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On the occasion of
the International Congress of
Mathematicians to be held in Madrid (Spain) from 22 to 30
August, 2006, the Department of
Algebra, Geometry and Topology of the University
of Málaga is pleased to host the very first Group Action Forum
conference. We also want to highlight the fact that immediately
after the conference in Madrid, and before the GTT06 conference there
will be another satellite activity of the ICM related to Group Theory
that participants may find interesting: the conference Geometric and Asymptotic
Group Theory with Applications that will take place in Manresa
(Barcelona).
Goals:
The purpose of the conference is to highlight the interactions of group
theory with topology and geometry. So it is our aim to bring together leading
researchers from these branches of mathematics where transformation
groups appear, and so the notion of group and the concept of symmetry
play important roles. Being more precise, the topics this event will cover are:
 groups and
homotopy theory
 geometric
group theory
 manifolds
and group actions
 orbifolds
and group actions
 L2
methods/FarrellJones Conjecture
Speakers:
It is our
pleasure to announce that the following colleagues have accepted (so far) to become
plenary speakers at the conference:
 Fritz
Grunewald, HeinrichHeineUniversität Düsseldorf
 Bob Oliver,
Université Paris 13
 Karen
Vogtmann, Cornell University
 Joan Porti,
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
 Thomas
Delzant, Université Louis Pasteur et CNRS
 Ian
Hambleton, McMaster University
 Holger
Reich, Universität Münster
 Matthias
Kreck, RuprechtKarlsUniversität Heidelberg
 Nicolas
Monod, Université de Genève
Organizers:
The
organizers of this conference are coordinated by Antonio Viruel, and
divided into two committees:
 Scientific Committee:
 Alejandro
Ádem (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
 Martin
Bridson (London, England, United Kingdom)
 Carles
Broto (Bellaterra, Spain)
 Wolfgang
Lück (Münster, Germany)
 Stefan
Jackowski (Warsaw, Poland)
 Masaharu
Morimoto (Okayama, Japan)
 Krzysztof
Pawałowski (Poznań, Poland)
 Antonio
Viruel (Málaga, Spain)
 Local Committee:
 Urtzi Buijs
 Antonio Díaz (now at
Aberdeen)
 Antonio Garvín
 Francisco Gómez
 Aniceto Murillo
 Antonio Viruel

Last revision: August 30th,
2006
