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COW Seminar

COW seminar

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The COW seminar is an Algebraic geometry seminar which is so called because it originally met in Cambridge, Oxford or Warwick. Meetings, of which there are several every term, are now also regularly held in Bath and London (Imperial College) and occasionally in other places.

The general organisers are Miles Reid at Warwick and Gregory Sankaran at Bath. Many other people help.

The COW seminar is funded by the London Mathematical Society. The funds are held at Bath. To claim your travel expenses you have to fill in a Bath travel claim form (the word COW should appear prominently) and post it to Finance Secretary, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY.


Next meeting

Oxford, Thursday 9th March 2017
1:30 Jared Ongaro (Nairobi), conversation about developing algebraic geometry in Kenya
2:30 Barbara Bolognese (Sheffield): Strange duality on abelian surfaces
4:00 Davesh Maulik (MIT): Gopakumar-Vafa invariants via vanishing cycles

The talks will be in rooms L4 (Ongaro, Bolognese) and L2 (Maulik) of the Andrew Wiles Building.

Bar cow
Social programme The preferred pub in Oxford is the Eagle and Child, but a decision about where to go will be made on the day by those present.

When a COW meeting is planned, a copy of the announcement suitable for printing and displaying on a notice board is made available. This also carries abstracts.

Future meetings

No further meetings are planned yet, but they will be soon.

Sources of information

Other events

Previous meetings

  • Bath, Thursday 17th November 2016
    2:30 Nathan Broomhead (Plymouth): Thick subcategories, arc-collections and mutation
    4:15 Liana Heuberger (London): Del Pezzo surfaces with 1/3(1,1) singularities
    5:15 Enrico Fatighenti (Warwick): Grassmannians and surfaces of general type

Historic COWs: 1995-96; 1996-97; 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-2000; 2000-01; 2001-02; 2002-03; 2003-04; 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13; 2013-14; 2014-15; 2015-16.

The drawing of the cow at the top of this page was created by Sketch the Cow (

We are sorry if you thought this page was going to be really about cows and were disappointed.

The content of this page is drawn directly from the COW website.