Final announcement:Workshop on

Curves and Computation

24-29 March 1996

You are cordially invited to attend this workshop, on the computational number theoretic aspects of algebraic curves, particularly elliptic curves, but also curves of higher genus. Applications of curves, e.g. to coding, cryptography will also be considered.

The workshop is being held with the support of the Edinburgh International Centre for Mathematical Sciences(ICMS), and with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

1. Lectures

The meeting itself will be held in the James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings,Edinburgh University, Mayfield road, Edinburgh. Arrival day 24th March. Approximate timing of lectures: 9.00 25th to 16.00 29th March.

Main speakers:

Other speakers:

Click here for the timetable of lectures.

2. Accommodation.

Accommodation has been reserved at Edinburgh University's Pollock Halls, situated on a fine site right below the landmark of Arthur's Seat, not far from Edinburgh city centre.

Pollock Halls address: Pollock Halls, 18, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY. Tel: +44 (0) 131-667-1971 Ext 2011/2012. Fax: +44 (0) 131-668-3217.

Click here for Tourist Information.

Unless you specify otherwise, we will on receipt of your registration form, book you into a single room from the date of your arrival to the date of departure, as indicated on the Form. The cost will be 36 pounds per day. This charge covers accommodation and all meals for the duration of your stay, (apart from lunch on Sunday).
Because Edinburgh is a very busy tourist and conference centre, we cannot guarantee to provide accommodation for Registrations received after 29th February. Please register as soon as possible, preferably by email, and then send, to ICMS at the address below, a deposit of 36 pounds sterling, by sterling cheque, eurocheque, or sterling bank draft, payable to "Heriot-Watt University(ICMS)". This amount will be deducted from your accommodation and meal charges, which should be paid at registration.
A limited amount of superior accommodation is available in Pollock Halls at a higher daily rate. If you are interested in this, please enquire further.

3. Arrival and Registration.

There will be a Welcoming Reception from 19.30 to 21.00 on Sunday 24th March, at Pollock Halls. Registration will take place at Pollock from 18.00 to 21.00 on the 24th, and from 9.00 to 12.00 on Monday 25th March at the James Clerk Maxwell Building, King's Buildings.

4. Travel information.

Edinburgh is well-served by both air and rail. The train journey time from London is about 4 1/2 hours (longer on Sundays). Edinburgh airport is a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre (Edinburgh(Waverly) railway station). The service runs every 45 minutes, and costs 3.20 pounds. A taxi to Pollock Halls from the centre costs about 3 pounds( 12-16 pounds from the airport). Bus routes 14,21 and 82 run from the city centre(Princes street) to Pollock Halls, on Dalkeith Road. The fare is 55 pence.

Glasgow airport is a 90-minute bus ride(50 miles, 80 km) from Edinburgh. "Citylink" buses run regularly from 8.00 to 23.00, from Glasgow airport to Edinburgh city centre(St. Andrew's Square). The fare is 6 pounds single, 9 pounds return. The Citylink phone number is 0990-505050.

Click here for maps of Central Edinburgh and Main roads in Edinburgh, or the King's Buildings

By car: Pollock Halls in on the A7(Dalkeith Road). On approaching Edinburgh from any (horizontal!) direction, get on to the Edinburgh City By-pass(A720), and travel along it until reaching the Sherriffhall roundabout, where the A7 and A68 cross. Then take the A7 north, towards Edinburgh City. Follow the A7 straight across the Cameron Toll roundabout, and straight across the next major traffic lights( at East Mayfield and Priestfield Road). Pollock Halls will then shortly be visible on the right-hand side. However, to reach the car-park, take the next turn on the right(Holyrood Park Road), at a double set of traffic lights, and then turn right into Pollock.

Scientific advisors: H.Cohen(Bordeaux), H.W.Lenstra(Berkeley).
Programme organiser: J.E.Cremona(Exeter)(
Local organiser: C.J.Smyth(, Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, JCMB, King's Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, Scotland, UK
Tel:+44 (0)131 650 5054, Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6553
For a registration form send email to :
Postal address (also for sending deposit):
Margaret Cook, ICMS 14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ Scotland, UK
Fax: +44-131-220-1053

C.J.Smyth, Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, JCMB, King's Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, Scotland
Tel:+44 (0)131 650 5054, Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6553

An ICMS instructional conference on Representation Theory and Automorphic Forms(Edinburgh 17-29 March 1996) overlaps with the Workshop.

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