September 10, 2018 was the first day of Algebraic Geometry program in Shanghai Center for Mathematical Sciences (SCMS). In the morning, more than 35 graduate students and postdocs from all over China and from abroad, gathered in the newly opened SCMS building in Fudan University Jiang-Wan campus, attending the lectures by Prof. Wei-Ping Li from HKUST, on Hilbert scheme of points on surfaces. After lunch, Jun Li and Zhiyuan Li, the program organizers, chatted with junior program participants on how to utilize this opportunity to learn and excel in preparation of their future research careers.
In the afternoon, Prof. Rahul Pandharipande from ETH, Zurich, who weeks ago had delivered a plenary lecture at 2018 ICM Brazil, gave the first of his three-lecture series on “Lehn's conjecture for Segre classes on Hilbert schemes of points”. More than 50 students and researchers attended his lecture.
After the lecture, many participants continued their informal discussion session on the background and on some of the fine points of this lecture, preparing for the more advanced topics to come. This will be a typical day for this ten-weeks program on algebraic geometry.
The following was the workshop week, about twenty speakers spoke at the workshop “moduli spaces and related problems”. It was a huge success, as one of the program organizer D. Huybrechts phrased it: “(the workshop) was a great success, everything went so smoothly. The atmosphere was really, really good and people enjoyed their stay in Shanghai.”
In the third week, research professors E. Looijenga, M. Popa and B. Totaro gave lecture series, on “locally symmetric spaces”, on “Hodge ideals” and on “algebraic cycles”. The feedback from the participants are very positive. After a week of recess, the program will resume Monday, Oct. 8.
This program consists of seven weeks of lecture series given by research professors; three workshop weeks. The other two workshops are “birational geometry” and “connection for young algebraic geometers”.