Masterclass: Tensor triangular geometry and equivariant stable homotopy theory – University of Copenhagen

Masterclass: Tensor triangular geometry and equivariant stable homotopy theory

University of Copenhagen, 12-16 March 2018

The goal of this Masterclass is to provide a state-of-the-art overview of tensor triangular geometry and to illustrate the abstract theory by an in-depth study of the equivariant stable homotopy category, leading up to the recent progress on the computation of the spectrum of the equivariant stable homotopy category. Another thread that will run through the workshop will be the systematic development and use of modern descent and nilpotency techniques for concrete applications, as for example the computation of Picard groups in various settings. The techniques and results discussed in this Masterclass will therefore be of interest to mathematicians working in equivariant and motivic homotopy theory, representation theory, algebraic geometry, and non-commutative geometry. 

The Masterclass will consist of two lecture series by Paul Balmer and Justin Noel, accompanied by several problem sessions, as well as four contributed talks exploring connections to closely related areas of current research.  

Lecture series:

  • Paul Balmer (UCLA): Tensor triangular geometry
  • Justin Noel (Regensburg): Equivariant stable homotopy theory


  • Markus Hausmann (Copenhagen)
  • Niko Naumann (Regensburg)
  • Beren Sanders (EPFL)
  • Vesna Stojanoska (UIUC)


The masterclass will take place at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, with support from the Centre for Symmetry and Deformation. See detailed instructions on how to reach Copenhagen and the conference venue.

Prerequisites and references:

A solid background in algebra as well as some familiarity with the basics of triangulated categories and algebraic topology will be assumed.  

Schedule and abstracts:

A detailed schedule as well as a description of the lectures will become available in due time. 

Financial support:

Graduate students and other early career researchers can apply for financial support to partly cover local expenses. If you wish to apply for support, please indicate this on the registration form. The support should be roughly DKK 500 per day, at most DKK 2500 in total. 

Registration and Participants:

The deadline for funding applications is February 16th, 2018. If you are not applying for funding, please register by the end of February.

Registration form

Accommodation and public transportation:

We kindly ask the participants to arrange their own accommodation. We recommend Hotel 9 Små Hjem, which is pleasant and inexpensive and offers rooms with a kitchen. Other inexpensive alternatives are CabInn, which has several locations in Copenhagen: the Hotel City (close to Tivoli), Hotel Scandivania (Frederiksberg, close to the lakes), and Hotel Express (Frederiksberg) are the most convenient locations; the latter two are 2.5-3 km from the math department. Somewhat more expensive – and still recommended – options are Hotel Nora and  Ibsen's Hotel.

An additional option is to combine a stay at the CabInn Metro Hotel with a pass for Copenhagen (efficient and reliable) public transportation (e.g. FlexCard 7 days with 2 zones, CityPass 24 or 72 hours). 

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 Tobias Barthel and Jesper Grodal.