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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.

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August Newsletter

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Kalman Prize for Best Paper inaugural year

The 'Kalman Prize for Best Paper' was instituted in 2016 to recognise excellence in research carried out by New Zealand mathematicians. The Prize will normally be awarded annually for an outstanding and innovative piece of research in the mathematical sciences published by a member or members of the New Zealand Mathematical Society. The Prize is for a single publication of original research, which may be an article, monograph or book, having appeared within the last 5 calendar years: 2011-2015.

The value of the Prize is $5000. The Prize is generously funded by the Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust, and recognises the significant contributions to mathematics in New Zealand made by Professor John Kalman

The full details including eligibility and how to nominate a publication can be found on our website. All nominations should be sent by 30 September 2016 to the NZMS President Astrid an Huef. Submissions should be made by email to Astrid an Huef, stating clearly that they are for the Kalman Prize for Best Paper.

Hinke Osinga is the 2017 LMS-NZMS Aitken Lecturer

Hinke Osinga of the University of Auckland has been selected by the London Mathematical Society and the NZMS to be the 2017 Aitken Lecturer.

Lecturers are selected based on their eminent contribution as a research mathematician as well as their ability to speak effectively at a more popular level. The tour will involve giving lectures at different universities around the UK over the period of a few weeks in 2017 (further details to follow).

Summary of the Society’s activities


Listing of upcoming conferences.

Promotion of research

Each year the Society awards a Research Award, an Early Career Award, and the Kalman Prize for Best Paper to mark and reward outstanding and innovative mathematical 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.

Mathematics Education

The NZMS Education Group aims to provide the New Zealand community with independent and hopefully influential commentary on mathematical education issues.


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,
PO Box 331297
Auckland 0740

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NZMS Colloquium