".

The Wollongong years: 2010

In 2010 the NSW and ACT branches organised a joint meeting at the Berry Village Boutique Motel in Berry (Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th December). The organising committee for the mini-meeting comprised Dr M.I. Nelson (UoW), Dr H.S. Sidhu (UNSW@ADFA) and Dr N. Thamwattana (UoW).

Twelve delegates from NSW (UoW 11, USN 1) and six from the ACT (UNSW@ADFA 5, ANU 1) attended the meeting. In all there were thirteen talks, including ten from students. The opening presentation was given by the President of ANZIAM and the closing presentation by the Secretary of ANZIAM. The students presentations were all of a high calibre. The prize for the best student talk was given to Mr Thiansiri Luangwilai, a PhD student from UNSW@ADFA. Thiansiri was highly commended at last year's meeting. Mr Thien Tran-Duc and Ms Fainida Rahmat (both UoW) were highly commended for their talks. Thiansiri received $100 (cash) and the two highly commendeds $50 each. All three also received certificates.

Despite the presence of both the President and the Secretary of ANZIAM there were no invited speakers and all talks were twenty minutes in length.

The registration fee covered the hire of the facilities, afternoon tea (Friday), conference meal (two courses), continental breakfast (Saturday), morning tea (Saturday) and lunch (Saturday). The conference dinner started at 7pm, with drinks being served from 6.30pm. However, delegates had to cover the costs of their drinks.

At the AGM it was noted that there were no attendees from Sydney at the branch meetings in either 2008 or 2009 and only one at the meeting in 2010. The branch resolved to investigate the possibility of organising a one-day Winter meeting in June/July at the University of Sydney. (This was seen as a way to create a greater engagement with researchers working in Sydney who suffer from travel sickness - though other's may phrase that sentiment in a different way!)

Finally, the staff of the Berry Boutique Resort were thanked for all their help, going out of their way to help organise the meeting.

The report that appeared in the Gazette (Thamwattana & Nelson, 2011b) included one photograph. This showed all the attendees of the conference except for one - the photographer! For a bonus mark. Identify the photographer. winners of the best student talk. The photograph that appeared in the Gazette is also available on the NSW ANZIAM image gallery.

The only problem that the organising committee experience was regard to publicising the meeting. In previous years the meeting was advertises through the Australian Mathematical Society (AUST-MS) email list. In 2010 the Secretary of the AUST-MS declined to forward our email notice to the AUST-MS email list on the grounds that this list was reserved for matters of ``national interest''.

The Wollongong years: 2011

In 2011 the NSW and ACT branches organised a joint meeting at the Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort in South Durras (Thursday 24th to Friday 25th November). The organising committee for the mini-meeting comprised Dr M.I. Nelson (UoW) and Dr H.S. Sidhu (UNSW@ADFA).

There were thirteen delegates from NSW (UoW 6, USN 4, UNSW 3), sixteen from the ACT (UNSW@ADFA 10, ANU 6) and two international delegates (Germany and Japan). This was the largest meeting in the period 1999-2011, as although the 2002 meeting had two more registered delegates only thirty people attended the meeting.

There were sixteen talks, including ten from students. The students presentations were all of a high calibre. The prize for the best student talk was given to Ms Hamizah Mohd Safuan, a PhD student from UNSW, Canberra. Mr Luke Sciberras (UoW) and Mr Matthias Wong (ANU) were highly commended for their talks Hamizah received $100 (cash) and the two highly commendeds $50 each. All three also received certificates.

There were no invited speakers and all presentations were of twenty minutes duration.

The 2011 AGM marked the end of the `Wollongong era' with the election of Associate Professor John Murray (UNSW) as the branch President. Thus ended the University of Wollongong run of branch presidents going over the era 2004-2011. Finally, no-one present at the 2011 meeting attended the 2001 meeting.

At the AGM it was noted that the conference location was excellent and that the staff had gone out of their way to help organise the meeting.

In addition to hire of the facilities the registration fee included:

One photographs taken at the meeting is available on the NSW ANZIAM image gallery.

The Sydney years: 2012-2016

At the 2011 branch meeting over half of the NSW delegates came from universities in Sydney (7 from 13). However, at earlier meetings the attendence from universities in Sydney had been woeful! In 2010 only one delegate from a total of twelve NSW delegates came from a Sydney institution. In 2009 the figures were zero from thirteen, in 2008 zero from seven, in 2007 one from eight and in 2003 three from thirteen! (The available records do not allow estimates for the meetings in 2004 and 2006).

As people from Sydney are such poor travellers, it was decide to hold the 2012 branch meeting in Sydney. This started the "Sydney years" which saw three branch meetings organised in Sydney (2012, 2013 & 2015). There were two years with no meetings organised: 2014 & 2016.

A notable development in this `era' was the decision by the NSW branch to supply supporting funding for meetings in addition to the branch meeting. The possibility of organising two branch meetings a year, a "winter" and a "summer" meeting, had been discussed a number of times. However, none of the proposed "winter" meetings had ever eventuated. Probably because the question "who would organise the event" had a null answer. So rather than' organising a second branch meeting, the branch started to support other meetings. The usual proviso for this funding was that the branch be recognised as an "official" funder of the even.

(It was only the NSW branch that was considering organising two meetings a year. The SA branch were also keen to organise two meetings. Or at least at the ANZIAM meetings they said that they were keen to organise more than one meeting a year...)

The Sydney years: 2012

During 2012 the NSW ANZIAM branch co-organised a joint NSW/ACT mini-meeting. Actually, A/P John Murray (UNSW) very capable organised the meeting without any support from the Executive! The meeting was held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd and the morning of Friday 23rd November. The meeting was held in the School of Mathematics and Statistics access grid room, with presentation facilities including a data projector, white board, and document camera. The conference dinner was held on Thursday 23rd November at the Bluesalt Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee.

In addition to the hire of the facilities the registration fee included: afternoon tea (Thursday), the conference dinner and morning tea (Friday). In addition, accommodation costs for student speakers from outside Sydney were covered by the branch.

Forty-three delegates attended the meeting making it the largest meeting in the period 1999-2012. (The NSW ANZIAM branch does not have any details on its history prior to 1999). There were 34 delegates from NSW (UNSW17, UOW 7, UNC 4, USN 3, UWS 2 & UTS 1), 8 from the ACT (UNSW-Canberra 7, ANU 1) and 1 from overseas (Belgium).

There were twenty-six talks, including sixteen from students. (These are both records) - there were a total of 17 students at the meeting. There were three invited speakers (another record) who gave talks of thirty minutes duration: A/P Andrew Francis (UWS), A/P Geoff Mercer (ANU) and Professor Natashia Boland (UNC). The other talks were of twenty minutes duration.

Due to the number of talks, the meeting started comparatively early with the first plenary at 10.30 on Thursday morning, with the last talk finishing at 5.30pm - only 90 minutes before the conference dinner. On the second day, talks started at 9am. The final presentation finished at 1pm, followed by lunch.

There were a total of nine talks in the general area of mathematical biology (including epidemiology, evolution, HIV, mathematical medicine, and population biology), four in operations research three in waves (water waves and solitons) and three in combustion. There were a further seven talks covering a wide range of topics in Applied Mathematics.

The student prize committee consisted of Dr Roslyn Hickson (UNC), Dr Jason Sharples (UNSW-Canberra) and A/P Annette Worthy (UOW). As is now commonplace they had a very difficult job to do due to the high standard of student talks. The prize for the best student talk was given to Ms Lucia-Marie Billie Ganendran, a PhD student from UNSW-Canberra, for her talk "Is seabird survival affected by wind?". Mr Stephen Maher (UNSW) and Mr Wilson Wee, an honours student from UNSW-Canberra, were highly commended for their talks. Lucia-Maria received $200 (cash) and the two highly commendeds $100.

One of the delegates was Dr Greg Doherty, who reminisced about his time as an undergraduate at UNSW in the late 1950s. In particular, he remembered being able to play golf after lectures as at the time part of the current campus was a nine-hole golf course!

The conference finished with a well deserved round of thanks for A/P John Murray for organising the best-ever NSW ANZIAM mini-meeting. (In return John promised that he would not do it next year!)

The annual general meeting of NSW ANZIAM was held on Thursday 22nd November. The following resolutions were made.

(The request for $3000 become part of a very heated debate at the ANZIAM executive meeting. Or was it the ordinary meeting? I don't remember now! Anyhow, there was quite an intense discussion revolving around the function of the NSW and SA branches!).

I am not absolutely certain, but I believe that this was the first NSW branch meeting to have a web-page.

The Sydney years: 2013

The branch meeting

During 2013 the NSW ANZIAM branch co-organised a joint NSW/ACT meeting (not called a mini-meeting on the event's web-page!). The meeting was organised by Dr Sheehan Olver at the University of Sydney, which provided the theatre free of charge to ANZIAM. The meeting started with welcome and registration at 9am (!) on Wednesday 27th November and finished with lunch (1pm) on Thursday 28th November. The conference dinner was held at a local Thai restaurant (probably at Thai Riffic, email from Sheehan Olver. 27.01.2018).

The web page specified that postgraduate students who presented their work would receive free registration, including attendance at the conference dinner. Students from outside of Sydney were eligible to apply for one night's free accommodation in one of the University of Sydney's residential colleges.

Thirty-five delegates attended the meeting, making it the second largest meeting in the period 1999-2013, with an excellent coverage of participants from the schools of mathematics in New South Wales: UNC, UNSW, UOW, USN, and UWS. Colleagues from ANU and UNSW@CANBERRA provided additional applied mathematics contributions to the meetings.

There were twenty talks: three plenary talks, including eleven from students and six by academics. (This was the second largest number of talks and the third largest number of student presentations over the period 1999-2013). There were three invited speakers (tying with meting in 2012 for the most number of invited speakers) who gave talks of sixty minutes duration:

The student prize committee consisted Dr Jason Sharples (UNSW, Canberra) and A/P Annette Worthy (UOW). The prize for the best student talk was given to Ms Alexander Hogan (ANU) for her talk on "A mathematical model for respiratory syncytial virus transmission". Mr Matthias Wong (UNSW, Canberra) Mr Austen Erickson (UNSW) were highly commended for their talks.

At the AGM it was agreed with the ACT branch that the latter would organise a join meeting (Anonymous, 2014).

The branch report presented to the ANZIAM annual meeting states that "Registration and attendance at the conference dinner were also complimentary" (Anonymous, 2014) suggesting that the conference fee was $0 and that this included the conference meal!

Other branch activity

In 2013 the NSW ANZIAM branch contributed $300 towards the cost of running a workshop on Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Solutions held at Charles Sturt University, and organised by Professor Ken Russell.

The Sydney years: 2014

In 2013 the ACT branch offered to organise the 2014 ACT/NSW joint meeting. However, due to clashes in timing with CTAC (1-3 December, 2014) and the 8th Australia-New Zealand Mathematics Convention (8th-12th December, 2014) it was not possible to find a suitable date.

The ACT & NSW branches resolved that the joint meeting would go ahead in 2015.

It was noted in the report to the ANZIAM AGM that Dr Natalie Thamwattana had requested funding to support a one and a half day Industrial and Applied Mathematics Symposium to be held at the University of Wollongong in July 2015 (Anonymous, 2015). There were to be no registration costs for ANZIAM members or for students. The NSW branch agreed to provide $500 to cover the costs of this meeting and therefore the branch requested "additional funding of $500 so as to be fully support our 2015 branch meeting".

The Sydney years: 2015

The branch meeting

In 2015 the NSW and ACT branches organised a joint meeting at the Sydney CBD branch of Newcastle University (25-26 November 2015). The lecture theatre was provided free of charge to ANZIAM. The organisers of this meeting were Björn Rüffer, Mike Meylan (both from Newcastle University) and Jason Sharples (UNSW-Canberra). The conference dinner was held at a local restaurant.

There were twenty-nine delegates from NSW (10 UNSW, 6 UNC, 5 UoW, 4 UTS, 1 ANSTO, 1 MQU, 1 UND, 1 USN), six from the ACT (3 ANU, 3 UNSW-Canberra) and 1 international delegate (Germany) Although the venue was not a maths lecture theatre its central location, only two minutes walk from the train station at Martin Place, allowed a good attendence and was generally well received except by a few complaining Sydney-siders. (Experience suggests that Sydney-siders won't attend branch meetings if they are outside of Sydney.)

The venue came with white boards that were not ideal for presentations, given the shape and size of the room. However, this did not prove to be a problem as all presenters used the overhead visualiser with the white boards being used as required for digressions. Given the central Sydney location, a priority was placed on subsidising student accommodation. Accordingly, lunch was not catered; but with its central location delegates were spoilt for choice.

There were twenty-two talks including three plenaries. The plenary speakers were:

The plenary speakers had fifty-five minutes, the other speakers twenty-five minutes. The prize for the best student presentation was given to Ms Anna McGann, a PhD student from the University of Newcastle. for her talk "A Fractional Order Infectivity SIR Model". Mr Tom Dryer (University of Wollongong) and Mr Matthew Tam (University of Newcastle) were highly commended for their talks. Anna received $150, there was no monetary prize for the two students that were highly commended.

The branch report presented to the ANZIAM annual meeting states that "Registration and attendance at the conference dinner were also complimentary" (Anonymous, 2015) suggesting that the conference fee was $0 and that this included the conference meal!

In a break with tradition, "the catering was done by the organisers to keep cost down" (Anonymous, 2015).

(There was no branch meeting in 2005 so no comparison of whom attended in 2005 and 2015).

Other branch activity

In 2015 the branch supported two other meetings. The branch executive agreed to give $500 to support a 1.5 day Industrial and Applied Mathematics Symposium ran in July 2015 to celebrate Professor Jim Hill's 70th birthday. In the first instance the money was to be used to support the attendance at the symposium by student members of NSW ANZIAM. If there were insufficient students attending to spend $500 the money could be used for other purposes.

Following the end of the conference the symposium organisers were asked to provide a brief account of how the money was used. Finally, financial support from NSW ANZIAM was to be acknowledged at the appropriate places.

On Monday 9th November a one-day workshop was organised at the University of Wollongong on the topic of ``Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine''. The NSW ANZIAM branch provided a small amount of money ($75) to subsiside the lunch costs of student speakers from outside the University of Wollongong.

The Sydney years: 2016

The branch meeting

As the ACT branch had not organised a joint meeting since 2009, they offered at the 2015 AGM to organise the 2016 meeting. Unfortunately due to circumstances outside their control, this meeting did not eventuate.

Other branch activity

On Tuesday 29th November 2016 a one-day workshop was organised at the University of Wollongong on the topic of ``Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine''. The NSW ANZIAM branch provided $360.15 to cover the costs of providing lunch to the speakers and afternoon tea for the delegates.

The meeting attracted over sixty registered delegates and a handful of last minute attendees. There were two invited speakers, and an additional fifteen presentations including eleven by students. There were eight presenters from the University of Sydney, five from the University of Wollongong and one each from the Australian National University and the University of Notre Dame.

Back to the provinces (2017-present)

With the organisation of the 2017 branch meetings the "Sydney years" came to an end. With the prospect of the 2018 meeting being held in Newcastle we have started a new era when the branch meeting has returned to the provinces!

Back to the provinces: 2017

The branch meeting

As the ACT branch had not organised a joint meeting since 2009, they offered to organise the 2017 meeting. Unfortunately, they were unable to fulfil their commitment. Rather than having a second year pass without a meeting it was decided, at the last moment, to organise a one-day meeting at the University of Wollongong.

In 2017 the NSW ANZIAM branch held a one-day meeting at the University of Wollongong on Tuesday 21st November. The organising committee for the workshop comprised Dr M. Rodrigo and Dr M.I. Nelson (both UoW).

Fourteen delegates from NSW (UoW 10, MQU 4), two from the ACT (UNSW@Canberra 1, CSIRO 1) and one other attended the meeting. The invited speaker was Dr Catherine Penington (Macquarie University) who talked on ``Random movement through a crowd''. In all there were fourteen talks, including four from students. The prize for the best student presentation was given to Mr Ben Maldon, a PhD student from the University of Wollongong, who talked on ``Pressing Charges - Analytical Solutions to the Diffusion Model of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells''. Ben received $100 (cash) and a certificate!

The invited speaker was allocated sixty minutes for their presentation. All other talks were of twenty minutes duration, except for the very last presentation by one of the organisers (Dr M.I. Nelson) which was only ten minutes long!

(Fun fact?! My first NSW ANZIAM mini-meeting was in 2002. The 2017 mini-meeting was my ninth meeting. However, the 2017 meeting was the first time I gave a presentation!)

The prize for the best student presentation was judged by Dr Bob Anderssen and Dr Catherine Penington. Prior to the announcement of the winner, Bob gave some advice for the students to consider prior to their next presentation:

To recap his points, Bob concluded by saying that speakers should spend their time concentrating on what is important in their work not ploughing through technical details.

It seemed to this observer that these points had currency wider than the student speakers...

At the AGM Professor Thamwattana offered to hold the 2018 branch meeting at the University of Newcastle.

A vote of thanks was given to Dr Mike Meylan, for serving as branch President for four years (2014-2017), and to Professor John Murray, for serving as President for two years (2012-2013) and as Secretary for an additional four years (2014-2017).

Other branch activity

On Friday 24th November 2017 a one-day workshop was organised at the University of Wollongong on the topic of ``Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine''. The NSW ANZIAM branch provided $?? to cover the costs of providing lunch to the speakers and afternoon tea for the delegates. (At the time of writing (23.01.18) the invoice has not been received!)

The meeting attracted fifty-five registered delegates and some last minute attendees. There were three invited speakers, and an additional sixteen presentations which included eleven by students. There were eight presenters from the University of Sydney, six from the University of Wollongong and one each from the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

The delegates came from: the University of Wollongong (33), the University of Sydney (11), the University of New South Wales (6), Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (2), Red Point Artist Association (1), the University of Melbourne (1) and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (1).

The Executive Committee of the Branch

Year Chair Secretary Treasurer
1974 ??? W.B. Fraser (USN) (did not exist?)
1975??? ??? (did not exist?)
1976A.H. Klotz (USN) D. Cole (Department of Science) (did not exist)
1977??? ??? (did not exist?)
1978Professor R.I. Tanner Dr P.W. Buchen Professor V.T. Buchwald
(Theor. & Appl. Mech, UNSW) (Appl. Maths., USN) (Theor. & Appl. Mech., UNSW)
2001Charlie Macaskill (?)
2002 Jane Sexton (?)
2003Charlie MacaskillJane Sexton Peter Buchan
2004Tim Marchant Jane Sexton Peter Buchan
2005Tim Marchant Peter Buchan
2006Tim Marchant Peter Buchan
2007Mark Nelson Peter Buchan
2008Mark Nelson Grant Cox William Bertram
2009Grant Cox Mark Nelson Charlie Macaskill
2010Grant Cox Mark Nelson Charlie Macaskill
2011Natalie ThamwattanaMark Nelson Charlie Macaskill
2012John MurrayMark Nelson Charlie Macaskill
2013John MurrayMark Nelson Martin Wechselberger
2014Mike MeylanJohn Murray Martin Wechselberger
2015Mike MeylanJohn Murray Martin Wechselberger
2016Mike MeylanJohn Murray Martin Wechselberger
2017Mike MeylanJohn Murray Martin Wechselberger
2018Ngamta (Natalie) Thamwattana Christopher Lustri Martin Wechselberger

Ex-Officio committee members
Year Members
1974 ???
1975 ???
1976 V.T. Buchwald (UNSW)
1977 ???
An ex-officio member is not listed for the 1978 committee.

Ordinary committee members
Year Members
1974 ???
1975 ???
1976 R. Aus (High School), P.W. Buchen (USN), A. Fenwick (Navy Research), A.T. Johnson (Sydney Teachers College), A. Manton (CSIRO).
1977 ???
1978 Dr D.G. Cole (I.P.S., Dept. Science), Mr A.T. Johnson (Maths Dept, S.T.C.), Dr A.H. Klotz (Applied Maths., USN), Dr C. Scott (Mech & Indus Eng.,UNSW).
2004 Ian Benn, Barrie Fraser, Mark Nelson.
2009 Natalie Thamwattana
2010 Natalie Thamwattana
2011 Grant Cox, Mary Myerscough
2012 Natalie Thamwattana
2013 Timothy Ling
2014 Mark Nelson
2015 Mark Nelson
2016 Mark Nelson
2017 Mark Nelson
2017 Mike Meylan, Mark Nelson

Branch Meetings

In the presentations column the first numeral is the number of presentations (including invited presentations). The second numerical is the number of student presentations. In the final column ACT denotes a joint meeting with the ACT branch of ANZIAM.
Year Location Date Delegates Presentations Misc
1999 No meeting organised
2000 No meeting organised
2001 Tuggerah Lake Memorial Club, The Entrance 3-4/11/2001 18B1 14 (4)
2002 Bannisters Point, Mollymook 25-26/05/2002 33 15 (9)
2003 Mittagong 22-23/11/2003 18 10 (4)
2004 Vincentia Golf Club, Jervis Bay 26-27/11/2004 c. 25 10 (4) ACT
2005 No meeting organised
2006 Vincentia Golf Club, Jervis Bay 8-9/12/2006 c. 25 10 (5) ACT
2007 University of Wollongong 10/12/2007 15 10 (6) ACT
2008 Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay 21-22/11/2008 22 18 (10) ACT
2009 Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay 4-5/12/2009 23 18 (13) ACT
2010 Berry Village Boutique Motel, Berry 3-4/12/2010 18 14 (10) ACT
2011 Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort, South Durras 24-25/11/2011 31 16 (10) ACT
2012 University of New South Wales 24-25/11/2012 42 26 (16) ACT. http://conferences.science.unsw.edu.au/ANZIAMNSW2012/program.php
2013 University of Sydney 27-28/11/2013 37B2 20 (11) ACT. http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/olver/conferences/ANZIAM
2014 No meeting organised
2015 University of Newcastle (Sydney campus) 25-26/11/2015 36B3 22 (12) ACT. https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/anziam-nsw-act-2015/
2016 No meeting organised
2017 University of Wollongong 21/11/2017 17 14 (4)

  1. B1. The 2001 program does not have a list of delegates. I have based attendance upon the number of speakers plus three people known to have attended but not presented: Bronwyn Hajek, Neville de Mestre, Raseelo (Joel) Moitsheki, Ngamta (Natalie) Thamwattana. Bronwyn attested to Natalie and her own attendance. Joel attested to his own attendance.
  2. B2. According to the report of the meeting they were 35 delegates. The list of delegates that Dr Sheehan Olver sent me contained 34 names. Three people not on this list have informed me that they attended the meeting. So I have listed the attendees as 37.
  3. B3. The 2016 program does not have a list of delegates. However, after the conference one of the organisers, Björn Rüffer, emailed ne a delegates list.

Best student talk at the branch meeting

After discussion between the ACT and NSW branch committees it was decided in 2017 that the prize for the best student talk at the ACT/NSW branch meeting be named in honour of Professor Geoff Mercer. The inaugral Mercer Prize is to be awarded at the 2018 joint meeting. (Sharples, 2018).

Year Winner(s) Institution Highly Commended Institution
1999 No meeting
2000 No meeting
2001 Raseelo Moitsheki P1 University of Wollongong
2002Alex Antic University of Wollongong William BertramUniversity of Sydney
Tim Schaerf University of Sydney
2003Bronwyn Bradshaw University of Wollongong
2004Paul-James White University of Wollongong
2005 No meeting
2006 Barry Cox University of Wollongong
2007 Alex Bardan University of Wollongong
Roslyn Hickson UNSW@ADFA
2008 Aaron Thornton University of Wollongong Roslyn Hickson UNSW@ADFA
Chin Foon Khoo Australian National University
2009 Alex Badran University of Wollongong Ahmed Msmali University of Wollongong
Thiansiri Luangwilai UNSW@ADFA
2010 Thiansiri Luangwilai UNSW@ADFA Thien Tran-Duc University of Wollongong
Fainida Rahmat University of Wollongong
2011 Ms Hamizah Mohd Safuan UNSW, Canberra Luke Sciberras University of Wollongong
Mr Matthias Wong Australian National University
2012 Ms Lucia-Marie Billie Ganendran UNSW, Canberra Mr Stephen Maher University of New South Wales
Mr Wilson Wee UNSW, Canberra
2013 Ms Alexandra Hogan ANU Mr Matthias Wong ANU
Mr Austen Erickson UNSW, Sydney
2014 No meeting
2015 Ms Anna McGann University of Newcastle Mr Tom Dryer University of Wollongong
Mr Matthew Tam University of Newcastle
2016 No meeting
2017 Ben Maldon University of Wollongong

  1. P1 Neville de Mestre (email) thought that the 2001 best student prize was won by one of Jim Hill's students. However, on the program there are no scheduled talks from any University of Wollongong student. Bronwyn Hajek thought that Raseelo (Joel) Moitsheki was the winner and he confirmed this.

Student Prize

Year Winner Highly Commended
1999 No meeting organised
2000 No meeting organised
2001 ??? N/A
2002 $100 ???
2003 ???? N/A
2004 ??? N/A
2005 No meeting organised
2006 $100 N/A
2007 ??? N/A
2008 $100 (*) $50 each
2009 $200 and certificate Certificate
2010 $100 and certificate $50 and certificate
2011 $100 and certificate $50 and certificate
2012 ???? ???
2013 $200 $100 each
2014 No meeting organised
2015 $150, email to HoS $0, email to HoS
2016 No meeting organised
2017 $100, email to HoS N/A

In 2008 both winners received $100.

Student Prize Committee

YearCommittee
1999 No meeting organised
2000 No meeting organised
2001 ???
2002 no committee - see text!
2003 Bob Anderssen (CSIRO)
2004 ???
2005 No meeting organised
2006 Charlie Macaskill (USD, chair)
2007 ???
2008 ???
2009 Bob Anderssen (CISRO) Brian Gray (retired) Jonathan Griffin (Geosciences Australia)
2010 Geoff Mercer (ANU)
2011 Songping Zhu (UoW) Harvinder Sidhu (UNSW, Canberra)
2012 Roslyn Hickson (Newcastle) Jason Sharples (UNSW, Canberra) Annette Worthy (Wollongong)
2013 Jason Sharples (UNSW, Canberra) Annette Worthy (Wollongong)
2014 No meeting organised
2015 Mike Meylan (Newcastle) Björn Rüffer (Newcastle) Jason Sharples (UNSW, Canberra)
2016 No meeting organised
2017 Bob Anderssen (CSIRO) Catherine Penington (Macquarie)

Invited speaker at the branch meeting

Year Speaker Institution
1999 No meeting organised
2000 No meeting organised
2001 Dr John Croucher Macquarie University
2002 No invited speaker
2003 Dr Bob Anderssen CSIRO
2004 ??? ???
2005 No meeting organised
2006 Professor Venkat Subramanian Tennessee Tech University, USA
2007 Dr Miccal Matthews University of Wollongong
2008 No invited speaker
2009 No invited speaker
2010 No invited speaker
2011 No invited speaker
2012 A/P Andrew Francis University of Western Sydney
A/P Geoff Mercer Australian National University
Professor Natashia Boland University of Newcastle
2013Professor Nalini Joshi University of Sydney
A/P Stephen Roberts Australian National University
Dr Ngamta Thamwattana University of Wollongong
2014 No meeting organised
2015 Lars Grüne University of Bayreuth, Germany
Christopher Poulton University of Technology Sydney
Ian Sloan The University of New South Wales
2016 No meeting organised
2017 Dr Catherine Penington Macquarie University

Miscellaneous awards handed out at the branch meeting

Year Award Winner Institution
2008 Most Heroic Attendee Dr Bob Anderssen CSIRO

Analysis of delegates

How many delegates have attended how many meetings? Before we see the data, a word of explanation. This analysis is based upon attendence at the NSW ANZIAM meetings in 2001-2004, 2006-2013, 2015 and 2017. There were no meetings organised in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2014 and 2016.

The meetings in `2001-2003' and `2009-2012' were held in `remote' locations and I have a `pretty good' handle on the attendees. Björn Rüffer sent me a list of registered delegates for the 2015 meeting. A list of delegates was attached to the 2017 booklet. In addition, two people are known (by me) to have attended who were not listed, these have been included.

I did not attend the 2004 meeting. I know that there were approximately 25 people there. The program for the meeting only lists the speakers (10) and the three session chairs (only one of which gave a presentation). So approximately thirteen people are missing in action!

I did not attend the 2006 meeting. I know that there were approximately 25 people there. The program for the meeting only lists the speakers (10) and the three session chairs (none of whom gave a presentation). So approximately twelve people are missing in action!

The program for the meeting in 2007 only lists the speakers (10) and the three session chairs (none of whom gave a presentation). It is known that 15 people attended the meeting. So two people are missing in action. I have made an educated guess that these were the individuals elected into the positions of secretary and treasurer of the branch.

The program for the meeting in 2008 only lists the speakers (17), the session chairs (one of whom did not in addition give a presentation) and two organisers (neither of whom gave presentations). Another delegate is know as he is mentioned as being on the student prize committee. It is known that 22 people attended the meeting. So one person is missing in action.

Dr Sheehan Olver sent me his list of delegates for the 2013 meeting (27.01.18!). The list contains thirty-four names. In addition I know three people who attended the meeting who are not on the list.

Analysis of attendence at NSW ANZIAM meetings for the years: (1999-2000), 2001-2004, (2005), 2006-2013, (2014), 2015, (2016), 2017. There were no meetings organised in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2014 and 2016.
Number of NSW ANZIAM meetings attended Frequency
1 131
2 41
3 9
4 7
5 5
6 1
7 1
8 2
9 1

The seven people to attend four meeting are: Bob Anderssen (2003-2004, 2008, 2017), William Bertram (2003-2004, 2007), Wen-Ting Chen (2008-2010, 2012), Grant Cox (2002-2003, 2007, 2009), Bill Gibson (2001-2004), Thien Tran-Duc (2008-2011), and Simon Watt (2006-2008, 2017).

The five people to attend five meetings are: Roslyn Hickson (2007-2009, 2012, 2013), Paul Leopardi (2008-2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), Thiansiri Luangwilai (2006, 2008-2011), Tim Marchant (2002-2004, 2006, 2010), and John Murray (2002, 2011- 2013, 2015),

The one person to attend six meetings is: Geoff Mercer (2006-2007, 2010-2013).

The one person to attend seven meetings is: Harvinder Sidhu (2004, 2006-2011).

The two people to attend eight meetings are: Jason Sharples (2007-2013, 2015). Ngamta (Natalie) Thamwattana (2001-2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017).

The one person to attend nine meetings is: Mark Nelson (2002-2003, 2007-2010, 2012, 2015, 2017).

Finances

I thought it would be interesting to keep a record of how much money the branch has asked for from ANZIAM, and how much money ANZIAM has given the branch.

Budget requests

This table shows the money requested at ANZIAM in the year X, the amount of money given to the branch by ANZIAM in the year X and the budget at the end of year X.

Year$ requested$ given Balance
2004 $500 $500 $705.71
2005 $500 ??? ???
2006 $0 $0 $611.90
2007 $0 $0 $614.65
2008 $600 $600 ???
2009 $1500 $1500 $5.06
2010 $1800 ???? ????
2011 $2000 $2000 $9.19
2012 $2000 $2000 $9.19
2013 $3000 $2200 $1.00
2014 $2000 $2000 $2001.00 (?)
2015 $500 $500 $437.20
2016 $2000 $2000 $2353.22
2017 $0 $0 ????
2018 $950 $??? ????

Registration Fees

Year Full Fee ANZIAM Student Student Former ANZIAM Accompanying
Member Member Not Member Chair Person
1999 No meeting organised.
2000 No meeting organised.
2001 $30 $20 $20 -- -- $30
2002 ??? (conference dinner was $45)
2003 ??? (conference dinner was $30)
2004 ???
2005 No meeting organised.
2006 ???
2007 ???
2008 $50 $50 $25 -- -- $30
2009 $50 $25 $20 -- $20 $30
2010 $50 $25 $0/25 * -- $25 $35
2011 $150 $100 $90 -- $90 $40
2012 $60 $30 $0/30 * -- $60 $60
2013 $0 (?) $0 (?) $0/$0 (?) (*) $0 (?) N/A N/A
2014 No meeting organised
2015 $0 (?) $0 (?) $0 (?) -- N/A N/A
2016 No meeting organised
2017 $30 $15 $0/5 (*) $0/10 (*) -- --
(*) Students who gave a presentation were not charged a registration fee.

Abbreviations

ADFA Australian Defence Force Academy
ANSTO Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
ANU Australian National University
BOU Bond University
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
DSTO Defence Science and Technology Organisation
MQU Macquarie University
UNC University of Newcastle
UND University of Notre Dame
UNSW University of New South Wales
UNSW at ADFA University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy
UNSW, Canberra University of New South Wales, Canberra
UoW University of Wollongong
USN University of Sydney
UTS University of Technology, Sydney
UWS University of Western Sydney

Acknowledgements

Dr Grant Cox informed me that there was a branch meeting in 2001 and Dr Bronwyn Hajek supplied me with a copy of the program. Neville de Mestre (email) filled in many of the missing details. Raseelo (Joel) Moitsheki (email) claimed the prize for the best student prize at the meeting.

On 22nd January 2018 Professor Harvinder Sidhu (UNSW@Canberra) supplied with `fresh' programs for the 2004 and 2006 ACT/NSW mini-meetings!

On 27th January 2018 Dr Sheenan Olver sent me a delegate list for the 2013 meeting.

Footnotes

  1. The Secretary of ANZIAM (Geoff Mercer) has kindly checked the constitution of all the branches of ANZIAM: no other branch has had a name change. Geoff notes that the other branches "were all sensible inclusion names from the start. Says something about Sydney-siders..." (email. 12.02.2009)
  2. The NSW web-page was not created at this time. The idea remained dormant until the first version of this web-page was created.

Bibliography

This shows the sources that I have used to write this document. (Not necessarily very accurate, as I don't always remember to update things).

  1. Anonymous. (1974). News item reported in The Australian Mathematical Society GAZETTE Volume 1, Number 3, December 1974, page 94.
  2. Anonymous (2014). NSW ANZIAM Meeting 2013. 39th AGM of ANZIAM (04.02.14) Item 7c.
  3. Anonymous (2015). NSW ANZIAM Report 2014. 39th AGM of ANZIAM (03.02.15) Item 7c.
  4. Anonymous (2016). NSW ANZIAM Report 2015. 40th AGM of ANZIAM (09.02.16) Item 7c.
  5. Anonymous (2017). NSW ANZIAM Report 2016. 41st AGM of ANZIAM (07.02.17) Item 7c.
  6. ANZIAM Executive Committee. 2007-2009, 2011-2012.

    Contains the branch report that is tabled at the AGM and is unlikely to contain anything else. It appears that sometimes I did not keep the agenda for the AGM, but I kept the minutes for the executive meeting.

  7. Annual General Meeting of ANZIAM. 27th (2001), 30th (2005) -- 36th (2011), 38th (2013) -- 43rd (2018).

    The branch is supposed to submit a report each year to the ANZIAM executive, which is printed for both the executive meeting and for the ANZIAM AGM. Reports appeared in: 2005-2009. A reports was not submitted in: 2001. I did not attend the AGMs in 2002-2004. I've listed the reports that appeared under the names of the author's elsewhere in this bibliography.

    It is sometimes useful to read the minutes of the previous general meeting. This is usually item 2 on the agenda. For instance, the minutes of the 2000 meeting (distributed at the 2001 general meeting) contain a report of what was said by Dr Charlie Macaskill about branch activities in 1999.

    Finally, it can be instructive to read the ACT branch report.

  8. Australian Mathematical Society Gazette. Volume 1 (1974), 2 (1975) Number 1 (May) to 3 (December), 3 (1976), 4 (1977) Number 1 (April) to 3 (December), 5 (1978) Number 1 (April) to 3 (December), 27 (2000) -44 (2017).
  9. A detailed reading of the Gazette might reveal a treasure trove of information about the branch. Due to lack of time I have just looked through the index of each issue. That this is problematic is illustrated by the branch report for the 2003 meeting which was printed in the "News" section rather than as an indexed article. (I knew that the 2003 branch meeting report appeared in the Gazette because I wrote it!)

  10. Braddock, R.D. (1983). An Anecdotal History of the Applied Mathematics Conference and the Division of Applied Mathematics.
  11. You can download this document from the ANZIAM web-page at http://www.anziam.org.au/myfiles/uploads/AMC-1966-1984.pdf.

  12. Cohen, G. (2007). Counting Australia In. Halstead Press.
  13. The information on NSW ANZIAM in this book came from Braddock's article

  14. Constitution of the NSW Branch of ANZIAM. Amended March 2002.
  15. Cox, G., and Nelson, M.I. (2010). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2009. 35th General Meeting of ANZIAM (02.02.10) Item 7c.
  16. Cox, G., and Nelson, M.I. (2010). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2009. The Australian Mathematical Gazette 37(2), 84--85.
  17. This article is available on the web at: http://www.austms.org.au/Publ/Gazette/2010/May10/CommsANZIAM.pdf .

  18. Financial Statement. (2004). NSW ANZIAM Branch.
  19. Financial Statement. (2005). NSW ANZIAM Branch.
  20. Financial Statement. (2006). NSW ANZIAM Branch.
  21. Financial Statement. (2007). NSW ANZIAM Branch.
  22. The financial statement should appear as part of the branch submission to the AGM, but this does not always happen.

  23. Marchant, T.R. (2005). Report on NSW Branch 2004. 30th General Meeting of ANZIAM (01.02.05) Item 6b.
  24. Marchant, T.R. (2006). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2005. 31st General Meeting of ANZIAM (07.02.06) Item 6b.
  25. Marchant, T.R. (2007). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2006. 32nd General Meeting of ANZIAM (30.01.07) Item 6b.
  26. de Mestre, N. (2003). A Continuation of the Anecdotal History of the Applied Mathematics Conference and ANZIAM (1984-2003).
  27. You can download this document from the ANZIAM web page at http://www.anziam.org.au/myfiles/uploads/AnziamHistory.doc .

  28. de Mestre, N. (2009). Neville sent me two emails regarding the organisation of the 2001 meeting (12.12.09).
  29. Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth General Meeting of ANZIAM (10/02/2000), as reported at the Twenty-Seventh General Meeting of ANZIAM (05/02/2001, item 2).
  30. Moitsheki, Raseelo (Joel). (2010). Joel sent me an email (06.01.10) to confirm that he had won the prize for the best student presentation at the 2001 meeting. (His talk is not listed on the program). The title of his presentation was "Analytical solutions for two dimensional solute transport with velocity-dependent dispersion".
  31. Nelson, M.I. (2004). NSW ANZIAM 2003 Branch Meeting. The Australian Mathematical Gazette 31(1), 63.
  32. Nelson, M.I. (2008). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2007. 33rd AGM of ANZIAM (05.02.08). Item 6b.
  33. Nelson, M.I. (2009). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2008. 34th AGM of ANZIAM (03.02.09) Item 7b.
  34. Nelson, M.I. (2009b). ACT/NSW ANZIAM meeting. The Australian Mathematical Society Gazette, 36(1), 28-29. Read the article online.
  35. Nelson, M.I.. (2012). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2011. ANZIAM Executive Meeting. (29.01.12) Item 11c.
  36. Nelson, M.I.. (2013). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2012. 38th AGM of ANZIAM. (05.02.13) Item 7c.
  37. Nelson, M.I.. (2018). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2017. 43rd AGM of ANZIAM. (06.08.18) Item 7c.
  38. Program. ANZIAM Weekend Mini-Conference. New South Wales Branch. November 3-4, 2001.
  39. Program. NSW Branch of ANZIAM Mini-Meeting. May 25-26, 2002.
  40. Program. NSW ANZIAM Mini-Meeting. 22-23 November, 2003.
  41. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 26-27 November 2004.
  42. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 8-9 December 2006.
  43. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 10 December 2007.
  44. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 21-22 November 2008.
  45. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 4-5 December 2009.
  46. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 3-4 December 2010.
  47. Program. ACT & NSW Joint Mini-meeting. 24 \& 25 November 2011.
  48. Program. Annual NSW/ACT ANZIAM Meeting. 22 \& 23 November 2012.
  49. Program. Annual NSW & ACT ANZIAM Meeting. 27 and 28 November 2013. (Print-out of web page).
  50. Program. ANZIAM NSW/ACT Annual Meeting. 25 \& 26 November 2015.
  51. Program. ANZIAM NSW Mini-meeting. 21 November 2017.
  52. Sexton, J. (2002). Report on NSW Branch Meeting of ANZIAM 2002. (2002) Australian Mathematical Gazette. 29(3), 188.
  53. Sharples, J. ACT Branch of ANZIAM - 2017 Annual Report. 43rd AGM of ANZIAM (06.02.18) Item 7a.
  54. Sloan, Ian. (21st November 2012). I asked Ian if he remembered anything about the `early days' of the NSW ANZIAM branch.
  55. Thamwattana, N. and Nelson, M.I. (2011). Report on NSW ANZIAM 2010. 36th AGM of ANZIAM (01.02.11) Item 7c.
  56. Thamwattana, N. and Nelson, M.I. (2011b). Report on the 2010 NSW ANZIAM meeting. The Australian Mathematical Society Gazette, 38(5), 269-270. Read the article online.


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