April 17, 2014

July 28 to August 1, 2014
Brock International Conference on
Groups, Rings and Group Rings

to be held at Brock University
Organizing Committee
Yuanlin Li, Brock University
Allen Herman, University of Regina
Eric Jespers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Wolfgang Kimmerle, Universitat Stuttgart


The subject of group rings naturally brings together researchers in ring theory and group theory, and has close connections to work in several other areas, especially representation theory and number theory. Recent advances in other areas, including algebras with polynomial identities, graded algebras and Lie algebras, coding theory, and the search for set-theoretic solutions of the Yang-Baxter equations have shed light on the importance of techniques developed initially for group rings.

The purpose of the Brock International Conference on Groups, Rings and Group Rings is to bring international groups of researchers in group rings together with those in areas with close connections to group rings to present and discuss the latest advances in these areas. It will also provide an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs from Canadian universities and from some international universities to present their own results and to appreciate the scope and depth of the theories of groups, rings and group rings by attending this conference.

This will be the first such conference held in the Niagara region.

The invited speakers:

Eli Aljadeff (Technion University, Israel )
Jason Bell (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Yuri Bahturin (Memorial University, Canada)
Gabriele Nebe (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Jan Okninski (Warsaw University, Poland)
Donald Passman (University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA)
César Polcino Milies (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
David Riley (Western University, Canada)
Ángel del Río (University of Murcia, Spain)
Sudarshan Sehgal (University of Alberta, Canada)
Benjamin Steinberg (Carlton University, Canada)
Sergio Lopez-Permouth (Ohio University, USA)
Efim Zelmanov (U. California - San Diego, USA)

Registration & Funding

a) Registration fees: Regular participants: $150 Cdn, Student or Postdoctoral participants: $75 Cdn.

This registration fee includes the conference dinner and an excursion to Niagara Falls. For other guests who wish to attend the conference dinner and (or) excursion, there is a charge of $30 per person for the conference dinner and $30 per person for the excursion.

Registration Form (Deadline: June 1, 2014):

b) Funding, There is limited funding available for graduate students and postdocs.
Funding Application Form (Deadline: May 15, 2014):


A few hotels will provide discounted rates for conference participants from July 27 to August 2.

(1) For invited speakers,

Please contact Prof. Yuanlin Li before June 10, 2014 (by email: yli<at> or by phone: 905-688-5550- ext. 4626) to provide your arrival and departure dates. We will book a room for you at the Four Point by Sheraton -St.Catharines (phone: 905-984-8484 or 1-877-848-3782) and we will cover your stay between July 27 to August 1, 2014.

(2) For participants.

Four Point by Sheraton - St.Catharines. The hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to Brock University and all rooms are suites. When booking please use the meeting code: Algebra 2014 and phone 905-984-8484 or 1-877-848-3782. The discounted rate is $139 /night +Tax. In order to get this rate you must book the rooms before June 13, 2014.

Best Western -St. Catharines. This hotel locates in the city of St. Catharines and it is about 10 minute drive to Brock University. The discounted room rate is $110 / night +Tax, including a full breakfast. The hotel also provides a shuttle van which will send participants to Brock in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. When booking please mention "Group Rings Math Conference" and you must book before June 25, 2014. The hotel phone number is 905-934-8000 or 1-866-934-8004.

Residence on Campus.
The room rate is $51/night +Tax (single accommodation only). You need to book on-line, the direct purchase link to the algebra conference room booking page.

Travel Information

It is expected that most participants will arrive July 27 and depart August 2. Registration will open the morning of July 28. The conference will finish early in the afternoon on August 1.

The nearest airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYC). On arrival in Toronto, you may take the Niagara Air Bus to your hotel in St. Catharines. The bus ride normally takes about one and a half hours from Toronto airport. They advise booking at least 72 hours in advance, either online at: or by phone 905-374-8111.

Participants from USA may also fly to Buffalo International Airport (BUF) and then take Niagara air bus across the border to their hotels.

Abstract Submission (Deadline: June 10, 2014).

Please submit a text abstract for your abstract.

Confirmed Participants as of April 15

Full Name
* awaiting confirmation
Alhajjar, Elie* George Mason University
Alhevaz, Abdollah* Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)
Aljadeff, Eli Technion
Bächle, Andreas Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Bell, Howard Brock University
Bell, Jason University of Waterloo
Dassanayake, Don Placida Amali Texas Tech University
Herman, Allen University of Regina
Huang, Hongdi Brock University
Izadi, Mohammad Ali* University of Regina
Jespers, Eric Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Khan, Abdul Nadim* Aligarh Muslim University
Kiefer, Ann Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Kubat, Lukasz* Polish Academy of Sciences
Li, Yuanlin Brock University
Lopez-Permouth, Sergio Ohio University
Maheshwary, Sugandha* Panjab University
Meng, Guowu Hong Kong University of Scienece and Technology
Mohammad, Ghulam* Aligarh Muslim University
Nebe, Gabriele RWTH Aachen University
Okninski, Jan Warsaw University
Parmenter, Michael Memorial University of Newfoundland
Parveen, Nazia* Aligarh Muslim University
Payrovi, Shiroyeh I.K. International University
Riley, David Western University
Salim, Mohammed UAE University
Van Gelder, Inneke Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Zhuang, Jujuan Brock University