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Tim Chan’s graduation

May 27th, 2024 by David Wood

Congratulations to Timothy Chan on the occasion of his PhD graduation. His thesis “Substructure Densities in Extremal Combinatorics” was jointly supervised by David Wood and Daniel Kral. His research has been published in Combinatorial Theory, RSA, SICOMP and JCTA.

Congratulations Robert

March 27th, 2024 by David Wood

Today, Robert Hickingbotham submitted his PhD thesis “Exploring Sparse and Hereditary Graph Classes via Products and Tree-Decompositions”, supervised by David Wood. Robert’s candidature has been incredibly successful, with 17 papers published or submitted. Congratulations to Robert and David!

Update (14th June 2024): Robert’s thesis is now accepted. Update (24th June): The degree is officially conferred. Congratulations, Dr Robert Hickingbotham! Robert will start a post-doc at ENS Lyon in August.

Postdoc position in graph theory

March 1st, 2024 by David Wood

David Wood is currently recruiting a 2-year postdoctoral researcher in structural graph theory. The application deadline is 14th April 2024.

Invited speakers

February 20th, 2024 by David Wood

Group members will be invited speakers at various conferences in the 2024 European summer:

Daniel Horsley, Combinatorial Constructions Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Apil 2024

Melissa Lee, Groups & Algebras in Bicocca for Young Algebraists, Milan-Bicocca, 17th-21st June 2024

David Wood, 9th European Congress of Mathematics, Sevilla, Spain, July 2024

Dominic Welsh

February 14th, 2024 by David Wood

Graham Farr, Dillon Mayhew and James Oxley have published an intriguing article Dominic Welsh: his work and influence on The Matroid Union.

Andre Kundgen

January 28th, 2024 by David Wood

Welcome to André Kündgen, who is visiting the group on sabbatical from California State University San Marcos.

Jobs available at Monash

January 23rd, 2024 by iwanless

We’re very excited to be advertising 5 permanent jobs at Monash. The positions can be in any area of mathematics, but discrete maths (including graph theory and combinatorics) is designated as a priority area. For the formal details see:

Please spread the word and/or apply yourself. We can appoint young or established researchers, singles or couples. Monash discrete maths group is internationally important and Melbourne regularly features highly in lists of the world’s most liveable cities. So come and join us!

For any enquiries, email

Nina wins the CMSA Prize!

December 11th, 2023 by David Wood

Congratulations to Nina Kamčev for winning the inaugural CMSA Prize for her work completed at Monash University that led to the following papers:

N. Kamčev, A. Liebenau and N. Morrison, Towards a characterisation of Sidorenko systems, The Quarterly Journal of Mathematics.

N. Kamčev, A. Liebenau and N. Morrison, On uncommon systems of equations, Israel Journal of Mathematics.

The prize was announced today at the 45th ACC in Perth, where Nina gave an invited talk on her work.

MATRIX workshop

December 4th, 2023 by David Wood

This week, several group members are attending the MATRIX workshop Extremal Problems in Graphs, Designs, and Geometries organised by Daniel Horsley, Anita Liebenau (UNSW) and Tibor Szabo (Freie Universitat Berlin).


November 28th, 2023 by David Wood

Visitors this week include Padraig Ó Catháin from Dublin City University and Tibor Szabó from Freie Universität Berlin.

Padraig Tibor