Description: This workshop is an introduction to the study of group actions on manifolds, especially addressed to students and young researchers. One of the main aspects of this subject is represented by the Zimmer program: big groups don't act on small manifolds. In the recent years, several results have been obtained in this direction, mixing techniques of algebraic, geometrical, probabilistic and dynamical nature.
The workshop will be organised in the model proposed by the France-Brazil network in mathematics (intensive workshops for young researchers), which intends to deal with specific though important subjects, with the aim of disseminating to Brazilian and French young researchers.
Practical information: The workshop will take place in
Sítio Assunção, a monastery in
a small town which is about 100km far from the center of Rio de Janeiro, in the inland and 900m above the sea.
There are several buses connecting Rio de Janeiro to Teresópolis daily.
We organize a common transport on Sunday 19 (afternoon, from Largo do Machado), and one on Friday 24 (night) for the way back to Rio de Janeiro.
Mini-course, by Aaron Brown: