27th British Combinatorial Conference

The 27th British Combinatorial Conference will be held from 29th July to 2nd August 2019 organised by the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham. For further information, please contact the organisers at bcc2019@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Plenary speakers

There will be nine invited plenary lectures, delivered by the following speakers:


Through the generous support of the Heilbronn Institute there will be six invited mini-symposia covering the following topical areas of research in Combinatorics:


Additive Combinatorics:

Organised by Julia Wolf.


Designs and Latin Squares:

Organised by Peter Cameron.


Extremal Combinatorics:

Organised by Oleg Pikhurko.


Graph Colouring:

Organised by Zdeněk Dvořák.


Probabilistic Combinatorics:

Organised by David Conlon.


Ramsey Theory:

Organised by Maria Axenovich.


Conference Fees
  Early Bird (before 6th June 2019) Standard (after 6th June 2019)
 Normal  £225  £275
 Reduced   £160  £210

Reduced registration fee is available for both students and retired participants.

The conference dinner and the excursion is not included in the conference fee and can be purchased separately for £65. However, the registration includes all lunches, coffee breaks and the welcome reception, as well as a copy of  "Surveys in Combinatorics 2019".

Please note that for child protection reasons we are only able to accept registration for the conference for people who are at least 18 years old.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In recent years, scams have become common relating to academic conferences (e.g. emails/phone-calls from people offering to book travel/accommodation etc. relating to a conference). Please note, no one involved in the conference will ever email or call participants asking for bank details or other sensitive data. The only transactions made (i.e. for registration) will be made through the University of Birmingham's online shop. 

UPDATE: the online shop is working again. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Note that the early bird registration deadline has been extended to June 6th.


Contributed talks

All participants are encouraged to submit an abstract on a topic related to the conference and give a 20-minute presentation. Please prepare your abstract according to the instructions given in the template: [PDF, TeX] and email both the TeX file and the PDF file to bcc2019@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 6th June 2019. Please use `Abstract submission - FirstName LastName' as the subject line of your email.  We will aim to notify you regarding the acceptance of your abstract within two weeks of submission.

Support for participants

Through the partnerships with the London Mathematical Society and the Clay Mathematics Institute, we have a significant amount of support available for participants:

  • CMI Travel Support: for students and early career applicants within five years of their PhD graduation, not holding a tenured or tenure-track position, to support travel and accommodation costs. Note that awardees are expected to give talks. Please ensure you submit an abstract along with the application.
  • LMS UK-based PhD students’ Travel Support: for UK-based Research students to support travel costs. 
  • LMS Scheme 5 countries Travel Support: for participants working in developing countries (see list here) to support travel costs.

To apply to any of this support you need to send a CV, a rough budget and one letter of support from a referee (only for students and postdoctoral researchers) to bcc2019@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 31st March 2019. Please use `Participation support - FirstName LastName' as the subject line of your email. A committee will select which participants will be awarded these three types of support. Applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of April.


To be announced soon.


There are a number of options on campus. 

  • Single En-Suite Accommodation at Vale Village: The rate is £45 per night, including breakfast. This rate is only guaranteed before 6th June. This can be booked during registration via the UoB online shop.
  • Edgbaston Park and Hotel: Special conference rate including breakfast: £90 single, £99 double. To book accommodation you must either send an email to Lucy Woods or Matthew Arnott at reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or call Lucy at +44 (0) 121 414 9780 or Matthew at +44 (0) 121 414 9779. In either case, please quote the booking reference code BCC2019
  • Lucas House: Special conference rate including breakfast: £84 single, £91.50 double. To book accommodation you must either send an email to Lucy Woods or Matthew Arnott at reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or call Lucy at +44 (0) 121 414 9780 or Matthew at +44 (0) 121 414 9779. In either case, please quote the booking reference code BCC2019LH

There are plenty of hotels at the city centre which is 10 min away by train or 20 min by bus. As a recommended inexpensive hotel, we suggest the Ibis Budget (Birmingham centre).


The conference takes place in the Arts Building in the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham, building R16 on the Campus map.

By Air

From Birmingham International Airport you can take a taxi directly to the University Conference Park on Edgbaston Park Road, which costs about 35-40 GBP. A significantly cheaper (and still reasonably fast) alternative is to take the free Air-Rail link from the Airport terminal building to the Birmingham International Railway station. From there, take a train to Birmingham New Street and change for a train to Birmingham University as described below. 
From Heathrow Airport you can take a direct National Express Coach to the Birmingham Coach station. For more information on arriving in Birmingham via coach see below.

By Train

The main Birmingham station is Birmingham New Street, where there are several trains each connecting Birmingham to London, the Midlands and the north. Alternatively, there are trains connecting London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street (which is 5 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street). For timetables and ticket reservations, please visit the National Rail Enquiries website. 
From Birmingham New Street one needs to take another train to come to the University of Birmingham. Most of the trains that stop at Birmingham University are the West Midlands trains to Bromsgrove, Redditch or Longbridge (they usually depart from platform 12B at the Birmingham New Street Station).
The Arts Building is a 10 minutes walk from the University train station. See the Campus map for more details.

By Coach

The Birmingham Coach station is located in the city centre. There is regular service to central London and London airports. The coach station is 15 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street.

By Bus

Numbers 61 and 63 travel from the city centre to the Edgbaston campus.

By Taxi

A taxi from the Birmingham International Airport to the University costs about 35-40 GBP and a taxi from the city centre around 10 GBP. 

Social Events

The ICA Welcome Reception on Monday

On Monday evening we will have a welcome reception at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (2-minute walk from the venue) where everyone is invited to attend. This event has been kindly supported by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. The Barber Institute holds an impressive collection that include prime examples of the work of many of the greatest artists such as Botticelli, Rubens, Van Dyck, Turner, Manet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Magritte. Guided tours will be available during the reception.

Concert on Tuesday

Following the tradition, on Tuesday evening there will be a concert organised by BCC musicians. Bring your instrument to the conference! We will provide a piano.

Excursion to the Black Country Living Museum on Wednesday

On Wednesday afternoon an excursion is organised to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. The museum recreates an industrial town in the Black Country in the nineteenth century. Transportation will be provided by the organisers. Please remember to purchase the "Dinner&Excursion" ticket, if you want to join us.

Conference dinner on Thursday

On Thursday evening we will hold a conference dinner at the Edgbaston Park Hotel (5-minute walk from the venue). We can accommodate dietary requirements. Please remember to purchase the "Dinner&Excursion" ticket, if you want to attend.

Information for attendees with childcare responsibilities

The University of Birmingham operates three nurseries for pre-school children, and it may be possible to arrange a place for your child in one of these nurseries for the week of the conference, although we cannot guarantee availability. Please contact the organisers for further information.

The London Mathematical Society believes that all parents working in mathematics should be able to attend conferences and research meetings without being hindered by childcare costs and thereby administers a Childcare Supplementary Grant Scheme. Further information about this scheme can be found on the LMS website:  http://www.lms.ac.uk/content/childcare-supplementary-grants

Organising Committee

Allan Lo (Birmingham), Richard Mycroft (Birmingham), Guillem Perarnau (Birmingham and UPC) and Andrew Treglown (Birmingham).


The 2019 conference is organised in partnership with the Clay Mathematics Institute, the Heilbronn Institute, Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications and the London Mathematical Society (through a Scheme 1 grant); we thank each of these organisations for their generous involvement and support.