COW seminar

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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.


Next meeting

Bristol, Thursday 26th February 2015
1:30 Martí Lahoz (Paris): Products of theta divisors
3:00 Alexei Skorobogatov (London): Rational points on K3 and Enriques surfaces: an update
4:15 Bernhard Koeck (Southampton): Equivariant Euler characteristics and ε-constants of curves over finite fields - some wild stuff

The talks will be in the 4th floor seminar room of Howard House.

How to get to the university especially from Bristol Temple Meads station. The picture of two cows on that page is nothing to do with us.

Map showing Howard House.

Howard House is a portered building, but if the entrance is closed, please press 4 on the keypad to the right of the door and someone will let you in.

The Calf meets the next day, in Bath (about twelve miles away).

Bar cow
Social programme At 5:30 there will be a wine reception.

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 carries abstracts.

Future meetings

There will be a COW event as part of the B(A)MC in Cambridge, 30th March-2nd April 2015. The COW will present four speakers, two on Monday 30th March and two on Wednesday 1st April. The second of these sessions forms part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the London Mathematical Society.

Sources of information

Other events

Previous meetings

Historic COWs: 1995-96; 1996-97; 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-2000; 2000-01; 2001-02; 2002-03; 2003-04; 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13; 2013-14.

The drawing of the cow at the top of this page was created by Sketch the Cow (

We are sorry if you thought this page was going to be really about cows and were disappointed.