Schedule

Here is the 2021 WCNT Schedule.

One of the guiding principles behind the West Coast Number Theory conference is that every idea is worth 15 minutes. This means that there is not a formal, established program of talks before the conference begins. The list of speakers and topics is decided upon at the first business meeting, traditionally held after the opening banquet or reception.

You can take a look at previous years schedules for a flavor of what to expect.

Virtual Banquet and First Business Meeting

Virtual Banquet

Traditionally, West Coast Number Theory starts a banquet. That’s a little hard to do virtually, but we’re going to try. Join us on Zoom at 4pm Pacific, where we will break up into table-sized breakout rooms and start with some informal meeting, greeting, and catching up. We’ll probably shuffle the rooms a few times so you get a chance to meet the other participants. The more formal parts of the First Business Meeting will be mixed in throughout the banquet.

First Business Meeting

In the first business meeting, we’ll officially welcome everybody to the event, introduce the format of the (virtual) conference, review the rules of the road, and confirm talk titles and session chairs.

IMPORTANT: If you cannot make the first business meeting, but do plan to give a talk, please send your talk title and any time/day constraints you have to info@westcoastnumbertheory.org so we can make sure you are on the schedule.

Talks and Problem Sessions

Format of the Talks

The length allowed for all talks is 20 minutes (usually, 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions). The second and fourth days of the conference will be full days of talks, while the third will have talks in the morning, leaving the afternoon for our “afternoon off” for sightseeing and recreation.

Problem Sessions

Several problem sessions will be scheduled during the conference, where unsolved problems, half-baked ideas, questions pertaining to number theory, and notes about previously posed problems are discussed. Think of this as a friendly place to talk about the Number Theory questions that have you stumped, or the half-baked ideas you have for solving them. After the event, these discussions are bundled up, edited, and published on the Problem Sessions page.

Resources available

For this year’s virtual event, we will have a Zoom chat (with breakout rooms), Slack, and some kind of LaTeX-enabled math notebook available for the problem sessions. We may try other tools as the event proceeds (padlets, cocalc). More details will be posted on the conference’s Slack.

Past Schedules

To give you and idea of the participant list and the wide variety and level of talks one can expect at this conference, schedules from recent conferences are available online. (Note: These documents may not reflect last minute changes that were made to the program during the conference itself.)

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