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Swinnerton-Dyer Memorial


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17th May 2021 to 19th May 2021
Sarah Zerbes
Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène
Miles Reid
Alexei Skorobogatov

Workshop theme:

We are organising a three day meeting in honour of Professor Sir Peter-Swinnerton-Dyer who died in December 2018 at the age of 91.

Swinnerton-Dyer was one of the most influential number theorists of his generation worldwide. He is probably best known for the famous conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer (one of the Millenium Clay Maths Problems), which relates the arithmetic of elliptic curves to the value of its Hasse-Weil L-function. This conjecture gave rise to a huge field of research relating special values of  L-functions  to  arithmetic  data.  Swinnerton-Dyer  was  also  one  of  founding  figures  in  the arithmetic  of  surfaces  and  higher-dimensional varieties,  such  as  local-to-global principles  for rational points over number fields. He obtained fundamental results for conic bundles and cubic surfaces, and started the research of rational points on surfaces fibred into elliptic curves using completely new methods.

The meeting aims to celebrate the tremendous and wide-reaching contributions to mathematics of the late Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer. In the early years of the Newton Institute, Swinnerton-Dyer served as honorary executive director under Michael Atiyah.

The workshop is part of the London-Paris Number Theory Seminar series and is supported by the London Mathematical Society.


  • Bryan Birch
  • Martin Bright
  • Tim Browning
  • John Coates 
  • Henri Darmon
  • Lillian Matthiesen
  • Barry Mazur
  • Alexei Skorobogatov
  • Rodolfo Venerucci
  • Claire Voisin 
  • Andrew Wiles (To be confirmed)
  • Olivier Wittenberg
  • Sarah Zerbes


Deadline for applications: 21st February 2021

We have limited funds available to support the costs of applicants. Please indicate on the application form if you wish to apply for support.

Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

During registration please advise us if you wish to attend the formal dinner, dinner places are limited.

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Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £TBC
  • Student Registration Package: £TBC

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Tuesday - Thursday), and wine reception, but does not include other meals or accommodation.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation.  Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch timings and location will be confirmed with timetable.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place TBC. Dinner places are limited, so, if you wish to attend the dinner please advise us during registration.

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