Plancherel Lecture 2019

Andreas Thom

TU Dresden

Monday December 9th, 2019, 17:30
Reception-apéro starts at 16:45 at the Pavillon Vert
University of Fribourg, Pérolles, PER04, Auditorium 0.110


PDF poster available here.

Directions to the lecture hall:
From Fribourg/Freiburg's train station take bus number 1 or 3 to "Pérolles Charmettes'', then refer to this map.

Sofic approximations — what’s the problem?

I am planning to give a general introduction to sofic groups, mention a few applications to fundamental conjectures about groups and group rings, and explain Misha Gromov’s conjecture that all groups are sofic. Finally I want to discuss the notion of stability and present recent progress in the field.

The lecture will be followed by a dinner at Restaurant Gemelli, Fribourg. All are welcome !

Please register before 2nd December by e-mail to Isabella Schmutz.


For any additional information please contact Ruth Kellerhalls.

The Plancherel Lectures

The Plancherel lecture takes place every two years since 2005 (in odd years) at the University of Fribourg; it is a joint colloquium with the University of Bern, who organizes the Schläfli Lectures in even years. 
The lecture is named after Michel Plancherel, who was a member of the mathematics department of the University of Fribourg between 1911 and 1920. Every two years a renowned mathematician is invited to give a presentation directed to students and researches alike. It is an opportunity for mathematicians from Bern and Fribourg to meet and to discover together new directions of research in mathematics.