**HISTORY OF THE CONFERENCES ON BANACH ALGEBRAS**

**The First Conference: **

The
first conference took place at the *Homomorphisms** and derivations from Banach Algebras*.
The conference was the idea of Bill Bade of

**The Second Conference: Leeds, UK, 1976**

The
Conference was organized by H. G. Dales and entitled *Conference on Automatic Continuity*; the lectures were given in the
single week 14-18 June, 1976, in

**The Third Conference: **

The
main part of the conference took place from 17 to 31 July, 1981; it was
attended by 32 mathematicians. The title
was *Radical Banach algebras and automatic
continuity. * The
conference was organized by John Bachar, who managed
to find some money. The proceedings of
the conference were produced as a Springer Lecture Notes; some articles in this
volume are still very valuable

**The Fourth Conference: **

The
Conference was organized by Kjeld Laursen
in *Derivations from Banach algebras*, and it
took place in the

**The Fifth Conference: **

The
Conference, entitled *Workshop on Banach
algebras*, was organized by Bill Bade and Phil Curtis in *International Congress of Mathematicians *which took place also in

**The Sixth Conference: Leeds, 1987**

The
Conference, entitled *Automatic continuity
and radical Banach algebras* took place in

**The Seventh Conference:
**

The
conference was called *Workshop on Banach
algebras*; it took place in

**The Eighth Conference: **

The
conference was organized by Rick Loy and entitled *Automatic continuity and radical Banach algebras*; it took place at

**The Ninth Conference: **

The
third and final workshop that Bill Bade and Phil Curtis organized took place in
*Third *. About 22 people from outside

**The Tenth Conference: **

The
conference was organized by Graham Allan, with the assistance of Tom Ransford, at the University of
Cambridge, England; it took place from 1 to 12 July, 1991 under the title *Cambridge** Banach algebras symposium. *There are now signs of increased attendance: about 40
people from outside

**The Eleventh
Conference: **

The
Conference was organized by Fereidoun Ghahramani and J. Peter McClure of *Banach algebras and amenability*, and the conference took place from
3 to 13 August, 1993. Again about 40 mathematicians
came to the conference from outside the host university.

**The Twelfth Conference:
**

The
Conference was organized by Barry Johnson and Michael White at the *Banach algebras ’95*, and it took place
from 17 to 28 July 1995. It was at this conference
that the numbers attending again took a large upwards bound: there were about
100 participants.

**The Thirteenth
Conference: **

The
was
called *Banach algebras 1997* and took
place in the Heinrich Fabri Institute,

**The Fourteenth
Conference: **

This meeting was organized by Sandy Grabiner
and Marc Thomas, and it took place from July 26 till August 6, 1999; there were
78 participants. A

**The Fifteenth
Conference: **

Our conferences returned to *15th International Conference on Banach
algebras, BALTICON 2001 – Banach algebra theory in context*, and the
organizers were Niels Gronbaek,
Kjeld Laursen, Niels Laustsen, and Thomas Vils Petersen. There were approximately 80 participants.

**The Sixteenth
Conference: **

The
Conference took place in *Banach
algebras and their applications*. The conference
was organized by Anthony To-Ming Lau and Volker Runde.
Attendance reached a new record, with 136 participants. The proceedings, edited
by A. Lau and V. Runde, were published by the AMS as
"Banach Algebras and Their Applications" as Volume 363 of their
Contemporary Mathematics series. More information is available at the
conference web page at: http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~ba03/

**The Seventeenth
Conference: **

The
Conference took place in *Banach algebras and their
applications*. The number of participants was 151.
More information is available at the conference web page at:
http://www.math.u-bordeaux.fr/ba2005/

**The Eighteenth
Conference: **

The
Conference took place at the *Banach algebras 2007*. The conference was
organized by Frederic Gourdeau and Thomas Ransford. More
information is available at the conference web page at: http://newton.mat.ulaval.ca/ba07/index.php