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ELGA @ IMPA, 1–12 June 2015

rio-catThe Second Latin American School of Algebraic Geometry and Applications (II ELGA) will take place from June 1st to 12th, 2015, at Hotel La Plage, Cabo Frio, State of Rio de Janeiro.

The goal of this CIMPA research school is to train young mathematicians working in Latin America in some of the most active areas of research in algebraic geometry, as well as to promote greater interaction among researchers and students, and to build a network of collaborations. The first week of the school will consist of four mini-courses covering different aspects of algebraic geometry, all taught in English. (I will be giving a course about the integral Hodge conjecture.) There will also be poster presentations by young researchers and students. The second week will consist of research talks by leading specialists, as well as presentations by young researchers.

Registration is open, with a deadline of January 18th, 2015, for participants from outside Brazil.

Photo: A cat dressed in a fancy costume with its owner at the animal carnival parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP photo/Christophe Simon, via Hindustan Times.


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Algebraic Geometry 2015

craig-armstrong-climbing-adopted-cat-millie-6-600x799Algebraic geometry is fortunate to have the established tradition of a major discipline-spanning meeting every decade. The next such meeting will be held in Utah from July 12th to August 1st, 2015, with a preceding graduate student bootcamp from July 6th to 10th.

Registration is now open, with a deadline of January 15th, 2015.

I am organizing a seminar in the third week, with the following speakers:
Aravind Asok, Joseph Ayoub, Nicolas Bergeron, Patrick Brosnan, Aise Johan de Jong, Moritz Kerz, Bruno Klingler, Max Lieblich, Alena Pirutka, Shuji Saito, Christian Schnell, Zhiyu Tian

Photo from pechanga on instagram, via Millie, the Brave Rock Climbing Cat.

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IAS Workshop 9-13 March 2015: Chow Groups, Motives, and Derived Categories

wain-catsRegistration is now open. The Institute does not offer funding for visitors to this workshop; however, registration is free.

This workshop is part of the topical program “The Topology of Algebraic Varieties” taking place during the 2014-15 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study. One theme of the workshop is the Chow group of algebraic cycles on an algebraic variety, and the related concept of motives. A recent advance is the application of Chow groups to birational geometry, for example showing that very general quartic 3-folds are not stably rational. The workshop also covers derived categories of algebraic varieties, which also have exciting interactions with birational geometry.

François Charles
Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène
Annette Huber-Klawitter
Daniel Huybrechts
Bruno Kahn
Moritz Kerz
John Lesieutre
Marc Levine
Emanuele Macrì
Fabian Morel
Dmitry Orlov
Sam Payne
Alena Pirutka
Carlos Simpson
Vasudevan Srinivas
Zhiyu Tian
Gabrielle Vezzosi
Charles Vial

Drawing by Louis Wain

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IAS Workshop 13-17 October 2014: Fundamental Groups and Periods

This workshop is part of the topical program “The Topology of Algebraic Varieties” which will take place during the 2014–2015 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study. One theme of the workshop is to present the latest work on the possible fundamental groups of algebraic varieties. The other theme is periods of integrals, such as multiple zeta values, which are related to fundamental groups via Hodge theory, and also mixed Tate motives.

Registration for this workshop is now open at the IAS site:

There is also an unofficial website that aims to give information about activities surrounding the Institute special year:

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Save the date: October 25-26, 2014

What: AMS Fall Western Section (official site: here)
Where: San Francisco State University, San Francisco
Who: Invited addresses by Kai Behrend, Kiran Kedlaya, Julia Pevtsova,
Burt Totaro

The meeting includes the following special sessions (among others — sessions continue to be added):

Algebraic Geometry
Renzo Cavalieri, Colorado State University
Noah Giansiracusa, University of California, Berkeley
Burt Totaro, University of California, Los Angeles

Categorical Methods in Representation Theory
Eric Friedlander, University of Southern California
Srikanth Iyengar, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Julia Pevtsova, University of Washington

Polyhedral Number Theory
Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University
Martin Henk, Universität Magdeburg
Joseph Gubeladze, San Francisco State University

And James H. Simons will give the 2014 Einstein Public Lecture at this meeting on October 25, 2014.

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WAGS @ Boulder, 12-13 April 2014


The next edition of WAGS (Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium) is coming up: 12-13 April at the University of Colorado at Boulder. See you there.

Speakers are:
Daniel Erman, Wisconsin
Brendan Hassett, Rice
Elham Izadi, UC San Diego
Martijn Kool, UBC
James McKernan, UC San Diego
Martin Olsson, Berkeley

Image from lowjumpingfrog on flickr via pet360.

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AGNES @ Stony Brook, April 25-27


The Spring 2014 workshop of AGNES (Algebraic Geometry Northeastern Series) is the weekend of Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, in the Simons Center at Stony Brook University. There are funds to support participants. The registration deadline is March 15th.

The list of confirmed and tentative speakers is as follows.

Ron Donagi (Pennsylvania)
Eugene Gorsky (Columbia)
Sandor Kovacs (Washington)
James McKernan (UC San Diego)
Zsolt Patakfalvi (Princeton)
Michael Thaddeus (Columbia)
Burt Totaro (UCLA)
Cynthia Vinzant (Michigan)

The webpage for the workshop is at the following URL.

There is a registration form on the webpage. The deadline is March 15th, but particularly for funding purposes, participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Additional details will be announced on the workshop webpage. We hope to see you at AGNES Spring 2014.

Organizers: Samuel Grushevsky, Radu Laza, Robert Lazarsfeld, Jason Starr

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