Upcoming set theory meetings

May 29: Borel Reducibility of Equivalence Relations, Lausanne
June 20-25: Set Theoretic Pluralism – Symposium 2
June 26-30: Seventeenth Latin American Symposium on Mathematical Logic, Puebla, Mexico
June 27-30: 32nd Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications, Dayton, US
July 3-7: 6th European Set Theory Conference, Budapest
July 10-14: 10th Young Set Theory Workshop, Edinburgh
July 10-14: The 15th Asian Logic Conference, Korea
July 14-25: Graduate summer school: Classification problems in ergodic theory, Irvine
July 31-August 4: Applications of model theory to operator algebras, Houston
August 2-4: A conference on the occasion of Jensen’s 80th birthday, Münster
August 7-11: Nordic Logic Summer School 2017, Stockholm
August 14-18: Boolean Algebras, Lattices, Universal Algebra, Set Theory, Topology (BLAST), Nashville
August 14-20: Logic Colloquium 2017, Stockholm
August 20-September 1: Frontiers of Selection Principles, Warsaw
September 3-9: Set Theoretic Methods in Topology and Analysis, Bedlewo, Poland
September 6-8: Descriptive set theory in Torino
September 7-12: Set theoretic & Topological methods in Model Theory, Tezpur, India
September 10-12: Homogeneous structures, permutation groups, and connections to set theory, in honour of the 70th birthday of John Truss, Leeds
September 15-17: Simon Thomas: the first 60 years, Rutgers
October 9-13: The 14th international Luminy workshop on set theory, CIRM, Marseille
November 6-9: RIMS set theory meeting, Kyoto
November 13-17: Second Pan Pacific International Conference on Topology and its Applications, Busan, South Korea

Münster Set Theory Conference

A conference on the occasion of Ronald B. Jensen’s 80th birthday will take place from Aug 02–Aug 04, 2017 at the Institut für Mathematische Logik und Grundlagenforschung, WWU Münster.

List of speakers:
Gunter Fuchs (CUNY)
Moti Gitik (Tel Aviv University)
Menachem Magidor (Jerusalem)
Adrian Mathias (Reunion)
Bill Mitchell (U. Florida)
Itay Neeman (UCLA)
Grigor Sargsyan (Rutgers)
John Steel (Berkeley)
W. Hugh Woodin (Harvard)
Martin Zeman (UC Irvine)

Organizers: Menachem Magidor (Jerusalem), Ralf Schindler (Münster), John Steel (Berkeley), W. Hugh Woodin (Harvard)

In order to register for this conference, please send an email to Ralf Schindler at rds@wwu.de. There is no registration fee, but we will ask participants for a small donation in order to cover expenses for coffee and cookies.

We can offer a few grants to doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers who are interested in attending this meeting and who do not have access to funding from a third source. If this applies to you, then please contact Ralf Schindler at rds@wwu.de.

Extended deadline for the Young Set Theory Workshop 2017

Due to the availability of further places, the deadline for registering to the “New Directions in the higher infinite” (Young Set Theory) workshop has been extended to the 28th of April 2017. You can find the registration link at the following website:


which also contains information about the workshop, such as titles and abstracts for the invited talks. For any question, you may contact YoungSetTheory2017@gmail.com.

With best regards,
The organisers

Bohuslav Balcar (1943-2017)

With deep sorrow we inform that Dr. Bohuslav Balcar passed away on Friday, February 17th, 2017.

Bohuslav Balcar was born in 1943. In 1965 he finished his studies at the Charles University in Prague under the supervision of P. Vopěnka. Although he obtained a degree in numerical mathematics, his main interests were mathematical logic, automata theory, and set theory. He was one of the original members of the Prague set theory seminar founded by P. Vopěnka in 1962. Between 1965 and 1975 he was a member of several departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University, and in 1975 he started working at ČKD Semiconductors. While employed at the `factory’ as he liked to call the company, he was awarded the Candidate of Sciences (PhD) degree for his work on the theory of semisets, participated in a section of the `national fundamental research plan’ directed by Z. Frolík, and published his most important results. Together with P. Simon he lead the Seminar on Reckoning at Charles University, participated and later organized the Winter Schools in Abstract Analysis and Prague Topological Symposia. In 1989 he was awarded the Doctor of Science degree and started working in the Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 1992 he was a member of the the Institute for Advanced Studies, joint research institute of the Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Bohuslav Balcar’s mathematical interests included set theory, Boolean algebras, topological dynamics, and logic foundations. He officially supervised five graduate students, and many more had earned their degree under or benefited from his unofficial supervision. His influence shaped several generations of Czech set theoreticians.

Bohuslav Balcar was a kind, inspirational, and unresentful man. He will be greatly missed.


Matti Rubin (1946-2017)

We are sorry to inform you that our colleague Matti Rubin from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel died on 6th of February, 2017.

adieu Mati, by Robert Bonnet

Dear Friends,I have lost my best friend Mati, who was one of the deepest mathematicians that I knew. These news have saddened all mathematicians, and in particular his friends.
Mati Rubin was born in September 1946, he studied in Ben Gurion University and University of Colorado with Don Monk, and he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Saharon Shelah.
He was a fantastic and deep mathematician, explaining all ideas, results and proofs in details to all colleagues interested.
He published fifty papers in different subjects, some of them in collaboration, with 26 co-authors, including Saharon Shelah and J. Don Monk.
His domains of research cover Mathematical logic, Set theory, Ordered algebraic structures, General topology and Group theory and generalizations. He was a specialist in Set theory, Boolean algebras and Reconstruction results from their automorphism groups. Some of his work is left unfinished.

With all my best wishes, Robert

Young set theory 2017 registration

We are pleased to announce that the registration for Young Set Theory 2017 is now open. It will take place in Edinburgh, 10-14 July 2017 and you can register by completing the required form, under the Participation section in the following link:


The registration will be open until the 31st of March. As places are limited, you are asked to provide a brief statement about your research on the application form. Applicants will be informed of the organisers’ decisions by Friday 14 April at the very latest. Please do not book your travel until your place has been confirmed.

If your registration is successful, you will need to pay a registration fee of £270, which covers accommodation, lunch and participation in the conference dinner. Details on how to do this will become available nearer the deadline.

We will soon update the website to include details about the talks. Meanwhile, for any question you can contact the organisers at YoungSetTheory2017@gmail.com.

With best regards,

The organisers