The topic of the symposium is model theory, a branch of
mathematical logic dealing with mathematical structures (models)
point of view of
first-order logical definability.
The first theme of the symposium concerns various number theoretic and algebraic geometric
conjectures that have arisen out of model theoretic work over the past
ten years or so.
In our second theme
we plan to explore the relations and try to bridge some gaps between
the formalisms of model theory and of category theory, both of
which present distinct abstract approaches to the objects of
mathematics. Among the aims would be to foster and improve
communication with algebraists and geometers for whom category
theory is the standard foundation, as well as exploring how the
powerful techniques and points of view of the two formalisms can
influence each other.
Our third, and final theme, motivic integration, is related
in various ways, to each of the first two. It concerns the developments that have stemmed the theories of integration in
arbitrary valued fields of residue characteristic zero.