Combinatorics Meets Model Theory, 20-24 June 2022

There have been several exciting developments in recent years illustrating the fruitful cross-interaction between model theory and arithmetic and extremal combinatorics. This workshop aims to bring together the two communities, with an emphasis on tutorials and open problems sessions rather than standard research talks.

This workshop will be held at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.

It is supported by the University of Cambridge, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research under its HIMR Focused Research workshop scheme, and organised in partnership with the Clay Mathematics Institute.

University of CambridgeClay Mathematics InstituteHeilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research

Participants |  Programme |  COVID-19  | Visitor Information | Titles and Abstracts


Due to space and budgetary limitations, participation is by invitation only. The workshop is now completely full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist in case a space opens up, please email the organisers.

Alex Chevalier, University of Oxford
Arturo Rodriguez Fanlo, University of Oxford
Amador Martin-Pizarro, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
†Anand Pillay, University of Notre Dame
Andrew Thomason, University of Cambridge
†Ben Green, University of Oxford
Boris Bukh, Carnegie Mellon University
*Caroline Terry, The Ohio State University
Chieu-Minh Tran, University of Notre Dame
Chris Laskowski, University of Maryland
Daniel Palacin, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Dugald Macpherson, University of Leeds
† Ehud Hrushovski, University of Oxford
Emmanuel Breuillard, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge
*Gabriel Conant, The Ohio State University
Guy Moshkovitz, CUNY
Henry Towsner, UPenn
Imre Leader, University of Cambridge
Itay Kaplan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jozsef Solymosi, University of British Columbia
*Julia Wolf, University of Cambridge
Julian Sahasrabudhe, University of Cambridge
Leo Versteegen, University of Cambridge
Leonardo Coregliano, IAS
Maryanthe Malliaris, University of Chicago
Matt Tointon, University of Bristol
Mauro di Nasso, Università di Pisa
Martin Hyland, University of Cambridge
Michael Hehmann, UC Irvine
Oliver Janzer, ETH Zürich
Rehana Patel
Sam Braunfeld, Charles University Prague
Sarah Peluse, Princeton University
†Sasha Razborov, University of Chicago
Simon Machado, University of Cambridge
†Terence Tao, UCLA
Tim Gowers, Collège de France and University of Cambridge
Tingxiang Zou, Universität Münster
Valeriia Gladkova, University of Cambridge
Yifan Jing, University of Oxford

* Organisers
† Clay-funded speakers

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The following schedule is a tentative outline of the programme.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.00-10.00 Tutorial 1 Tutorial 3 Tutorial 5 Tutorial 6 Tutorial 8
10.00-10.30 Talk 1 Talk 3 Talk 5 Talk 6 Talk 8
10.00-10.30 Tea and Coffee
11.00-11.30 Short Talk 1 Short Talk 3 Open Problems Short Talk 5 Open Problems
11.45-12.30 Short Talk 2 Short Talk 4 Open Problems Short Talk 6 Open Problems
12.30-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Free time
15.00-15.30 Tea and Coffee
15.30-16.30 Tutorial 2 Tutorial 4 Tutorial 7
16.30-17.00 Talk 2 Talk 4 Talk 7
17.00-18.00 Wine Reception
19.00- Workshop dinner Dinner

All talks will be held in MR4 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

MR5 and MR12 will be available throughout the week for workshop participants to hold meetings and small-group discussions.

There will be a workshop dinner on Monday evening, 20th June 2022. Further details will be posted here.

The full programme, including titles and abstracts, will be available in pdf format nearer the time.

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While we are planning for this workshop to go ahead in person in June, given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic there is no absolute guarantee that it will be possible for it to take place as planned. Participants are therefore advised to make flexible travel arrangements where possible and to arrange for appropriate insurance cover.

National and local COVID-19 protocols may well undergo further changes before the end of June. The following links should provide the most up-to-date information available, and we encourage participants to consult these before making travel arrangements.

The UK government's COVID-19 guidance is available at International entry requirements are detailed here.

The latest COVID-19 guidance for the Centre for Mathematical Sciences is available at this link.

If you have any particular concerns with regard to the workshop, please get in touch with the organisers.

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Visitor Information

Arriving by plane

The most direct (although not usually the fastest) way to reach Cambridge from any of London's international airports is by coach. Tickets and timetables may be found at the National Express website.

There are also direct trains between London Stansted and Cambridge and between London Gatwick and Cambridge.

For those who arrive at London Heathrow, an alternative to the coach is to travel by train via London King's Cross. The fastest connection between Heathrow and London is by Heathrow Express, which ends at London Paddington. From there it is a short tube ride to London King's Cross, which has frequent connections to Cambridge. It is also possible to reach King's Cross by tube only, on the Piccadilly line. Use the TFL journey planner to plan your journey.

Arriving by train

Train tickets may be purchased from the National Rail webpage. It is advisable to purchase these in advance. There are direct trains to Cambridge from both London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street. The former tends to have faster connections, at a higher price.

Local transportation

Most of Cambridge is walkable, although the main train station is at the opposite end of the city from the workshop venue (the new station Cambridge North is at a similar distance). If arriving at the train station, it is advisable to take a taxi to your accommodation or the workshop venue (depending on your arrival time). The trip to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences usually costs around £8 and takes around 15 minutes. The taxi rank is right in front of the main station. Almost all taxis now accept contactless payments.

There is also the UNIversal bus, which can be used by anyone. It costs £2 for non-University members, and takes around 20 minutes. A timetable is available here.

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Detailed travel instructions are available from the webpage of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Entrance to the CMS is via the Faulkes Gatehouse, on the footpath between Clarkson and Madingley Road.

Please go to CMS reception when you arrive, so that staff may point you to the correct lecture rooms.


We will confirm by email whether any accommodation has been booked for you. If you are expecting accommodation and have not heard from us by the end of March, please get in touch.

Please be aware that workshops and conferences in the UK are increasingly targeted by accommodation scams. We do NOT use third parties to arrange accommodation. Any correspondence regarding your accommodation will come from one of the organisers, or one of our administrative colleagues with a address.


There will be catered coffee breaks every day (see schedule), as well as fully catered lunch breaks.

There will be plenty of vegetarian options, and we will be back in touch in mid-May to ascertain any other requirements you may have.

The closest supermarket is Sainsbury's on Sidney Street.


Most buildings in the University of Cambridge, including the Centre for Mathematical Sciences and the Colleges, offer access to Wifi via Eduroam. For those who do not have an Eduroam account from their home institution, Wifi tokens will be available to use for the duration of the workshop.

Visa Letters

If you require an invitation letter to support your visa application, please get in touch with the organisers.

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Titles and Abstracts

To be made available in due course.

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This page was last updated 11th May 2022.