Rational points and algebraic cycles

1 July 2012 - 31 December 2012, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


The study of rational solutions to polynomial equations is ancient, but recently there have been advances, thanks to ideas coming from unexpected directions within mathematics. This semester-long program at the CIB will study rational points on varieties, along with related problems in algebraic geometry over non-algebraically closed fields, in particular those concerning algebraic cycles.


We expect the following to be investigated during the course of the semester:


All events take place at EPFL in Lausanne unless otherwise specified.



Bernoulli lectures

These are distinguished lectures for a general mathematical audience.

RatPAC seminar

Thursdays (unless otherwise specified), 11:15-12:30, in room AAC006


July 12, 2012, 14:00-15:15, in room MX F1: Colors of math, a documentary by Ekaterina Eremenko (CIB guest Yuri Tschinkel was involved in the production of this film) (trailer) (Moscow film festival)

Organizing Committee

Hélène Esnault (U. Duisburg-Essen), Andrew Kresch (U. Zürich), Bjorn Poonen (MIT), Alexei Skorobogatov (Imperial College London).

If you are interested in participating, please contact the organizers.