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Higher Dimensional Algebraic Geometry: James 60 is a conference highlighting recent progress in higher-dimensional algebraic geometry scheduled in honor of James McKernan's 60th birthday.  The conference will focus on the many areas of algebraic geometry impacted by the groundbreaking work of James and his collaborators.

The photo of Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier was taken by David deLeon and is used under an Unsplash license.  The photo of James McKernan was taken by Brigitte Lacombe and used on the Breakthrough Prize website.

List of speakers:

** =  tentative

Dan Abramovich (Brown University)

Adebisi Agboola (UC Santa Barbara)


Valery Alexeev** (University of Georgia)

Florin Ambro (Simion Stoilow Institute)

Caucher Birkar (Cambridge University/Tsinghua University)

Lucia Caporaso (Roma Tre University)


Alessio Corti (Imperial College London)


Kristin DeVleming (UMass Amherst)

Christopher Hacon (University of Utah)

Joe Harris (Harvard University)


Elham Izadi (UC San Diego)

Anne-Sophie Kaloghiros (Brunel University)

Yujiro Kawamata (University of Tokyo)


János Kollár** (Princeton University)

Sándor Kovács (University of Washington)


John Lesieutre (Penn State University)

Michael McQuillan (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Shigefumi Mori (Kyoto University)

Mircea Mustață (University of Michigan)


Rahul Pandharipande** (ETH Zürich)


Nicholas Shepherd-Barron (King's College London)

Vyacheslav Shokurov (Johns Hopkins University)

Calum Spicer (King's College London)

Roberto Svaldi (University of Milan)

Burt Totaro (UC Los Angeles)

Jarosław Włodarczyk (Purdue University)


We ask all participants (including speakers) to fill out this registration form.

Unfortunately we are currently not able to guarantee funding for any participants.  However, we are applying for grant support and hope to have some limited funds available.  The registration form includes a section where you can indicate funding preferences.  Please contact the organizers with any questions.


All talks will be held on the main campus of UCSD

Wednesday 1/10


Thursday 1/11


Friday 1/12


Saturday 1/13


Sunday 1/14





UCSD is located in La Jolla, California.  The closest major airport is the San Diego International Airport.  The best way to get to UCSD from the airport is to use a taxi or ride-sharing service (such as Uber or Lyft).

There are several hotels in La Jolla, which may be a bit more expensive unless booked in advance. Some of these hotels may be able to offer UCSD rates, depending on availability.

  • Residence Inn is located at the edge of campus, but it does require a 20-25 minute walk to the conference room

  • La Jolla Sheraton is about the same distance as the previous hotel.

  • La Jolla Shores Hotel is about 2.75 miles from campus, close to the beach. There is a bus (route 30, trip will take at least 30 minutes).

  • Empress Hotel is 4 miles from campus, close to the beach and restaurants. There is a bus (route 30, trip will take at least 30 minutes).

  • Inn by the Sea is close to Empress

  • La Jolla Village Lodge is close to Empress. Not such fancy accommodation, but they may offer more affordable rates.

  • La Jolla Cove is about 4 miles from campus, but there is a bus (route 30, trip will take at least 30 minutes)

There are other hotels in the area that can be found on the standard websites.

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