The COW seminar is an Algebraic geometry seminar which is so called
because it originally met in Cambridge, Oxford or Warwick. Meetings, of which
there are several every term, are now also regularly held in Bath and London (Imperial College) and
occasionally in other places.
The general organisers are Miles Reid at Warwick
and Gregory Sankaran at
Bath. Many other people help.
The COW seminar is funded by the London
Mathematical Society. The funds are held at Bath. To claim your
travel expenses you have to fill in a Bath
travel claim form (the word COW should appear prominently) and
post it to Finance Secretary, Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY.
Bath, Thursday 5th December 2013
2:00 Milena Hering (Edinburgh): The moduli space of points on the
projective line and its ring of invariants.
3:30 Giulio Codogni (Cambridge): Satake compactifications,
lattices and the Schottky problem
4:45 Al Kasprzyk (London): Mutations, Minkowski polynomials, and Fano manifolds
The first lecture will be in WH1LT. The second and third will be in 3E3.8.
A pub, probably the Rising Sun in Grove Street, near Pulteney Bridge.
When a COW meeting is planned, a
copy of the announcement suitable for
printing and displaying on a notice board is made available. This also
A meeting is planned for Oxford on February 13th, and one will
probably take place in Loughborough in the fairly near future.
Sources of information
Details of COW activities are usually circulated by e-mail. UK
mathematicians, including research students, interested in algebraic
geometry in the wide sense may (and probably should) subscribe to the
mailing lists. To do so, you go to
and follow the instructions there.
The erstwhile European algebraic geometry network EAGER still
exists in the form of a useful electronic mailing list
which you may wish to join.
topology and geometry seminar also runs a mailing list. To join
it, email "subscribe" to email@example.com.
A vital resource for all geometers is the e-print server
arXiv. For algebraic geometry math.AG
is the most important category but some other
categories are also relevant.
The northern equivalent of COW is
which meets in Glasgow, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
A more local but even less specific seminar is the London Topology and
Geometry Seminar, also known as G&T.
is a seminar organised by and for graduate students in geometry.
Cardiff, Thursday 17th October 2013
2:00 Michael Groechenig (London): Higgs bundles and crepant resolutions
3:30 Sebastian Franco (Durham): Bipartite field theories: from QFT to algebraic geometry, combinatorics and cluster
5:00 Will Donovan (Edinburgh): Noncommutative deformations and 3-fold flops
Cambridge, Thursday 14th November 2013
2:00 Burt Totaro (Cambridge): The integral Hodge conjecture for 3-folds
3:30 Arend Bayer (Edinburgh): Derived equivalences of K3 surfaces
5:00 Ionut Ciocan-Fontanine (Minneapolis)
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