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.




Scientific committee:

David Ayala

Andrew Blumberg

John Francis

Dan Freed (chair)

Owen Gwilliam

Kate Poirier

Chris Schommer-Pries


Organizing committee:

Alejandro Adem

Ralph Cohen

Dev Sinha

Other Information: 


Earth Sciences Building: 2207 Main Mall, UBC



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 Process:

Step one of the Registration process is now complete. We thank you for submitting your application request. The organizers will be sending their funding decision on or before April 22, 2014. Accepted applications will be directed to the  Summer School registration page to register and pay for the event.


Travel documentation

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!