LMS Regional meeting

followed by

Workshop on limit groups and their generalisations

15 July to 17 July 2009

School of Mathematics
University of Southampton

Zlil Sela (Jerusalem)
James Howie (Edinburgh)
Cornelia Drutu (Oxford)

Speakers at the workshop include:  

Martin Bridson (Oxford)
Francois Dahmani (Toulouse)
Vincent Guiradel (Toulouse)
Dessislava Kochloukova (Campinas)
Gilbert Levitt (Caen)
Ashot Minasyan (Southampton)
Henry Wilton (U Texas Austin)

Organisers: Graham Niblo and Brita Nucinkis


All lectures will be held at Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton.
The LMS meeting will be held on Wednesday and is aimed at a general mathematics audience. The more specalised workshop on Limit groups will be held Thursday and Friday. We expect to finish by Friday lunchtime.

LMS Meeting 15 July 2009


13.30 Opening of the meeting and Jim Howie

Finitely presented residually free groups

14.45 Break

15.30 Cornelia Drutu

Geometry and quasi-isometric rigidity of relatively hyperbolic groups

16.45 Zlil Sela

Around the first order theory of a free group

17.45 Drinks Reception (OUP)

Workshop 16th/17th July

Henry Wilton (Introductory Talk)
Martin Bridson
Francois Dahmani
Vincent Guiradel
Dessislava Kochloukova
Gilbert Levitt
Ashot Minasyan


Accommodation and Fees 

Accomodation: Bed and Breakfast accommodation has been arranged for the nights of 14th, 15th and 16th of July, in single ensuite rooms at a rate of £45 per night. The rooms are in the university's Highfield Halls just around the corner from the conference location at Avenue Campus. Reception in halls will be open 24 hours.

The LMS meeting on 15th July is funded by the LMS and this will include lunch and coffee. It would help with catering if you could let us know if you plan to attend.

Conference dinner: There will be a conference dinner on the evening of the 15th July. This will cost £20 per person.

Restaurants near Avenue Campus: There are various restaurants on Portswood road, about 10 minutes walk from Highfield Hall. The most popular are the Koh-I-Noor and Sara's Thai Cusine. If you prefer pub-food, the Crown Inn is about 5 minutes walk or the Cowherds Inn is a 10 minute walk through the common.

Workshop Fees: In addition to any accomodation fees there is a day-charge of £30 per day for the two-day workshop on the 16th and 17th July, which covers lunch and refreshments. We hope to be able to reimburse some student expenses.

Getting there 

There is a bus from Southampton's two main train stations and the airport. From Southampton Airport/Parkway (Platform 2 exit) take the U1C to Highfield Interchange and from Southampton Central (Platform 4 exit) take the U1A to Highfield Interchange. National Express have services directly from Heathrow Airport to Southampton University (Highfield Interchange). Taxis from either train station to Highfield should cost around £7.

Registration and Payment 

Please email the organisers at limitgroups2009 by Friday 26th June to register and/or book accommodation. On receipt of a booking confirmation, please send a cheque made payable to University of Southampton for the full amount to

Limit Groups 2009
School of Mathematics
University of Southampton
Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Could you please indicate whether you are a student at a UK institution.


We have a small budget to support graduate students attending the meeting and/or the worskshop, and LMS members attending the LMS meeting. All requests for support should be sent to the organisers.

Further Information 

Further information is available from: Graham Niblo and Brita Nucinkis.


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