COW/EmSG/GLEN Joint Summer School

7 - 11 September 2020

The COW (originally Cambridge-Oxford-Warwick), EmSG (East Midlands Seminar in Geometry), and GLEN (originally Glasgow-Liverpool-Edinburgh-Newcastle) algebraic geometry networks are joining forces to present an online summer school in algebraic geometry in September 2020.

The summer school will feature three series of talks, each containing five lectures. Talk series will be delivered by postdocs affiliated with one of the three networks and will be targeted towards a graduate student audience.

Sessions will be hosted by ICMS and delivered online using Zoom. Zoom access information will be distributed to registered participants in advance of the event; a link to the registration form may be found below.

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This event is kindly funded by the London Mathematical Society.


Talk series will be delivered by the following speakers; titles and abstracts may be found below.


There will be four sessions per day, at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, and 3:30pm (all times British Summer Time UTC+01:00). Each session will last 1 hour.

Each of the main talk series will consist of five talks, numbered 1-5 in the table below. Each talk series will be supported by an informal examples session. Finally, there will be two sessions of mini-presentations, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

10am 11:30am 2pm 3:30pm
Monday Heuberger 1
Notes | Video
Feyzbakhsh 1
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Carocci 1
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Feyzbakhsh 2
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Tuesday Carocci 2
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Heuberger 2
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Mini-presentations Feyzbakhsh 3
Wednesday Heuberger 3
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Carocci 3
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Heuberger Examples
Feyzbakhsh Examples
Thursday Feyzbakhsh 4
Notes | Video
Heuberger 4
Notes | Video
Mini-presentations Carocci 4
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Friday Heuberger 5
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Carocci 5
Notes | Video
Feyzbakhsh 5
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Carocci Examples


In place of a poster session, we will hold two "mini-presentation" sessions. Mini-presentations will be given by current PhD students and postdocs, and will consist of very short (~10 minute) presentations on some aspect of their research. The mini-presentation sessions will be hosted using, more instructions will be provided before each session.

A schedule for the presentations, along with titles and abstracts, is below. There is also a link to the recorded versions, so that you can watch any that you don't get a chance to see in the presentation sessions.

Schedule, titles, and abstracts

Link to recorded versions of presentations

Titles and Abstracts

Francesca Carocci - The geometry of moduli spaces of stable maps to projective space and modular desingularisation via log blowups

Moduli spaces of stable maps have been of central interest in algebraic geometry for the last 30 years. In spite of that, the geometry of these spaces in genus bigger than zero is poorly understood, as the Kontsevich compactifications include many components of different dimensions meeting each other in complicated ways, and the closure of the smooth locus is difficult to describe.

In recent years a new perspective on the problem of finding better behaved compactifications, ideally smooth ones, has come from log geometry. This approach has proved successful in a series of examples and log geometry is now becoming a natural setting to study modular resolutions of moduli spaces.

The aim of this series of talks will be to see how log geometry techniques apply to give modular smooth compactifications of moduli spaces of stable maps to projective spaces in genus one and two; we will also explain why the latter are interesting from an enumerative point of view.

In more detail: we begin by studying the deformation theory and the global geometry of moduli spaces of genus one and two stable maps; we then give a brief introduction to log schemes, line bundles on log schemes and log blowups and conclude by exhibiting the log modification resolving the moduli spaces of maps in genus one and two and explaining their modular meaning.

Soheyla Feyzbakhsh - Bridgeland stability conditions and geometric applications
I will first describe the notion of Bridgeland stability conditions on triangulated categories. Then I will focus on stability conditions on the bounded derived category of coherent sheaves on curves, surfaces and threefolds. In the end, some recent applications of Bridgeland stability conditions in classical algebraic geometry and Donaldson-Thomas Theory will be explained.
Liana Heuberger - Constructing Fano varieties via mirror symmetry

Mirror symmetry conjecturally associates to a Fano orbifold a (very special type of) Laurent polynomial. Laurent inversion is a method for reversing this process, obtaining a Fano variety from a candidate Laurent polynomial. We apply this to construct new Fano 3-folds with terminal Gorenstein quotient singularities.

In this series of talks, I will go through some of the basics of toric geometry to showcase how one can use combinatorial data to systematically build geometric objects. We will restrict our attention to the well-studied Fano case, for which there is concrete evidence that the mirror theorem holds in many cases.


Registration for this event has now closed. Zoom access information will be distributed to registered attendees in advance of the event.


This event is being organised by the organisers of COW, EmSG, and GLEN. Contact details may be found by clicking on the names below.

This page is maintained by Alan Thompson and was last updated on 14/09/20. Please email comments and corrections to A.M.Thompson (at)