Upcoming and recent events, news, etc:

On Tuesday, September 25th at 14:30 my student Milan Lopuhaä will defend his PhD thesis Moduli of abelian varieties via linear algebraic groups.

Soon my age goes up from a square to twice a square, and my supercalifragilisticexpialidocious colleagues have taken this opportunity to organize a special edition of the Belgian-Dutch Algebraic Geometry seminar. I'm very excited about the wonderful program and I look forward to the event!

On 8 June, the Belgian-Dutch Algebraic Geometry seminar will take place in Leuven. The speakers Arend Bayer, Christian Liedtke and Lionel Darondeau. See the seminar website for more details.

Lenny Taelman and I just obtained an NWO TOP1 grant for our project Geometry and arithmetic beyond Shimura varieties.

On 23 March, the Belgian-Dutch Algebraic Geometry seminar took place in Leiden. The speakers were José Burgos Gil, Florian Ivorra and Peter Jossen. See the seminar website for more details.

My former PhD student Qizheng Yin is the first recipient of the Algebraic Geometry Prize for his paper on tautological classes that was part of his PhD thesis. Congratulations to Qizheng!

Past events and news items:

On Friday, July 7, Johan Commelin will defend this PhD thesis. The ceremony starts at 2.30pm. In the morning there are two lectures by Anna Cadoret and Rutger Noot. You can find more details on the programme here.

On April 21, we are hosting a session of the Intercity Seminar Number Theory. We have a fantastic line-up: the speakers are Giuseppe Ancona, Yohan Brunebarbe, Lars Halle and Olivier Wittenberg. For the programme, abstracts and practical information, see the ICS website maintained by Bart de Smit.

This semester I'm running a Seminar on Perverse Sheaves and Applications. If you want to participate, let me know and I'll put you on the mailing list.

We are very pleased to have Arne Smeets in our group as of this academic year!