LMS-CMI Research School: Developments in Contact and Symplectic Topology.

Monday, June 20, 2016 (All day) to Friday, June 24, 2016 (All day)

LMS-CMI Research School: Developments in Contact and Symplectic Topology.


Course outline 
A key result of Borman-Eliashberg-Murphy in 2014 gave a dramatic advance in our understanding of contact topology in higher dimensions: using an h-principle argument, they extended Eliashberg's classification of flexible contact structures in three dimensions to arbitrary dimension.  This result generated a great deal of activity in high-dimensional contact topology, leading to a rapidly growing understanding of which aspects of the theory in three dimensions can be generalised to higher dimensions, and of new phenomena which arise in high dimensions.


This LMS-CMI Research School will give students a comprehensive and accessible introduction to key aspects of contact topology in three dimensions and to the new frontier of high-dimensional contact topology.  This is a unique opportunity for students and early-career researchers to get a hands-on guided tour of an exciting and fast-developing area of research from a world-leading team of experts.

Glasgow University
School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow
15 University Gardens
G12 8QW
United Kingdom

The three main lecture course topics are:

  • Open book decompositions and applications. (Vincent Colin, Université de Nantes.)
  • Applications of flexibility in high dimensional contact geometry (Emma Murphy, MIT)
  • Contact topology and Heegaard Floer theory (András Stipsicz., Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics.)

These lecture courses will be supplemented by tutorial sessions.

For further information please visit: https://claymath.org/events/developments-contact-and-symplectic-topology

Apply by Monday 28 March 2016(www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RS19DevelopmentsInContactAndSymplecticTopologyApplicationForm)  Places are limited and those interested are advised to make an early application.  Research students, post-docs and those working in industry are invited to apply. *All applicants will be contacted within two weeks after the deadline; information about individual applications will not be available before then*

Registration Fees

All research students: £150.  There will be no charge for subsistence costs.

All early career researchers: £250There will be no charge for subsistence costs.

Fees are payable only when a place on the course is offered.  Fees are due by Friday 13 May 2016.

Travel Costs: All UK-based participants must pay their own travel costs.  For overseas-based participants, support will be available to contribute towards travel costs.