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Swinnerton-Dyer Memorial


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17th May 2021 to 20th 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 
  • Emmanuel Peyre
  • Alexei Skorobogatov
  • Rodolfo Venerucci
  • Claire Voisin 
  • Olivier Wittenberg
  • Sarah Zerbes


Given the current restrictions on movement, due to the ongoing pandemic, the INI intends to run this workshop virtually across 4 days. This means that we will have a combination of physical participants and virtual participants. All talks and discussion sessions will be available virtually.

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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