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Southeastern Spring AMS Section Meeting, Nashville April 14th, 2018

The Spring Southeastern Section Meeting of AMS will be held in Nashville on April 14-15 2018. There will be a special session on commutative algebra organized by

  • Florian Enescu (Georgia State University);
  • Yongwei Yao (Georgia State University)

The current list of speakers is here:

Macaulay2 Workshop, Wisconsin April 14th, 2018

We will hold a workshop at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, April 14-18, 2018, focused on creating exciting new packages for Macaulay2 by bringing together developers and users of all skill levels and experience. This is organized by Juliette Bruce, Daniel Erman, Steven Sam, and Jay Yang. We are applying for NSF funding to support participants. If funding is not approved we will likely hold a smaller workshop, but will re-evaluate if this occurs. Here’s the link:

AMS Sectional, Northeastern University April 21st, 2018

The Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting will be held at Northeastern University, Boston, MA on April 21-22, 2018 (Saturday – Sunday). The following session will be running:

KUMUNUjr, 2018 (Dates Changed) April 28th, 2018

The seventh annual KUMUNU jr will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 28-29, 2018. Inspired by the success of the KUMUNU algebra conferences in the midwest, KUMUNU jr seeks to promote interaction of graduate students and post docs in the area of commutative algebra. This conference is a forum for students and post docs to share their ideas with others and to initiate collaboration. If you would like to register or more information, please see the conference website or contact one of the organizers.



RTG mini-course, Salt Lake City May 7th, 2018

There will be a mini-course in commutative algebra, at the University of Utah, from 7-11 May 2018.

This is aimed at graduate students in commutative algebra and related fields, at U.S. universities. Further details, including an application form, are posted at the mini-course web page.

The deadline for applications is 28th February 2018.

Stable Cohomology @ Snowbird May 28th, 2018

There will be a workshop “Stable Cohomology: Foundations and Applications” at Snowbird, Utah, May 28 — June 1, 2018.

There are funds to support the participation of a small number of graduate students and early career faculty. To apply for for this, please fill out the application form before 28 February 2018.


  • Lars Winther Christensen (Texas Tech University)
  • Srikanth Iyengar (University of Utah)
  • Mark Walker (University of Nebraska)
  • Sarah Witherspoon (Texas A&M University)

For more information, including a list of participants and a tentative program, see the web page for the workshop.

Macaulay2 Workshop, Leipzig June 8th, 2018

A Macaulay2 workshop will take place at Max Planck Institute in Leipzig in 2018 from Monday June 4th to Friday June 8th. The purpose of the workshop is to bring the Macaulay2 developers Dan Grayson and Mike Stillman together with those who would like to share or to develop their skills on Macaulay2. More information about registration for this workshop will be posted on the workshop webpage:

CBMS “Applications of Polynomial Systems” at TCU June 4th, 2018

NSF/CBMS Conference on “Applications of Polynomial Systems”
Dates: 6/4/2018 – 6/8/2018
Location: Texas Christian University — Fort Worth, TX

The conference will feature a series of ten lectures by Professor David Cox on topics including elimination theory, polynomial systems in the real world, geometric modeling, geometric constraint theory, and chemical reaction networks. Follow up lectures will be given by other leading experts including Carlos D’Andrea, Jonathan Hauenstein, Hal Schenck, Jessica Sidman, and Alicia Dickenstein. The conference will also feature a problem session, software demonstration, and poster session.

The CBMS and NSF have generously provided funding for the conference, including funds for travel and lodging of attendees (NSF grant DMS-1741730) . To apply for funding, please visit the conference website. Graduate students, recent PhDs, and members of underrepresented groups in mathematics are especially encouraged to apply.

Sponsored by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, each five-day conference in the Regional Conference series features a distinguished lecturer who delivers ten lectures on a topic of important current research in one sharply focused area of the mathematical sciences; the lecturer subsequently prepares an expository monograph based upon these lectures. The principal lecturer for this conference will be David A. Cox, the William J. Walker Professor of Mathematics at Amherst College. Professor Cox is a world-renowned master expositor and award-winning author of several popular and highly-cited books in the mathematical area of applied algebraic geometry. Professor Cox’s lectures will discuss historical developments in this field in light of modern perspectives, leading right up to current research and applications to such diverse fields as computer aided design, rigidity of mechanical linkages, and chemical reaction networks. Each pair of lectures by Professor Cox will develop a chosen topic and be followed by a further lecture by a specialist he has hand-picked to provide a deeper look at the forefront of current work on that topic.​

Graduate Summer School in Algebraic Group Actions, McMaster University June 11th, 2018

Graduate Summer School in Algebraic Group Actions
June 11 – 15, 2018, McMaster University

One of the goals of this summer school is to capitalize on the successful Fields Institute “Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry” Major Thematic Program in Fall 2016 and to offer beginning graduate students a chance to get an in-depth introduction to some of the exciting topics within Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry during the week before the Retrospective Workshop (to be held June 18–22, 2018 at the Fields Institute) on the same theme.

– Kiumars Kaveh (University of Pittsburgh)
– Johannes Hofscheier (McMaster)

Dr. Kaveh and Dr. Hofscheier will each give a 5-day series of lectures on these topics of interest to Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry. We expect Dr. Kaveh to focus on Newton-Okounkov bodies and tropical geometry, with Dr. Hofscheier focusing primarily on spherical geometry. Lectures will be held in the morning, with problem sessions and informal discussions in the afternoon.

Some funding is available for local expenses. For the latest information on the workshop, and to apply for funding, please see

Organizing Committee
Megumi Harada – McMaster University
Adam Van Tuyl – McMaster University

Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry Retrospective Workshop, Fields Institute June 18th, 2018

Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry Retrospective Workshop
June 18 – 22, 2018, The Fields Institute

This is a follow up workshop to the Fields Institute semester dedicated to Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry. This workshop will highlight the many interactions between combinatorics and algebraic geometry in the specific realms of toric and tropical geometry, Newton Okounkov bodies, combinatorial aspects of moduli spaces, and effectivity and positivity questions in algebraic geometry. The program will feature talks, a poster session, and moderated problem sessions.

The week prior to the workshop there will be a week long summer school at McMaster University organized by Megumi Harada and Adam Van Tuyl. In particular, Ph.D. students and postdocs are encouraged to attend both events.

More information can be found on the following site:

Preliminary list of speakers:

Hiraku Abe
Valery Alexeev *
Barbara Bolognese
Patrick Brosnan *
Ana-Maria Castravet
Izzet Coskun *
Angelica Cueto
Laura Escobar
Joel Kamnitzer
Alex Kuronya *
Hannah Markwig
Sam Payne *
Aaron Pixton
Rohini Ramadas
Sandra di Rocco
Frank Sottile
Bernd Sturmfels
Ravi Vakil *

* to be confirmed

Organizing Committee

David Anderson – Ohio State University
Renzo Cavalieri – Colorado State University
Megumi Harada – McMaster University
Kristin Shaw – Max Planck Institute Leipzig