Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium

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The Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS) is a twice-yearly meeting of algebraic geometers in the western part of North America. WAGS aims to build a regional community among algebraic geometers of all career stages, from advanced undergraduates to full professors. The meetings are centered around research talks delivered by leading mathematicians from around the world highlighting exciting recent results in and around algebraic geometry. In addition to the research talks, the typical WAGS also includes poster sessions and/or other organized opportunities for interaction among participants. 

For more information regarding past or upcoming WAGS, please toggle through the various WAGS webpages in the menu.

If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming WAGS, join the WAGS Google Group.

If you are a student who has never attended WAGS but have an interest in algebraic geometry and are wondering if this is a conference that could benefit you, please read the Tips for Students below (spoiler alert: you, yes YOU, should attend the next WAGS!).

Code of Conduct

The Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium aims to create an environment that is stimulating, supportive, and welcoming to all participants. We build that environment through our community, with each of us playing an active role in creating a positive experience for all. We ask you to be welcoming, respectful, and generous towards all participants and to recognize that it is your responsibility to ensure that your actions match your intent.

Regarding general guidelines for conduct at WAGS, we adhere to the principles set forth by the NSF in their statement on Stopping Harassment and Assault and by the AMS in their Anti-Harassment Policy. At each WAGS event, participants are expected to comply with the policies of the host institution. For institution-specific information about the code of conduct at a particular WAGS event and for instructions for reporting inappropriate conduct, see the Code of Conduct section on the webpage for that event.

Organizing Council

Long term planning for WAGS is currently being organized by Nick Addington, Roya Beheshti-Zavareh, Angie Cueto, José González, Dusty Ross, Karl Schwede, Farbod Shokrieh, and Mark Shoemaker.

WAGS is partially supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Feedback and Speaker Nominations

If you would like to submit general feedback to help improve the success of WAGS, we would very much appreciate hearing from you; please fill out the WAGS Feedback Form. (For feedback regarding a specific WAGS that you recently attended, please fill out the feedback form linked from that page.)

If you would like to nominate speakers for future WAGS (self-nominations included), please fill out the Speaker Nomination Form.


The Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium traces its origins back to the Utah-UCLA Algebraic Geometry Seminar started in 1989 by H. Clemens, D. Gieseker, M. Green, J. Kollár, R. Lazarsfeld, Z. Ran and M.-C. Chang.  Later on, it became the Utah-UCLA-Chicago Algebraic Geometry Seminar.  As senior figures moved east, the original WAGS faded away, before being resurrected in 2002. In the 2010's decade WAGS was steered by Aaron Bertram, Sebastian Casalaina-Martin, Renzo Cavalieri, Edray Goins, Dagan Karp, Sándor Kovács, Ravi Vakil, Bianca Viray, and Burt Totaro.

Tips for Students

Why should I attend WAGS?

Do I have the background knowledge to attend WAGS?

Will I understand the talks at WAGS?

Can I get funding to attend WAGS?

I’ve never been to a math conference before; how should I dress?