Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2009

Organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Stefan Geschke, Richard Ketchersid, and Marion Scheepers.

We are pleased to announce our eighteenth annual BEST conference.

There will be four talks by invited speakers:

Steve Jackson (University of North Texas)

Ljubisa Kocinac (University of Nis, Republic of Serbia)

Assaf Rinot (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Grigor Sargsyan (University of California, Berkeley)

The talks will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Department of Mathematics, Boise State University.

The conference webpage is available at URL

This page will be updated with information regarding lodging, abstract submission, weather, maps, schedule, etc. 

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 and submitting original receipts of expenses 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. 

Anyone interested in participating should contact the organizers as soon as possible by sending an email to

The organizers will be editors for a volume in the Contemporary Mathematics series. Research papers on topics related to Set Theory and its Applications will be considered for publication in this volume. All papers will go through a thorough referee process. 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. More information will be posted at the conference web site.

The conference is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Abstract services are provided by Atlas Conferences, Inc. Contemporary Mathematics is published by the American Mathematical Society. Support from these three organizations is gratefully acknowledged.


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