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 2018 schedule is now online.


First Business Meeting: Submitting Talks

The first business meeting will be held after dinner on Sat, Dec 15 at 7:30pm:

Sat Dec 15, 7:30pm
Ayres Hall, Room 201
California State University, Chico

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.

Talks and Problem Sessions

Format of the Talks

The length allowed for all talks is 15-20 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions. Dec. 15 and 17 will be full days of talks, while Dec. 16 will have talks in the morning, leaving the afternoon for our “afternoon off” for sightseeing and recreation. Dec. 19 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 19, wherein we drink coffee, and swap stories of past conferences and participants. This year, we will likely do some planning for the 50th Anniversary edition of West Coast Number Theory (to be held in 2019).

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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