PIMS Symposium on the Geometry and Topology of Manifolds

  • Start Date: 06/29/2015
  • End Date: 07/09/2015

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Martin Bridson (Oxford) [notes]
Ruth Charney (Brandeis)

Octav Cornea (Université de Montréal)

Mike Davis (Ohio State)
Benson Farb (Chicago)
Tom Farrell (Binghamton)
Soren Galatius (Stanford)
Marco Gualtieri (Toronto)
Wolfgang Lueck (Bonn) [Lecture 1][Lecture 2]
Ib Henning Madsen (Copenhagen)
Ciprian Manolescu (UCLA)

John Pardon (Stanford)
Oscar Randal-Williams (Cambridge)
Daniel Ruberman (Brandeis)
Gang Tian (Princeton)


University of British Columbia



N.B. Notes and photos for this event are available on mathtube.org.


The objective will be to bring together mathematicians working on a broad range of topics in this area, and provide an opportunity for researchers and graduate students to learn about new connections. The program will include a combination of expository and research talks, as well as time for informal contacts and exchanges of ideas. Some particular themes that we hope will be represented during this activity include geometric structures and analysis on manifolds (e.g Ricci flow, Einstein metrics, special holonomy); geometric group theory and 3-manifolds; geometric topology (e.g surgery theory, cobordism and stability of diffeomorphisms); smooth 4-manifolds and gauge theory; symplectic geometry and topology.




Inanc Baykur (University of Massachusetts Amherst) 

Alexander Berglund (Stockholm University)
Ryan Budney (University of Victoria)
Steven Boyer (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Gil Cavalcanti (Utrecht University)
Weimin Chen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Ralph Cohen (Stanford University)
Diarmuid Crowley (University of Aberdeen)
Andrew Dancer (University of Oxford)
Jim Davis (Indiana University)
Nathan Dunfield (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Fuquan Fang (Capital Normal University)
Ailana Fraser (University of British Columbia)
Bernhard Hanke (University of Augsburg)
Matthew Hedden (Michigan State University)

Ian Leary (University of Southampton)
Jason Lotay (University College London)
Steven Lu (UQAM)

Peng Lu (University of Oregon)
Johannes Nordstrom (University of Bath)

Nathan Perlmutter (University of Oregon)

Mihaela Pilca (University of Regensburg)
Piotr Przytycki (McGill and Polish Academy of Sciences)
Holger Reich (Free University of Berlin)
Nikolai Saveliev (University of Miami)
Thomas Schick (Georg-August Universität Göttingen)
Andras Stipsicz (Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics)
Ozgun Unlu (Bilkent University)
Thomas Walpuski (MIT)



Final Program

List of Particpants



Symposium Dinner 

As part of the symposium a welcoming reception will take place on Tuesday June 30th. There will also be an optional symposium dinner on July 6th for those who would like to attend. 



Poster Display Sign Up

Call for posters extended to June 25 2015. The conference organizers invite interested participants to display posters on the symposium themes throughout the two weeks of the symposium. A limited number of display slots are available. If you would like to sign up, please provide us with the details below by June 25. Selected posters will be confirmed by June 26. Call for displays is now closed.



Particpant Guides:

Participant Guide #1 - Welcome to UBC Vancouver

Participant Guide #2 - Meet the Speakers

Participant Guide #3 - Symposium Week 

Participant Guide #4 - Thank You! 



Boris Botvinnik (Oregon), Ian Hambleton (McMaster), Alexei Kovalev (Cambridge) and Dale Rolfsen (UBC)


For logistical queries, please email ruths@pims.math.ca 

Other Information: 


We are now at capacity. Registration for this event is now closed.

Kindly note that no refunds will be made after May 29th, 2015 



Symposium Venue:

Main  Room: ESB 1012 Earth Sciences Building  (ESB); 2207 Main Mall, Vancouver. 

Afternoon Concurrent sessions will be held in the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Building- Room 120; ESB room 2012; and Earth and Ocean Sciences Main Building, Room 135. 

**Campus Maps are available here  



Accommodation Options

We have reserved sevaral designated accommodation options for invited participants and self funded particpants. These options are  close to the Symposium venue and offer single or double occupancy. While the Listel is off campus it offers great value for PIMS guests. All rates are in Canadian dollars. Please review the options below and reserve and pay at your own leisure or before the preferred deadline indicated (Plenery speakers should have already received accommodation arrangements.)


On campus:

Walter H Gage  Singles, Studio, 1BR and West Coast Suites:  

 Features include telephone, flat panel TV, fully equipped kitchen (complementary coffee service is available for the studiios, 1BR and West Coast Suites). Internet is via a LAN/ Ethernet and a cable is required or can be purchased from the front desk.  A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily at the Pacific Spirit Cafeteria. Nightly rate $60- 199CAD if booked before May 29th (market rates apply thereafter).  Please book and pay here


St. John’s College:

Rooms are furnished with a double bed, private washroom with shower, telephone, television, coffee maker, bar fridge and data port (an Ethernet cable is required). This option is now at capacity.


Off Campus:

The Listel Hotel:

Located Downtown on Robson Street,  Museum One King features:  Single or double occupancy; Complementary breakfast at the Forage Restaurant; telephone and voice mail; Wifi internet access (included with our Facilities Fee); Coffee makers; Lobby Computer kiosk with printer, Internet access and Microsoft Office applications; Pay-per-view television; Morning newspaper (available upon request), access to the in-house gym or the Steve Nash Fitness Centre; and  a daily wine reception from 5-6pm. Please bear in mind commute times when arriving to UBC campus ($2.50CAD for transit and 20-30 minute commute time). To book these rooms, please call 1 800 663-5491 or email reservations@thelistelhotel.com  and quote: PIMS Topology symposium. Nightly Rate $165CAD. You can also book online with the following  group code: PIMS15. The cutoff date for room reservations at the preferred rate is June 2nd, 2015 (market rates apply thereafter).



Funding for Junior Particpants:

Applications for funding are now closed. 



Local Information:

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