09:00 - 10:00 *Registration at Mathematics Dept (CM201)*

10:00 - 11:00 **Mihai Paun**: *Extension of twisted pluricanonical forms: an overview*

We will present a few results concerning the extension of twisted
pluricanonical forms. In order to make the presentation as
"friendly" as possible, we will only highlight the main ideas of
the proofs, and try to explain the relevance of the analytic
methods in this context.

11:00 - 11:30 *Coffee*

11:30 - 12:30 **Jean-Pierre Demailly**: *A sharp lower bound for the log canonical threshold of an isolated plurisubharmonic singularity*

We give a sharp lower bound for the log canonical threshold of a
plurisubharmonic function $\varphi$ with an isolated singularity at
$0$ in an open subset of ${\mathbb C}^n$. This threshold can be
defined as the supremum of constants $c>0$ such that $e^{-2c\varphi}$
is integrable on a neighborhood of~$0$. We relate $c(\varphi)$ with
the intermediate multiplicity numbers $e_j(\varphi)$, defined as the
Lelong numbers of $(dd^c\varphi)^j$ at $0$ (so that in particular
$e_0(\varphi)=1$). Our main result is that $c(\varphi)\ge\sum
e_j(\varphi)/e_{j+1}(\varphi)$, $0\le j\le n-1$. This inequality is
shown to be sharp; it~simultaneously improves the classical result
$c(\varphi)\ge 1/e_1(\varphi)$ due to Skoda, as well as the lower
estimate $c(\varphi)\ge n/e_n(\varphi)^{1/n}$ which has received
crucial applications to birational geometry in recent years. The proof
consists in a reduction to the toric case, i.e.\ singularities arising
from monomial ideals.
(joint work with Pham Hoang Hiep)

12:30 - 14:00 *Lunch at Grey College*

14:00 - 15:00 **Simon Donaldson**: *Projective embeddings of Gromov-Hausdorff limits*

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15:00 - 15:30 *Coffee*

15:30 - 16:30 **Hajime Tsuji**: *Regularity of the twisted Kähler-Einstein currents and Relative pluricanonical systems of KLT pairs*

In this talk, using the Dirichlet problems of complex Monge-Ampère
equations, we show that the regularity of the relative twisted
Kähler-Einstein currents on a family of KLT pairs. This enables us
to generate a complex analytic foliations on the family. We apply
this foliations to study relative pluricanonical systems.

17:00 - 18:00 **Yuji Odaka**: *Birational geometry and K-stability*

The K-stability of polarised variety (Tian, Donaldson) is a purely algebro-geometric notion of 1, 2 decades old. It is expected to correspond the existence of "canonical" Kahler metric on it, i.e. "canonical" way of regard variety as a differential geometric object, defined after its crowning historical background founded by: (Riemann..), Calabi, Aubin, Yau, Tian and many many other differential geometric works.
Having origin of algebro-geometric side rather in (Hilbert-)Mumford's GIT theory, this notion has been unexpectedly coming out its crucial relation with recent MMP-theoritic birational geometry. E.g. discrepancy, log-canonical-threshold (with Y.Sano), birational superrigidity (with T.Okada), MMP with scaling (Li-Xu), KSBA type compact moduli. I'll roughly sketch these and would like to suggest a hard and important problem of judging K-stability explicitly by showing our partial understanding.

19:00 - 20:30 *Dinner at Grey College*

20:00 - 20:30 *Wine Reception at Grey College (JCR)*

09:30 - 10:30 **Yuri Tschinkel**: *Birational geometry and arithmetic geometry*

10:00 - 10:30 *Coffee*

11:00 - 12:00 **Ekaterina Amerik**: *Iteration of rational self-maps: non-periodic algebraic points*

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12:30 - 13:30 *Lunch at Grey College*

13:30 - 14:30 **Frederic Campana**: *Gromov's Oka-Grauert principle and special manifolds*

A complex connected manifold X is said to satisfy the
h-principle if any continuous map from any Stein manifold S to X is
homotopic to some holomorphic map from S to X. The origin lies in the works of Oka and Grauert on classification of line and vector bundles on Stein S. Gromov showed that `elliptic' X satisfy this h-principle.
'Elliptic' manifolds in Gromov's sense are C-connected (ie: any two points can be joined by a chain of entire curves. We raise the question whether (non-contractible) X's satisfyng the h-principle are C-connected, and show that such an X:
1. has no holomorphic non null-homotopic map to any Brody hyperbolic space Y.
2. is `special' if projective. The link is that, conjecturally, `special'
projective manifolds are exactly the ones which are C-connected.
`Specalness' roughly means `opposite' to general type, and is defined by algebro-geometric conditions highly relevant to the birational classificatio of projective manifolds and the LMMP.
The cases of quasi-projective (or even quasi-Kaehler) manifolds might be accessible by more refined techniques.

14:30 - 15:00 *Coffee*

15:00 - 16:00 **Atsushi Moriwaki**: *Birational Arakelov geometry*

Roughly speaking, the purpose of birational geometry is
studies of big linear series. Birational Arakelov geometry is
an arithmetic analogue of the above analyses.
In this talk, I will give an overview of the recent developments of birational Arakelov geometry.

16:30 - 17:30 **Damiano Testa**: *The Büchi K3 surface and its rational points*

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19:00 - 20:30 *Dinner at Grey College*

09:00 - 10:00 **Stéphane Lamy**: *Birational self-maps and piecewise algebraic geometry*

If f is a birational selfmap of P^3, the exceptional set Exc(f) is
the algebraic set (here a reducible surface) where f is not a local
isomorphism. We observe on examples (I will give one) that the
exceptional sets of f and of the inverse of f have no reason to be
isomorphic. However in a joint work with Julien Sebag we prove that
these exceptional sets are always piecewise isomorphic. This is a
particular case of a more general conjecture stating that two
varieties with the same class in the Grothendieck ring K_0[Var]
should be piecewise isomorphic.

10:00 - 10:30 *Coffee*

10:30 - 11:30 **Yuri Prokhorov**: *Subgroups of Cremona groups and Fano varieties*

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12:00 - 13:00 **Igor Dolgachev**: *Algebraic surfaces with large automorphism group*

An automorphism group of a smooth projective algebraic surface
acts naturally on the Neron-Severi group of algebraic 2-cycles
preserving the intersection form and the canonical class. It is
called large if its image $G$ in the group $O$ of isometries of the
orthogonal complement of the canonical class is an infinite group
of finite index. I will explain a recent result of my joint work
with Serge Cantat where we proof that the Picard number of a
surface with a large automorphism group is at most 11. In the case
of rational surfaces with Picard number $> 11$, the image of the
automorphism group is contained in a certain reflection subgroup
$W$ of infinite index in $O$. We classify all rational surfaces
such that $G$ is of finite index in $W$. In characteristic 0 they
are classically known as the Coble or Halphen surfaces.

13:15 - 13:30 *Symposium Photograph at Grey College*

13:30 - 14:30 *Lunch at Grey College*

14:30 - 16:00 *Tour of Durham Castle*

19:00 - 19:30 *Pre-dinner drinks*

19:30 - 21:00 *Conference Dinner*

09:30 - 10:30 **Osamu Fujino**: *Birational geometry and Hodge theory*

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10:30 - 11:00 *Coffee*

11:00 - 12:00 **Burt Totaro**: *Symmetric differentials and the fundamental group*

Consider a smooth complex projective variety X. Hodge theory shows
that sections of exterior powers of the cotangent bundle are
related to the topology of X. What about symmetric powers of the
cotangent bundle? We discuss the relation between the topology of X
and its "symmetric differentials". One interest of these results
is that symmetric differentials give information in the direction
of "Kobayashi hyperbolicity"; for example, they limit how many
rational curves X can contain.
This is joint work with Yohan Brunebarbe and Bruno Klingler.

12:30 - 13:30 *Lunch at Grey College*

13:30 - 14:30 **Nick Shepherd-Barron**: *Compactifications of M_g and A_g*

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14:30 - 15:00 *Coffee*

15:00 - 16:00 **James McKernan**: *The moduli space of canonical polarised varieties, I *

16:30 - 17:30 **Chenyang Xu**: *The moduli space of canonical polarised varieties, II*

19:00 - 20:30 *Dinner at Grey College*

09:30 - 10:30 **Yujiro Kawamata**: *Birational geometry and derived categories*

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10:30 - 11:00 *Coffee*

11:00 - 12:00 **Ludmil Katzarkov**: *Stability Hodge Structures and applications*

In this talk we will introduce new Hodge theoretic notion
and consider some applications to classical geometric questions.

12:30 - 13:30 *Lunch at Grey College*

13:30 - 14:30 **Alexey Bondal**: *Noncommutative blow-down representation theory*

14:30 - 15:00 *Coffee*

15:00 - 16:00 **Nero Budur**: *Birational geometry and singularities*

Singularities are an essential tool in birational geometry,
and, viceversa, birational methods are important for understanding
singularities. In this talk we will present a few open problems in
singularity theory related to birational geometry, and discuss current
efforts to solve them.

16:30 - 17:30 **Paolo Cascini**: *Lifting sections in positive characteristic*

The Kawamata-Viehweg-Nadel vanishing theorem has played a
crucial role in the study of the birational geometry of complex projective
varieties, but unfortunately it does not
hold in general for varieties defined over a field of positive
characteristic. We will discuss a new lifting theorem which hold on any
algebraically closed field and some of its applications.

19:00 - 20:30 *Dinner at Grey College*