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.

### Registration:

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**.