BLC Newsletter - January 2015

Registered Charity No 275541

President        Professor H Dugald MacPherson [Leeds]
Vice-President   Professor Philip Welch [Bristol]
Treasurer        Dr Charlotte Kestner [Lancashire]
Secretary        Dr Paulo Oliva [London]
                 Dr Ulrich Berger [Swansea]
                 Professor Alexandre Borovik [Manchester]
                 Dr Peter Schuster [Leeds]

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1) British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference, 7-9 January 2015
2) 7th conference of the Progic conference series (submission deadline: 15 January 2015)
3) The 4th Reasoning Club Meeting, 30-31 March 2015
4) Model theory Conference South Africa, 9-13 March 2015 (call for abstracts)
5) British logician Ivor Grattan-Guinness passed away last month


1) British Postgraduate Model Theory Conference

7-9 January 2015, University of Oxford

The fifth British Postgraduate Model Theory (BPGMT) Conference will be
held in Oxford, 7-9 January 2015. It is chiefly aimed at postgraduate
students and postdoctoral researchers in model theory and related areas,
but anybody interested is welcome! The conference is sponsored by the
London Mathematical Society and The British Logic Colloquium.

The conference will feature talks by participants and invited speakers.

Invited speakers:

- Zoe Chatzidakis
- David Evans
- Martin Ziegler
- Boris Zilber

Please visit the webiste
for more details.


2) 7th conference of the progic conference series

The seventh conference of the progic series of conferences is fast approaching.

The progic series of conferences seeks to address the questions of whether, and if so, how, probability
and logic should be combined.

There will be a special issue of the Journal of Applied Logic devoted to the themes of
this workshop to which we invite submissions of papers. 

Deadline for the submission of anonymised manuscripts is 15th January 2015.

Please send your submission as a single pdf-file to

LMS have kindly provided studentships which will cover accommodation, registration and travel
costs for UK based maths students for conference attendance.

To apply for a studentship please send an email to in which you briefly explain your interest in progic.


3) The 4th Reasoning Club Meeting

The 4th annual meeting of the Reasoning Club

will be held in the School of Mathematics, Manchester University on the 30th and 31st of March 2015.

It’s partially supported by the BLC.

Keynote speakers:

- Richard Booth (Luxembourg),
- Leon Horsten (Bristol),
- Federico Luzzi (Aberdeen)
- Sara Uckelman (Durham).

In addition it is planned to have ten 40 minute contributed talks by Ph.D.students and early Postdocs., for whom grants will be available to cover the cost of accommodation and subsistence.

Please see

for information on abstract submission and (free) registration.

Meeting organizers: Jeff Paris and Alena Vencovská


4) Model theory Conference South Africa 2015 (Call for abstracts)

9-13 March 2015

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

We invite abstracts from any area of model theory. Deadline for abstracts is January 5th. Deadline for registration is 15th of February.

Please see our website for details:

Registration is here:


- Charles Steinhorn (Vassar College)
- Anand Pillay (University of Notre Dame)
- Joel Nagloo (CUNY)

For more information please contact the organisers on


5) British logician Ivor Grattan-Guinness passed away last month

Ivor died peacefully on Friday evening, December 12, as the result of a heart attack. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

There is some information about him at: