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27th Annual Geometry Festival

Duke University, Durham, NC
April 27-29, 2012


The twenty-seventh Annual Geometry Festival will be held at the Mathematics Department of Duke University from Friday, April 27, to Sunday noon, April 29, 2012.  Everyone is invited to the Geometry Festival, and graduate students are especially encouraged to attend. 

The Geometry Festival is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  This year's festival also received support from the mathematics departments at Duke University and UNC who co-sponsored this event.


Hubert Bray, Carla Cederbaum, Luca DiCerbo,

Christopher Cornwell, Patrick Eberlein, Lenny Ng, Mark Stern

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

staff at geomfest@math.duke.edu or Hubert Bray at  bray@math.duke.edu


Simon Brendle (Stanford University) VIDEO
Carla Cederbaum (Duke University) VIDEO
John Etnyre
(Georgia Institute of Technology) VIDEO
Fernando Coda Marques (IMPA, Brazil) VIDEO
Gordana Matic (University of Georgia)
Jan Metzger (Institute for Mathematics, University of Potsdam)
VIDEO (good audio after 2 minutes)
Yanir Rubinstein (Stanford University) VIDEO
Valentino Tosatti (Columbia University) VIDEO
Mu-Tao Wang (Columbia University)

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. On Friday there will be two talks - one at 3pm and one at 4:30pm, with refreshments after each talk.

All remaining lectures will take place Saturday (4), and Sunday morning (2).

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 by car or a 15-20 minute walk.  Internet is free and you may purchase a Shuttle ticket to and from campus for $2 per day.

This is the hotel that we recommend, and we have reserved a block of rooms for participants in the festival at $105 per room per night (plus tax) until April 13.  If you are making reservations and cannot find availability, contact Hubert Bray at bray@math.duke.edu and we will post more options on this website.

To make a reservation at the Millennium online (recommended), click here

If you prefer you may also call the hotel directly at 1-800-633-5379. If you call, Please be sure to ask for a room under the Duke University Department of Mathematics Geometry Festival Room Block to get the discounted rate.

UPDATE:  If the Millenium is not available, then you may also want to try:

The Brookwood Inn, (919)286-3111.

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/geomfest12.

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