Thursday, December 29, 2016

BICA call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

We (Marco Buratti, Donald Kreher and Tran van Trung) ​have recently been named Editors-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (BICA). Our goal is to re-invigorate this publication as well as improve the quality of papers published in it.

​We are interested in publishing a wider variety of items than before, including expository and survey papers, classroom notes, conference reviews, conference announcements, and news of members, along with research papers. Because there is a lack of material in the pipeline, we encourage all ICA members to submit high quality papers for publication.

There will be a dedicated email address for the Bulletin set up in the near future.​ But for now, please submit your items for possible inclusion in BICA to the following email address:

Sincerely yours,

Marco, Don and Trung

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2012-13 Medal Winners

Euler medals:
Alex Rosa (2012)       
Curt Lindner (2013)    

Hall medals:
Michael Giudici (2012) 

Kirkman medals:
Rebecca Stones (2012)  
Xiande Zhang (2012)    

Congratulations to our winners!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

End-of-year donations!


As we build up the ICA bank account to support ICA activities, we would like to mention that it is now possible to make donations to the ICA. Since the ICA is associated with the non-profit FAU Foundation, a donation to the ICA will be tax-deductible.  Please consider making a donation on the following web page: 

Of course all donations will go towards ICA activities such as printing and mailing the Bulletin, conference support and ICA medals. 

Donors will be acknowledged in the Bulletin of the ICA (unless they wish to remain anonymous). 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

2011 Medal winners

Euler medals:
Cheryl Praeger

Hall medals:
Olga Polverino 

Kirkman medals:
Tao Feng  

Congratulations to our winners!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

BICA Updates

The Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications has been published since 1991. Currently, three volumes per year are published. Volume 78 will be dated September, 2016.

Three new editors-in-chief for the Bulletin of the ICA were selected in late 2016. They will be editing volumes starting in 2017. The three new editors are Marco Buratti, Donald Kreher and Tran van Trung.

A subscription to the Bulletin of the ICA is automatically included with membership in the ICA.

Manuscripts should be submitted to (an alternative address for submissions is

Tables of contents of back issues of the Bulletin of the ICA can be found here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

2009-2010 Medal Winners

Nominations from 2009-2010 were re-discovered and vetted by the most excellent Medals committee, and then voted on by the Council. For 2009, no eligible nominations were recovered, and for 2010, the following medals will be awarded retroactively:

Euler Medal 2010 Bojan Mohar

Hall Medal 2010 Catherine Greenhill

Kirkman Medal 2010 Daniel Horsley, Kai-Uwe Schmidt

Each nomination for a medal is to be made by two or more Fellows of the ICA. No ICA medal can be awarded to a current member of the ICA Council; and no Kirkman, Hall, or Euler Medal can be awarded to an Honorary Fellow. Further, nominees for an Euler, Hall, or Kirkman medal must be ICA members in the year for which they are nominated. A nomination must include a complete curriculum vitae and a letter detailing the extent and importance of the nominee's contributions, addressing the selection criteria. Nomination letters should be suitable for inclusion, in whole or in part, in a citation that may appear in the Bulletin of the ICA.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

An update on the medals

An update on the Medals:

Euler Medals recognize distinguished lifetime career contributions to combinatorial research by Fellows of the ICA who are still active in research. Normally, at most one medal per year is awarded.
Hall Medals recognize extensive quality research with substantial international impact by Fellows of the ICA in mid-career. Recipients must not have reached age 41 before the end of the year for which they are nominated. At most two medals per year are awarded.
Kirkman Medals recognize excellent research by Fellows or Associate Fellows of the ICA early in their research career, as evidenced by an excellent body of published research. Recipients must have earned their doctoral degree within the four years preceding the end of the year for which they are nominated. At most two medals per year are awarded.
Stanton Medals, instituted in 2016, honour significant lifetime contributions to promoting the discipline of combinatorics through advocacy, outreach, service, teaching and/or mentoring. Letters of nomination should establish the significance, duration, and impact of the nominees contributions other than research. At most one medal per year is to be awarded, typically to a Fellow of the ICA.

Each nomination for a medal is to be made by two or more Fellows of the ICA. No ICA medal can be awarded to a current member of the ICA Council; and no Kirkman, Hall, or Euler Medal can be awarded to an Honorary Fellow. Further, nominees for an Euler, Hall, or Kirkman medal must be ICA members in the year for which they are nominated. A nomination must include a complete curriculum vitae and a letter detailing the extent and importance of the nominee's contributions, addressing the selection criteria. Nomination letters should be suitable for inclusion, in whole or in part, in a citation that may appear in the Bulletin of the ICA.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bulletin of ICA tables of content

The tables of content of BICA issues starting in 2002 are maintained by Bill Kocay. In the future, we would like to have BICA completely published online, but it will take some time.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

BICA Issue number 1

BICA Issue number 1

Capture of the old bootcamp website, last updated May 17, 2007.

The Institute of Combinatorics & Its Applications
The Bulletin of the ICA

- home page -

History of the ICA
The ICA began in 1990. It benefitted greatly from the leadership of Professor Bill Tutte who served as the first President during 1990-1996, and as Past President from 1996 until his death in 2002. Professor Tutte was followed as President by Professor Anne Penfold Street, and the current President is Professor Ronald C. Mullin. Under their able guidance, the Institute has flourished in over 40 countries around the world and membership has grown steadily.
Organization of the Institute
The Institute is headed by its President and Vice-President, who are assisted by the Secretary and Registrar in running the organization. The current list of Council members is published on the title page of the Bulletin of the ICA.

Activities of the Institute
The most visible activity of the ICA is the publication of the Bulletin of the ICA, which is the main forum for news of the Institute and its members: promotions, moves, deaths; conference announcements; accounts of conferences, with pictures when possible; awards and honours. Each issue also contains a number of research notes and articles, selected from refereed submissions and approved by members of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin.

Annually, the Institute presents the ICA Medals. There are three possible awards: the Euler Medal, for a lifetime contribution of distinguished research by an ICA member who is still active; the Hall Medal, for important research by a member who will not have passed the age of 40 in the nominating year; and the Kirkman Medal, for important research by a member who received the doctoral degree in the past four years including the nominating year. All nominations are evaluated by the Members of Council, and the results are published in the Bulletin of the ICA.


Membership in the Institute
The ICA has three classes of membership: Member of the Institute, Associate Fellow of the Institute, and Fellow of the Institute. Membership is now over 800, and growing, with affiliate member groups in Slovenia, Hungary, Russia, India, and the People's Republic of China.

Members list
A complete members list has been published from the information on file every couple of years, and a new one is in the works at this time. This information allows fellow members to contact friends and colleagues who may have moved or whose professional contact address has changed. The list is provided as a service to the community and we depend on members providing correct contact information for our files.
We expect to continue publishing this list periodically; and we will suppress contact details for those members who express concern about privacy and security issues that might arise from the publication of their professional address information. Private personal information never leaves the filing cabinets.


The Bulletin of the ICA
The Bulletin is the official publication of the Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications. It is meant as a forum for sharing information and news of members: births, deaths and  promotions; awards; announcements of coming conferences; accounts of recent conferences; short research notes; and interesting results that might not fit the purview of the more mainstream publications. Size really is important, as we have only a fixed number of pages.
We ship the Bulletin of the ICA in January, May, and September.
As with the Members List, the Bulletin is intended for member use, and is distributed to the members at the addresses they have provided for our files... So if you are not receiving your Bulletin of the ICA it may be that we don't have your current address on file.
Submitted articles will be refereed and approved for publication in a professional manner. Instructions and formatting criteria are available from the Math Journals office and in the Bulletin.


Note: We intend to compile and publish a list of all articles that have appeared in the Bulletin of the ICAonline as soon as personnel can put it together.

Correspondence Address:
The Institute of Combinatorics & Its Applications
139 Middle Gate
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3C 2C6
1 (204) 772-2612

Minutes of the March 9, 2016 meeting

The meeting opened with a letter from Wal Wallis, current President of the ICA, read by Spyros Magliveras, in which Dr. Wallis resigned his position and proposed Douglas Stinson as new President.

A report from the Registrar, Ernest Ruet D'Auteuil.  

He reminded the assemblage that there were two bodies, a Learned Society of the The ICA and the corporate body ICA, incorporated.

As in past years, the ICA published three issues of The Bulletin and supported several international conferences, as given by the mandate from the membership.

Motion was made and seconded to intentionally thank Dr. Wallis for his time as President.

Conference Support and Advertising:
The ICA maintains a web presence through FaceBook:

Work is underway to create user forms.

News of members:
Professor Mirka Miller has passed away.
Professor Henda Swart has passed away.

A moment of silence was observed in their memory.

Professor Cheryl Praeger was honored with an honorary doctorate.

With regards to BICA:
A major source of news, with reports of past conference and announcements of upcoming conferences.
Specifically: three conferences are announced here Bali    Istanbul   Italy

Motion to accept and second - this, the addition to the report of the President.

The report of the Registrar.
What is the ICA? It seems to me that we should put our activities in perspective as we begin a new year, in short the learned society known as the ICA is a non profit voluntary association of professionals engaged in academic research in combinatorial mathematics and related areas.  Historically, the ICA was the brainchild of Professor Ralph Stanton, he talked about the need to help promote combinatorics.  The incorporated body may not be registered any more.  Membership had reached over 800 members.  The medals were offered as rewards to meritorious members.  The medals have not been awarded for several years.  Certificates of membership are available, and additional can be printed for around $35 each.   Last year, someone suggested that the ICA could have swag items, although that is not a high priority.  Perhaps once the organization is in better shape, we could add this to the website, along with Bulletin article guidelines and specifications.

At this point the report ends, and new business is brought by Drs. Froncek and Magliveras.

The motion was made and seconded to accept the following slate of council members for three and two-year terms, as indicated below:

Three-year term:

D. Stinson (President)
M. Buratti
D. Bryant
G. Chartrand
D. Froncek
S. Holliday
F. Hoffman
W.L. Kocay
D. Pike
K.B. Reid

Two-year term:

D. Jungnickel
D.L. Kreher
G. MacGillivray
S. Magliveras
O.R. Oellermann
D.G. Sarvate
I. Schiermeyer
J.R. Seberry
P. Zhang
E.A. Ruet d'Auteuil (Registrar)

The membership present took a voice vote and the slate was accepted.

Learned society had no constitution, however the ICA incorporated did, and Dr Froncek proposed a new constitution.  This document is available here: Constitution 3-9-16

Questions on the constitution: is absentee the same as online voting?
Action item to Council: This should be specified in the bylaws. 

Voice vote taken, there will be an ad-hoc committee to create voting schema.  Membership of this committee should talk to Professor Hogben.

Question: can anyone serve as an officer, or must they be on Council?  Well, should be anyone.  We’ll update the constitution.
Action item to Council: Define Quorum in the constitution or bylaws.

Reminder: this is only a first draft.

Motion: accept this constitution for the period of one year (until March of 2017), and the council is charged to update and edit the constitution and bylaws and prepare a report in one year time.  Approved by voice vote of present membership.

Idea: add a fourth medal in the memory of Ralph Stanton that will be for lifetime service to Combinatorics.  
Approved by acclamation.

Multiple medals per year is acceptable according to the old constitution.
Old nominations should be reactivated and awarded in the current year.

Question: should the medal conditions be revisited?  Possibly in the future…

Doug Stinson's term as President?  3-year term.

Action item to Council:  Add term limits to the constitution, specifically for the President and the Registrar positions.  And indicate that the President is on the Council.

The Registrar has prepared a financial statement for the last year, and it will be posted in the Bulletin.

Action item to Council: start medal nomination receipt ad-hoc committee.
Action item to Council: start website ad-hoc committee.

Constitution 3-9-16

Constitution of The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications

Article I: Name, Identification, and Location
The name of this organization shall be The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (below referred to as ICA). The principal office shall be located _______________________

Article II: Definition and Purposes
The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications shall promote combinatorial mathematics.

Article III: Members:
The Members shall be the legislative body of the ICA.

Article IV: Officers
The officers of the ICA shall be a President, three Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, and Council Members. They are to be elected by the members of ICA. Only ICA members can be elected to any of the above offices. Officers will serve unto their successors have been elected and assume office. The Council shall serve as the advisory body to the President and other officials.

Article V: Meetings:
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall normally be held in March. Responsibility for organizing the meeting belongs to the President. The date, location and time of the meeting, and an agenda, shall be communicated to the membership by the Secretary, via email, no less that 30 days before the date of the AGM. Special Membership Meetings can be called by the President, or by agreement of any two VicePresidents, or by agreement of any four Council members.

A Notice of Meeting, signed by the person or persons calling the meeting and including an agenda, shall be delivered to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the meeting. For the purposes of this article, it suffices to deliver a scanned image of the Notice by email to the Secretary. The Notice must also specify the date, time and location of the meeting. On receipt of the Notice, the Secretary shall communicate it to the membership by email no less that 10 days before the date of the meeting.

Article VI: Voting:

At any ICA meeting, the Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, and each Member shall have only one vote. The President shall only vote in the case of a deadlock. Proxy and absentee voting shall not be allowed.

Voting can be also performed online or via email within a 30 day period since the vote is announced. Late votes will be considered invalid.

Article VII: Bylaws
Bylaws will be approved by a majority vote of the Members attending the Annual Meeting, or by an email/online vote of all Members.