The Kodaira dimension of the moduli space of curves: recent progress on a century-old problem
HARVARD-MIT ALGEBRAIC GEOMETRY
Gavril Farkas - Humboldt University, Berlin
The problem of determining the birational nature of the moduli space of curves of genus g has received constant attention in the last century and inspired a lot of development in moduli theory. I will discuss progress achieved in the last 12 months. On the one hand, making essential of tropical methods it has been showed that both moduli spaces of curves of genus 22 and 23 are of general type (joint with D. Jensen and S. Payne). On the other hand I will discuss a proof (joint with A. Verra) of the uniruledness of the moduli space of curves of genus 16.