Basel-Dijon-EPFL meeting archive




3 May : GR B3 30, map

4 May: MA A3 31, map




3 May


14:00-15:00 Adrien Dubouloz

Tilte: Cylinders in Mori Fiber Spaces

Abstract: A cylinder in an algebraic variety is a Zariski open subset isomorphic to the product of a variety with the affine line. Every smooth projective variety containing such a cylinder has a birational model which is a Mori Fiber Space over a base. Cylinders in Fano varieties of dimension 3 and 4 have received quite a lot of attention recently in connection to the existence of additive group actions on certain of their affine cones. In this talk, I will focus on the question of existence of such cylinders in total spaces of certain strict Mori Fiber Spaces: del Pezzo fibrations and MFS of relative dimension 3 whose general fibers are isomorphic to the quintic del Pezzo threefold V5. (Joint work with T. Kishimoto, Saitama University).  

15:00-15:30 coffee 

15:30-16:30 Nicholas Shepherd-Barron

Title: del Pezzo surfaces and effective Torelli in genus three

Abstract: The tropes and singularities of a Kummer surface determine a curve of genus two in a straightforward way. In this talk we describe a similar picture in genus three.  This is joint work with M. Fryers.

16:30-17:00 coffee 

17:00-18:00 Giulio Codogni

Title: Positivity of the Chow-Mumford line bundle for families of K-stable klt Fano varieties

Abstract: The Chow-Mumford (CM) line bundle is a functorial line bundle defined on the base of any family of polarized varieties, in particular on the base of families of klt Fano varieties. It is conjectured that it yields a polarization on the conjectured moduli space of K-semi-stable klt Fano varieties. This boils down to showing semi-positivity/positivity statements about the CM-line bundle for families with  K-semi-stable/K-polystable fibers.

In this talk, I will present a proof of the necessary semi-positivity statements in the K-semi-stable situation, and the necessary positivity statements in the uniform K-stable situation, including in both cases variants assuming stability only for very general fibers. These results work in the most general singular situation (klt singularities), and the proofs are algebraic, except the computation of the limit of a sequence of real numbers via the central limit theorem of probability theory. I will also  present an application to the classification of Fano varieties. This is a joint work with Zs. Patakfalvi.

19:00 Dinner for the participants in the Brasserie Lausanne-Moudon

4 May


8:45-9:00 coffee

9:00-10:00 Immanuel van Santen

Title: Embeddings of lines and planes into algebraic groups

Abstract: In this talk we will study closed embeddings of affine varieties into affine algebraic groups G up to algebraic automorphisms of the underlying variety of G. After recalling some classical results concerning embeddings into the affine space, we will focus on embeddings of the affine line into arbitrary groups and embeddings of the affine plane into SL_2. Mainly we will discuss the following two results:

-If G is a group without characters of dimension different than 
 three, then all embeddings of the affine line are equivalent.
-There is an infinite family of pairwise non-equivalent
 embeddings of the affine plane into SL_2. 

This is joint work with Peter Feller and Jérémy Blanc.

10:00-10:30 coffee 

10:30-11:30 Zhiyu Tian

Title: Motivic crepant resolution conjecture and Chow ring of hyperKähler varieties.

Abstract: I will explain a joint program with Lie Fu, where we consider a motivic version of the crepant resolution conjecture in Gromov-Witten theory. I will also discuss an application to the study of Chow rings of Hilbert schemes of points on K3 surfaces.

11:30-11:45 coffee

11:45-12:45 Jean Fasel

Title: Motivic triviality of the Koras-Russell threefolds of the first kind

Abstract: In this talk, we will try to axiomatize the motivic homotopy category of Morel-Voevodsky using the notion of pretriangulated category.

The advantage of this approach is to allow researchers not familiar with motives to work nevertheless in this framework.

As an illustration of the axiomatization, we will show that the Koras-Russell threefolds of the first kind are motivically trivial. This is a joint work with A. Dubouloz.”

12:45- 14:15 Lunch for the paricipants in “Le Parmentier”

14:15-15:15 Filippo Viviani  

Title: On the cone of effective cycles on the symmetric products of curves

Abstract: I will report on a joint work with F. Bastianelli, A. Kouvidakis and A. F. Lopez in which we study the cone of (pseudo-)effective cycles on symmetric products of a curve.

We first prove that the diagonal cycles span a face of the pseudo-effective cone of cycles in any given dimension. Secondly, we look at the contractibility faces associated to the Abel-Jacobi morphism towards the Jacobian and in many cases we are able to compute their dimensions.


Location: EPFL, PH H3 33


10:00-10:15 coffee (in front of the lecture room).

10:15-11:15 Victor Lozovanu: Convex geometry and positivity aspects in algebraic geometry

Abstract: Intersection numbers are probably the most important tool of studying algebraic varieties. They satisfy certain convexity/continuity properties and in some cases have very geometric description. In early 2000 Okounkov showed how to associate convex sets to a divisor, so that intersection numbers appear naturally as euclidean volumes. This gives a very natural explanation of the convexity nature of intersection numbers. More importantly it opens the door to studying algebraic varieties through convex shapes. In this talk I will try to explain some of these ideas and hopefully give some insight to some interesting applications to questions about local/global geometry of algebraic varieties.

11:15-11:30 coffee break

11:30-12:30 Alex Küronya: Functions on Newton-Okounkov bodies

Abstract: Newton-Okounkov bodies are a collection of convex bodies 
associated to divisors, or, more generally, graded linear series, that 
can be thought of as convex geometric models of the corresponding 
algebro-geometric objects. In this talk we take the modelling process 
one step further and study concave functions on Newton-Okounkov bodies 
that arise from filtrations on the section ring of the underlying line 
bundle. We discuss both the formal aspects as well as some applications.

12:45-14:15 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Anne Lonjou: Cremona group and hyperbolic spaces

Abstract: The Cremona group is the group of birational 
transformations of the projective plane. It acts on a hyperbolic space 
which is an infinite dimensional version of the hyperboloid model of 
H^n. This action is the main recent tool to study the Cremona group. 
After defining it, we will study its Voronoï tesselation, and describe 
some graphs naturally associated with this construction. Finally we will 
discuss which of these graphs are Gromov-hyperbolic.


Location: EPFL, GC A1 416


9:30-10:00 coffee (in front of the lecture room).

10:00-11:00 Joe Waldron: General fibres of Mori fibre spaces in positive characteristic

Abstract: A morphism between smooth varieities in characteristic zero has smooth general fibre, but this fails badly in positive characteristic (e.g. for quasi-elliptic surfaces).  We use the dictionary between purely inseparable morphisms and foliations of the tangent bundle to put restrictions on this failure.  One consequence is that generic smoothness holds for terminal Mori fibre contractions of 3 folds in characteristic p at least 11.  This is work in progress with Zsolt Patakfalvi.

11:00-11:30 coffee break

11:30-12:30 Vladimir Lazić: Two conjectures in birational geometry

Abstract: I will discuss recent progress on two conjectures in birational geometry: the nonvanishing conjecture and a conjecture of Mumford. This is joint work with Thomas Peternell.

12:45-14:15 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Mattias Hemmig: The complement problem for the affine plane

Abstract: We consider complements of irreducible closed curves in the affine plane. Given an isomorphism between two such complements, does it follow that the curves are isomorphic? This question was posed by Hanspeter Kraft in 1995. We give a negative answer by constructing explicit counterexamples, over an arbitrary base field. Nevertheless, counterexamples are quite exceptional – for instance both curves are necessarily isomorphic to open subsets of the affine line. This is a joint work with Jérémy Blanc and Jean-Philippe Furter.