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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

Julia Gog is the 2016 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.

Call for Nominations for the 2015 NZMS Awards

Nominations and applications for the 2015 NZMS Research Award and the 2015 NZMS Early Career Award should be sent to the NZMS President Winston Sweatman by 31 July 2015.

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 2014 was presented at the ANZMC dinner in Melbourne to Dimitri Leemans of the University of Auckland for his striking contributions to algebraic combinatorics that combine techniques from algebra, graph theory, combinatorics and number theory for the exploration and classification of highly symmetric geometric structures.

NZMS Early Career Award

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

The Early Career Award for 2014 was presented at the ANZMC dinner in Melbourne to David Simpson of Massey University, for his contributions to the analysis of the effects of randomness and uncertainties in nonsmooth dynamical systems.

2014 Aitken Prize for Best Student Paper

This prize was awarded to Timm Treskatis of the University of Canterbury for his talk on "Accelerated gradient vs. primal-dual methods in nonsmooth optimisation".

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

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NZMS Colloquium