An event organised jointly by the Isaac Newton Institute and DPMMS Cambridge

Group Theory, Geometry and Representation Theory: Abel Prize 2008

Wednesday 27 May to Friday 29 May 2009

Seminar Room 1, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Organisers: Meinolf Geck (University of Aberdeen), Gerhard Röhrle (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Jan Saxl (University of Cambridge)

in association with the Newton Institute programme Algebraic Lie Theory

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The Abel Prize for 2008 was awarded jointly to Professors John Thompson and Jacques Tits, 'for their profound achievements in algebra and in particular for shaping modern group theory'. This short meeting, organised jointly by the Isaac Newton Institute (within the Algebraic Lie Theory semester) and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge, will mark the occasion. There will be lectures by some of the leading mathematicians in the broad area so deeply influenced by the winners.

The speakers will include

  • M Aschbacher (California Institute of Technology)
  • M Broué (Institut Henri Poincaré)
  • I Capdeboscq (Warwick)
  • P-E Caprace (Louvain)
  • RM Guralnick (University of Southern California)
  • MW Liebeck (Imperial College)
  • G Malle (Universität Kaiserslautern)
  • GR Robinson (University of Aberdeen)
  • R Rouquier (University of Oxford)
  • D Segal (University of Oxford)
  • J-P Serre (Collège de France)
  • PH Tiep (University of Arizona)

Lectures will start at 11:00 on Wednesday 27 May, and finish at lunchtime on Friday 29 May.


Anyone interested is welcome to attend. As the numbers are limited, anyone planning to attend should register, if possible by e-mail, to Tracey Andrew by Wednesday 20 May 2009.


Unfortunately we are unable to arrange accommodation. Participants are advised to contact one of the local hotels and B&B places; a comprehensive list is available here.


Refreshments will be provided during the event. Delegates will be expected to arrange their own lunch and dinner. A list of restaurants in Cambridge is available here.

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