Mr Martin van Beek BSc MASt

School of Mathematics
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Martin van Beek is a research fellow in the algebra group.


  • MASt in Mathematical Sciences, University of Warwick, 2017
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, University of Glasgow, 2016


Martin van Beek qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow in 2016. He went on to complete a Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Warwick in 2017. He then went on to study for a PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Birmingham the same year.

In 2021, Martin submitted his PhD thesis, titled 'Local Group Theory, The Amalgam Method, and Fusion Systems' and completed under the supervision of Prof. Chris Parker.

Later in 2021, Martin began an EPSRC funded research associateship at the University of Birmingham with the goal of classifying parabolic systems in fusion systems.


Research Themes

  • Fusion systems
  • Amalgams of finite groups
  • Local finite group theory

Research Activity

Martin is interested in local group theory, specifically through the lens of saturated fusion systems over p-groups and their interactions with group amalgams. His current research focuses on recognizing the p-fusion categories of simple groups of Lie type from prescribed local actions. Alongside this, he is interested in exotic fusion systems at odd primes, and the applications of fusion systems to representation theory and homotopy theory.