Review of the fourth Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium

Review of the fourth Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium (AB2008) at Rutgers University – Newark Campus May 8-11, 2008

This colloquium was one of a series of triennial colloquia devoted to the mathematical legacy of Lars Ahlfors and Lipman Bers. The core of this legacy concerns geometric function theory, quasiconformal mapping, Teichmüller theory and Kleinian groups, hyperbolic manifolds, and partial differential equations, including Schram/Stochastic-Loewner-Evolution/ Equations. In addition the work of Alhfors and Bers has had an impact on algebraic geometry, mathematical physics, dynamics, geometric group theory, number theory and topology.

The Fourth Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Rutgers Research Council, the Graduate School-Newark, the Newark Chancellors Office, the FASN Dean’s Office and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Rutgers – Newark.

Since funds were limited, the organization team has had the focus to support on students and early career mathematicians and those without alternate sources of support. The team asked mathematicians with alternate sources of support to use those.