Department of Mathematics
Royal Holloway University Of London

17/12/10 Hereditarily just infinite groups

A one day meeting on Hereditarily Just Infinite Groups will be held on Friday 17 December 2010 at Royal Holloway, University of London.  The classification of finite simple groups is one of the greatest achievements of 20th century mathematics. In the category of profinite (or subcategory of pro-p groups), the ‘simple’ objects are the so-called just infinite groups. Loosely speaking, the study of these groups reduces to the study of branch groups and hereditarily just infinite groups. The meeting will focus on what is known about the latter type, with particular emphasis on novel constructions of J.S. Wilson and of M. Ershov and A. Jaikin-Zapirain.  Prospective speakers are:

Benjamin Klopsch (Royal Holloway)

John S. Wilson (Oxford)

Colin D. Reid (Aachen)

The meeting is part of the South England Profinite Groups Meetings which are supported by an LMS Scheme 3 grant.  Limited funds are available to reimburse travel expenses of UK-based students and young mathematicians.

For more details see or contact B. Klopsch (

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