The Freudenthal-Tits Magic Square

October 19, 2012 - Ghent, Belgium

An international colloquium around the theme "Freudenthal-Tits Magic Square" will be held in Ghent (Belgium) on Friday October 19th, as part of the "DAG"-days (Discrete Algebra and Geometry). Local organizers are Tom De Medts and Hendrik Van Maldeghem.

The program looks as follows.

Friday, October 19 Lecture Room "Emmy Noether", S25, Campus "De Sterre", Krijgslaan 281
09:30 - 10:30 Coffee and tea
10:30 - 11:20 Hendrik Van Maldeghem (U Ghent): "A (geometric) introduction to the Magic Square"
11:20 - 11:50 Coffee break
11:50 - 12:40 John Faulkner (U Virginia): "Structurable algebras and the Magic square"
12:40 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 15:20 Alberto Elduque (U Zaragossa): "A Freudenthal-Tits Supermagic Square"
15:20 - 15:50 Coffee break
15:50 - 16:40 Laurent Manivel (U Grenoble): "The Magic square in algebraic geometry"


The PDF files of the presentations (if applicable) are now available online:


There is no conference fee. If you want to stay overnight, then you can check out our list of hotels.


There is some limited support for young people, so feel free to ask Hendrik (

Travel information

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Looking forward to seeing you in Ghent soon,

The local organizers,
"DAG"-Days are at present a common initiative of the universities of Eindhoven, Ghent and Louvain-la-Neuve, represented by Hans Cuypers, Tom De Medts and Pierre-Emmanuel Caprace. 
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