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Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory

We have cancelled BEST 2020, and instead look forward to BEST 2021 in Boise. This site will be updated.

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory will take place in Ashland, Oregon, on the campus of Southern Oregon UniversityJune 17–18, 2020.

BEST is an international conference featuring talks on a broad range of recent advances in research in set theory and related fields. Researchers from all areas of set theory and logic are welcome. BEST particularly aims to support the careers of young researchers. The conference is organized by the Set Theory group at Boise State University and is structured as a symposium of the annual meeting of the AAAS, Pacific Division.


Organizers Liljana Babinkostova (Boise State University), John Clemens (Boise State University), Samuel Coskey (Boise State University), Marion Scheepers (Boise State University) Scientific support Natasha Dobrinen (University of Denver)

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Plenary speakers

  • David Fernández-Bretón (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
  • Victoria Gitman (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Jun Le Goh (University of Wisconsin)
  • Lynne Yengulalp (University of Dayton and Wake Forest University)
  • Joseph Zielinski

Additional confirmed speakers

  • Filippo Calderoni (University of Illinois, Chicago)
  • Thomas Gilton (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Randall Holmes (Boise State University)
  • Aristotelis Panagiotopoulos (Caltech)
  • Jenna Zomback (UIUC)
  • … and more to come!

Speak at BEST

If you would like to participate at BEST, send your title and abstract to!

Travel grants

The NSF supports travel grants for student and postdoctoral speakers at BEST. (If you are in another category and could use funding, let us know as well.) Travel grants may be awarded to US citizens, US residents, and persons at US universities. The funds may be used to reimburse (a portion of) registration, travel, and lodging. We strongly encourage members of groups underrepresented in mathematics to apply!

We will respond to travel grant applications on a rolling basis: April 1, May 1, and June 1. Please submit your application by the earliest of these dates that you can.

To apply Send the following to (1) The title and abstract for your talk; (2) A brief CV including contact information, PhD institution, current institution, PhD advisor, graduation date (or expected graduation date), and any other relevant information such as recent publications (3) (students only) A brief recommendation from your PhD advisor.

Lodging and local

Register for the conference by April 28 to receive the lowest rate! The nearest airport is Medford. See the AAAS-PD travel info page. University housing and nearby hotels are available. See the AAAS-PD hotels page.

More info available soon!

Note on Covid 19

We are working under the assumption that our meeting will proceed as planned. If it does become prudent or necessary to cancel the meeting, potential alternatives include holding the conference online or holding it the following year. In either case, we are currently working to determine when and how our funds may be used to defray lost costs associated with the travel. Please stay tuned!

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