Marcel Berger greatly contributed to mathematics, through his own publications, for example on holonomy groups, symmetric spaces, curvature pinching and the sphere theorem, spectral geometry or systolic geometry. His influence goes far beyond his research papers. His books and surveys have inspired not only his students, but a much broader audience. Important features of Marcel Berger's mathematical heritage are also his seminar and his influence on the round tables organized by his friend Arthur L. Besse. Marcel Berger's Riemannian geometry seminar held at the Universite Paris VII in the nineteen-seventies and eighties, hosted lectures by both reputable mathematicians and young researchers. For the participants, it was a unique place for lively and informal mathematical discussions and exchanges, as well as inspiration.

AMS Notices is running a memorial article in the December issue, which is freely available online at
Editor's Note: Claude LeBrun has kindly assembled this memorial for Marcel Berger.

List of speakers:

Simon BRENDLE (Columbia University)
Robert BRYANT (Duke University)
Yaiza CANZANI GARCIA (University of North Carolina)
Gilles CARRON (Université de Nantes)
Jeff CHEEGER (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
Karsten GROVE (Notre Dame University)
Colin GUILLARMOU (CNRS and Université Paris-Sud)
Ursula HAMENSTÄDT (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Dominique HULIN (Université Paris-Sud)
Bruce KLEINER (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
Blaine LAWSON (Stony Brook University)
André NEVES (University of Chicago)
Dorothee SCHÜTH (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Robert YOUNG (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)

Organising Committee:

Pierre BÉRARD (Institut Fourier, Grenoble)
Gérard BESSON (CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes)
Pierre PANSU (Université Paris-Sud)


Scientific Committee:

Werner BALLMANN (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics)
Lionel BÉRARD BERGERY (Université de Lorraine)
Yves COLIN de VERDIÈRE (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Jacques LAFONTAINE (Université de Montpellier)



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