LINEAR ALGEBRAIC GROUPS, QUADRATIC FORMS AND RELATED TOPICS
Eilat, February 1--5, 2004
- Eva Bayer-Fluckiger (Lausanne)
- Detlev Hoffmann (Besançon)
- Boris Kunyavskii (Ramat Gan)
- Ulf Rehmann (Bielefeld)
Local Organizing Committee:
List of participants
This workshop is part of the activities of the European Research
and Training Network "Algebraic K-theory, Linear Algebraic
Groups and Related Structures" (HPRN--CT--2002--00287) and the
European Algebraic Geometry Research Training Network (EAGER). It
is also supported by the Emmy Noether Research Institute in
Mathematics and by the Hermann Minkowski Center for Geometry.
The conference will cover all aspects of linear algebraic groups,
quadratic forms and related structures: algebraic, geometric, and
arithmetic. It will start on Sunday, February 1, 14:00, and will
end on Thursday, February 5, 12:30. There will be eight 1-hour
survey lectures and a number of shorter, more specialized, talks.
Long afternoon break is reserved for non-formal discussions. On
Tuesday morning a trip around Eilat Gulf is planned. An important
notice (especially for local participants):
please bring your foreign passports
(they will be required for the boat trip).
Here is the list of one-hour survey lectures:
- Nikolai GORDEEV (St.Petersburg), "Automorphism groups of finite
dimensional simple algebras"
- Manfred KNEBUSCH (Regensburg), "Generic splitting of quadratic forms"
- Ivan PANIN (St.Petersburg), "Quadratic spaces and algebraic
- Claudio PEDRINI (Genoa), "Finite dimensional motives and the
conjectures of Beilinson and Murre"
- Andrei RAPINCHUK (Charlottesville, Virginia), "Normal subgroups of
the multiplicative group of a division algebra, and valuations"
- Alexander VISHIK (Moscow), "Motivic cohomology of normvarieties"
- Kirill ZAINOULLINE (St.Petersburg/Bielefeld), "On the norm
principle for quadratic forms"
Provisional list of contributed talks
An important notice:
there is no blackboard in the conference
hall. All speakers are kindly requested to prepare transparencies
for overhead projector.
The conference will take place in a deluxe 5* hotel "Le
Meridien" in Eilat (a resort town on the shores of the Red Sea).
The hotel is located on the beach, within a walking distance from
the central bus station, close to the promenade and commercial
area. See more details at the
hotel's website .
The special conference rates are $65 a day per person in double
occupancy on half board basis (buffet-type meals). Singles will
cost $111. It is possible to order full board for additional
$15-$18 per day (depending on the choice of a restaurant).
The venue of the conference, Eilat, is the southern most point in
Israel. It is a resort city hugging the shores of the Red Sea,
surrounded by the magnificent Edom Mountain Range, characterized
by its crystal clear waters and year-round sunshine. Its unique
undersea vista, flora and fauna of coral reefs may be admired by
glass-bottom boat or at the breath-taking Underwater Observatory
and of course, for the enthusiasts, by snorkelling or scuba diving.
The desert landscapes inland are no less fascinating. Eilat is
well known for its mild winter climate. The weather during the
month of February is warm during the day and cooler at night.
Temperatures range from 12 C (at night) to 25 C. It
seldom rains in Eilat even in winter. Participants who stay longer
or come earlier might want to join some of many interesting
day-trips which start in Eilat, either inside Israel or crossing
the border to Jordan or Egypt (Moon Valley, Akaba, Petra, Wadi
Rum, Nuweiba, Colored Canyon, or even Santa Catharina).
(Reservation can be made on the spot through the hotel's
The registration fee $60 ($50 for
students) is to be paid in cash on the spot,
on February 1 (14:00-15:00).
There are some direct flights from Europe to Eilat.
There are also connecting flights Ben Gurion - Eilat,
Both airlines have flights from the Ben Gurion International Airport
and from a small airport Sde Dov in Tel Aviv.
If you cannot find a suitable flight from Ben Gurion,
you can try Sde Dov. You can reach Sde Dov from Ben Gurion
by taxi in half an hour (not in rush hours), and it will cost you
100-110 shekels (ask the driver for the price before you enter the taxi,
refuse to ride with him if he asks 150-200 shekels, and in any case
ask for a receipt).
Note that the Eilat airport will be closed
for renovation work.
The flights of Israir will land and depart at Ovda airport
(one hour drive to Eilat). There will be a free shuttle bus Ovda-Eilat.
The flights of Arkia will land and depart at the landing-field in Yotvata
(25-minute drive to Eilat). There will be a free shuttle bus Yotvata-Eilat.
Note that you can fly with Arkia from Sde Dov to Yotvata, Eilat
on Saturday evening for only 95 shekels one way if you buy the ticket
5 days in advance.
can get to Eilat by bus from the central bus station of Tel Aviv
(5.30 hours), see time-table, it will cost you
65 shekels one way.
You can reach the central bus station of Tel Aviv by
bus 475 from the Ben Gurion airport (40 minutes),
it will cost you 11.50 shekels.
From the central bus station of Eilat, take a taxi to the hotel Le Meridien
(ask the driver to turn on the meter!) or just walk about 20 minutes.
For those interested, we strongly recommend to make the necessary
arrangements through their own travel agent before leaving for
Israel. On site car rentals are more costly (Eldan is the
cheapest, as of now, of all car rental agencies in the Ben-Gurion
The weather is likely to be warm and dry in the Eilat area. We
strongly suggest to bring bathing suits for swimming and snorkelling.
However, one has to take into account the possibility of mutable weather,
and, especially if anyone is
planning to visit other places in Israel, of lower temperatures and rain.