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The New Zealand Mathematical Society (Inc.) is the representative body of professional mathematicians in New Zealand, and was founded in 1974. Its aims include promotion of research in the mathematical sciences, the development, application and dissemination of mathematical knowledge within New Zealand, and effective cooperation and collaboration between mathematicians and their colleagues in New Zealand and in other countries.

Notices and news

Upcoming NZMS Annual General Meeting

The 41st Annual General Meeting of the NZMS will be held during the NZMS Colloquium at 5pm, Tuesday 1st December 2015, at the University of Canterbury (room TBC). The meeting agenda and other relevant files can be found here.

Current vacancy

Tutor - Department of Mathematics - University of Waikato. Further information and the full Position Description can be found here.

Gaven Martin is the 2016 AMS-NZMS Maclaurin Lecturer

Gaven Martin of Massey University Albany is to be the third outgoing Maclaurin Lecturer, as part of a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and American Mathematical Society that began in 2012. He is expected to tour the USA in the latter half of 2016.

Julia Gog is the 2016 LMS-NZMS Forder Lecturer

Julia Gog of Cambridge University is to visit New Zealand as the 2016 Forder Lecturer. The Forder Lectureship, established in 1985, is one of the most important events on the New Zealand mathematical calendar. Julia will be the 15th Forder Lecturer.

Professor Mick Roberts (Massey, Albany) will coordinate Julia's tour.

Summary of the Society’s activities


Listing of upcoming conferences.

Promotion of research

Each year the Society awards both a Research Award and an Early Career Award to mark and reward outstanding research activity.


The Forder and Aitken Lectureships are a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society featuring noted mathematicians speaking in each others countries on alternate years.

The Maclaurin Lectureship is a new reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and American Mathematical Society featuring noted mathematicians to speak in each others countries on alternate years.

The NZMS Visiting Lectureship allows a visiting mathematician to spend two to three days at each of the six main university centres; the Society coordinates and provides some financial assistance for this tour.

Women in Mathematics

The NZMS is committed to actively addressing the issues facing women in mathematics.


The Newsletter, published three times a year, is the official organ of the Society, and contains news from around the country, featured opinion articles, featured mathematicians, official notices and minutes, and application forms.

The Society also co-publishes the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics.


The Aitken Prize is awarded annually for the best contributed student talk at the NZ Mathematics Colloquium.

Information is maintained of mathematical visitors to New Zealand.

Financial assistance is made available in the form of grants to support the costs of hosting mathematical visitors, organising conferences or workshops, attending conferences, and any other mathematical research-related activity.

Main contact:

New Zealand Mathematical Society
C/- Dr Emily Harvey (NZMS Secretary,
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore City 0745
New Zealand

Quick links

NZMS Colloquium