Chow Lectures

May 04 - 06, 2020
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

This year's speaker for the Chow lectures is June Huh (Instiute for Advanced Study, Princeton). The general topic of this series is "Combinatorics and geometry of Lorentzian polynomials".

June Huh is mainly known for solving long-standing conjectures in combinatorics and discrete geometry using and extending ideas from algebraic geometry. Among his fundamental achievements are solutions of the Heron-Rota-Welsh conjecture for matroids (together with Karim Adiprasito and Eric Katz) and of the Dowling-Wilson top-heavy conjecture for projective geometries (together with Botong Wang).

Huh is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a KIAS Scholar at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study in Seoul. His many distinctions include a Clay Research Fellowship and the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize.

This lecture series is named after Wei-Liang Chow (October 1, 1911, Shanghai – August 10, 1995, Baltimore), who was a celebrated mathematician best known for his work in algebraic geometry, though he also made important contributions to other areas such as differential geometry, differential equations, and control theory. Within algebraic geometry he is known among other things for his work on intersection theory (Chow's moving lemma, Chow ring), for Chow's theorem on algebraicity of projective analytic varieties, and for many other achievements.

Chow was born in Shanghai, had his school education in the United States, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1931. He obtained his PhD in Leipzig in 1936, where he worked with van der Waerden (who was a professor at the University of Leipzig), introducing in particular Chow coordinates. Subsequently, Chow was a professor in Nanjing, Princeton and at Johns Hopkins University were he worked until 1977.

The idea behind the Chow lectures is to give students the opportunity to enjoy lectures by internationally renowned experts on active fields of modern mathematics and to create a stimulating research environment.

Travel funding and accommodation can be provided for early-career participants such as postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. Applicants are expected to submit a brief academic CV and a motivation letter or an article on a related topic for evaluation. Further instructions on the funding application follow in the confirmation of registration. The deadline for applications is February 29, 2020.

Date and Location

May 04 - 06, 2020
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Inselstraße 22
04103 Leipzig

Scientific Organizers

Christian Haase
Freie Universität Berlin

Mateusz Michalek
MPI für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften

Bernd Sturmfels
MPI für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften

Administrative Contact

Saskia Gutzschebauch
MPI für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften
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