Groups St Andrews 2005 was held in the University of St Andrews from 30 July to 6 August 2005. This was the seventh in the series of Groups St Andrews group theory conferences organised by Colin Campbell and Edmund Robertson of the University of St Andrews. The first three were held in St Andrews and subsequent conferences held in Galway, Bath and Oxford before returning to St Andrews in 2005. We are pleased to say that the conference was, we believe, a success having been attended by 230 participants from 37 countries. The lectures and talks were given in the Mathematical Institute and the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews. Accommodation was provided in New Hall and in Fife Park.
The Scientific Organising Committee of Groups St Andrews 2005 was: Colin Campbell (St Andrews), Nick Gilbert (Heriot-Watt), Steve Linton (St Andrews), John O'Connor (St Andrews), Edmund Robertson (St Andrews), Nik Ruskuc (St Andrews), Geoff Smith (Bath). The Committee received very valuable support from our Algebra colleagues at St Andrews, both staff and postgraduate students. Once again, we believe that the support of the two main British mathematics societies, the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society has been an important factor in the success of these conferences.
The main speakers at the meeting were Peter J Cameron (Queen Mary, London), Rostislav I Grigorchuk (Texas A&M), John C Meakin (Nebraska-Lincoln) and Akos Seress (Ohio State).