WAGS   Spring 2010


The University of British Columbia
May 1-2, 2010

Speakers and Programme
Aravind Asok USC. Connectedness, homotopy theory and birational invariants
Amin Gholampour Caltech. Counting invariants for the ADE McKay quivers
Mark Gross San Diego. Smoothing cusp singularities via mirror symmetry.
Joel Kamnitzer Toronto. Categorical Lie algebra actions and equivalence of derived categories of coherent sheaves.
Massimillano Mella Ferrara. On fiber type morphisms of \overline{M}_{0,n}
Sam Payne Stanford. Tropical Brill-Noether theory
Printable programme: pdf

Poster Session

This semester WAGS will include a poster session. The goal is to increase the flow of information between participants. Postdocs and graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate, especially those requesting WAGS funding.

To "officially register" for the poster session, send a separate email to , with subject "WAGS Poster Session", and body indicating your name and institution.

For more information, including a list of currently registered participants and tips for poster creation, visit the WAGS poster page.

Schedule and Locations
  Saturday, May 1
  Sunday, May 2
09:00 - 10:00
Registration and Breakfast
Lounge Math 125
10:00 - 11:00
Mark Gross
Annex 1100
11:30 - 12:30
Massimilliano Mello
Annex 1100
12:30 - 14:00
Catered Lunch
Lounge Math 125
14:00 - 15:00
Joel Kamnitzer
Annex 1100
15:00 - 15:30
Poster Session
Lounge Math 125
15:30 - 16:30
Amin Gholampour
Annex 1100
17:00 - 18:30
09:00 - 09:30
Lounge Math 125
09:30 - 10:30
Aravind Asok
Annex 1100
11:00 - 12:00
Sam Payne
Annex 1100

Organizers and Contact

Local organizers: Jim Carrell and Kai Behrend.

Poster Session: Dagan Karp.

WAGS main page.

Please send all correspondence to .

Postal mail can be sent to

Kai Behrend
Department of Mathematics
University of British Columbia
1984 Mathematics Road
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2


Please, help us have everything ready on time! Register as soon as you know that you will be attending. Just send an e-mail to stating your name, position, and if you will be applying for financial support.

Financial Assistance

Some financial support may be available for students and young unsupported faculty. Please state in your registration if you need financial assistance.

Deadline for applying for support is April 7.

Travel and Accommodation

Please make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Vancouver is served by Vancouver International Airport. You may be able to save substantially by flying to Seattle or Bellingham, instead. (Bellingham is about half way between Seattle and Vancouver, just on the American side of the border.) From Seattle and Bellingham there are busses to Vancouver. You may also be able to carpool with WAGS attendees from Seattle.

Vancouver is a popular travel destination, so make your travel arrangements early. Here are a few options for accommodation on campus:

UBC Conferences: West-Coast Suites at Gage, etc.
Green College
St. Andrew's Hall
St. John's College
Vancouver School of Theology
Carey Centre


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