Classifying spaces for families of subgroups

Ohio State University, Columbus OH

December 4th-5th, 2010

Organized by: Jean-Francois Lafont (OSU) and Ian Leary (OSU)

Classifying spaces play a prominent role in topology. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in classifying spaces for group actions with isotropy in prescribed families of subgroups (e.g. finite subgroups, virtually cyclic subgroups, finite by cyclic subgroups, hyperelementary subgroups, etc). One reason for this is that these classifying spaces feature prominently in various "assembly map'' conjectures, such as the Baum-Connes conjecture and the Farrell-Jones isomorphism conjectures. This conference proposes to bring together mathematicians working on such classifying spaces, both from the constructive side (i.e. how to build "small'' models) as well as the applications side (i.e. what good are these models).

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The talks will run from 9:30-17:00 on Saturday, and from 9:30 - 12:00 on Sunday. Talks will be held in the Math Building, Room 240 (entrance on West 18th Avenue, 2nd floor).

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There is no formal registration for this conference. However, if you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to one of the organizers. This will allow us to add you to the mailing list, and keep you informed of any activities during the weekend of the conference.


The conference is partially funded by the NSF grant DMS-0752826. Some limited funds will be available to help cover the costs of attending the conference. If you are interested in attending, please contact the organizers to inquire about funding.

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This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 0752826, and by the OSU Mathematics Research Institute (MRI).
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