Marius Crainic, Universiteit Utrecht
Algebroids, Cohomology, and Characteristic Classes

Lie algebroids are generalizations of classical Lie algebras, and of Lie algebras of vector fields. They appear in various branches of mathematics (foliations, Poisson geometry, equivariant geometry, non-commutative geometry etc.), providing a stimulating interplay. In this talk I will discuss certain cohomological aspects of algebroids, as well as their relevance in some particular cases.