P.R.A.G.M.A.T.I.C.2002 at University of Catania

Promotion of Research in Algebraic Geometry for MAThematicians in Isolated Centers

First announcement

PRAGMATIC is a project, sponsored by EAGER, for stimulating research in Algebraic Geometry among young people especially those living in isolated centers 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.

For more on this project check the web page:


At the end of all the activities of Pragmatic the original results obtained by the participants will be reproduced in a special issue of the journal "Le Matematiche".

P.R.A.G.MAT.I.C. 2002

School of Algebraic Geometry

University of Catania

9 - 27 September, 2002

The themes of research for Pragmatic 2002 will be on the fields geometry of special varieties in projective space.

The course leaders will be Fyodor Zak (University of Moscow) and Massimiliano Mella (University of Ferrara).

They will present open research problems and provide tools which may help to solve these problems - through lectures, seminars and individual meetings.

Pragmatic 2002 will take place at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Catania in the period 9-27 September 2002.

Pragmatic will grant about 15 fellowships for young researchers, possibly coming from European countries.

These fellowships will cover full board accommodation and some travel expenses. In particular

we encourage young researchers from less favorite European regions to apply.

The Coordinator of Pragmatic is Prof. Alfio Ragusa - University of Catania.

Further local members are:

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

More details about the scientific program for Pragmatic 2002 will be given in a second announcement.

If you want to apply for a fellowship or just for participation, please fill the included application form, and return it to Alfio Ragusa by e-mail:

or by ordinary mail to:

Prof. Alfio Ragusa-Dipartimento di Matematica-

Viale A.Doria, 6



The deadline for applications is May 15 2002.

The organizing Committee will announce its decisions about fellowships and admission to the course by June 2002.

We will ask participants to pay a certain registration fee. The fellowships will cover also this fee.

If you need more information about Pragmatic please contact any member of the Committee, via (where xxx stands for sstrano, maggioni, giuffrida, zappalag).


APPLICATION FORM TO PRAGMATIC 2002 9-27 September, 2002




Male or Female:

Date of Birth:



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

Name of advisor:

Professional Status and Current Position:



Field of interest:

Estimate cost of travel to Catania:

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

Letter of motivations:

It is suggested to include at the application a recommendation letter and a brief Curriculum vitae.