WAGS / Fall 2009


A special occurrence
in honor of David Gieseker

University of California
Los Angeles
24-25 October 2009

Speakers and Program

Confirmed Speakers:


All meetings will take place at IPAM, conveniently located on UCLA campus very close to the Department of Mathematics. See the UCLA campus map, where the IPAM building is labelled Portola Plaza Building.

The registration starts at 8:30 on Saturday and the last talk ends at noon on Sunday.
Saturday, 24 October
Sunday, 25 October
8:30-9:00 IPAM
Registration, Coffee, and Bagels

Talk: Robert Lazarsfeld


Talk: Brian Osserman

Talk: Satyan Devadoss

Coffee break

Talk: Rachel Pries

Talk: Emanuele Macri
9:00-9:30 IPAM
Coffee and Bagels

Talk: Brendan Hassett

Talk: Jun Li

Social Events

There will be a dinner celebration in honor of David on the evening of Saturday, October 24. Dinner will be held at IPAM. There will be a cost of roughly $20 for faculty and $10 for students.

Local Organizers

This conference is hosted by UCLA and organized in conjunction with Harvey Mudd College.
The local organizers are Mark Green and Dagan Karp.

If you have any questions, send us an email at wags-at-math.hmc.edu. Our postal addresses are

Mark Green
UCLA Department of Mathematics
Box 951555
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1555

Dagan Karp
Department of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA 91711


Please, help us have everything ready on time! Register as soon as you know that you will be attending. Just send an e-mail to wags-at-math.hmc.edu. stating your name, position, and if you will be applying for financial support. Note the below deadline for the hotel group rate, so please apply immediately.

Financial Assistance

Some financial support will be available for students and young unsupported faculty. Please state in your registration if you need financial assistance.


Hotel Palomar is a newly renovated hotel on Wilshire. It is within walking distance of IPAM, but also offers shuttle service upon request. There is a restaurant on site. Parking is available to IPAM guests at the discounted rate of $20/day. IPAM's room rate at Hotel Palomar is $128/night (around $146 with tax). To make your reservation, go here, or call the reservations line below. Please identify yourself as an IPAM guest and verify that they are giving you the correct rate. Rooms will be blocked until two weeks before the first day of the workshop.

Hotel Palomar
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711
Reservations: 800-KIMPTON

Those who are seeking for funding should try to share a double room. If you have difficulty finding another person to share the room, please email us at wags-at-math.hmc.edu.


You can travel to UCLA by airplane or by car:

By plane: The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is closest and most convenient to UCLA. Other options include Bob Hope (BUR) and Long Beach (LGB). Less convenient but possible include John Wayne (SNA), Oxnard (OXR) and Ontario (ONT). Transportation to UCLA from LAX includes rental car, shuttle and public transportation.

  • Rental cars: A plethora of options are available. Use your favorite booking method.
  • Shuttle: SuperShuttle provides shared rides to UCLA for reasonable rates. Reservations can be made in advance.
  • Public Transportation: The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority created metro.net which provides a detailed trip planner. This trip requires one transfer and costs $6.25.

By car: In addition to the standard sites for directions and maps, SigAlert provides detailed real-time traffic information for the greater Los Angeles area. SigAlert tends to be (much) more accurate and provides greater information than, for instance, google and yahoo traffic maps of Los Angeles.

Parking: Parking in or near UCLA can be challenging. See this site for detailed instructions.

Local Information

About WAGS

The Western Algebraic Geometry Seminar traces back its origin to the Utah - UCLA Algebraic Geometry Seminar started in 1989 by H. Clemens, D. Gieseker, M. Green, J. Kollár, and R. Lazarsfeld. Later on, it became the Utah - UCLA - Chicago Algebraic Geometry Seminar.

The institutions currently participating in WAGS include Colorado State University, Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Utah, Harvey Mudd College, and the University of Washington. Support for the Seminar is provided by NSF and the participating institutions.

WAGS meets twice per year and congregates an international group of more than 50 mathematicians, from students to experts in the field of Algebraic Geometry. The last few meetings were: Fall 2002 (Utah), Spring 2003 (Stanford), Fall 2003 (Vancouver), Spring 2004 (Utah), Fall 2004 (Colorado State), Spring 2005 (Washington), Fall 2005 (Utah), Spring 2006 (Berkeley), Fall 2006 (Utah), Spring 2007 (Washington), Fall 2007 (Colorado), Fall 2008 (Utah), Spring 2009 (Berkeley).

Department of Mathematics
University of California

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