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Expiry: 12 Mar 2012
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Conference in honour of the 75th birthday of Bernd Fischer

Groups 2012

Bielefeld University, March 12-16, 2012

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Organised by: Bielefeld Collaborative Research Center 701 / Sonderforschungsbereich 701 "Spectral Structures and Topological Methods in Mathematics", in collaboration with the Faculty of Mathematics of Bielefeld University.

Organising Committee: Barbara Baumeister Kai-Uwe Bux Henning Krause Claus Michael Ringel (chair)

Scientific Advisors: Herbert Abels Michael Baake Franz Gähler Friedrich Götze Markus Rost Thomas Zink

Confirmed Speakers

Dave Benson (Aberdeen)                  Carles Broto (Barcelona)
Pierre-Emmanuel Caprace (Louvain)       Persi Diaconis (Stanford)
Paul Flavell (Birmingham)               Terry Gannon (Edmonton)
Ellen Henke (Copenhagen)                Martin Kassabov (Southampton)
Radha Kessar (Aberdeen)                 Olga Kharlampovich (McGill)
Richard Lyons (Rutgers)                 Gunter Malle (Kaiserslautern)
Bernhard Mühlherr (Gießen)              Andrei Rapinchuk (Charlottesville)
Aner Shalev (Jerusalem)                 Bernd Stellmacher (Kiel)
Jakob Stix (Heidelberg)                 J.G.Thompson (Cambridge)
F.G.Timmesfeld (Gießen)                 Anatoly Vershik (St.Petersburg)
Karen Vogtmann (Cornell)                Richard M. Weiss (Tufts)
Robert A Wilson (Queen Mary)

Aim and Scope

The aim of the conference is to outline the use of groups in different parts of mathematics, as well as to present some highlights of the structure theory of groups. The conference will focus the attention to topics which are important in the various projects of the Bielefeld Collaborative Research Center, namely finite and algebraic groups, representation theory of groups, Galois groups, homological and topological methods, geometrical group theory, as well as probabilistic group theory.

Clearly, the interest lies in actions of groups on various kinds of objects, thus also in geometrical questions. Some of the lectures shall be devoted to the classification of the finite simple groups and the relevance of the monster group.

The theme is an algebraic one, but we want to attract also mathematicians with different background. Thus, the lectures will address a broader mathematical audience, in particular including also graduate students.

Registration and Financial Support

Everyone is invited to participate. There will be no conference fee, but participants are asked to register beforehand. A corresponding page (also including information concerning travel and accomodation) will be available soon. A conference dinner is planned for Wednesday, March 14.

Financial support for Ph.D. students and postdocs will be available. Details concerning the applications will be outlined on the registration page (the deadline for applications will be October 31, 2011, and we ask for a short letter of support by a supervisor).

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