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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

Call for Nominations for the 2014 NZMS Awards

Nominations and applications for the 2014 NZMS Research Award and the 2014 NZMS Early Career Award have closed. The awards will be announced at the 2014 Australia - New Zealand Mathematics Convention

NZMS Research Award

This annual award was instituted in 1990 to foster mathematical research in New Zealand and to recognise excellence in research carried out by New Zealand mathematicians.

The Research Award for 2013 was presented at the NZMS Colloquium dinner in Tauranga to Steven Galbraith of the University of Auckland for applying deep ideas from number theory and algebraic geometry to Public Key Cryptography to achieve world leading processing speeds without compromising security.

NZMS Early Career Award

This award was instituted in 2006 to reward early career New Zealand mathematicians.

The Early Career Award for 2013 was presented at the NZMS Colloquium dinner in Tauranga to Florian Beyer of the University of Otago, for his contributions to the understanding of the global structure of cosmological solutions of Einstein’s equations using numerical and analytical methods, and, in particular, for the proof of the well-posedness of the singular initial-value-problem for Fuchsian PDEs.

2013 Aitken Prize for Best Student Paper

This prize was jointly awarded to Chris Stevens of the University of Otago, for his talk on "The Friedrich-Nagy gauge for colliding plane gravitational waves", and to Timm Treskatis of the University of Canterbury for his talk on "Trust-region SQP methods for numerical simulations of viscoplastic flows".

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.


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 attendance of mathematical conferences in Australasia, postgraduate student travel, mathematics in the South Pacific, and miscellaneous research activities.

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