We are getting very close the largest event of the Fields thematic program: the Clay-Fields conference on Additive Combinatorics, Number Theory and Harmonic Analysis. The conference will start on the morning of Saturday, April 5 (that’s only 2 days from now) and end on Sunday, April 13, early in the afternoon.

The conference will feature over 40 speakers, ranging from the famous and distinguished (Jean Bourgain, Tim Gowers, Ben Green, Endre Szemerédi, Terry Tao, and others) to some of the best junior mathematicians in the area that we could think of. We are honoured and delighted to have such an impressive slate of lecturers.

Tim Gowers, the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge and a 1998 Fields medalist, will give the Distinguished Lecture Series during the conference. He will speak on “Quadratic Fourier Analysis”, which originated in his 1998 proof of Szemerédi’s theorem and then was pushed much further by Green and Tao, and its applications in additive number theory and additive combinatorics.

We’re planning to have no more than 5 hours of lectures per day (5 1/2 on Tuesday), so there should be ample time for discussions, collaboration, and of course social life. This also means that at the end of the day I may still have some time to post updates on the conference highlights.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Fields Institute and the Clay Mathematics Institute. The organizers are David Ellwood (CMI), Andrew Granville, Bryna Kra, Trevor Wooley, and yours truly.

Hope to see you there!

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