Press Release:

New Trends in Arithmetic and Geometry of Algebraic Surfaces

The Banff International Research Station will host the "New Trends in Arithmetic and Geometry of Algebraic Surfaces" workshop from March 12th to March 17th, 2017.

Algebraic surfaces have been at the heart of algebraic geometry ever since the Italian school. Yet they continue to be of outstanding relevance for both algebraic and arithmetic geometry, with many important novel developments in recent years and wide territories still to be explored.

The astounding facets of the rich interplay of arithmetic and geometry which have featured in many recent developments, are our key motivation to organize a workshop ``New trends in arithmetic and geometry of algebraic surfaces'' at BIRS in 2017. While a big focus of the workshop will lie on K3 surfaces, we anticipate a central role also for Enriques surfaces and certain classes of general type surfaces.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disc iplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineeri ng Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

BIRS Scientific Director, Nassif Ghoussoub
E-mail: birs-director[@]