A Tour of Combinatorics and Statistical Mechanics: In Memory of Richard Brak

Richard Brak
Richard at Guttmannfest 2015, photo by Jesper Jacobsen.

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On 7 February, 2022 we held a symposium in memory of our dear friend and colleague Richard Brak.

Wonderful talks were given by Mireille Bousquet-Mélou, Thomas Prellberg, Stu Whittington, Buks Janse van Rensburg, Gary Iliev, Chris Soteros, Andrew Rechnitzer, Judy-anne Osborn, Tony Guttmann, Iwan Jensen, Aleks Owczarek, Nick Beaton, and Jan de Gier.

The symposium was organised by Nathan Clisby, Tim Garoni, Tony Guttmann, and Aleks Owczarek with much assistance from Kirsten Hoak, Sandrine Procacci, and Anna Rodway.

It was hosted in hybrid face-to-face and online mode by the University of Melbourne, with a mixture of local and international participants from places including France, the UK, Canada, and the USA.

The program page contains a list of talks, with links to video recordings and pdf files.

Please visit this page to see photos of Richard in action.

Please visit the photos page to see photos from the day.

During the symposium we celebrated Richard, his research contributions, and his contributions to the lattice statistical mechanics community and the mathematical physics community (ANZAMP) more broadly.

Richard was deeply interested in archaeology, and over many years painstakingly produced an accurate 3d digital reconstruction of the palace at Knossos based on archaeological data. See http://findingstones.com/ for some renderings.

The symposium venue was the Evan Williams Theatre, in the Peter Hall Building of the University of Melbourne. Visitors should access the Peter Hall Building via the western entrance as shown on the map below. The red marker shows the western entrance, and the purple marker shows the Evan Williams Theatre.

Evan Williams
            Theatre directions


  • Nathan Clisby
  • Tim Garoni
  • Tony Guttmann
  • Aleks Owczarek

                triangulated polygons
The image used for the site favicon is the result of the product of two triangulations of regular polygons. Source: A Universal Bijection for Catalan Structures (2018).

If you have any comments or (especially) photos please contact Nathan Clisby at nclisby@swin.edu.au