**CONFERENCE**

**Cohomological Methods in the Theory of Algebraic Groups****31 August - 4 September 2015**
In the last 15 years, the theory of algebraic groups has witnessed an ever increasing use of cohomological methods from modern algebraic geometry and algebraic topology. These new methods have led to breakthroughs in a number of classical problems in algebra, which seemed beyond the reach of earlier purely algebraic techniques. The most famous example is Voevodsky’s development of techniques from homotopy and cobordism theory in the context of motivic categories (containing schemes), which have resulted first in the solution of the Milnor conjecture and then of the more general Bloch-Kato conjecture. Another striking example of this ongoing trend is Panin and Fedorov’s proof of the Grothendieck-Serre conjecture on rationally trivial torsors in the geometric case.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for experts in the field of algebraic groups or in related areas to exchange ideas, disseminate new techniques and discuss recent developments. The workshop will be an opportunity for younger researchers to learn about open problems and state of the art techniques in this field. The conference will also be a good occasion for congratulating A. S. Merkurjev on his 60th birthday. |
Scientific & Organizing CommitteeBaptiste Calmes (Université d'Artois) Vladimir Chernousov (University of Alberta) Nikita Karpenko (University of Alberta) Speakers- Paul Balmer (University of California, Los Angeles)
The spectrum of the equivariant stable homotopy category- Eva Bayer-Fluckiger (EPFL, Suisse)
Embeddings of maximal tori in classical groups and explicit Brauer-Manin obstruction- Patrick Brosnan (University of Maryland)
Motivic decompositions of varieties of unseparated flags after Srinivasan- Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène (Université Paris-Sud)
Troisième groupe de cohomologie non ramifiée et variétés rationnellement connexes- Philippe Gille (Université Lyon 1)
Cohomologie non abélienne non ramifiée- Boris Kunyavski (Bar-Ilan University)
Semisimple stably Cayley groups- Marc Levine (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The rational motivic sphere spectrum and motivic Serre finiteness- Ivan Panin (Steklov Institute of Mathematics, St Petersburg)
On the Grothendieck--Serre conjecture concerning principal G-bundles over reductive group schemes- Raman Parimala (Emory University, Atlanta)
A Hasse principle for simply connected groups over function fields of p-adic curves- Alena Pirutka (Ecole polytechnique)
On examples of varieties that are not stably rational- Anne Quéguiner-Mathieu (Université Paris 13)
Arason Invariant for orthogonal involutions- Zinovy Reichstein (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
The rationality problem for forms of moduli spaces of stable marked curves- David Saltman (University of Texas, Austin)
Division algebras and separable subfields- Alexander Sivatski (University 'Federal do Ceara')
The principal results of Alexander Merkurjev on central simple algebras over fields (survey)- Andrei Suslin (Northwestern University)
The group K_2 of a biquaternion algebra- Jean-Pierre Tignol (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Outer automorphisms of algebraic groups- Burt Totaro (University of California at Los Angeles)
Decomposition of the diagonal, and applications- Alexander Vishik (University of Nottingham)
Subtle Stiefel-Whitney classes and the J-invariant of quadrics |