Enhancing representation theory, noncommutative algebra and geometry

31 January - 1 February 2019

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Scientific Organisers

  • Arend Bayer, University of Edinburgh
  • Tom Bridgeland, University of Sheffield
  • Iain Gordon, Univeristy of Edinburgh
  • Agata Smoktunowicz, University of Edinburgh
  • Michael Wemyss, University of Glasgow

This is the launch meeting of the EPSRC programme grant Enhancing Representation Theory, Noncommutative Algebra And Geometry Through Moduli, Stability And Deformations


This meeting will start with lunch and registration at on Thursday 31 January and finish around 16.00 on Friday 1 February. Please take this into consideration when making your travel arrangements.


Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

Please see the Visiting ICMS page for details of our location.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.

There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100. This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the workshop venue.

Lothian buses charge £1.70 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to ICMS. Waverley is an easy 15 minute walk from ICMS.

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This programme is provisional and may be subject to change.

Abstracts of talks can be found here be found here

Thursday 31 January


Registration & lunch


Alastair Craw (University of Bath) Birational geometry of symplectic quotient singularities 


Jenny August (University of Edinburgh)The tilting theory of contraction algebras


Tea/Coffee break


Olivier Schiffmann (Universite de Paris-Sud, Orsay) Cohomological Hall algebras of coherent sheaves on a curve and finite quot schemes


Drinks reception


Dinner venue tbc

Friday 1 February


Akishi Ikeda (University of Tokyo) q-stability conditions and C*-equivariant quantum cohomology for the local P1


Tea/Coffee break


Spela Spenko (Free University of Brussels) Comparing commutative and noncommutative resolutions of singularities


Dougal Davis (King's College London) The elliptic Grothendieck-Springer resolution




Shahn Majid (Queen Mary University of London) Quantum geometries over finite fields