Following the success of the first two South Pacific Conferences in Mathematics (SPCM), which took place in the French territory of New Caledonia in 2005 and 2010, the third edition of this conference, South Pacific Optimization Meeting (SPOM 2013), will be organized by CARMA in Newcastle.

Since 2013 is the year of the Mathematics of Planet Earth, SPOM 2013 will focus on optimization with (possible) applications to ecology, sustainable development, finance, and similar fields. The main topics include: continuous optimization, discrete optimization, vector optimization, stochastic optimization, variational analysis, convex analysis, monotonicity, optimal control theory.

As with the previous editions, this meeting should bring together about 60-80 researchers and students from all over the world, especially from Western Europe and the Pacific Rim: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, UK, USA, etc.

The goal of SPOM is to provide an international forum for scientists to exchange ideas, to share experiences on their research and to open new avenues of collaboration and research on topics related to optimization and its applications.

Optimization of Planet Earth Afternoon

As part of Australian Mathematics of Planet Earth Activities, CARMA will hold a reception following an afternoon of public lectures highlighting the uses of optimization.

Confirmed speakers include Heinz Bauschke (Kelowna), Radu Bot (Chemnitz), Irene Hudson (Newcastle), H. Maurer (Munster), Mike Meylan (Newcastle), Russell Luke (Gottingen), Kate Smith-Miles (Melbourne).


  • H. Bauschke (Kelowna)
  • J. Borwein (Chair, Newcastle)
  • H. Bonnel (Nouméa)
  • R. Burachik (Adelaide)
  • P. Combettes (Paris)
  • M. Théra (Limoges)
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