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15th Summer Conference, Pereslavl'-Zalessky, 2003
The conference gives participants a chance to work with research-type
problems on a research-type time scale. I was introduced to a type of
problem I didn't know existed and which I enjoyed. It also provides an
excellent opportunity to learn some Russian (or at least it does in its
I think that the summer conference is a very good balance between problem
solving and learning. The conference really taught me not only some very
interesting material, but also gave a lot of challenging problems to tackle.
The wide variety of topics offered gives a way to choose the problems that
you like and ensures that you can have fun solving your problem. Finally, the
presence of different students from around the world gives a chance to make
friends with some very interesting people.
It was an amazing and completely fascinating experience to stay a week in
Pereslavl'-Zalessky. The location was skillfully chosen to provide a healthy
learning atmosphere as well as entertainment. Everyone was extremely friendly
and we got along very well together. The Russian mathematicians presented with
both inspiration and enthusiasm. The Semi-Final lecture on Algebraic Tiling was
especially exciting. There were some possible drawbacks; but when I look back
at the conference, they are just a bunch of wonderful stories.
It is a daring adventure I would certainly want to repeat again.
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