Yujiro Kawamata (Tokyo) and Yum-Tong Siu (Harvard) will speak in Edinburgh on Monday, December 6th, at a meeting of the London Mathematical Society. Limited funds are available to contribute to the expenses of members of the LMS or research students to attend the meeting. Contact Isabelle Robinson <email@example.com> for information.
This should be an interesting afternoon. Kawamata will speak on the abundance conjecture, perhaps the main open problem in birational geometry. Siu, the second speaker, has strongly suggested that he can prove this conjecture by analytic techniques.
Schedule and location
15.00 Tea and coffee
15.30-16.20 Yujiro Kawamata, Survey of the Abundance Conjecture
16.30-17.20 Yum-Tong Siu, Recent and Historical Analytic Techniques for Algebro-geometric Problems
18.00 Wine reception
UPDATE: I believe these talks are now taking place at the ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA. Directions: here.
This LMS meeting is part of the first day of a conference on Birational Geometry organized by Caucher Birkar and Ivan Cheltsov, taking place 6-10 December
at the Institute of Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP (Google map: here). See details for the entire conference: here.