The research area that is central in this workshop proposal is arithmetic geometry. The main goal of the workshop is to have leading experts present their latest results, and to discuss recent developments in the field. Also, the workshop aims to be a platform for research discussions. Special attention will be given to younger participants.
The workshop is organized to celebrate the 80th birthday of Frans Oort, who is truly a paterfamilias of the Algebraic Geometry community in the Netherlands and beyond.
As part of the workshop we want to give special attention to two themes that have seen spectacular progress in recent years, namely K3 surfaces and the Andre-Oort conjecture. These will be presented in the form of two mini-series of four lectures each. The other lectures in the workshop will be individual lectures on arithmetic geometry, without further thematic constraints. The program of Thursday afternoon will consist of two lectures aimed at a somewhat broader audience of mathematicians.
There will be long breaks after lunch, giving participants ample opportunity to discuss research with colleagues.
To encourage younger participants, notably the PhD students and postdocs who will attend, we will organize some Question & Answer sessions, each led by one or two senior participants. The idea of these sessions is to create an informal setting in which younger mathematicians get an opportunity to discuss, and ask about, basic notions that play a role in current research.