From permutation groups to model theory: a workshop inspired by the interests of Dugald Macpherson, on the occasion of his 60th birthday

17-21 September 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

Scientific organisers

Sylvy Anscombe, University of Central Lancaster  
Andres Aranda Lopez, TU Dresden 
David Bradley-Williams, University of Dusseldorf 
Deirdre Haskell, McMaster University 
Charlotte Kestner, Imperial College London  
Thomas Scanlon, University of California, Berkeley

This meeting is planned in honour of the contributions of Dugald Macpherson, and has the objective of bringing together key figures and young researchers in Dugald's main fields of interest: model theory, group theory and combinatorics.

Invited speakers include:
Peter Cameron (St Andrews),
Zoé Chatzidakis (ENS, Paris),
Gregory Cherlin (Rutgers),
Manfred Droste (Leipzig),
Richard Elwes (Leeds),
David Evans (Imperial College),
Ehud Hrushovski (Oxford),
Martin Liebeck (Imperial College),
Dugald Macpherson (Leeds),
Angus Macintyre (QMUL),
Peter Neumann (Oxford) TBC,
Jaroslav Nešetřil (Charles Uni., Prague),
Anand Pillay (Notre Dame),
Cheryl Praeger (Uni. West. Australia),
Charlie Steinhorn (Vassar),
Pierre Simon (Berkeley),
Slawomir Solecki (Cornell),
Katrin Tent (Münster),
Simon Thomas (Rutgers),
John Truss (Leeds).


Please note that the workshop will commence in the morning of Monday 17 September and finish around lunchtime on Friday 21 September 2018.


There will be a registration fee of 100.00 GBP for this workshop. This will be collected on arrival at ICMS at registration.  The registration fee is payable by all participants with the exception of organisers and locals. This covers lunches and refreshments throughout the week and the workshop dinner on the Thursday evening.


Invited speakers and participants will receive an email invitation from ICMS in mid-May 2018.


The registration period for the public application has closed. The workshop was heavily oversubscribed and we cannot accept any more applications. All applications have been passed to the scientific organisers for review and all applicants will be notified of decisions in due course. To be notified in case more places become available, please email


This is an ASL-supported meeting. The ASL has made limited funding available for student member travel grants to attend this workshop (deadline 16th June 2018) (


To be announced