Fundamental Groups and their Representations in Arithmetic Geometry (21w5210)


(University of Alberta)

(Ecole Polytechnique)

(University of Pennsylvania)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Fundamental Groups and their Representations in Arithmetic Geometry" workshop in Banff from July 4 to July 09, 2021.

In arithmetic geometry, one studies solutions to polynomial equations defined with arithmetically interesting coefficients, such as integers or rational numbers. One way to study such objects, which has seen tremendous success in the last several decades, is by investigating their symmetries. Quite surprisingly, in several interesting situations, many of the geometric and arithmetic properties of the objects in question are actually controlled by the object’s symmetries.

Unfortunately, it is usually impossible to study these symmetries directly with current technology. To get around this, mathematicians working in this area often study simplified (often linearized) versions of the symmetries in question, which still capture a significant amount of information about the given object. This workshop will bring together both senior and junior researchers, including graduate students, postdocs, and leading experts, who study objects of geometric and arithmetic origin from the point of view of their symmetries and their linearized variants.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).