Aaron Bertram Utah
Stability of vector bundles on surfaces is inherently complex
Ana-Maria Castravet Ohio State
Birational geometry of moduli spaces of stable n-pointed rational curves
Sabin Cautis UBC
Categorical Heisenberg actions on Hilbert schemes of points
Zhiyuan Li Stanford
Noether-Lefschetz conjecture and special cycles on Shimura varieties
Aaron Pixton Harvard
The tautological ring of the moduli space of stable curves
Aleksey Zinger Stony Brook
Qualitative properties of Gromov-Witten invariants


All talks will take place in Center Hall. A map and further details can be found at campus map and building locator. To find Center Hall, from the hotel, just walk on Gilman Drive. The campus entrance is also on Gilman Drive. Then you just need to follow the road to Center Hall.

If you drive to campus, parking is free on weekends in the Gilman Parking Structure. Overnight parking is not allowed in Gilman Parking Structure.

Saturday, November 9 Sunday, November 10
09:30-10:00 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
Center 101
Aaron Bertram
Center 101
11-11:15 Coffee Break
Center 101
Ana-Maria Castravet
Center 101
Local Restaurants
2:00-2:30 Coffee and Tea
Center 101
Sabin Cautis
Center 101
3:30-4:00 Coffee Break
Center 101
Zhiyuan Li
Center 101
Poster Session
Student Services Center Multipurpose Room
Price Center Forum Room, 4th floor
09:00-09:30 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
Center 101
Aaron Pixton
Center 101
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
Center 101
Aleksey Zinger
Center 101
Local Restaurants
Lunch Options

On campus, the default lunch option is the Food Court in the Price Center. Price Center is located only a few minutes away from the conference hall. This is a list of restaurants in the Price Center.

There are a few other food options off campus. For instance

  • Rock Bottom Restaurant is within walking distance (about 10 minutes) from the conference hall. The address is 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive.
  • Pho La Jolla is across the street from Rock Bottom Restaurant, at 3211 Holiday Court.
  • Rubio's, TGI Fridays, Islands, Flame Broiler, Whole Foods and others are located a few minutes away from Rock Bottom Restaurant, in the shopping center at 8879 Villa La Jolla Drive.

There are two coffee shops on campus which are open on the weekend:

  • Espresso Roma is located in the Price Center. The hours are Sat 8 am - 2pm, Sun 9 am - 2pm.
  • Perks is located in the UCSD Bookstore (adjacent to Price Center). The hours are Sat 12pm - 5pm, Sun 12 pm - 5pm.


We are planning a group dinner on Saturday, immediately after the poster session, at 6:30PM. The dinner will take place on the 4th floor of Price Center, in the Forum Room. Price Center is the building next to Student Services Center, where the poster session will take place. You may look up Price Center on the campus map.

Air Travel

Please make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation. San Diego is a popular travel destination, so please make your travel arrangements early.

San Diego is served by San Diego International Airport. La Jolla and UCSD are located about 15 miles north of the airport. A list of shuttles from the airport can be found here.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Residence Inn, which is about a 10 minute walk from the conference hall. The rates are $129 a night for singles, $169 a night for triple suites. The triple suites are separated on two floors, and have kitchens. The rates include breakfast, internet and and shuttle service to campus. The hotel can only guarantee the rates until Friday, October 11. The hotel address is Residence Inn, 8901 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.

If you are offered support, we encourage you to share a room, or otherwise you may have to pay the remaining room charge. If you have difficulty finding roommates, please email us at fall13wags@gmail.com and write "roommate needed" in the subject line.

You may book online by following this link or you may call Residence Inn directly at 1-800-228-9290, and mention the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium when booking.

There are other hotels in La Jolla, which may be a bit more expensive unless booked in advance:


Please help us have everything ready on time! Register as soon as you know that you will be attending. Just send an e-mail to fall13wags@gmail.com stating your name, institution, position, and if you will be applying for financial support.

Financial Support

Some financial support will be available for students and unsupported faculty. Please state in your registration if you need financial support. The email for registration is fall13wags@gmail.com. Deadline for applying for support was September 25. Financial assistance decisions were communicated on September 27. Please email the organizers in case you have not received an email confirming financial support.

If you were granted financial support, to claim your reimbursement: please go to the Travel Reimbursements for Visitors or Guests on the CSU webpage and fill up the Visitor Travel Form. Please refer to Reimbursement Guidelines for instructions.

Poster Session

If you would like to participate in the poster session, please indicate your interest in doing so in your WAGS registration (email fall13wags@gmail.com). Please write the text "WAGS poster session" in your subject line, and include your name, institution, and the title of your poster in the body of the email. You may still register for the poster session even after the deadline for financial support.

For more information on the poster session, please follow this link.

Abstracts Follow this link to read the abstracts of the talks.

Wireless is available on the UCSD campus through EDUROAM, if your home institution is eduroam-enabled. Otherwise, the UCSD-GUEST wireless network is for all UCSD visitors and guests, and is an unencrypted service requiring user registration.

San Diego Information
Contact To contact the organizers, please email fall13wags@gmail.com.
About WAGS

The Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium traces back its origin to the Utah - UCLA Algebraic Geometry Seminar started in 1989 by H. Clemens, D. Gieseker, M. Green, J. Kollár, and R. Lazarsfeld. Later on, it became the Utah - UCLA - Chicago Algebraic Geometry Seminar. WAGS meets twice per year and congregates an international group of more than 70 mathematicians, from students to experts in the field of Algebraic Geometry.

Long term planning for WAGS is currently done by Aaron Bertram (Utah), Renzo Cavalieri (Colorado State), Sebastian Casalaina-Martin (Colorado), Sándor Kovács (Washington), an Ravi Vaki (Stanford).

WAGS is partially supported by a grant from the NSF. Financial support for this edition of WAGS was also provided by University of California, San Diego.