PIMS Summer School and Workshop on Geometric and Topological Aspects of the Representation Theory of Finite Groups

  • Start Date: 07/27/2016
  • End Date: 08/05/2016

University of British Columbia




There will be a summer school, followed by a workshop, on the representation theory of finite groups and related algebraic structures, with an emphasis on the modular case.


Summer School: 27th to 30th July, 2016

Workshop: 1st to 5th August, 2016


Summer School: 27th to 30th July, 2016

Speakers and Lecture Titles:

  • Eric Friedlander, University of Southern California, U.S.A. 
    Rational cohomology and supports for linear algebraic groups 
  • Jesper Grodal, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Group actions via homotopy theory
  • Radha Kessar, City University, London, U.K. 
    Local representation theory
  • Peter Symonds, University of Manchester, U.K.
    Endo-trivial modules for infinite groups

Summer School Schedule and reading list.  






Workshop: 1st to 5th August, 2016 


Alejandro Adem, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Luchezar L. Avramov, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.A.

Paul Balmer, UC, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Frauke Bleher, University of Iowa, U.S.A.

Bob Guralnick, University of Southern California, U.S.A. 

Birge Huisgen-Zimmermann, UC, Santa Barbara, U.S.A. 

Henning Krause, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Ran Levi, University of Aberdeen, U.K.  

Markus Linckelmann, City University, London, U.K.

Justin Lynd, University of Montana 

Akhil Mathew, Harvard University, U.S.A. 

Dan Nakano, University of Georgia, Athens, U.S.A. 

Beren Sanders, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

Paul Sobaje, University of Georgia, U.S.A 

Greg Stevenson, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Burt Totaro, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A. 

Mark Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.A.

Peter Webb, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.  

Sarah Witherspoon, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.


Draft workshop Schedule (The final program will be posted before the workshop, please expect edits to occur before then) 



These events will be an occasion to celebrate Dave Benson's 60th birthday and his distinguished mathematical career.  


Jon F. Carlson (University of Georgia)
Srikanth B. Iyengar (University of Utah)
Julia Pevtsova (University of Washington).

For logistical queries, please email the PIMS Program Manager here.

Other Information: 

Summer School Application and Registration Process:

Application and registration to the Summer School is a two-step system which is now complete.

Accepted applicants have already been contacted and have been given details on how to register and pay the $40 for the summer school. 


** Junior applicants/ participants (Masters, Phd and Postdocs) from the lower mainland wishing to attend the summer school should contact the PIMS Coordinator here


Workshop Registration:

Speakers and all other individuals wishing to attend the workshop are required to sign up and register. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to SIGNUP.You will be required to create an account with PIMS and then make your payment selection from this webpage.

As part of the workshop, we shall host a four course dinner on August 2nd in honor of Dave Benson. Particpants can bring their guest to the dinner as long as the guest had signed up and paid the Non-Particpant Dinner Fee.


*Workshop Registration only: $55CAD 

*Workshop and Dinner: $100CAD 

*Non-Particpants Dinner: $60CAD




Event Location:

Earth Sciences Building  (ESB); 2207 Main Mall, Vancouver. Campus Maps are available here. Room tech facilities are listed here.





Workshop Accommodation Options:

We have reserved several private suites for workshop speakers and participants at UBC's Conference and Accommodation; St. John's College and at Carey Centre at UBC:


UBC Conference and Accommodation

Our  PIMS block at UBC conferences is fully booked. Rooms are now available at market rate based on availability. To Book with UBC conferences, please do so online here.


Carey Centre at UBC 

Carey Centre at the North end of campus has queen rooms and standard single rooms available from July 26th to August 6th.

- Carey Queen: $99 per night; available dates: July 26- Aug 6th

- Carey Single: $93 per night; available dates: July 26- Aug 6th

Please book online or call through the website here. Rooms at this location are based on availability.



St. John's College at UBC

SJC Single room: $67- 86 per night; Available dates July 26- August 6th

Please book online here. Rooms at this location are based on availability.




Local Information:

Directions to UBC: Directions from the Vancouver airport(YVR) to UBC are available here.


Local Transit: UBC is transit friendly and Bike friendly. Check information on arriving on campus by transit and getting transit tickets here; rent-a-bike to get round campus here.


Taxis: Taxis are available outside Walter H. Gage Towers and Ponderosa Suites or by phone at 604-861-1111.


Local Weather: Check current conditions here.


Food Outlets and their hours of operations: On Campus; Off campus such as UBC VillagePoint Grey Village and Westbrook village offer an array of restaurants and food outlets.


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