Research school in
Algebraic Geometry
and Commutative Algebra
University of Catania

Pragmatic papers

Post-pragmatic event: Traumatic Worksop in London (2014)

P.R.A.G.MAT.I.C. (Promotion of Research in Algebraic Geometry for MAThematicians in Isolated Centres) is a project for stimulating researches in Algebraic Geometry among young people especially those living in isolated centers or peripheral Universities all over the Europe. There are a lot of young talented mathematicians in many remote parts of Europe, who are not so effective as they could be due to their isolation. To give them the opportunity of new collaborations and scientific horizons will mean to insure expansion and future to Algebraic Geometry in Europe. Pragmatic will take care of these aspects of research in Algebraic Geometry trying to create a center for training isolated young mathematicians (and others), helping these young scientists to find their own area of research.

In pursuit these goals Pragmatic will organize a period of lectures and seminars on very concrete problems related to fundamental topics in Algebraic Geometry and on techniques to solve them.

How Pragmatic works? Every year, at Mathematics Department of the University of Catania, one or two among the major experts in a specific field will be invited for three weeks to give a series of lectures with the purpose of preparing background, explaining fundamental results, citing references in order to suggest problems and new themes of research to a group of young participants. Then, by individual discussions and seminars, will be studied methods to attack and to try to solve them. The results obtained by the participants may be published on a special issue of the scientific journal Le Matematiche (or submitted to other mathematical journals). The success of Pragmatic is proved by a lot of papers published along the years by the participants (see the list of the papers).

Pragmatic will grant a certain number of fellowships covering the full cost of boarding and lodging in Catania and exceptionally some amount to cover travel expenses. These fellowships will be awarded to young European researchers, say at pre-post doctoral level, with preference to those belonging to isolated centers or to geographically uncomfortable areas. In addition the Committee of Pragmatic could admit to the courses and seminars some other people who can be supported by their Institutions.

The Coordinators of Pragmatic are
Alfio Ragusa

Francesco Russo
Giuseppe Zappalą

Why Pragmatic at the Mathematics Department of Catania?
At Catania there is a large group of researchers working on Algebraic Geometry. The members of the group always felt the problem of working in a peripheral center and with very low chances to discuss and meet frequently top researchers in Algebraic Geometry. This group would like to be a valid support to young mathematicians organizing Pragmatic and helping them during the courses.