The COW seminar is an algebraic geometry seminar, so called because it originally met in Cambridge, Oxford or Warwick. The COW has since grown and meetings, of which there are several each term, are now held in locations across the United Kingdom.
The links below should help you to find what you are looking for. You can also reach the same pages from the navigation bar on the left.
Further details of upcoming meetings may be obtained by clicking on the meeting in the list below. Details for the next meeting may also be obtained by clicking on the link in the navigation bar.
- COW meets EAGLE in Birmingham on 2nd and 3rd February 2023
The COW will be hosting a joint meeting with Enumerative Algebraic Geometry en LibertÉ (EAGLE) at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February 2023. Registration is required. For further information and to register, please see the main event webpage here. For those who do not wish to attend in-person, we will also broadcast talks live on Zoom; information about how to join the meeting will be sent out to the COW mailing list the day before.
Schedule for Thursday 2nd February:
1:30 Cristina Manolache (Sheffield): Desingularizations of sheaves and reduced invariants
3:15 Sabrina Pauli (Essen-Duisburg): Quadratically refined enumerative geometry
4:30 Ben Davison (Edinburgh): Nonabelian Hodge theory for stacks
Schedule for Friday 3rd February:
10:00 Mark Gross (Cambridge): Intrinsic mirror symmetry
11:30 Tim Gräfnitz (Cambridge): Mirror symmetry for (P2,E) and tropical geometry
2:00 Michel van Garrel (Birmingham): The prism of intrinsic mirror symmetry
- COW at the BMC in Bath, 3rd - 6th April 2023
The COW will be organising an afternoon workshop at the 74th British Mathematical Colloquium, which will be held at the University of Bath from 3rd to 6th April 2023. We will post further information here nearer the time.
Video recordings of selected COW talks from 2021 onwards may be found on the archive pages here:
The COW has funds to cover travel expenses for UK-based PhD students and postdocs who do not have access to an alternative source of funding. We may also be able to cover some travel costs for more senior participants by prior arrangement; please contact Alan Thompson (A.M.Thompson (at) lboro.ac.uk). We are currently funded by the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research under the UKRI/EPSRC Additional Funding Programme for Mathematical Sciences and the London Mathematical Society under a scheme 3 grant.
To ensure that we can fund as many participants as possible, we ask that participants purchase "advance" or "off-peak" train tickets where practical, and non-travel expenses (e.g. food, accommodation) cannot be covered except by prior arrangement. For those under the age of 30, we also recommend looking into getting a railcard, which can offer substantial savings on the cost of train travel around the UK.
Our funds are held at Brunel University London, but reimbursement claims are currently being handled by Alan Thompson in Loughborough. To claim reimbursement for travel expenses incurred attending COW meetings, please download and complete the following form (leaving the "Financial Codes" column blank). Note that this link will download the form in Excel (.xlsx) format; if possible, the form should be completed and returned in the same format.
Scan the receipts for all expenses being claimed and email them together with the completed form to Alan Thompson (A.M.Thompson (at) lboro.ac.uk). Please retain your original receipts until you have been reimbursed.
Please note that all expenses claims must be received within three weeks of the date on which the expense was incurred.
General organisation of the COW seminar is currently carried out by a small group of cowherds, consisting of:
- Alastair Craw (Bath)
- Anne-Sophie Kaloghiros (Brunel)
- Timothy Logvinenko (Cardiff)
- Alan Thompson (Loughborough)
For the first 25 years of its existence, the COW seminar was run by Miles Reid (Warwick) and Gregory Sankaran (Bath), who still maintain an active interest in its organisation. Clélia Pech was part of the organisational team between 2017 and 2020. We also have an extensive network of local organisers, who assist with the planning of meetings.
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This page is maintained by Alan Thompson and was last updated on 30/01/23. Please email comments and corrections to A.M.Thompson (at) lboro.ac.uk.