Bristol LMFDB Workshop, March 21 - April 1, 2016

Participants and lodging info Getting to Bristol Schedule Restaurants and cafes, etc

Workshop themes

  1. L-functions: LMFDB pages and underlying computations
  2. Genus 2 curves
  3. Preparations for the release in May

Confirmed participants and dates

Alina Bucur 21-27 Alyson Deines 25-1
Andreea Mocanu 21-24 Andrew Booker (local)
Andrew Sutherland 28-1 Aurel Page 28-1
Bill Allombert 27-2 Brian Conrey 21-25
David Farmer 21-1 David Roe 25-28
David Platt (local) Edva Roditty-Gershon (local)
Fredrik Stromberg 21-1 Jennifer Paulhus 23-31
Jerry Shurman 28-1 John Cremona 21-24 and 29-1
John Jones 21-1 Jon Keating (local)
Jonathan Bober (local) Kiran Kedlaya 24-27
Min Lee (local) Nicolas Mascot 28-1
Nils Skoruppa 24-1 Pascal Molin 27-1
Sammuele Anni 21-25 and 28-1 Steffen Mueller 24-28

Lodging info

All external participants should make a reservation at the Bristol Marriott Royal. Please use the link provided by email to make your booking, so that we can pay for your accommodation directly.

Getting to Bristol

From London Heathrow:

The best option is the National Express bus. You can try booking your tickets in advance on the website, but you might have trouble without a UK credit card. However, it is not too expensive to buy tickets on the day from the central bus station in Heathrow. You should look up the schedule from Heathrow Airport to the Bristol Coach Station. There are three stops at Heathrow that you can choose on the website: T2 & T3, which is the central bus station servicing terminals 2 and 3, and separate stops for T4 and T5. The latter choices are for people who know specifically that they are flying into one of those terminals and are able to purchase their tickets online; otherwise you should make your way to the central bus station either on foot (from T2 or T3) or by the airport train (from T4 or T5). By the way, it is usually a lot cheaper to buy a return coach ticket rather than two singles, so it pays to look into your return travel at the same time.
Here is some more information: Heathrow.

On average it takes about one hour from the plane landing to arriving at the central bus terminal, but more if you have to transfer from T4 or T5. When buying your ticket in advance, a good rule of thumb is to add two hours to the scheduled landing time. If you happen to arrive early and there is an earlier coach available, you can ask the driver if there is space to take you. On the other hand, if your plane is delayed then you should go to the desk at the central bus station, and they will give you a later ticket for a small fee. Also note that Bristol might not be the final destination listed on the board in the central bus station; other common destinations for coaches servicing Bristol are Cardiff and Swansea.

On arrival at Bristol Coach Station, exit the doors at the end nearest to where the coach lets you off, and follow these walking directions to the hotel.

From Bristol Airport:

Exit the terminal, follow the signs to the taxi office under the canopied walkway, and book a taxi to the hotel. Note that there are two Marriott hotels in Bristol; yours is the Bristol Marriott Royal, next to College Green. You can pay in advance by card, but if necessary there is an ATM in the airport lobby.

From Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station:

Follow these walking directions or take the 8/9 bus to College Green. You can pay on the bus with cash (£1.50).

From the hotel to Howard House:

Follow these walking directions. Howard House is the building at the corner of Queens Avenue and Elmdale Road. If the guard is not present in the lobby when you arrive then ring the buzzer for the 4th floor. From the lobby, take the elevator up to 4.


The dates were chosen to overlap with the British Mathematical Colloquium , which will also be in Bristol March 20-24. There is also a conference on Algebraisation and Geometrisation in the Langlands Programme March 29 - April 1.

Some things to do in Bristol

Here are a few things to do while thinking about how to improve the LMFDB:
Updated January 2016