This conference is the 28th edition of the Buildings conference. The major theme of this edition of the international conference is the deep interaction between algebra and incidence geometry in its various guises — in particular, we want to focus on geometric aspects of algebra, and algebraic theories underlying incidence geometries. Some of the main topics of the conference are:

  • Generalized polygons and related geometries.
  • Buildings of higher rank.
  • Geometries and groups of Lie-type.
  • Simple groups and their geometries.
  • Rank one groups and Moufang sets.
  • Algebraic and geometric aspects of the Freudenthal-Tits magic square.
  • Algebraic varieties related to incidence geometries.
  • Automorphism groups of incidence geometries, and geometric group actions.
  • Algebraic groups and Kac-Moody groups.
  • Graph- (and in particular tree-) theoretic properties of incidence geometries.
  • Topological aspects of buildings and related geometries.
  • Computational aspects of the algebraic and combinatorial theory behind incidence geometries of low rank.
Because of the interplay with many other fields of mathematics, a wide variety of ideas and methods will come together at the meeting. The conference will give the opportunity to research faculty and young researchers in algebra and incidence geometry to learn about the latest developments in the main sub-areas, and explore different visions and directions for future work.
  • The conference takes place from Monday, September 19 until Thursday, September 22.
  • There will be invited talks (of 60 minutes) and contributed talks (of 30 minutes).
  • The deadline for registration is Monday, August 22. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, September 5.
  • The conference fee is €150. This includes the coffee breaks, a reception on Monday evening and the conference dinner on Wednesday.
  • Financial support is available for a limited number of participants. If you wish to request financial support, please contact hvm60@lists.ugent.be.
  • This conference will take place at Ghent University, campus "Ledeganck" , Auditorium 9.
REGISTRATION (Deadline: August 22)
    I am an invited speaker.
    I wish to give a contributed talk (30 minutes).
    I wish to attend the conference reception on Monday evening.
    I wish to attend the conference dinner on Wednesday evening.
Peter Abramenko University of Virginia tba
Hans Cuypers TU Eindhoven Quasi-Clifford Algebras, their Lie and Jordan Algebras, and Quadratic Forms over F_2
Anneleen De Schepper Ghent University Weyl distance preserving maps on spherical buildings
Sasha Ivanov Imperial College London Amalgams of Locally Projective Graphs
Linus Kramer University of Munster An equation for the Riemann curvature tensor, strongly regular graphs, and finite fields
James Parkinson University of Sydney Automorphisms and Opposition in Spherical Buildings
Antonio Pasini University of Siena Regular pairs and centric triads in polar spaces of arbitrary rank
Burkard Polster (tbc) Monash University tba
Markus Stroppel University of Stuttgart Unitals with many automorphisms
Richard Weiss Tufts University Stable pseudo-quadratic modules
Scientific committee

Pierre-Emmanuel Caprace
Bart De Bruyn
Tom De Medts
Dimitri Leemans
Bernhard Mühlherr
Joseph A. Thas
Koen Thas

Organizing committee:

Pierre-Emmanuel Caprace
Bart De Bruyn
Yannick De Neyt
Tom De Medts
Jari Desmet
Paulien Jansen
Dimitri Leemans
Bernhard Mühlherr
Daan Rijpert
Joseph A. Thas
Koen Thas


Ghent University
Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications
IRMP Institut de Recherche en Mathématique et en Physique