The 7th International Conference on Differential
Geometry and Applications belongs to the series of meetings organized by
Czech universities each three years since 1980. This Conference was organized
by Masaryk University in Brno in cooperation with the Union of Czech Mathematicians
and Physicists, and other intstitutions as a Satellite Conference of the
ICM in Berlin. The members of the Program Committee were O. Kowalski
and P.W. Michor, co-chairmen; D. Alekseevsky, T.
Friedrich, I. Kolář, D. Krupka, J. Slovák. The Organizing
Committee included J. Slovák, chairman; J. Bureš,
M. Čadek, J. Janyška, I. Kolář, O. Kowalski, D. Krupka,
O. Krupková, J. Mikeš, J. Musilová, J. Novotný, J.Vanžura.
The program of the Conference consisted of three
half-day plenary sessions, and six half-day sessions in three sections.
Section A was devoted to Riemannian geometry and related topics (chairman
O. Kowalski), Section B included other geometric structures and it also
focused on general questions in geometry (chairman I. Kolář), and Section
C collected the contributions related to variational calculus and mathematical
physics (chairman D. Krupka). In addition, some poster sessions were organized.
We believe that the meeting continued the tradition
of enjoyable and creative atmosphere which was established during the previous
conferences in the series. As usual some cultural and social events took
place. The Conference also hosted many distinguished editors of the journal
`Differential Geometry and its Applications' and a meeting of the Editorial
Board was organized at this occasion.
The papers collected in the present volume are based
on the lectures presented in Brno. They cover a quite wide range of topics
and we have organized the volume in six parts according to the major subjects.
The list of participants is included too. The electronic version of this
Proceedings is displayed on the server EMIS of the European Mathematical
We should like to point our that several
survey papers covering many invited plenary talks have been edited as a
special volume of the journal `Differential Geometry and its Applications'
by P. Michor and O. Kowalski.
The editors should like to use this opportunity
to thank to all participants who took part in the meeting and in particular
to those who have also contributed to this Proceedings.