Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
The ICGTPM series is traditionally dedicated to the application of symmetry and group theoretical methods in physics, chemistry and mathematics, and to the development of mathematical tools and theories for progress in group theory and symmetries. Over the years, it has further broadened and diversified due to the successful application of group theoretical, geometric and algebraic methods in life sciences and other areas.
More than 40 years ago the first colloquium in this series was held in Nijmegen. It initiated a series of annual meetings intended to provide a common forum for scientists interested in group theoretical methods. At that time, most of the participants belonged to two important communities: on the one hand, solid state specialists, elementary particle theorists and phenomenologists, and on the other, mathematicians eager to apply newly-discovered group and algebraic structures.
The conference series has become a meeting point for scientists working at modelling physical phenomena through mathematical and numerical methods based on geometry and symmetry. It is considered as the oldest one among the conference series devoted to geometry and physics. It has been further broadened and diversified due to the successful applications of geometric and algebraic methods in life sciences and other areas.
The first four meetings took place alternatively in Marseille and Nijmegen. Soon after, the workshop has acquired an international standing, especially following the 1975 Colloquium in Nijmegen and the 1976 Colloquium in Montreal. Since then it has been organized in many places around the world. It has become a bi-annual Colloquium since 1990, the year it was organized in Moscow.