There will be quite a few number-theoretic activities that I will be involved-in this year. In chronological order:
(1) In March, on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th, there will first be the 10th edition of the ETH-EPFL Number Theory Days, this time in Lausanne. The web page is currently not very informative (except for links to the previous editions…), but the speakers this year will be L. Berger (ENS Lyon), E. Lindenstrauss (Hebrew University), H. Oh (Brown University), N. Templier (Princeton University) and J. Wolf (École Polytechnique). This is organized by Ph. Michel and myself.
(2) Immediately following, there will be a conference on “Equidistribution in number theory and dynamics” at the Forschungsinstitut für Mathematik of ETH, organized jointly by M. Einsiedler, E. Lindenstrauss, Ph. Michel and myself, from March 18 to 22. There is a web page with the current list of speakers. We would especially like to invite young mathematicians to apply here for financial support if they wish to attend this conference (the deadline indicated is January 15th, but a few more days should not hurt).
(3) During the first week of June, again at FIM, G. Wustholz and myself are organizing a conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Number Theory Seminar at ETH. Additional details will appear soon….
(4) Finally, from June 17 to 21, in sunny Marseille, R. de la Bretèche, Ph. Michel, J. Rivat and myself are co-organizing a conference on Analytic Number Theory in honor of É. Fouvry’s 60th birthday. This will be held at CIRM, which is a also a very nice place indeed to do mathematics. The web page for the conference is here; registration to the conference should be done on the CIRM website (the registration form is not there yet).
I gave today a lecture in the conference in honor of F. Delbaen at ETH, and since the rooms were not suitable for blackboard talks, I prepared a beamer talk. I’ve put up the slides on the web for any interested reader; the topic was a survey of the general ideas surrounding my papers with A. Nikeghbali, J. Jacod, A. Barbour, and F. Delbaen on mod-gaussian convergence, mod-Poisson convergence, and related limiting behavior of sequences of random variables. I have posted about this a few times before, but not about all of the results. All the corresponding papers and preprints can be found on my home page.
Just a note to mention that I’ve just created a web page with links to the notes I’ve written for various courses at ETH over the years (though most of them are not as complete as I would like).
The coming Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, A. Wigderson will be in Zürich to give the yearly Pauli Lectures, with a general title of “The computational lens”. It seems to be the best possible time to share the following insight
from one of my family’s Minecraft sessions…
Since 2005, the number theorists at ETH Zürich and at EPF Lausanne organize every year the Number Theory Days, which present five talks, in all areas of number theory, over two days. (Actually, I’ve seen one web page claim that the tradition started in 2004, but I didn’t find any other reference for it…)
The 2012 edition will be held in Zürich on March 30 and 31, co-organized by Philippe Michel and myself, with the support of the FIM. Here is the official web page and the beautiful poster:
We especially encourage your researchers interested in attending (PhD students, postdocs, in particular) to write to the FIM coordinator, as indicated on the web page, to register, and to indicate if they wish to request funding for travel and local expenses.