ECSTATIC (Early Career Stage Topologists AT Imperial College)
Andrew Ranicki (University of Edinburgh)
Liam Watson (University of Glasgow)
ECSTATIC was a two-day conference at Imperial College, aimed at young researchers (Ph.D. students and postdocs) working in or interested in all forms of topology. All participants were encouraged to present their own research or the field they are working on by giving a talk.
Dates: 11th-12th June 2015
Venue: Imperial College London, South Kensington campus, Huxley building, Clore Lecture theatre
If you need to post your receipts, please send them to:
Department of Mathematics
Imperial College London
Room 6M52, Level 6M, Huxley Building
180 Queen's Gate
London – SW7 2AZ
Registration to the conference is now closed.
Guidelines for giving a talk
Talks are to be 25 minutes long for Ph.D. students and 40 minutes for postdocs.
Please bear in mind that although topologists, attendees will be working in different branches of the field. As such, talks should aim to be understandable on an overview level by non-specialists.
The lecture theatre is endowed with a projector. Should you give your presentation through a slide show, please email the file beforehand to one of the organisers (pendrives usually work too, but sometimes the computer does not read them).
Thursday 11th June
10:00 - 11:00 Registration and coffee
11:00 - 11:15 Introduction and information
11:15 - 12:15 Marco Golla - Twisting (Heegaard Floer) correction terms
12:15 - 12:45 Rachael Boyd - Homological stability
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch (Maths Common Room)
14:00 - 14:30 Hatice Çoban - CR structures on 3-dimensional contact manifolds
14:30 - 15:30 Andrew Ranicki - The role of the number 8 in topology
15:30 - 16:00 Break with coffee (Maths Common Room)
16:00 - 16:30 Robert Kropholler - Free-by-Cyclic Groups
16:30 - 17:00 Gemma Halliwell - Families of Berge knots
17:00 - 17:15 Break
17:15 - 17:45 Duncan McCoy - Surgeries on torus knots
17:45 - 18:15 Carlo Collari - Contact invariants from Khovanov-type homologies
Friday 12th June
9:30 - 10:00 Pastries and coffee (Maths Common Room)
10:00 - 10:30 Antonio De Capua - Hyperbolic volume of links, via pants graph and train tracks
10:30 - 11:30 Liam Watson - Loop calculus, L-spaces and left-orders
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 12:30 Antonio Alfieri - Taut foliations and L-spaces
12:30 - 13:00 Kyle Larson - Embedding 3-manifolds via surgery on surfaces
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch (Maths Common Room)
14:30 - 15:00 Claudius Zibrowius - On a polynomial Alexander invariant of tangles (and its categorification)
14:30 - 15:30 Thomas Wasserman - Spin Topological Quantum Field Theories and Anyons
15:30 - 16:00 Break with coffee (Maths Common Room)
16:00 - 16:30 Cristina Ana-Maria Anghel - Multivariable link invariants and renormalized quantum dimension
16:30 - 17:00 Matthew Burfitt - Free loop cohomology of complete flag manifolds
17:00 - 17:30 Mark Bell - Finding paths in graph triangulations
17:30 End of the conference
Some limited funding is available for attendees, and we are still actively looking for more funding. We hope to cover the accommodation costs and travel costs entirely, but at the moment we can't guarantee that.
Participants are anyway encouraged to try to find alternative fundings to help us ensure as wide a participation as is possible.
For those of you with childcare commitments, do not forget the LMS Childcare Supplementary Grants.
The attendees who registered before 1st May and asked for accommodation will stay at the Westpoint hotel, 168 - 172 Sussex Gardens Paddington, London, W2 1TP. The attendees staying at the Westpoint hotel should have already received a confirmation email from the organisation.
A map showing the route from the hotel to Imperial College is available here. This will also be included in your registration pack.
The venue of the conference is the Clore Lecture t heatre of Huxley Building (Imperial College London), located at 180 Queen's Gate, SW7 2RH London.
The closest underground stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road, both on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines. A journey planner (TfL journey planner) is available on the website of Transport for London.
We strongly advise obtaining an Oyster card for travel in London - it halves fares in general, and automatically charges minimum fares. Those in possession of 16-25 railcards can link them to their Oyster card for even lower fares - and the £5 deposit is fully refundable. They are available at most underground ticket machines.
Reaching London from the UK
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Reaching London from abroad
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If coming from Western Europe, another option to consider is train: the Eurostar runs from Paris or Brussels into London and can some times be more affordable (and p leasant!) than air travel.
There have been several successful conferences for early career stage topologists in the last years: