Abel Lecture and Abel Symposium
JeanPierre Serre held an Abel Lecture entitled "Prime numbers, equations and modular forms" in the Georg Sverdrup building at the University of Oslo on 2 June. On the 4th of June the Abel Symposium took place at the same location. Professor Ragni Piene welcomed the participants to the first mathematicians' symposium hosted by the Abel Prize.
Professor Serre's Abel Lecture
Abel Laureate JeanPierre Serre. Photo: Arash A. Nejad/Scanpix
Auditorium 1 in the Georg Sverdrup building was filled with eager listeners when JeanPierre Serre held his Abel Lecture entitled "Prime numbers, equations and modular forms".
The lecture provided a fascinating overview of a topic in which Abel himself would have taken a great interest. One of these was counting the number of solutions to certain kinds of equation for final bodies. Gauss and Abel had found many results, but modern theory and computers have come a good way further. Professor Serre lectured in the "old school" manner with chalk and a blackboard  and impressed everyone with a very clear presentation without using notes.
Programme for the Abel Symposium 2003

JeanPierre Serre, Collège de France: Finite subgroups of Lie groups

Tony A Springer, University of Utrecht: The compactification of a semisimple group

Peter Sarnak, Princeton University: Lfunctions and equidistributions

Barry Mazur, Harvard University: Spectra and Lfunctions