2014 West Coast Algebraic Topology Summer School
- Start Date: 07/07/2014
- End Date: 07/12/2014
University of British Columbia
This summer school is aimed at graduate students and post-docs, though all are welcome. We have support from the National Science Foundation and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences for roughly seventy-five participants, including local accommodations and partial reimbursement of travel expenses (depending on interest and available funds).
Scientific Plan: The scientific goal is for participants to learn about the different aspects of the study of topological field theories, reaching the research frontier as much as possible. These different aspects include:
(1) the origins of topological quantum field theory in physics;
(2) the mathematical formulation and relation to bordism theory;
(3) extended theories and the cobordism hypothesis;
(4) examples and applications, such as string topology, factorization homology, and examples from representation theory.
Format: Some participants will be preparing and giving lectures which have been planned in advance by the scientific committee. The number of lectures each day will be limited, and the the additional time used for activities to complement lectures. Some possible activities are: question sessions; students working on problems; smaller lectures which could fill in background for less experienced participants (possibly given by other participants with expertise), or could go further into recent advances for more experienced participants; reading; and side discussions. Because of the very different perspectives represented, we will consciously promote opportunities for communication across specialties.
Dan Freed (chair)
Location: Earth Sciences Building: 2207 Main Mall, UBC
Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided at UBC's student residences (standard, single rooms in shared apartments). To register and apply for accommodation, please see the registration process below.
Registration for WCATSS is a two-setp process:
Step 1: Application Request: Individuals interested in participating in the Summer School should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should contain the following:
**Applicant's first, last name and gender
**Applicant's email address and institution
**Applicant's referee name and email
**Applicant's CV (as a pdf attachment)
**Applicants may choose to include a brief 250 word statement on how the summer school will benefit their research and current studies.
**Indication on whether you would like to present and your area of interest.
**Applicants must indicate whether they would like to be considered for accommodation at UBC.
Applicants are expected to check-in on July 6th and check out on July12th, 2014, respectively.
**Funding for travel cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability.
Application deadline: 11:59 PST April 11th, 2014.
Step 2: Registration: You will be notified via email once your application has been accepted and will be directed to the Summer School registration page to register and pay for the event.
If you are an international participant and require a visa to attend this summer school, you can find relevant information here. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!