One of the guiding principles behind the West Coast Number Theory conference is that “every idea is worth 15 minutes.” This means that there is not a formal, established program of talks before the conference begins. The list of speakers and topics is decided upon at the first business meeting, traditionally held after the opening banquet.

The 2017 Schedule will be decided at the First Business Meeting.

Opening Banquet

We will begin with an opening banquet on the evening of Dec. 16. This banquet will once again be held at the Point Pinos Grill, a short (1-block) walk from the Lighthouse Lodge & Cottages. To summarize:

Banquet: Dec 16, 2017. Drinks 5:30. Dinner 6:00-7:30pm
Point Pinos Grill
79 Asilomar Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA

Attendance at the banquet is optional, and there is an additional surcharge of $40 for the meal. People wanting Kosher or Vegan or other options should contact the organizers, and we will do our best to make accommodations.

This year’s diner will be buffet-style, and looks like the following:


  • House Made Biscuits, Creamery Butter
  • Baby Beet and Little Gem Salad
  • Navel Orange, Toasted Almonds, Goat Cheese, Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Vegetable Platter
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes, Rosemary, Sea Salt
    Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Pilaf, Pearl Onions, Tomatoes, Carrots, Celery, Baby Spinach
  • House Spiced Oven Roasted Tri-Tip, Corn Relish, Chimichurri Sauce
  • Dessert: Assorted Sweet Miniatures Display: Triple Chocolate Drop Cookies, Nanaimo Bars, Citron Tartlets, French Macaroons, California Nut Bar
  • Beverages: House Brewed Iced Tea with Lemon, Regular and Decaf Coffee
  • Special Instructions: Use Oil (NO Butter) for Veggies & Potatoes, NO Garlic or Garlic Powder.


First Business Meeting: Submitting Talks

After dinner (at 8pm), we will retire to the Monarch/Brigandine room at the Lighthouse Lodge, where we’ll have a quick meeting where titles are submitted and a schedule of talks is hastily assembled. People who skip the banquet are welcome to meet the rest of us at the meeting room. Though the room is called “the monarch room”, the giant sign over the door reads “BRIGANDINE.” No, we don’t know why.

IMPORTANT: If you cannot make the first business meeting, but do plan to give a talk, please send your talk title to so we can make sure you are on the schedule.

Note that the start time is approximate. It is possible that the dinner will run a little long, in which case, the business meeting will start right after dinner. If you arrive at 8:00pm and the room is empty, we will be along shortly!

Talks and Problem Sessions

Format of the Talks

The length allowed for all talks is 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions. Dec. 17 and 19 will be full days of talks, while Dec. 18 will have talks in the morning, leaving the afternoon for our “afternoon off” for sightseeing and recreation. Dec. 20 will be another half day. If there are not enough talks to fill it, it will consist of the informal “historical session,” described below. Two problem sessions will be scheduled during the conference, where unsolved problems, half-baked ideas, questions pertaining to number theory, and notes about previously posed problems are discussed.

Resources available

We have arranged for an a computer projector and a white board. If you have any other requirements, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Historical Session

If there are not enough talks to fill the final morning, the informal “Historical Session” will be held the morning of Dec 20, wherein we drink coffee, and swap stories of past conferences and participants.

Past Schedules

To give you and idea of the participant list and the wide variety and level of talks one can expect at this conference, schedules from recent conferences are available online. (Note: These documents may not reflect last minute changes that were made to the program during the conference itself.)

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