ESF Research Conferences

ESF Mathematics Conference in Partnership with EMS and ERCOM


Chaired by


Professor Ludomir Newelski

Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Instytut Matematyczny, Wrocław, Poland   


Zoe Chatzidakis - CNRS, Université Paris VII, FR

Ya'acov Peterzil - University of Haifa, IL

Boris Zil'ber - University of Oxford, UK


9-14 August 2009


Mathematical Research and Conference Center, Bedlewo, Poland
The Mathematical Research and Conference Center is located in Będlewo, 26 km southwest from Poznań. The Center is situated in a charming spot on the border of the Wielkopolski National Park. The complex spans 9 hectars, including a strictly preserved forest area. The Center itself is located in two buldings: a neo-gothic palace built in 1866, and a modern and fully equipped hotel.

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

Model theory is a branch of mathematical logic dealing with mathematical structures (models). Model theory is traditionally divided into two parts pure and applied. Pure model theory studies abstract properties of first order theories, and derives structure theorems for their models. Originally, a good description of models was available only for so-called superstable theories, which is quite a restricted class. Nowadays, there is a great progress in extending the methods and results of pure model theory to wider and wider classes of theories (e.g. dependent, simple). There are also interesting new connections between pure model theory and descriptive set theory.

Applied model theory on the other hand studies concrete algebraic structures from a model-theoretic point of view, and uses results from pure model theory to get a better understanding of the structures in question. Applied model theory usually subdivides into algebraic and o-minimal (analytic) parts. The algebraic part deals almost exclusively with different theories of fields, which are sometimes enriched with an additional structure (as derivation or automorphism). This is the part of model theory in which the most spectacular applications have occurred for example Hrushovski’s proof of the positive characteristic version of the Mordell-Lang conjecture. O-minimality deals with theories of ordered (hence topological) fields satisfying certain tameness properties. Model theory has strong connections to other branches of mathematics as algebra, analysis and geometry and its results often have implications in these areas. Our aim is to treat these different sub-branches of model theory rather equally. Leading world specialists in each sub-field of model theory have already accepted to give lectures about newest developments in their respective fields.

All young researchers are strongly encouraged to bring a poster & participate in the Poster Sessions.

Final Programme PDF (383 KB) - Last Updated 06-August-2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Presentations are available HERE

Group Photo (4.9 MB)


List of Accepted Posters PDF (309 KB) Last Updated 06-August-2009

Posters can be fixed with pins onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high X 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

NOTE: Printing of Posters can be organised on-site free of charge if needed.


Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (397 KB)

Two buses will be arranged on arrival day from Poznan airport, via Poznan railway station to Będlewo. The journey takes approximately 1 hour, depending on traffic.

Bus departure times – Sunday 9 August
From Poznan airport: 1st bus: 16:00; 2nd bus: 18:15
From Poznan railway station: 1st bus: 16:30; 2nd bus: 18:45

Airport departure point: the meeting point is located in front of the airport building.

Railway Station departure point: the meeting point is located a 200M walk from the front of the train station building. Upon exiting the station, walk directly ahead about 200M and you will come to a parking area for buses.

The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Conference” for easy

Group transportation back to Poznan airport and railway station will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day.

Bus departure times – Friday 14 August: 08.00 and 09.00

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms Jean Kelly.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

ALL participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form

Registration Form
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 8 July 2009

Deadline for early bird fee: 24 June 2009 

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation in the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners212 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 24 June425 €
Registration and payment between 25 June and 8 July525 €
Conference participation without accommodation345 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 70 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.

70 €

Late Registration SupplementAn additional 100 € will be charged if participants register after 8 JulyPlus 100 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-305 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the The European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the European Research Centres on Mathematics (ERCOM)

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