New Zealand
Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference 2020

26 November 2020
Online conference over Zoom

General info

Some interesting facts about 2020:
1) 2020 is the 22nd natural number for which the sum of its digits is equal to the number of digits. 
2) 2020 is an abundant number, meaning that the sum of all divisors of 2020, excluding 2020 itself, is larger than the number. 
3) 2020=4^2+6^2+8^2+…+22^2. 
4) In 2020, due to uncertainty concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, NZMASP will be held online. 

While it is unfortunate that we do not get to meet in person, we have designed the conference to make the best use of online platforms in order to guarantee that NZMASP 2020 will be a rewarding conference. That means we will have high quality talks, fantastic prizes, an international plenary speaker and time set aside for connecting with friends (did somebody say werewolves?). Furthermore, since we are not using our budget paying for accommodation and food, we have a large number of prizes coming to over $2000 to be awarded to speakers!

Conference details

The conference will be held on Thursday the 26th of November with an option to extend the conference to Friday the 27th of November depending on the number of registrants.

The conference will be held on Zoom. Please make sure that you have downloaded Zoom. You will be sent a link once you have registered. 

Contributed talks
Talks will be 5 minutes in length followed by 3 minutes of question time. The talk will be presented using Zoom’s screenshare functionality, so that whatever appears on your screen will be what the viewers see. We encourage you to thrive with the challenge of a shorter talk and the possibilities that giving a talk from your desktop provides. For example, Zoom also offers annotation capabilities, algorithms can be run using software in real-time, pre-recorded videos can be easily shown.

Registration and abstracts
Registration is free. Please follow the link. Talk title and abstract (maximum 300 words) can be copied into the registration form using plain text or latex code.
Registration and abstract submission closes on the 13th of November.

Talk prizes

People’s choice – winner$400
People’s choice – runner up$200
Best first-year PhD/MSc/Hons presentation – winner$400
Best first-year PhD/MSc/Hons presentation – runner up$200
Best use of online platform / resources$100
Most humorous talk $100
Best in applied mathematics$100
Best in mathematics (not applied)$100
Best in statistics$100

The above prizes are awarded by NZMASP, and are decided by peer review. NZMS will also be awarding the Aitken prize for the best student presentation as judged by NZMS panelists, worth $500. A recording of this presentation will be shown during the NZMS conference.


(The conference program will be posted here.)

Plenary speakers

Prof. Mark Colyvan will be speaking on Thursday the 26th of November. If the conference is extended to Friday the 27th, then Dr. Tanya Evans will give a plenary address.

Prof. Mark Colyvan, University of Sydney

Prof. Colyvan’s research interests include logic, decision theory, philosophy of mathematics, mathematical explanations in science, ecology, and conservation biology. He is the author of several books: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics (CUP, 2012), Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow (with Lev Ginzburg, OUP, 2004), and The Indispensability of Mathematics (OUP, 2001). Prof. Colyvan is an expert on topics that affect our understanding of all mathematics and statistics. You can find out more at:

Dr. Tanya Evans, The University of Auckland

Almost all of us PhD students had at least one teacher or lecturer who helped us see mathematics and statistics in an exciting way, who was instrumental in shaping us to become doctoral students in our fields, and many of us will end up in those shoes. Yet mathematicians are not usually trained educators. Dr. Evans researches undergraduate mathematics education in a world of changing technologies and pedagogies. Her understanding of learning and student psychology is useful to postgraduate students who are still learning and to those who wish to teach others about their work. You can find out more at 10 minutes with Tanya Evans



Please email us via if you have any questions.

The organising committee:
Gray Manicom
Valerie Jeong
Ravindra Bandara
Nelson Wong
David Chan
Annabelle Xu
Vincent Russell
Olivia Sorto


Code of conduct

At NZMASP 2020, we are committed to a professional, open, productive and respectful exchange of ideas. These aims require a community and environment that fosters inclusion, provides mutual respect, and embraces diversity. All participants in the NZMASP 2020 conference are required to agree to the following code of conduct. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, speech or behaviour (whether in person, in presentations or in online discussions) that intimidates, offends any individual or in anyway prevents their participation.

We aim for NZMASP to be a conference where harassment in any form does not happen, including but not limited to: harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, colour, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Harassment includes but is not limited to: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour. Conference organisers will take seriously all reports of breaches of this code of conduct, and treat all parties with respect and due process without presupposition of guilt. Complaints will be handled with sensitivity, discretion and confidentiality.

If a conference participant engages in harassing behaviour, they may be removed from the online conference by one of the committee members. Any event participant who experiences or witnesses harassment should contact one of the representatives listed below:

Olivia Sorto (
Gray Manicom (
Ravindra Bandara (

These representatives will be available on the conference chat or via e-mail. Be assured that if you approach them, your concerns will be kept in strict confidence and they will consult with you on any actions taken. In case of a formal complaint, they will speak to all parties involved to try to resolve the issue, without presupposition of guilt.

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