Arithmetic algebraic geometry witnessed unprecedented growth over the last decade, with substantial progress made on several central themes
such as the Taniyama-Weil conjecture, Serre's conjecture, the local Langlands conjecture and p-adic Hodge theory.
In all these problems p-adic methods played a crucial role, either through a finer understanding of the geometry, or through the study of
p-adic Galois representations and (classical or p-adic) representations of p-adic groups.
The goal of this spring school, supported by the
Minerva foundation, is to present to graduate students and young researchers, through a
series of minicourses, several foundational topics, thereby assisting them in entering areas of current research.
We plan to hold 6-7 minicourses over seven morning sessions. These courses will be delivered by the organizers.
In addition, we plan to hold, each day between 2-4 pm, study groups, in which the material taught during the morning sessions will be
further discussed among the participants. Individual lectures on topics of current research will be given between 4-6 pm.
The weekend (Friday afternoon and Saturday), as well as another afternoon, will be free and devoted to sightseeing.
The Minerva foundation will cover the cost of accommodation in Jerusalem, and weekday lunches at the Hebrew University,
for students and young researchers admitted to the program.
Depending on the resources, we may also partially or fully reimburse travel expenses.
We expect to be able to support around 40 participants. Space is limited, so please apply well in advance.
The deadline for registration is November 30th, 2008. Decisions about financial support will be made by Jan 15th, 2009.