Aims and Scope

This will be a research workshop, held in the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds, 30 March - 2 April 2009. It will incorporate a special session in honour of John C. Wood, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, to celebrate his seminal contributions to the theory of harmonic maps and morphisms.

The workshop will bring together researchers working on disparate geometric problems, all of which admit a variational formulation, the aim being to stimulate cooperation and cross-fertilization of ideas. Topics expected to be addressed include:

The format of the workshop will provide five one-hour lectures per day, by invited speakers, leaving generous breaks between talks for questions and informal scientific interaction. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to attend, and may apply for financial support from the organizers.