This five-day conference will celebrate the contributions of Peter Russell to the area of affine algebraic geometry, as well as to problems in characteristic p geometry. It assembles participants working in such topics as algebraic group actions on affine spaces, the cancellation problem, embeddings of affine spaces and the theory of open surfaces. It will provide perspectives on the latest work in the area as well as directions for future work.

Support from the CRM, McGill University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Warsaw and York University is gratefully acknowledged.