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ET’nA 2017 May 31st, 2017

ET’nA 2017 — Encounter in Topology ‘n Algebra
Summer School, Workshop and Mentoring day

Scuola Superiore di Catania
Catania, Italy, May 31 – June 4, 2017

The scientific event consists of a one-day Summer School, followed by a Research Workshop. The proposed workshop will bring together several experts in Algebraic Combinatorics, Algebraic Topology and Commutative Algebra.

Topics of the Summer school:
*Resonance varieties
by Graham Denham (University of Western Ontario) and Alex Suciu (Northeastern University);

**Polytopes, Dual Graphs, and Line Arrangements
By Bruno Benedetti (University of Miami) and Matteo Varbaro (Università di Genova).

Speakers of the Workshop:

  • Anders Björner (KTH),
  • Christin Bibby (University of Western Ontario),
  • Suyoung Choi (Ajou University),
  • Dan Cohen (Louisiana State University),
  • Alexandru Constantinescu (Freie Universität Berlin),
  • Afshin Goodarzi* (FU Berlin),
  • Lukas Katthän (University of Minnesota),
  • Anatoly Libgober (University of Illinois at Chicago),
  • Luca Moci (Université Paris 7 – Diderot),
  • Claudio Procesi (Università di Roma La Sapienza),
  • Alfio Ragusa (Università di Catania),
  • Yury Ustinovskiy (Princeton University),
  • Masahiko Yoshinaga (Hokkaido University).

For more information, see

Third Pohang International Conference on Commutative Rings and Algebras June 5th, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to give the second announcement of the Third Pohang International Conference on Commutative Rings and Algebras.

  • Time: June 5-10, 2017
  • Place: Hyundai Hotel Gyeongju, Gyeongju, South Korea.

For a better preparation for the conference, please let us know if you are going to attend (or plan to attend but not fixed yet) the conference by February 28, 2017.

If you would like to give a talk at the conference, please send your abstracts in TEX and PDF to (Phan Thanh Toan) and (Byung Gyun Kang) by March 31, 2017.

The conference fee is $300 including a formal conference banquet. Please pay the fee by cash at the conference venue. Unfortunately, we are unable to give any support for your travel or living expenses this time.

We have made a (simple) website for the conference. Please visit it at for more information such as travel or accommodation.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact us: Byung Gyun Kang (email: or Phan Thanh Toan (email:

We look forward to seeing you in Korea.

Best regards,

Byung Gyun Kang

Nordfjordeid 2017: Homological aspects June 12th, 2017

The Nordfjordeid Summer School, on “Homological aspects of commutative algebra”, will be held 12-16 June, 2017, at the Sophus Lie Conference Center, in Nordfjordeid, Norway.

The theme of the summer school is homological commutative algebra. The three lecture series will focus on recent progress on the so-called homological conjectures, and topics include free resolutions, combinatorial commutative algebra, Stillman’s question and the Eisenbud-Goto conjecture. The summer school will be aimed at phd students and advanced master students.

Invited speakers:

  • Gunnar Fløystad (University of Bergen)
  • Graham Leuschke (Syracuse University)
  • Jason McCullough (Rider University)

For more information, see the web page for the Summer School.

Catalan/Spanish/Swedish joint meeting, Umeå June 12th, 2017

There will be a joint meeting of the Catalan, Spanish, and Swedish Mathematical Societies June 12-15, 2017 in the city of Umeå (Sweden). The venue of the conference will be the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics of Umeå University.

Inside this meeting, there will be a special session on Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra, that will take place in June, 13-15, organized by Alberto F. Boix (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) and Julio José Moyano-Fernández (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain).

Expected speakers:

  • Josep Àlvarez Montaner (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain).
  • Adson Banda (Linköpings Universitet, Sweden).
  • Alberto Castaño Dominguez (Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany).
  • Laura Costa (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain).
  • Ferran Dachs-Cadefau (Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Germany).
  • Alessandro De Stefani (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden).
  • Stiofáin Fordham (University College Dublin, Ireland).
  • Jens Forsgård (Texas A&M University, United States of America).
  • Ignacio García Marco (Aix-Marseille Université, France).
  • Víctor González-Alonso (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany).
  • Dolors Herbera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain).
  • Roser Homs (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain).
  • Kaie Kubjas (Aalto-yliopisto, Finland).
  • Leif Melkersson (Linköpings Universitet, Sweden).
  • Joan-Carles Naranjo (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain).
  • Luis Narváez Macarro (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain).
  • Santiago Zarzuela (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain).

The deadline for registration is May 19; you can register on the session web page.

PRAGMATIC 2017, Catania, Italy June 19th, 2017

PRAGMATIC 2017 will be in Catania, Italy on June 19th – July 7th, 2017 (arrival date June 18th; departure date July 8th).


  • Brian Harbourne – University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska (USA)
  • Adam Van Tuyl – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)


  • Tai Huy Ha – Tulane University New Orleans (USA)
  • Enrico Carlini – Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Topic: Powers of ideals and ideals of powers

The topics are motivated by algebraic problems related to the relationship between various notions of powers of ideals, and by geometric problems related to secant varieties, including, as just one among a constellation of variations, the Waring problem of writing a homogeneous polynomial as a minimal sum of powers of linear homogeneous polynomials, which translates algebraically into studying ideals of powers.

These topics will be approached from three points of view—algebra, combinatorics, and geometry—and the interactions between these perspectives will be developed. Participants will be invited to explore the evolution of the set of associated primes of higher and higher powers of an ideal. For ideals associated to a combinatorial object like a graph or hypergraph, one wishes to explain this evolution in terms of the original combinatorial objects. Similar questions concern understanding the Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity of powers of combinatorially defined ideals in terms of the associated combinatorial data.

From a more geometric point of view, one can consider how the relations between symbolic and regular powers can be interpreted in geometrical terms. Other topics to be studied include aspects of Waring type problems and symbolic powers of an ideal, for example, Waldschmidt constants, resurgences, and the persistence of associated primes.

A significant feature of this school of research is that participants will be divided into small groups (say groups of 2 to 3) to work on open problems on topics related to the main lectures. The lecturers will mentor each group, with the larger goal of providing each group with the basis for a project leading to a publication of the results in a professional journal.

People who wish to be considered either for participation and/or for financial support should fill an application form,

available at

which should be sent to the following address:


The deadline for applications is March 31th, 2017. The Committee of Pragmatic will decide about financial supports and admissions within April 15th, 2017.

Interested people who need more information about Pragmatic can contact any member of the local committee or write to the above e-mail address.

Further information and application form at:

See also:


  • Alfio Ragusa – Università di Catania
  • Elena Guardo – Università di Catania
  • Francesco Russo – Università di Catania
  • Giuseppe Zappalà – Università di Catania

Commutative Algebra meeting Algebraic Geometry: Dorin Popescu’s 70th birthday June 24th, 2017

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, the Institute of Mathematics “Simion Stoilow” of the Romanian Academy and the Romanian Mathematical Society will organize the conference “Commutative Algebra meeting Algebraic Geometry” in honor of Dorin Popescu’s 70th birthday. The talks will take place at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, and will start in the morning of June 24th and end in the late afternoon of June 27th 2017.

Invited speakers include:

  • Marian Aprodu (Univ. Bucharest & IMAR, Romania)
  • Vasile Brînzănescu (IMAR, Romania)
  • Aldo Conca (Univ. Genova, Italy)
  • Sorin Dăscălescu (Univ. Bucharest, Romania)
  • Viviana Ene (Univ. Ovidius, Constanta, Romania)
  • Florian Enescu (Georgia State Univ., USA)
  • Jean Fasel (Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Mihai Fulger (Princeton Univ., USA)
  • Gert-Martin Greuel (Kaiserslautern Univ., Germany)
  • Herwig Hauser (Univ. Wien, Austria)
  • Jürgen Herzog (Univ. Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Srikanth Iyengar (Utah Univ., USA)
  • Radu Laza (Stony Brook Univ., USA)
  • Graham Leuschke (Syracuse Univ., USA)
  • Mircea Mustață (Michigan Univ., USA)
  • Ștefan Papadima (IMAR, Romania)
  • Gerhard Pfister (Kaiserslautern Univ., Germany)
  • Claudiu Raicu (Notre Dame Univ., USA)
  • Marko Roczen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
  • Alexandra Seceleanu (Nebraska Univ., USA)

The organizers are Marius Vladoiu ( and Adrian Popescu.

For more information, see the web page for the conference.

The Prospects for Commutative Algebra, Osaka July 10th, 2017

There will be a conference “The Prospects for Commutative Algebra” at the Hotel Nikko Osaka, in Osaka, Japan, July 10-14, 2017.

Invited Speakers for Plenary Lectures

  • Winfried Bruns (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Aldo Conca (Università degli Studi di Genova)
  • Dale Cutkosky (University of Missouri)
  • David Eisenbud (MSRI/University of California Berkeley)
  • Daniel Erman (University of Wisconsin)
  • Shiro Goto (Meiji University)
  • Jürgen Herzog (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
  • Osamu Iyama (Nagoya University)
  • Srikanth Iyengar (University of Utah)
  • Ryo Kanda (Osaka University/University of Washington)
  • Kazuhiko Kurano (Meiji University)
  • Claudia Polini (University of Notre Dame)
  • Tony J. Puthenpurakal (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
  • Claudiu Raicu (University of Notre Dame)
  • Maria Evelina Rossi (Università degli Studi di Genova)
  • Frank-Olaf Schreyer (Universität des Saarlandes)
  • Karl Schwede (University of Utah)
  • Janet Striuli (Fairfield University)
  • Ryo Takahashi (Nagoya University)
  • Kevin Tucker (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Brooke Ullery (Harvard University)
  • Christine Berkesch Zamaere (University of Minnesota)

Organizing Committee

  • Dale Cutkosky (University of Missouri)
  • David Eisenbud (MSRI/U.C. Berkeley)
  • Shiro Goto (Meiji University)
  • Jürgen Herzog (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
  • Takayuki Hibi (Osaka University, Chair)

See the conference web page for more information.

M2 Conference/Workshop, Berkeley 2017 July 17th, 2017

There will be a conference and workshop at UC Berkeley, July 17-21 2017, on regularity and Stillman’s problem; the conference will honor Mike Stillman’s and Dave Bayer’s 60th birthdays. The conference will be the first two days (July 17-18), and the following 3 days will be the M2 workshop (July 19-21).

For more information please visit the website for the event. On the site you can register for the conference and workshop.

If you would like to apply for travel support please submit your registration by February 15, 2017. All are welcome to apply for support and priority will go to graduate students, postdocs, those from underrepresented communities, and those planning on attending both the conference and the workshop.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Christine Berkesch Zamaere
  • Mel Hochster
  • Craig Huneke
  • Giulio Caviglia
  • Sonja Mapes
  • Jason McCullough
  • Irena Peeva
  • Alexandra Seceleanu
  • Mauricio Velasco


  • David Eisenbud
  • Sonja Mapes
  • Hal Schenck
  • Branden Stone
  • David Swinarski
  • Amelia Taylor

International Meeting in Commutative Algebra and its Related Areas, in honor of Aron Simis’ 75th Birthday July 17th, 2017

The Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil will organize the International Meeting in Commutative Algebra and its Related Areas, July 17 – 21, 2017. A conference to celebrate Prof. Aron Simis 75th Birthday. The goal of the meeting is to promote different facets of Commutative Algebra and its Related Areas. The organization is still in progress.

Contact the organizers at if you have any queries about attending or participating in the seminar.

For additional information, see the webpage .

update 20 March 2017: The registration of the International Meeting in Commutative Algebra and its Related Areas (IMCARA 2017) are open.

For more information and fill out the registration form please go to the website

The registration fee includes a dinner party of the event.

Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2017 July 24th, 2017

The 2017 Mathematical Congress of the Americas, held July 24-28 in Montreal, Canada, will have several sessions of interest to commutative algebraists:

    • Advances in Arrangement Theory, organized by Jeremiah Bartz, Christin Bibby, and Max Wakefield
    • Applied and Computational Algebra and Geometry, organized by Carina Curto, Alicia Dickenstein, and Luis David Garcia Puente
    • Combinatorial Commutative Algebra, organized by Sara Faridi, Susan Morey, and Rafael Villarreal
    • Recent Trends in Algebraic Cycles, Algebraic K-Theory and Motives, organized by Guillermo Cortiñas, E. Javier Elizondo, James Lewis, Paulo Lima-Filho, and Chuck Weibel
    • Representation Theory of Algebras, organized by Ibrahim Assem, Raymundo Bautista, Flavio Ulhoa Coelho, Ralf Schiffler, and Sonia Trepode

And possibly others we’ve missed! See the scientific program for the meeting for a full listing of sessions.