COWs in a field with a view over Bath in the background

COW Seminar

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.

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Upcoming Meetings

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.

Funding and Travel Claims

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 Anne-Sophie Kaloghiros (Anne-Sophie.Kaloghiros (at) 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.

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.

Travel Claim Form

Scan the receipts for all expenses being claimed and email them together with the completed form to Anne-Sophie Kaloghiros (Anne-Sophie.Kaloghiros (at) 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.

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General organisation of the COW seminar is currently carried out by a small group of cowherds, consisting of:

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 and Alastair Craw were part of the organisational team from 2017 to 2020 and from 2020 to 2023 respectively. We also have an extensive network of local organisers, who assist with the planning of meetings.

But Where Are All the Cows?

We apologise if you thought this page was going to be really about cows, and are disappointed by all the mathematics that you found here instead. Perhaps try these pages instead?

This page is maintained by Alan Thompson and was last updated on 01/07/24. Please email comments and corrections to A.M.Thompson (at)