P.R.A.G.MAT.I.C. 2008 at University of Catania

(Promotion of Research in Algebraic Geometry for MAThematicians in Isolated Centres)

First announcement

PRAGMATIC is a project, sponsored by INDAM, for stimulating research in Algebraic Geometry among young people, especially those living in isolated centres or peripheral universities all over Europe.
For this purpose, every year, a group of experts  will suggest problems in some specific field and will give lectures and seminars and will have individual discussions with the participants in order to try to attack and to solve these problems.
At the end of all the activities of Pragmatic the results that the participants obtain could be reproduced in a special issue of the journal Le Matematiche.
In the period  July 13th - August 3th, 2008, at Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica of the University of Catania, a new edition of this school of research Pragmatic 2008 will be held.

Prof. Jürgen Herzog   Universität Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Volkmar Welker Universität Marburg
Collaborator: Dr. Marius Vladoiu University of Bucharest
Collaborator: Dr. Xinxian Zheng Universität Duisburg-Essen

Theme of researchFree resolutions and Hilbert series: algebraic, combinatorial and geometric

Scientific program with references


Pragmatic will accept about 15-20 young participants and will support all the participants which are not able to find support in their institutions.

This financial support will be awarded, essentially, to young researchers, say at the pre-postdoctoral level, with preference given to those belonging to geographically isolated locations. The support will cover lodging, boarding along all period of Pragmatic, the cost of the fee and some travel expenses.
The Co-ordinator of 
Pragmatic is Prof. Alfio Ragusa (University of Catania). Other local organizers are: Rosario Strano, Renato Maggioni, Salvatore Giuffrida, Giuseppe Zappalà.

People who wish to be considered either for participation and/or for financial support should fill out the enclosed  application form, which should be sent to  the following address:

or by ordinary mail to: Dott. Giuseppe Zappalà,

Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica,

Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania - Italy.


or by ordinary mail to: Prof. Alfio Ragusa,

Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica,

Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania - Italy.

The deadline for  applications is May 20th, 2008. The Committee of Pragmatic will decide about financial supports and admissions within May 2008 and will inform all the applicants of the outcome.  Moreover a list of participants and all the activities of the school will be spread by EAGER net. Interested people who need more information about Pragmatic can contact any member of the local committee, using the following E-mail addresses: sstrano, maggioni, giuffrida, zappalag (one of these)




Male or Female:

Date of Birth:



Academic qualification (Ph.D., Master,...):

Name of advisor:

Professional Status and Current Position:

E-mail address:

Field of interest:

Estimate cost of travel to Catania:

Can you be supported by your institution?: (Possible answers: totally, partly, no)

If you have a Ph.D, when did you get it and where?

Reasons for wanting to participate in the session:

It is suggested that the applications include both a recommendation letter and a brief Curriculum vitae