Second conference

The second conference will be held on 28, 29 and 30 June, support by a London Mathematical Society Scheme 1 grant.


Please note that times may change a little!

Monday 28 June

  • 11am-12am Zinaida Lykova (Newcastle University, UK): "On higher-dimensional amenability of Banach algebras." Abstract (PDF) Talk Slides (PDF)
  • 12am-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Denis Poulin (Carleton university, Canada): "Dual factorisation property" Talk slides (PDF)
  • 2.40pm-3.40pm Paul Ramsden: "Multi-normed spaces and amenability conditions for locally compact groups" Talk slides (PDF)
  • 3.40pm-4.10pm Tea
  • 4.10pm-5.10pm Gerhard Racher (University of Salzburg, Austria): "On the injectivity of von Neumann algebras" Abstract (PDF)

Tuesday 29 June

  • 10am-11am Mehrdad Kalantar (Carleton university, Canada)
  • 11am-11.30am Coffee
  • 11.30am-12.30am Michael Cowling (Birmingham University, UK) "On the Fourier--Stieltjes Algebra of connected Lie groups."
  • 12.30am-1.50pm Lunch
  • 1.50pm-2.50pm Tom Körner (Cambridge University, UK): "Hausdorff Dimension of Sums"
  • 3pm-4pm Andras Zsak (Lancaster University, UK): "Dichotomy theorems for random matrices and ideals of operators on \Big(\bigoplus _{n=1}^\infty\ell_1^n \Big)_{\mathrm{c}_0}" Talk slides (PDF)
  • 4pm-4.30pm Tea
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm Niels Laustsen (Lancaster University, UK) "$K$-theory for Banach sequence algebras" Abstract (TXT)
  • 6:30pm for 7pm Conference dinner.

Wednesday 30 June

  • 10am-11am Simon Wassermann (Glasgow University, Scotland): "MASAs in UHF algebras"
  • 11am-11.30am Tea
  • 11.30am-12.30am Jonathan Partington (University of Leeds, UK): "Distances and norm estimates in analytic semigroups"
  • 12.30am-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.15pm Alistair Bird (Lancaster University, UK): "Could James ever be amenable?"
  • 2.20pm-3.20pm Alexander Pavlov (Russian academy of sciences): "Kazhdan's property (T) for C*-algebras"
  • 3.20pm-3.50pm Tea
  • 3.50pm-4.50pm Matthias Neufang (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada): "Solution to a conjecture of Ghahramani and Lau."

Registration and Conference Dinner

There will be a registration fee of 15 pounds per day; this is to help defray costs for participants without funding. In particular, the LMS grant will cover registration costs for PhD students, and we may be able to cover some travel and accommodation costs for students, and for those without other financial support.

There will a conference dinner on the evening of Tuesday 29th June, in the Great Woodhouse room at the university. Cost will be 29 pounds per person; 3 courses including wine.


There are a number of hotels which we have used in the past:

  • Cliff Lawn: This is situated in a pleasant area north of the university (and hence slightly away from the city centre).
  • IBIS Hotel Leeds: This is situated much closer to the university and the city centre, but is a large hotel.
  • Met Leeds: A somewhat more upmarket hotel in the centre of Leeds.

For those on a budget, there are some B&Bs which are cheap and cheerful, and near the university:

I have been quite successful in using general search engines. In particular, these sites often offer rooms at the hotels above at a cheaper than advertised rate.

First conference

The first conference was held on 27, 28 and 29 May, support by a London Mathematical Society Scheme 1 grant.


Thursday 27 May

  • 10am-11am Zhong-Jin Ruan (Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA): "Some Banach algebras associated with locally compact quantum groups."
  • 11am-11:30am Coffee.
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Zhiguo Hu (University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada): "When is the quantum convolution algebra T(L^2(\G)) a dual Banach algebra?"
  • 12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch.
  • 1:45pm-2:45pm Yemon Choi (University of Laval, Canada): "Left invertible implies invertible: in harmonic analysis."
  • 3pm-4pm Adam Skalski (Lancaster University, UK): "On convolution equations for states on compact quantum groups."
  • 4pm-4:30pm Tea.
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Pekka Salmi (Oulu University, Oulu, Finland): " A different approach to uniform continuity on quantum groups."

Friday 28 May

  • 9am-10am Viktor Losert (University of Vienna, Austria): "Multipliers of the Fourier algebra."
  • 10am-10:30am Coffee.
  • 10:30am-11:30am Alexander Helesmkii (Moscow State University, Russia): "Extreme flatness and Hahn-Banach type theorems for normed modules over c_0."
  • 11:40am-12:40pm Charles Read (Leeds University, UK): "The quest for a little bit of positivity in operator algebras."
  • 12:40pm-2pm Lunch.
  • 2pm-3pm Bhishan Jocelon (Glasgow University, UK): "A stably projectionless C*-algebra related to the Elliott classification programme."
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm Stuart White (Glasgow University, UK): "Properties of von Neumann subalgebras arising from tensor products."
  • 6pm Conference Dinner, Great Woodhouse Room.

Saturday 29 May

  • 9:30am-10:30am Garth Dales (Leeds University, UK): "Second duals of measure algebras"
  • 10:30am-11am Coffee.
  • 11am-Noon Nico Spronk (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada): "TBA"