I just came back from Rio from a great congress. Many great talks and many exciting meetings with old and new friends. I had planned to live-blog on the last four days of the congress but on Monday evening I realized that this was an unrealistic task and decided instead to blog only on a single day – Monday. A little later I realized this was also unrealistic and decided to limit my blogging to a single great lecture by Peter Kronheimer and Tomasz Mrowka on Knots, three-manifolds and instantons. But in the end I did not live-blog at all. Let me mention that in the talk by Kronheimer and Mrowka (as in others) a two-speaker talk worked beautifully. It could be a good similar idea to even share a single Fields medal between two (or more) coauthors.
Plans for a Combinatorial Reception at Saint Petersburg ICM 2022.
There were many national receptions at the ICM (I missed a few but made it to the Abel reception and Japan’s reception). This led to the idea of having a reception by a mathematical discipline. We are thinking of a combinatorial event in ICM2022 as follows:
Time: Tuesday evening – the second week of ICM 2022
Location: A park in Saint Petersburg (TBA)
Activity (tentative): Light food and drinks will be available (to buy). Music with a DJ and dancing.
Invitees (tentative): The event will be open for all interested ICM2022 participants.
T-shirts (very tentative, other suggestions welcome)
background colors: red, blue, white and rainbow
Combinatorics at ICM 2018
ICM 2018 could be considered as an excellent conference in combinatorics on its own. There were eleven top-of-the-line speakers (one joint with probability) in wide areas of combinatorics who gave very good talks; a separate session of much combinatorial content on theoretical computer science; many lectures in other sessions (alas, a few conflicting) with interest to combinatorialists; and, in addition, many of the plenary talks had a strong combinatorial content or connections. Like for ICM2010 (Post 1 Post 2) I do plan to write more impressions from ICM2018 at a later time. Meanwhile, a few pictures (more, later).
A Few Pictures from ICM-2018 lectures