Masterclass: Mahler measures and special values of L functions – University of Copenhagen

Masterclass: Mahler measures and special values of L functions

University of Copenhagen, 27-31 August 2018

This Masterclass is meant to illustrate to young researchers the latest developments in the study of special values of L-functions and its connection to Mahler’s measure, polylogarithms, hypergeometric functions and K-theory.

Prerequisites and references:

The courses will require only a basic background in algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry and will be as self-contained as possible.

For a detailed list of references and preliminary reading we kindly refer to this PDF file.

Lecture series:

François Brunault (École normale supérieure de Lyon)
Wadim Zudilin (Radboud University Nijmegen & University of Newcastle)


Schedule and abstracts:


Financial support:

The conference is funded by the Faculty of Science of the University of Copenhagen.
We will only be able to provide funding for the speakers.


The Masterclass will take place at the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen. The room for all the classes and the talks will be announced in due time.

There will be a beer tasting in the lunch room (04.4.19) on the fourth floor at 18.30 on Monday. There will also be a conference dinner at 19.00 on Thursday.

For more information on the venues please see this map.

Registration and Participants:

We kindly ask you to register for the conference by filling in this form.

The deadline for registering is July 27, 2018.

How to get to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is served by a big airport with many international flights to all the major European cities. To look up flights to Copenhagen you can use the airport’s route map or SkyScanner. Alternatively you can consider to come here by train (see the route planner of Deutsche Bahn) or by bus (for example with Flixbus).

For more information see University’s website and VisitCopenhagen.


We kindly ask the participants to arrange their own accommodation. We will recommend some options for accommodation, whose locations can be found on the venue(s) map.

Some recommended options for hotels are:

Since all these options might be a bit expensive for younger participants, we include also a recommended list of hostels:

 We recommend to check also AirBnB for private accommodation.

Public transportation

Tickets and passes for public transportation can be bought at the Copenhagen Airport and every train or metro station. You can find the DSB office on your right hand side as soon as you come out of the arrival area of the airport. DSB has an agreement with 7-Eleven, so many of their shops double as selling points for public transportation. A journey planner in English is available. More information on the "find us" webpage.

Organised by Fabien Pazuki and Riccardo Pengo.