This year's speaker for the Chow lectures is Peter Scholze (Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn), who is mainly known for his work on perfectoid spaces, the local and global Langlands correspondences, and the cohomology of algebraic varieties.
Scholze is a professor at the University of Bonn and since 2018, he is also a director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. He received many distinctions such as a Clay Research Fellowship (2011-2016), the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize in 2013, the Clay Research Award in 2014, the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra in 2015, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2016, and most notably the Fields Medal in 2018.
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 August 31, 2018.
The lecture will take place at the University of Leipzig (Felix Klein Lecture room) on November 05, 2018 and at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leibniz Conference Center) from November 06 - 07, 2018.
Registration is closed.