on Perspectives and Emerging Topics in Algebra and Konvexity
Haus Bergkranz, Austria
February 3-9, 2017
Photo by Andreas Renner
This event is funded by DFG
under the Conference grant DFG HA 4383/7-1
Over the last decade, convexity has re-emerged as an powerful tool linking algebraic geometry and combinatorics. Although the connections between polyhedral and toric geometry are very well-known, the recent results exploiting convexity recognize new combinatorial structures on a much larger class of algebraic varieties. This work is especially striking for real varieties. In the other direction, spectacular progress in combinatorics has just been achieved by importing convex machinery from algebraic geometry. The primary scientific aim of this workshop is to explore these significant developments.
The focus of the meeting will be on identifying
emerging trends, discussing work in progress, and above all, starting
new projects and collaborations. We expect this conference to influence and initiate the next advances at the interface between algebraic geometry, combinatorics, and convexity.
Participation is by invitation only
The schedule consists of 18 hours of lectures by participants.
The program is designed to
encourage new research initiatives by allowing enough free time for
discussion and by having all of the participants in the same
Schedule of talks
We expect participants to arrive Friday February 3rd and leave
Thursday February 9th. Lectures will start Saturday morning and end on
Wednesday evening. Thursday February 9th. will be devoted to open discussions.
The workshop will
take place at Haus
, a sports and study center run by Goethe-Universität
located in Riezlern (Kleinwalsertal), Austria. The center is
located in a valley, at the bottom of the mountain. It is equipped
with a conference room with overhead projectors, screans, white boards
and two chalkboards that seats about 60 people, as well as a reading
room. For more than 30 years Haus Berkgranz has been hosting students
workshop, research conferences and other academic activities. The
relaxing atmosphere of this setting located in the heart of the
montain provides an ideal environment for fruitful mathematical
discussions and strongly encourages interactions among
Getting to Kleinwalsertal
- If you are arriving by plane and taking the train, we recommend
landing at Frankfurt airport, Germany (code FRA) or Munich airport,
Germany (code MUC). If you book your ticket through Lufthansa.com, you
can get a train ticket combined with your flight for only €39
each way (the standard fare through Deutschebahn is
€80 each way). Alternatively, you can by the "Rail and Fly" tickets with
DeutcheBahn in combination with partner airlines (including some US
flight carriers). For a complete
list, se the following website.
- Journey by train:
Take the ICE to Ulm, change trains and disembark at the trainstop
Oberstdorf. There is a bus service every 15 minutes departing to
Riezlern (get off at the bus stop Breitachbrücke). You reach the
guest house after a ten-minute uphill climb.
A taxi from Oberstdorf
to Haus Bergkranz costs around €25.
- Journey by car:
Take the motorway route Frankfurt am Main - Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Ulm - Kempten or take the motorway route Frankfurt am Main - Würzburg - Ulm - Kempten. From Kempten travelalong the B 19 direction Oberstdorf-Riezlern/Kleinwalsertal. Go through Riezlern and continue on to Breitachbrücke where you turn right into the Schwarzwassertalstrasse. Continue along the street until you reach no. 14 on the righthand side (opposite to Hotel Montana). At the beginning of the drive you'll see the a large sign depicting the head of Goethe.
- Check-in time: 4:00pm, check-out time: 10:00am.
- Breakfast-buffer is be served between 8:00 and 9:00am. Dinner is
served at 6:00pm.
- Times of rest are between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and from 10:00pm until 7:00am.
- The prices
of rooms vary according to the posted rate on the House's web
site. We have blocked a number of rooms and we will distribute
participants accordingly. Single rooms will be given in order of seniority.
- Because of it's rustic but cosy furnishings, it is especially in
the "Bauernstube" and the wine-cellar, that the guests are able to rest in a relaxed atmosphere here so well.
- The conference room is situated in an annex above the garages and can seat about 60 people.
It can be divided into two units - through a soundproofed dividing wall - seating about 30 people per group.
The room is equipped with
- 2 beamer (NEC NP 400 - 1024 x 768 XGA), DVD-Player, slide and overhead projectors, screens, white boards, 2 flipcharts.
- A PC with internet connection is available as well as WLAN.There is a modest sized blackboard, and there is a data projector (to use with a laptop).
- The rules of the house can be found here.
The event is sponsored by: