Seminar Announcement - October and November 2018

Geometric and Algebraic Combinatorics

Instructor:   Bernd Sturmfels    (MPI Leipzig, TU Berlin, UC Berkeley)

Time and Place:
      Monday, October 29 - Friday, November 2  at FU Berlin
      Friday, November 16   at TU Berlin

Setting: This block seminar is held in cooperation with BMS Berlin and IMPRS Leipzig.
It is aimed at advanced students and doctoral students in mathematics. Everyone is welcome.
Students wishing to receive credits (Schein) enroll through TU Berlin. Please contact Antje Schulz.

Prerequisites: Mathematical maturity of an advanced graduate student. Interest in combinatorics.

Description: This seminar exposes the students to current research themes in geometric and algebraic combinatorics.
It is offered in conjunction with two Einstein workshops held at FU Berlin during the same week, namely the Workshop on
Geometric and Topological Combinatorics (October 29-31) and the Workshop on Algebraic Combinatorics (November 1-2).
Students attend as many of the workshop lectures as they can. Conversations with workshop speakers are strongly encouraged.

Students select one lecture per workshop as their primary topics of study. They will write a paper on their two topics,
and they will give a presention on one topic on November 16. Bernd Sturmfels will also offer some lectures on that day.

Grading: The final grade will be based on scores for participation (20%), the November 16 lecture (30 %),
and the final term paper (50 %). The term paper is due on December 15, 2018.

Credits: TU Berlin will grant TU-students who successfully complete the similar with a portfolio-Prüfung 6 ECTS.
It is recommended that before the seminar starts you go to your examination office or to your chairman of the
examining board to clarify if (or under which conditions) your university will also give you 6 ECTS.

Class Meetings:
Tuesday, October 30, 15:00-17:00 at FU Berlin, room TBA
Friday, November 2, 16:30-17:30 at FU Berlin, room TBA
Friday, November 16, 10:00-18:00 at TU Berlin, in Room MA 621