Centre of Australian Category Theory, Macquarie University :: Managerial Statements

Centre of Australian Category Theory, Macquarie University :: Managerial Statements

CoACT Managerial Statements


Since 1971, the focal point of our Centre has been an active Seminar. A Seminar is not an appropriate structure to define our group nor to support its activities. Our activities go beyond the usual functioning of a single department in the University. This is clear from the fact that Street is in the Mathematics Department, Johnson is in the Computing Department, and other senior members are from the University of Sydney. In the main, funding for the Centre comes to Macquarie to administer, so it is appropriate that it should be a Macquarie University Research Centre. All members at Macquarie are in the Division of Information and Communication Sciences, so the Centre should be housed in that Division. Recognition as a Centre will be a strong sign to the international community and funding bodies that the University supports our operations. It will also allow researchers who wish to interact with us to negotiate better with their institutions for funding and research travel leave.

As a Centre we will have new obligations to view our activities corporately and to publicise them, report on them, and seek to develop them in the interests of the Centre's objectives rather than merely our own personal preferences. The existence of the Centre, its reports, and its publicity, will aid in attracting external participants to its work, whether they be students from other parts of Australia or the world, potential staff, or industrial partners for our more applied researches. All of this is particularly important since the individual workers of the Centre, members and associates, come from such diverse backgrounds. Similarly, as a Centre we will be able to formalise links that at present are ad hoc and often administered by individual members, although usually for the benefit of the (albeit not presently clearly defined) group. Furthermore, as a Centre we will be able to manage and plan the expenditure of the income from the Scott Johnson memorial donation in the pursuit of commonly agreed scientific goals.


  1. To advance significant research into Category Theory itself.

  2. To advance significant applications to other branches of mathematics, physics and computer science.

  3. To attract as Research Fellows the top recent PhDs in Category Theory and in perceived areas of application.

  4. To hold an active weekly Australian Category Seminar in conjunction with other Sydney universities.

  5. To collaborate productively with Category Theorists at the University of Sydney.

  6. To actively interact with the international mathematical community by accepting invitations to speak and join the scientific organizing committees of conferences, communicating electronically, refereeing and reviewing articles for international journals, travelling, and hosting Visiting Scholars at Macquarie.

  7. To train high quality graduate students.

  8. To interact with industry.


  1. Activity of the Australian Category Seminar.

    Benchmark At least 40 three-hour seminars per annum.

  2. Scholarly publication in international refereed journals.

    Benchmark 15 journal articles per annum.

    [By way of comparison, the Macquarie Mathematics Department produced 13 journal articles in 1996.]

  3. Editing of papers submitted to scholarly journals and to special issue volumes.

    Benchmark 1 special issue volume per annum.

  4. International plenary addresses and membership of conference scientific steering committees.

    Benchmark One international plenary address or one conference steering committee per annum.

  5. EFTSU attracted and completion rates, especially for postgraduate students.

    Benchmark 10 postgraduate EFTSU and 2 PhD completions per annum.

  6. Funding attracted through grant applications and other sources.

    Benchmark $300000 in external funding per annum.

  7. Visibility in the scientific review literature.

    Benchmark 20 reviews written by CoACT members appearing in Mathematical Reviews, Zentralblatt für Mathematik, or other influential mathematical and computing reviewing journals.

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