**July 24**

**Andrew Brooke-Taylor**,
University of Leeds

**Measurable cardinals and limits in the category of sets**

An old result of Isbell characterises measurable cardinals in terms of certain canonical limits in the category of sets. After introducing this characterisation, I will talk about recent work with Adamek, Campion, Positselski and Rosicky teasing out the importance of the canonicity for this and related results. The language will be category-theoretic but the proofs will be quite hands-on combinatorial constructions with sets.