The Summer Graduate Workshop will be held in the Passerini Palace (XVI Century) which belongs to the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
David Cox (Amherst College)
Hal Schenck (University of Illinois)
Giorgio Patrizio (Università di Firenze)
Sandro Verra (Università di Roma Tre)
INdAM (Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica), MSRI (Mathematical Science Research Institute) and SMI (Scuola Matematica Interuniversitaria) will sponsor a summer graduate workshop (SGW) on toric varieties in Cortona during summer of 2011; the workshop will reprise the very successful SGW on toric varieties held at MSRI in 2009.
Toric varieties are algebraic varieties defined by combinatorial data, and there is a wonderful interplay between algebra, combinatorics and geometry involved in their study. Many of the key concepts of abstract algebraic geometry (for example, constructing a variety by glueing affine pieces) have very concrete interpretations in the toric case, making toric varieties an ideal tool for introducing students to hard to understand concepts.