Young Mathematicians in C*-Algebras

The University of Copenhagen

August 5-10, 2019

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A conference organised for and by master/Ph.D.-students and postdocs in operator algebras (both von Neumann and C*-algebras, despite the name!) and related areas, with the goal of fostering scientific and social interaction between young researchers. The conference will feature three mini-courses by established researchers alongside many contributed talks by participants.

The scientific activities of the conference will start on Monday morning and finish on Saturday before lunch.

Hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, with financial support from the Centre for Symmetry and Deformation (DNRF92).

Check out the new YMC*A webpage.

Young Women in C*-Algebras (YWC*A):

The previous YWC*A conference is integrated into this conference in form of a third mini course given by Cornelia Drutu and a keynote address given by Nadia S. Larsen. There will also be mentor lunches aimed particularly at young women.

Mini-courses and keynote address:


Keynote address:

C*-Algebras and Geometric Group Theory

Equilibrium states on Nica-Toeplitz C*-algebras

Cornelia Drutu (University of Oxford)

Nadia S. Larsen (University of Oslo)

Photo: UiO



Massive C*-algebras and their applications

C*-Algebras and Dynamics

Ilijas Farah (York University)

Ian F. Putnam (University of Victoria)

Farah Putnam

Here you can find the abstracts for the talks and references for Cornelia Drutu's lecture series. You can find slides for Ilijas Farah's lectures on his homepage.

Conference booklet and schedule:

Here you can download the conference booklet and the schedule. Please note that both might still change.


You are invited to present a poster during the conference. If you wish to do so, please write us a short email.


We can provide shared rooms at Danhostel Copenhagen City to a large number of the participating students and postdocs. The deadline for applying for accommodation has passed and participants receiving accommodation have been contacted.

NSF funding:

We got funding from the NSF to cover travel expenses of students based in the US. Please note that this funding is for US based students only, we will not be able to cover travel expanses of other participants. The deadline for applying has passed. If you receive NSF funding please be aware that there are restrictions on which flight tickets they are willing to refund (for details, see the "Open Skies" agreement at


There will be several events during the conference.

  • Get together: On Sunday evening we want to give participants the possibility to get to know each other. Meeting point is at 8pm in the Danhostel lobby. We will then set out into the city to get drinks. First year participants are especially welcome.
  • Reception: On Monday evening there will be a reception with pizza and beer.
  • Conference Dinner: The conference dinner will take place on Tuesday evening.
  • Mentor Lunch (women only): The aim of this lunch is to provide the female participants a chance to candidly discuss issues that are distinct to female mathematicians and, more specifically, women in operator algebras.
  • Panel discussion on "Early Career Advise and Issues of Equity": A panel of established researchers will answer questions about their life and career as a mathematician and discuss issues that came up during the mentor lunch.
  • Excursion: There will be an excursion on Thursday afternoon. Detailed descriptions of the excursions can be found in the booklet. Please sign up for one of the excursions by filling out this form. (If you do not wish to participate, please fill out the same form, but choose "No excursion".)


The conference will take place at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Here is a map with the most relevant locations. See also the following detailed instructions on how to reach the conference venue.


About 130 participants signed up for the conference. Here you can view the participant list. Please note that, if you did not give your permission during registration, you do not appear on this list but you are still signed up for the conference.


If you have any questions, you can contact us at

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Danish National Research Foundation through the Centre for Symmetry and Deformation (DNRF92) and from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through grant DMS-1900134.