December  5, 2023

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

Schedules and Abstracts
Registration on-site July 28
Fees: $150, Student or a Postdoctoral participants $75
The registration fees includes the conference dinner and an excursion to Niagara Falls. Additional dinner and excusion tickets available at $30 each
Participant List


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 (City College of New York, USA)
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 17, 2014).

Please submit a text abstract for your abstract.

Confirmed Participants as of August 5th
* awaiting confirmation

  Full Name University/Affiliation
* Alhajjar, Elie George Mason University
* Alhevaz, Abdollah Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)
  Aljadeff, Eli Technion
  Bächle, Andreas Vrije Universiteit Brussel
* Bahadur Kunwar, Dhan Tribhuvan University
  Bahturin, Yuri Memorial University of Newfoundland
  Bakshi, Gurmeet K. Panjab University
  Begam, Firdhousi Aligarh Muslim University
  Bell, Howard Brock University
  Bell, Jason University of Waterloo
* Berele, Allan DePaul University
  Bergen, Jeffrey DePaul University
  Brennan, Joseph Binghamton University
  Casteels, Karel University of Kent
* Catoiu, Stefan DePaul University
* Chen, Jianlong Southeast University
  Dassanayake, Don Placida Amali Texas Tech University
  David, Ofir Israel Institute of Technology
  del Río, Ángel Universidad de Murcia
  Eisele, Florian Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  Goncalves, Jairo University of Sao Paulo
* Guenda, Kenza University of Algiers, Faculty of Mathematics USTHB
  Hamilton, Vanessa Brock University
* Han, Ruizhu Southeast University
  Herman, Allen University of Regina
* Hernández Gil, Jesús University of Murcia
  Holubowski, Waldemar Silesian Technical University
  Huang, Hongdi Brock University
  Janssens, Geoffrey Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  Jespers, Eric Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  Karasik, Yakov Isreal Institute of Technology
* Khan, Abdul Nadim Aligarh Muslim University
* Khatri Kshetri, Shoyota Tribhuvan University
  Kiefer, Ann Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  Kimmerle, Wolfgang Universitat Stuttgart
* Kubat, Lukasz Polish Academy of Sciences
* Kusmus, Omer Yuzuncu Yil University
* Lee, Seung Min Kyungpook National University
  Li, Yuanlin Brock University
  Lim, Jung Wook Kyungpook National University
* Lopez, Victor Sao Paulo University
  Lopez-Permouth, Sergio Ohio University
* Maheshwary, Sugandha Panjab University
  Margolis, Leo University of Stuttgart
* Mazur, Marcin Binghamton University
  Meng, Guowu Hong Kong University of Scienece and Technology
  Mikaelian, Vrej California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  Murgel Veloso, Paula Universidade Federal Fluminense
* Nafari, Manizheh DePaul University
  Nanayakkara, Basil Brock University
  Nebe, Gabriele RWTH Aachen University
  Nishinaka, Tsunekazu Okayama Shouka University
  Okninski, Jan Warsaw University
* Ortiz Vargas, Walter Andres Universidad De Granada
  Parmenter, Michael Memorial University of Newfoundland
  Payrovi, Shiroyeh I.K. International University
  Perez Raposo, Alvaro Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  Pilewski, Nick Ohio University
* Plyley, Christopher Western University
  Polcino Milies, César Universidade de São Paulo
  Riley, David Western University
  Salim, Mohammed UAE University
* Serrano Sánchez, Mariano University of Murcia
* Shahada, Mayada Western Univerity
* Shen, Liang Southeast University
* Shujat, Faiza Aligarh Muslim University India
  Singh, Gurmail Uinversity of Regina
  Skipper, Rachel Binghamton University
  Smertnig, Daniel University of Graz
* Spenko, Spela Institute of Mathematics, Physics, and Mechanics
* Steinberg, Benjamin The City College of New York
* Tanusevski, Slobodan Binghamton University
* Tasic, Vladimir University of New Brunswick
* Tsutsui, Hisaya Embry-Riddle University
* Usefi, Hamid Memorial University
  Van Campenhout, Maya Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  Van Gelder, Inneke Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  Wei, Yangjiang Guangxi Teachers Education University
  Zhuang, Jujuan Brock University
  Ziembowski, Michal Warsaw University of Technology