March 27-29, 2009 (Friday - Sunday)

organized by

Liljana Babinkostova, Andrés E. Caicedo, Stefan Geschke, Richard Ketchersid
and Marion Scheepers

Department of Mathematics
Boise State University

Funded by NSF grant DMS 0503444

Invited Speakers:

Stephen C. Jackson (University of North Texas)
Ljubisa Kocinac (University of Nis, Serbia)
Assaf Rinot (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Grigor Sargsyan (University of California, Berkeley)

Participants (that we know of):

  • Liljana Babinkostova (Boise State University)
  • Andreas Blass (University of Michigan)
  • Andrés Caicedo (Boise State University)
  • Clinton Conley (UCLA)
  • Derrick DuBose (UNLV)
  • Stefan Geschke (Boise State University)
  • Randall Holmes (Boise State University)
  • Billy Hudson (Boise State University)
  • Masaru Kada (Osaka Prefecture University)
  • Richard Ketchersid (Boise State University)
  • Benjamin Miller
  • Marion Scheepers (Boise State University)
  • If you wish to participate or if you are not on the mailing list for the conference and wish to be, please contact the organizers at

    Contact Information: To contact the organizers, email:
    best (at) diamond (dot) boisestate (dot) edu .

    Location: Boise State University: Room MG 139 in the Mathematics and Geology building. The room is equipped with a projector for electronic presentations, as well as an overhead transparency projector, and a white board. Participants planning to use the electronic presentation facility could put their files on a USB memory stick which could be used directly for the presentation.

    Proceedings and call for papers: The organizers will edit a volume in the Contemporary Mathematics series. The volume will feature two types of papers:

    1) Invited surveys: Certain authors have been invited to write survey papers on topics of current interest in Set Theory and its relatives.
    2) Research articles: Papers on topics related to Set Theory and its Applications will be considered for publication in this volume. Former
       and current participants of the BEST conferences or their collaborators are especially encouraged to consider submitting a research
       paper. Anyone interested in submitting a paper should contact Marion Scheepers as soon as possible at
       with this information.

    Research manuscripts are preferred but outstanding expository manuscripts may be acceptable.
    Only final (detailed) versions will be considered; abstracts and summary (preliminary) material are not acceptable.
    All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed.

    Submission deadline is July 21, 2009.

    Abstracts: We gratefully acknowledge the abstract services provided by Atlas Conferences Inc. The deadline for submitting an abstract is March 25, 2009.

    Schedule: Follow this link to the current schedule.

    Lodging: We gratefully acknowledge a reduced BEST conference rate provided by the  Hampton Inn & Suites Boise/Downtown. This reduced rate is available for reservations made by March 12. After that date available rooms can be reserved at the prevailing commercial rates. The Hampton Inn & Suites Boise/Downtown has also created a specific online reservation site for BEST participants. Please use the following link: 

    Hampton Inn & Suites Boise/Downtown: BEST Conference Reservation Site

    Transportation: The Boise Shuttle Service provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel. Please see their web site for more details.

    Financial Support: Limited financial support is available to partially offset travel expenses of some participants. The criteria for granting support include whether the participant has alternative financial support for the conference, and whether the participant is presenting a talk at the conference. Preference is given to graduate students and early career researchers. The amount of support is contingent on the budget constraints. University accounting regulations require completing certain forms appropriately, submitting original receipts of expenses and completion of the conference before issuing checks.

    To apply for support, email the organizers at Applications from graduate students must be supported by a separate email from their thesis advisor. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2009. Applicants will be notified soon after the deadline about the status of their application.

    Social Event: Billy and Kris Hudson will host a social get together after the talks on Saturday, March 28 at their home. Participants planning to participate in the social event are kindly asked to let Billy know at the e-mail address

    Directions for getting to Billy and Kris' place: It is not walking distance from the campus:
    Departing from campus: Participants can catch the "#29 Overland" at the University and Joyce shelter (across University Avenue from the Liberal Arts building) at 45 after the hour with the last bus leaving at 5:45. Here is a schedule for this route. Participants will want to ask the driver to let them off at Curtis and Overland.
    Departing from Downtown: Participants can catch the "#6 Orchard" downtown at Capitol and Idaho at 45 after the hour until 5:45. Here is a schedule for this route. They will want to ask the driver to let them off at Elkhorn and Curtis.

    Billy put together a walking map that starts at Curtis and Overland. Those who catch the Orchard bus should start at Elkhorn. Link to the walking map.

    Alternately, participants can share taxi-fares to and from the social.

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