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Work programme The main themes of research of the network are:
Post and predoctoral positions The "Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry" network is sponsored by the European Commission's current programme for "Research Training Networks". In this framework, it is offering post and predoctoral positions at each of its associated nodes, as part of its initiative to foster research in central subjects of this active domain of mathematical research. Activities of the network The network organizes or cosponsors various schools, conferences and workshops. Previous network in arithmetic algebraic geometry The present network replaces the network of the same name which was supported by the European Commission during the Fifth Framework Programme, under the programme "Improving Human Potential and the SocioEconomic Knowledge Base". 





