Title: The behavior of rational points in one-parameter families
Abstract: How often does a "random" algebraic plane curve f(x,y) = 0
have a solution with rational coordinates? In one-parameter "twist"
families of elliptic curves, Goldfeld conjectured that there should be
a rational point exactly half of the time. Recent progress towards
this conjecture makes use of Selmer groups, and I'll explain the
geometric idea underlying their construction. I'll also describe
results for families of curves of higher genus, and abelian varieties
of higher dimension.
Title: Stability patterns in representation theory and applications
Many natural sequences of objects come equipped with group actions, e.g. the symmetric group on n letters acting on a space X_n. This leads to fundamental instability of invariants, such as homology, arising from the representation theory of the sequence of groups. Representation stability is a new and increasingly important set of ideas that describe a sense in which such sequence of representations (of different groups) stabilizes.
Title: Inp-minimal ordered groups.
Abstract. The main goal of the talk is to present the proof of the theorem stating that inp-minimal (left)-ordered groups are abelian. This generalizes a previous result of P. Simon for bi-ordered inp-minimal groups.
The existence of sharply 2-transitive groups without regular normal subgroup was a longstanding open problem. Recently constructions have been given, at least in certain characteristics. We will survey the current state of the art and explain some constructions and their limitations. (joint work with E. Rips)
Title: Approximations of groups and equations over groups.
The talk is largely based on the paper which may be found here:
Abstract: Let G be a group and K a class of groups. I define a notion of approximation of G by K and give several characterizations of approximable by K groups. For example, the sofic groups, defined by B. Weiss, are the groups approximable by symmetric (or alternating) groups. In the case of sofic groups we have that the following are equivalent:
Title: Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups.
Abstract: I will survey our current knowledge about subgroup growth in pro-p growth. In particular I will present new solutions to long standing open problems in the area:
1. What is the minimal subgroup growth of non-$p$-adic analytic pro-$p$ groups? (Joint work with Benjamin Klopsch and Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)
2. What are the subgroup growths of the Grigorchuk group and the Gupta-Sidki groups? (Joint work with Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)