NMSS is excited to announce that the 2019 Blakers Lecturer will be Professor Ole Warnaar. The Blakers Lecture is delivered by a member of the Australian Academy of Science exclusively to students and staff of the School, held at the Shine Dome. The lecture is named after the founder of the National Mathematics Summer School, Professor A.L. (Larry) Blakers AM.

Ole Warnaar is a pure mathematician from the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland. He grew up in The Netherlands, where he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Leiden and Doctorate at the University of Amsterdam.

In 1993 he moved to Australia for a postdoctoral position at The University of Melbourne. After a brief stint back in The Netherlands, he returned to Australia on a more permanent basis in 2000, and has been Professor and Chair in Pure Mathematics at The University of Queensland since 2008. Ole is a past Vice President of the Australian Mathematical Society and past deputy chair of the National Committee for Mathematical Sciences. In 2008 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to algebraic combinatorics, integrable systems and number theory.

Since 2006 Ole writes the competition questions for years 7 and 8 of the University of Melbourne School Mathematics Competition, poking mathematical fun at politicians, celebrities and popular culture.