## Québec-Vermont Number Theory Seminar |
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A. "After my customary 60 minute lecture concluding with a statement of the main result and a sketch of its proof in a special case, I will now, thanks to the extra 30 minutes, be able to present my proof in all its details, paying fond attention to what happens when p=2 and my spectral sequence fails to degenerate after the 17-th stage."

B. "I've heard this seminar audience is large and takes an active interest in the lectures, asking many questions of the speaker along the way. So I'll plan essentially for a 60-70 minute talk, delivered at a more leisurely pace. Like this I will not be nervous about finishing on time if the audience peppers me with questions and comments."

C. "I will use the extra 30 minutes at the beginning to present the big picture which provides the background and motivation for the mathematics that I've done. This will also be helpful to the students and non-experts in attendance." (There are bound to be many of those: the QVNTS is a number theory seminar for generalists, the interests of its regular participants ranging from p-adic Hodge theory to additive combinatorics.)

Needless to say, strategies B and C are widely preferred to A!! As a general rule, you should strive to make the first 30 minutes (at least!) of your lecture accessible to the proverbial audience of graduate students with a bit of Cassels-Frolich, Davenport, Silverman and Hartshorne behind their belts, and not much else...

- All seminars held over the last 25 years.

**Directions to Chateau Versailles or to Le Meridien (corner of Sherbrooke and St. Mathieu):**Take the bus 747 and then change to the metro at the Lionel-Groulx station (the bus stops right in front of it, ask the driver for instructions). Then take the green metro line (direction towards Honoré-Beaugrand) till the station Guy-Concordia. There look for signs for St. Mathieu street. After you get out of the metro station, turn left on St. Mathieu. Your hotel is two blocks away.**Directions to Terrasse Royale (5225 Côte-des-Neiges):**Take the bus 747 and then change to the metro at the Lionel-Groulx station (the bus stops right in front of it, ask the driver for instructions). Then take the orange metro line (direction towards Côte-Vertu) till the station Snowdon. There change to the blue metro line (direction towards St. Michel) till the station Côte-des-Neiges. Exit the metro station (turn left through the tunnel after passing the cashier) and then turn left on Côte-des-Neiges. The hotel will be on your left after about 100m.

**Directions to Chateau Versailles or to Le Meridien (corner of Sherbrooke and St. Mathieu):**You can either walk for about 2km (20'-30', instuctions can be found here) or take a taxi. Using the public transportation is also possible if you arrive between 5am to 7pm: after exiting the train station, ask for instructions to the intersection of University and Rene-Levesgue (there are several exits to the train station, so several possible sets of instructions). There cross Rene-Levesgue and take the bus 435 (direction Ouest/West) till the Guy-Concordia metro station. Walk uphill on Guy and then make a left on Sherbrooke. Your hotel is one block away.**Directions to Terrasse Royale (5225 Côte-des-Neiges):**It is fairly easy to arrive to this hotel using the Montreal metro system since the central train station of Montreal is located right next to the metro station Bonaventure (orange metro line - there are signs that get you from the train station to the metro station). Alternatively, you can get a taxi. Here are the directions by metro: take the orange metro line from the station Bonaventure (direction towards Côte-Vertu) till the station Snowdon. There change to the blue metro line (direction towards St. Michel) till the station Côte-des-Neiges. Exit the metro station (continue left through the tunnel after passing the cashier) and then turn left on Côte-des-Neiges. The hotel will be on your left after about 100m.