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Let nobody ignorant of geometry enter here.

23rd Annual Geometry Festival

Duke University, Durham, NC
April 25-27, 2008


The twenty-third Annual Geometry Festival was held at the Mathematics Department of Duke University from Friday, April 25, to Sunday noon, April 27, 2008.

Everyone was invited to the Geometry Festival, and graduate students were especially encouraged to attend.  This year's edition attracted close to 65 delegates from 29 institutions spread out from Santa Barbara, California, to Montreal, Quebec.

This web page remains in place as a testimony of this event and to help future organizers plan a similar event.


Hubert Bray, Benoit Charbonneau, Patrick Eberlein, Richard Hain

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:



Abstracts of the talks are here.  

A list of speakers at previous Geometry Festivals can be found here.


Check-in will begin at 12 noon on Friday in the lobby of the Physics Building. The first talk will be at 3PM on Friday, followed by tea, followed by a second talk at 4:30PM that will be followed by a wine-and cheese reception.

All remaining lectures will take place Saturday, and Sunday.

On Saturday morning, continental breakfast will be served during 8:30–9:30 AM, followed by two talks, and two more talks in the afternoon. There will be a banquet Saturday night (see below).

Of course, coffee and other refreshments will be available during the hours of the conference.

On Sunday morning, breakfast will again be served from 8:30–9:30 AM, followed by two talks. The Festival will end at noon on Sunday, to allow for travel home that day.

Click on program in the menu on the left for a more detailed schedule.

The Millennium Hotel is located at 2800 Campus Walk Avenue, just a few minutes away from Duke Campus and the Physics Building.

This is the hotel that we recommend, and we have reserved a block of rooms for participants in the festival at $129 per room per night (plus tax). Our group rate is guaranteed for reservations until March 25. After that date, the rooms are released back into the hotel room pool, we cannot guarantee that you'll be able to find a room in a nearby hotel.

To make a reservation at the Millennium, call the hotel directly at 1-800-633-5379. Please be sure to ask for a room under the Duke University Department of Mathematics Geometry Festival Room Block.

Airport Shuttle or Taxi: The Millennium offers a shuttle service from Raleigh/Durham International Airport for a flat rate of $24 per adult. Airport transportation for children is complimentary when traveling with adult. Please contact the hotel from the courtesy telephone in the luggage claim area upon your arrival, or call 919-383-8575 from your cell phone.
Of course, there are also taxis, which will run about $35–40 for a one way trip between the airport and the hotel (or Duke). Thus, if you have a group of 2 or more, you might consider taking a taxi.

For more information about transportation alternatives and a list of alternative accommodations, click here: Transportation and Other Accommodations.


Participants are asked to register in advance. A secure electronic Registration Form is available. The registration fee is $35 for tenured and tenure-track faculty members and $15 for graduate students and postdocs. For those attending the banquet on Saturday night, there will be a fee of $35 per person ($15 for graduate students and postdocs). 

Please check this site from time to time for updates.

Participants will pay for their own travel, hotel accommodations, and meals not provided by the Festival. Some financial support will be available for those without travel funds (see below).


This Geometry Festival is supported by grants from The National Science Foundation, UNC Chapel-Hill, and Duke University.

From the funds remaining after conference expenses are paid, partial reimbursement of travel and hotel costs will be made to some participants, with preference given to graduate students and younger faculty who do not have NSF or other grant or school support. Please check the appropriate boxes and provide the indicated information on the registration form to help us with this.

Those interested in applying for travel funds should be ready to provide a vita, including list of publications, at the time of registering.  We will need to know whether other NSF grant or school support is available.

Requests for travel support will be accepted up to the time of the Festival.

This web site will be updated from time to time. Please check it once again for last minute changes, just before you come to the Geometry Festival.

The web site will remain in place for a while after the Geometry Festival is over, so that you can refer to it for information about, and links to, future Festivals.

Please bookmark this site as: http://www.math.duke.edu/conferences/geomfest08.

Web page: http://www.math.math.duke.edu/conferences/geomfest08/ Started: Oct 31, 2007. Updated: May 1, 2008.
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