WAGS / Spring 2015


University of California

28 February-1 March 2015

All lectures and coffee breaks will be in 194 Young Hall, at the University of California, Davis. The Saturday evening reception will be in 1147 Mathematical Sciences Building. Here is a map with all the relevant locations. See also transportation information below.

The local organizer is Brian Osserman. If you have any questions, please e-mail spring2015@wagsymposium.org.

Saturday, 28 February
Sunday, 1 March
9:00-9:30 Coffee and pastries
Mendebaldeko lecture: Jason Starr
Talk: Christopher Hacon
Talk: David Eisenbud
15:30-16:00 Break
Talk: Qile Chen
9:00-9:30 Coffee and pastries
Talk: Bianca Viray
10:30-11:00 Break
Talk: Motohico Mulase

 Registration and Financial Assistance

Please, help us have everything ready on time! Register here as soon as you know that you will be attending.

Some financial support will be available for students and unsupported faculty. To request funding, be sure that you register by January 28.


We have reserved blocks of 32 (single and double) rooms at the Best Western University Lodge and of 13 rooms at the Econo Lodge. Both hotels are downtown, very close to campus. The room rates are $95-$99/night at the Best Western, and $75-$79/night at the Econo Lodge. The blocked rooms will only be held until February 13, so be sure to book before then. When reserving your room, please tell them you're part of the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium.

Those who are requesting funding should share double rooms.


By air: The closest airport to Davis is the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). It is roughly a half hour drive from Davis, and most major western airports have direct flights. From the airport, one can take Davis Airporter (reservation required) or SuperShuttle, or drive. Both of these offer substantial discounts for additional passengers, so if you know you are sharing a flight with other WAGS attendees, it is best to reserve a shuttle together.

Rarely, it may be more convenient to fly into Oakland or San Francisco and take BART to Richmond and then Amtrak to Davis, or drive.

By car: The UC Davis campus and Davis downtown are both directly adjacent to Interstate 80, using the UC Davis and Richards Blvd exits. Here is a map. All parking lots on the UC Davis campus are free on weekends, although portions may occasionally be reserved for special events. The lecture hall is an easy walk to the hotel, but if you are driving directly to campus, the quad parking lot (shown on the above map) is closest.

Local Information

Weather: Current weather conditions can be checked here.

Food: There are many restaurants in downtown Davis. On the higher end are Tucos, Seasons and Mustard Seed (offers brunch until 1:00 on weekends). Other options include Cafe Bernardo, Zen Toro, Manna Korean BBQ, Hometown Chinese Food, and many Indian, Thai and pizza restaurants. Icekrimski Cafe serves gelato.

In addition, there is a Farmers Market on Saturdays until 1:00, with several lunch stands. For more information on restaurants, see the DavisWiki.

 About WAGS

The Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium traces back its origin to the Utah - UCLA Algebraic Geometry Seminar started in 1989 by H. Clemens, D. Gieseker, M. Green, J. Kollár, and R. Lazarsfeld. Later on, it became the Utah - UCLA - Chicago Algebraic Geometry Seminar. As founding figures moved east, the original iteration of WAGS faded away, but it was revived in 2002, and has met twice annually since then.

WAGS regularly attracts 70-90 participants from the western United States and Canada. Long term planning is currently carried out by Aaron Bertram, Sebastian Casalaina-Martin, Renzo Cavalieri, Sándor Kovács, and Ravi Vakil. WAGS is funded primarily by a multiyear NSF grant. Additional funding for this meeting has been provided by the UC Davis Department of Mathematics.

Department of Mathematics
University of California, Davis

Webpage maintained by Brian Osserman