Brown 2018

The Fall 2018
 workshop will take place at Brown University, September 21-23, 2018. 
Support is provided by NSF and Brown University.

Conference Administrator: Lori Nascimento (Brown University)

Funding provided by the National Science Foundation and Brown University.

Women@AGNES Organizers: Melody Chan, Man Wai Cheung, Rohini Ramadas

REGISTER HERE! - Registration deadline AUGUST 24, 2018


Yaim Cooper (IAS)
Eric Larson (Stanford University)
Johannes Nicaise (University College London/KU Leuven)
Jose Rodriguez (University of Chicago)
Bernd Sturmfels (Max Planck Institute)
Brooke Ullery (Harvard University)
Anthony Várilly-Alvarado (Rice University)
Lauren Williams (Harvard University)


FRIDAY - 9/21/2018

12:00pm - 2:00pmWomen@AGNES Networking Lunch
Open to participants registered for this event
Sharpe Refectory - Dining Room 8/9
2:15pm-2:45pmWomen@AGNES Introductory Talk 1
Open to graduate students and postdocs of all genders
Barus & Holley 190
 Women@AGNES Introductory Talk 2
Open to graduate students and postdocs of all genders
 Barus & Holley 190

3:30pm - 4:15pmRegistration/RefreshmentsMacMillan Lobby (outside Room 117)
4:15pm - 5:15pmLauren WilliamsMacMillan 117
5:30pm - 6:00pmPretalkMacMillan 117
6:00pm - 7:00pmBernd SturmfelsMacMillan 117

SATURDAY - 9/22/2018

8:30am - 9:30amRegistration/Breakfast RefreshmentsMacMillan Lobby (outside Room 117)
9:30am - 10:30amBrooke UlleryMacMillan 117
10:30am - 11:00amCoffee BreakMacMillan Lobby
11:00am - 11:30amPretalkMacMillan 117
11:30am - 12:30pmJohannes NicaiseMacMillan 117
12:30pm - 2:30pmLunch Break
2:30pm - 3:30pmYaim CooperMacMillan 117
3:30pm - 4:00pmCoffee BreakMacMillan Lobby
4:00pm - 5:00pmJose RodriguezMacMillan 117
5:00pm - 7:00pmPoster Session/ReceptionMacMillan Lobby

SUNDAY - 9/23/2018

9:00am - 9:30amRegistration/Breakfast RefreshmentsMacMillan Lobby (outside Room 117)
9:30am - 10:30amEric LarsonMacMillan 117
10:30am - 11:00amCoffee BreakMacMillan Lobby
11:00am - 11:30amPretalkMacMillan 117
11:30am - 12:30pmAnthony Varilly-AlvaradoMacMillan 117


Hotel Information:  
Rooms will be provided upon request via the AGNES Registration Form.    


Since the conference is on the weekend, there should be plenty of on-street parking.  While most on-street parking is 2-3 hour parking, there are some streets with all day parking.  


There is also visitor parking in Lot 68, also called the Power Street Parking Garage (111 Power Street). Entrance to the garage is located at the intersection of Power and Thayer streets.  The lot contains two Pay and Display parking pay stations. One is located at the Power Street entrance and the second is in the far corner of the lot by Brook Street. The Pay Stations accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) and U.S. bills.  The cost is $2/hour or $15/day.  Make sure to place your receipt permit visibly on your vehicle dashboard. 



Kennedy Plaza is located just downtown. Click here for a map showing the conference site and hotels.  
Most inter-city bus lines stop here (Peter PanMegabus) as well as the airport bus
An exception is Go Busses, which stop at a different downtown location but also on college hill.
RIPTA City Buses: click here for a list of buses that travel from the station and up to the east side of Providence (where the conference will be held) and back. Click here for bus fare information. 

Providence Train Station - Click here to view the MBTA schedule, and here for Amtrak.

Air travel -  The T. F. Green airport serves many major locations. Alternatively, one can arrive at Boston's Logan airport and take bus or train to Providence. 

Reimbursement requests:

Please note that funding is limited.   We encourage graduate students and postdocs to share hotel rooms and carpool.  We will try to cover travel costs for everyone (excluding air fares), with preference given to junior participants.  

STEP 1.  Please fill out the Supplier and Individual Payee Registration Form.  Without this, I will not be able to process your reimbursement request.

STEP 2. Email a scanned copy of your original receipts to  Please make sure all receipts show proof of payment.

***Please read the instructions below if you are a foreign national:

Due to IRS/Homeland Security requirements, Brown University now requires us to verify that foreign nationals have the appropriate visa to allow for travel reimbursement.  Please note that due to Brown University's policies, we CANNOT reimburse anyone who traveled to the conference on a Tourist Visa (B-2 or VWT stamps).

We will need a copy of the following documents along with your receipts:

-Passport photo page
-Visa photo page
-Visa stamp (B-1, F-1, J-1, VWB, H-1B only)
-Most recent I-94
-Letter from institution (if on a J-1 or F-1)
-ESTA (if on a Business Waiver)
-Employment Authorization Card (if on OPT)

If you are already in the US and have a J-1 or F-1 visa, please note that you will need to obtain a letter from your home institution/department stating you are eligible for reimbursmenet before we can process your request. 

Otherwise, it is required that you obtain a B-1 visa stamp or that you have a visa Business Waiver.  In order to travel on the Visa Waiver Program, you will need to have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

To see if your country is on the Visa Waiver Program list please go to this website:

Please contact the Conference Administrator, Lori Nascimento, if you have any questions.

About AGNES: AGNES is a series of weekend workshops in algebraic geometry. One of our goals is to introduce graduate students to a broad spectrum of current research in algebraic geometry. AGNES is held twice a year at participating universities in the Northeast.

Organizing committee: Dan Abramovich (Brown), Melody Chan (Brown), Brendan Hassett (Brown), Anton Leykin (Georgia Tech), Rohini Ramadas (Brown)

Steering Committee:  Melody Chan (Brown), Lev Borisov (Rutgers), Maksym Fedorchuk (Boston College), Antonella Grassi (Penn), Paul Hacking (UMass), Alina Marian (Northeastern), Sam Payne (Yale), and Christian Schnell (Stony Brook)