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WAGS @ UBC, 8–9 April 2017

The spring 2017 edition of the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS) will be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on the weekend 8–9 April 2017. For detailed information and to register, please see the conference website.

The excellent line-up of speakers is:
Jarod Alper (Washington)
Melody Chan (Brown)
Daniel Halpern-Leistner (Columbia)
Sam Payne (Yale)
Giulia Sacca (Stony Brook)
Bernd Sturmfels (Berkeley)
Ravi Vakil (Stanford, to be confirmed)

Image is from the Tremaine Arkley Croquet Collection in the UBC Library Rare Books and Special Collections via the UBC Library’s digitization blog.

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WAGS @ Colorado State, 15–16 October

Cat_TailThe Fall 2016 edition of the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS) will be held at Colorado State University on the weekend of 15–16 October. In addition to an excellent program of talks, there will be a lively poster session.

Speakers are:
Enrico Arbarello, Sapienza Universita di Roma/Stony Brook
Emily Clader, San Francisco State University
Luis Garcia, University of Toronto
Diane Maclagan, University of Warwick
Sandra Di Rocco, KTH
Brooke Ullery, University of Utah

For more information and to register, see the WAGS Fall 2016 site.

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SoCalAGS @ UCLA, 5 December 2015

eno-cat-28Don’t displease Brian Eno’s cat. Come to the four excellent talks at December’s Southern California Algebraic Geometry Seminar at UCLA.

Talks are in Mathematical Sciences Building 6627.

Speakers are:
Jim Bryan, University of British Columbia
Dragos Oprea, University of California, San Diego
Giulia Sacca, SUNY Stony Brook
Xinwen Zhu, Caltech

For information on parking, please register.

Photo is a still from The British Guide to Showing Off via Hero Culte.

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WAGS @ UW, 17–18 October 2015


The Fall 2015 Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, on the weekend of 17–18 October in Savery Hall 260 (on the Quad — not the math department building).

Speakers are:
Valery Alexeev, Georgia
Aravind Asok, USC
Brian Osserman, Davis
Alena Pirutka, NYU
Yiwei She, Columbia
Rekha Thomas, Washington
Nikolaos Tziolas, Cyprus & Princeton

Photo from imagur. Todd Marinovich: “I just saw purple. That’s all. No numbers, no faces, just purple.”

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Algebraic Geometry 2015: schedule details


Timetables are now available for the afternoon invited talks at the AMS Summer Institute in Algebraic Geometry, taking place in Utah from July 12 to August 1.

The seminar I’m organizing is in Week 3: July 27–31. Speakers are:
Aravind Asok
Joseph Ayoub
Nicolas Bergeron
Patrick Brosnan
Aise Johan de Jong
Moritz Kerz
Bruno Klingler
Max Lieblich
Alena Pirutka
Shuji Saito
Stefan Schreieder
Zhiyu Tian

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Summer blockbuster: Manhole Cover!


Making last-minute preparations for my visit to Brazil, to give a short course on algebraic cycles and birational geometry, I decided to visit the US State Department website for any travel advisories. Almost everything there was as expected. Almost.

Visitors should also remain alert to the possibility of manhole cover explosions. There have been multiple manhole cover explosions in Rio de Janeiro in the past few years, with a higher incidence in the Centro and Copacabana neighborhoods.

On further investigation, I see that these menaces do their best to lure you in:

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Take a tour from the safety of your home at 6EMEIA and

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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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