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Joint Seminar on Complex Algebraic Geometry and Complex Analysis
(Bochum - Essen - Köln - Münster - Wuppertal)

Photo by Max Greve and Timo Bobert

The Seminar

The "Joint Seminar on Complex Algebraic Geometry and Complex Analysis" is a research seminar, organised by the algebraic and complex geometry research groups in Bochum, Essen, Cologne, Münster, and Wuppertal. The seminar meets roughly twice per semester for a full day at one of the participating departments. There are three talks per meeting, both by invited guests and by speakers from the organising universities. We aim to leave ample room for discussions.

The talks are open for everyone. Contact one of the organisers if you are interested in attending the meeting. We have some funds that might help to support travel for some junior participants.

Meetings of the seminar are partially supported by the DFG via

  • GRK 2553 "Symmetries and Classifying Spaces - analytic, arithmetic, and derived" (Essen)
  • SFB/TR 191 "Symplectic structures in geometry, algebra and dynamics" (Bochum-Cologne-Heidelberg)
  • ANR-DFG-Projekt QuaSiDy - "Quantization, Singularities, and Holomorphic Dynamics"

Next Meeting


The next meeting will take place on Friday, January 20th, 2023 at Universität zu Köln (on-site).


  • Fabrizio Bianchi (Lille) : Holomorphic motions of Julia sets: dynamical stability in one and several complex variables

    We discuss the stability of holomorphic dynamical systems under perturbation. In dimension 1, the theory is now classical and is based on works by Lyubich, Mané-Sad-Sullivan and DeMarco. I will review this theory and present a recent generalisation valid in any dimension. Since classical 1- dimensional techniques no longer apply in higher dimensions, our approach is based on ergodic and pluripotential methods.

  • Tobias Harz (Wuppertal): On plurisubharmonic defining functions for pseudoconvex domains in $\mathbb{C}^2$

    I will present a recent joint work with A.-K. Gallagher. We investigate the question of existence of plurisubharmonic defining functions for smoothly bounded, pseudoconvex domains in $\mathbb{C}^2$. In particular, we construct a family of simple counterexamples to the existence of plurisubharmonic smooth local defining functions. Moreover, we give general criteria equivalent to the existence of plurisubharmonic smooth defining functions on or near the boundary of the domain. These equivalent characterizations are then explored for some classes of domains.

  • Susanna Zimmermann (Paris): Birational involutions of the real plane

    Every birational map of the complex plane is a composition involutions. But who are the birational involutions of the plane, up to conjugation? They were classified by Bayle-Beauville in 2000: they are either conjugate to linear maps or their conjugacy class is determined by their irrational fixed curve. In this talk I present the classification over the real numbers. In particular, I'll show that there are infinitely many non-conjugate real birational involutions fixing the same irrational curve. This is a collaboration with I. Cheltsov, F. Mangolte and E. Yasinsky.


10:30 - 11:30 Bianchi

11:45 - 12:45 Zimmermann

afterwards Lunch break

14:30 - 15:30 Harz


The talks will take place in Seminarraum 2 at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Cologne. A campus map indicating the location of the Maths Institute can be found here (search for "Mathematik").


Stéphanie Cupit-Foutou
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
stephanie [dot] cupit [at] ruhr-uni-bochum [dot] de

Daniel Greb
Universität Duisburg-Essen
daniel [dot] greb [at] uni-due [dot] de

Ursula Ludwig
WWU Münster
ursula [dot] ludwig [at] uni-muenster [dot] de

George Marinescu
Universität zu Köln
gmarines [at] math [dot] uni-koeln [dot] de

Jean Ruppenthal
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
jean [dot] ruppenthal [at] math [dot] uni-wuppertal [dot]de

Past Meetings

26.4.2013, Bochum: Tim Kirschner, Christian Miebach, Henrik Seppänen

28.6.2013, Wuppertal: Rafael Andrist, Immanuel Stampfli, Matei Toma

22.11.2013, Bochum: Sébastien Boucksom, Egmont Porten, Sönke Rollenske

24.1.2014, Wuppertal: Clemens Jörder, Helge Ruddat, Jörg Winkelmann

16.5.2014, Bochum: Alberto Abbondandolo, Judith Brinkschulte, Julius Ross

20.6.2014, Wuppertal: Julie Déserti, Slawomir Dinew, Slawomir Rams

24.10.2014, Bochum: Henri Guenancia, Shulim Kaliman, Adriano Tomassini

15.12.2014, Wuppertal: Richard Lärkäng, Christian Miebach, Marco Spinaci

7.5.2015, Essen: Brent Doran, Erwan Rousseau, Emanuel Scheidegger

15.6.2015, Bochum: Roya Beheshti, Daniel Greb, Hossein Raufi

27.11.2015, Wuppertal: Francesco Bei, Kai Cieliebak, Tyson Ritter

1.2.2016, Essen: Ursula Ludwig, George Marinescu, Wenhao Ou

25.4.2016, Wuppertal: Gian Maria Dall’Ara, Christian Lehn, Luca Tasin

26.6.2016, Cologne: Chin-Yu Hsiao, Stefan Nemirovski, Nikhil Savale

25.11.2016, Bochum: Ana-Maria Brecan, Antonio di Scala, Dan Popovici

27.1.2017, Essen: Tim Kirschner, Viêt Anh Nguyên, Stefan Schreieder

21.4.2017, Wuppertal: Vicente Cortés, Philipp Naumann, Markus Reineke

7.7.2017, Cologne: Roger Bielawski, Dan Coman, Martin Schwald

3.11.2017, Bochum: Junyan Cao, Sönke Rollenske, Robert Szöke

1.2.2018, Essen: Gilberto Bini, Ruadhaí Dervan, Hendrik Herrmann

27.4.2018, Wuppertal: Hugues Auvray, Bernd Stratmann, Michael Lennox Wong

6.7.2018, Cologne: Turgay Bayraktar, Jarek Buczynski, Andrew Dancer

23.11.2018, Bochum: Ben Anthes, Kevin Fritsch, Ariyan Javanpeykar

18.1.2019, Essen: André Belotto, Andreas Höring, Valdemar Tsanov

12.4.2019, Wuppertal: Ya Deng, Christian Miebach, Duc Viet Vu

5.7.2019, Cologne: Tien-Cuong Dinh, Xiaonan Ma, Nessim Sibony

21.11.2019, Bochum: Patrick Graf, Ulrike Rieß, Jonas Stelzig

16.1.2020, Essen: Anda Degeratu, Takeo Ohsawa, Mihai Paun

14.5.2020, Wuppertal (via ZOOM): Lynn Heller, Simone Marchesi, Jan Swoboda

16.7.2020, Cologne (via ZOOM): Shin-ichi Matsumura, Sönke Rollenske, Lars Martin Sektnan

17.11.2020, Bochum (via ZOOM): Rafael Andrist, Nicholas Buchdahl, Eleonora di Nezza

29.1.2021, Essen (via ZOOM): Robert Berman, Simone Diverio, Ilaria Mondello

7.5.2021, Wuppertal (via ZOOM): Siarhei Finski, Laszlo Lempert, Katharina Neusser

18.6.2021, Cologne (via ZOOM): Gordon Heier, Louis Ioos, Ursula Ludwig

26.11.2021, Bochum: Nikhil Savale, Martin Schwald, Jörg Winkelmann

11.03.2022, Essen: Narasimha Chary Bonala, Matteo Costantini, Josias Reppekus

27.05.2022, Münster: Markus Banagl, Francesco Bei, Nicolina Istrati

20.06.2022, Essen: Workshop organised by JS organisers

25.11.2022, Wuppertal: Masanori Adachi, Laurentiu Maxim, Sara Torelli