P.R.A.G.MAT.I.C. 2011 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  June 20th - July 9th, 2011, at Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica of the University of Catania, a new edition of this school of research Pragmatic 2011 will be held.

Prof. Ralf Fröberg   Stockholm University
Prof. Mats Boij KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Collaborator: Dr. Eric  Emtander Stockholm University
Collaborator: Dr. Veronica Crispin Q. Uppsala University

Theme of researchGraded algebras and modules - properties and invariants
We will study graded algebras and modules arising in various possible applications, such as semigroups, simplicial complexes and low-dimensional varieties. In particular, we will look at invariants, such as Hilbert functions and graded Betti numbers and their relations to properties of the algebras and modules as well as at classification problems, including the study of these invariants up to scaling. In the study we will also make use of the computational tools available through computer algebra systems as Macaulay2 and CoCoA.

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: Giuseppe Zappalà, Salvatore Giuffrida, Renato Maggioni, Rosario Strano.

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:




The deadline for  applications is March 31th, 2011. The Committee of Pragmatic will decide about financial supports and admissions within April 10th, 2011 and will inform all the applicants of the outcome.  Interested people who need more information about Pragmatic can contact any member of the local committee, using the following E-mail addresses: ragusa, zappalag, sstrano, maggioni, giuffrida (one of these)

Supported by
Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica (Università di Catania);




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