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The 200-th anniversary of the birth of Galois will be on October 25th, 2011. For Abel's bicentennial birth year in 2002, Norway had a big conference and initiated the Abel prize. A cursory web search doesn't reveal any major (or minor) conference to mark the bicentennial for Galois. Is there something being planned that hasn't been broadly announced yet?

[Edit: Before posting this question, I looked at the number theory conference page http://www.numbertheory.org/ntw/N3.html and found nothing there related to my question.]

I realize that is not a math research question, but I don't think it should be closed since it should interest many users of this site, it should have a definite answer, and it is not "argumentative", "too localized" (at what prime?) or "not a real question".

[Edit: Now that Emerton has answered the question well and nobody else has followed up after several days with other replies, I suspect he has given the best possible answer and I have designated it as such.]

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By the way, the annoucement of the Abel Prize 2011 winner is tomorrow. –  Denis Serre Mar 22 '11 at 9:32
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I hope they don't start a Galois Prize... –  Chandan Singh Dalawat Mar 22 '11 at 9:46
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Tomorrow is also Emmy Noether's birthday. :) –  Koundinya Vajjha Mar 22 '11 at 13:43
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Todd, I think some people only search for questions that are tagged as being in a certain area (their own area(s) of interest). So I used two tags for areas where I thought people might know about events related to the subject of the question: those working in number theory or group theory. –  KConrad Mar 23 '11 at 1:38
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@KConrad, I knew what you had in mind, I just thought I'd give some screentime to a little-known fact. –  Gerry Myerson Mar 25 '11 at 22:24
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There is a conference at the IHP in Paris on October 24-28 of this year in honour of this anniversary. Here is the web-site, which doesn't have much information on it yet.

UPDATE: There is now quite a bit of information posted.

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The site mentioned by Emerton now lists a conference on Équations différentielles et théorie de Galois, 17--21 October 2011, at the IHES.

Update (2012/01/11) Videos of the lectures at the IHP conference are now available online at the vidéothèque of Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

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There is also some events (exhibitions, large audience talks) in Bourg la Reine, the town where Galois grew up (near Paris).

Parlons d'Évariste Galois

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