## About the Seminar

The “Joint Seminar in Algebraic and Complex Geometry” is a research seminar, organized by the research groups in Basel, Freiburg, Nancy and Strasbourg. The seminar meets once or twice per semester in Strasbourg, for a full day. There are about four talks per meeting, both by invited guests and by speakers from the organizing universities. We aim to leave ample room for discussions and for a friendly chat.

The talks are open for everyone. Contact one of the organizers if you are interested in attending the meeting. We have some (very limited) funds that might help to support travel for some junior participants.

## Next Meeting

#### Date

November 30, 2017.

### Speakers and Schedule

10:30 — 11:30 | Jeremy Daniel: Some characteristic classes of flat bundles in complex geometry
On a compact Kähler manifold $X$, any semisimple flat bundle carries a harmonic metric. It can be used to define some characteristic classes of the flat bundle, in the cohomology of $X$. We show that these cohomology classes come from an infinite-dimensional space – constructed with loop groups – which is an analogue of the period domains used in Hodge theory. |

11:45 — 12:45 | Christian Urech: Simple subgroups of the Cremona group
The Cremona group is the group of birational transformations of the complex projective plane. In 2012 Cantat and Lamy proved that the Cremona group is not simple, which answered a long standing open question. In this talk we will refine their results and show that a simple group can be embedded into the plane Cremona group if and only if it can be embedded into PGL(3,C). Our techniques also yield new insights into the structure of subgroups consisting of elliptic elements. In particular, we will describe the structure of torsion subgroups and show that the Cremona group satisfies the Tits alternative for arbitrary subgroups; this extends a result by Cantat. |

14:30 — 15:30 |
Michael Hoff: Moduli of lattice polarized $K3$ surfaces via relative canonical resolutions
For a smooth canonically embedded curve $C$ of genus 9 together with a pencil |

16:00 — 17:00 | Matthias Wendt: Chow-Witt rings of Grassmannians and oriented Schubert calculus
Chow-Witt rings are a recent refinement of Chow rings which take into account orientation information using quadratic forms. While Chow rings of varieties can be compared to cohomology of the complex points of the varieties, the Chow-Witt rings compare better to the cohomology of real points. In the talk I will explain the structure of the Chow-Witt rings of Grassmannian varieties over general base fields (which strongly resembles the integral cohomology of real Grassmannian manifolds). This gives rise to an “oriented” version of Schubert calculus which generalizes some results from real Schubert calculus to (almost) arbitrary fields |

### Venue

Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée

7 rue René Descartes

67084 Strasbourg Cedex

France

A description of the way is found here.

## Mailing List

The meetings of the seminar will be announced via a mailing list. To subscribe, simply send an e-mail to seminar-nfs-subscribe@math.uni-freiburg.de.