ECSTATIC 2 (Early Career Stage Topologists AT Imperial College)

ECSTATIC logoInvited speakers:

András Juhász (University of Oxford)
Sarah Whitehouse (University of Sheffield)

ECSTATIC is 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 are encouraged to present their own research or the field they are working on by giving a talk.

Dates: 13th-14th June 
Venue: Imperial College London, South Kensington campus, Sherfield building, Read Lecture Theatre (5th Floor).

You can find all details for the conference on ECSTATIC's informal webpage

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Reimbursement Procedure

If you need to post your receipts, please send them to:

Marco Marengon
Department of Mathematics
Imperial College London
Room 6M52, Level 6M, Huxley Building
180 Queen's Gate
London – SW7 2AZ


Registration for the conference is now closed. 

If you would like to attend the conference but you did not register, please contact the organisers (see section Contacts below).

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 for non-specialists.

The lecture theatre is equipped with a projector (to be confirmed). 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).


Monday 13th June

10:00 - 11:00 Registration

11:00 - 11:15 Introduction and information

11:15 - 11:45 Nickolas Castro – Trisection of smooth 4-manifolds with boundary

11:45 - 12:15 Jocelyne Ishak – Stable Model Categories

12:15 - 12:45 Claudius Zibrowius – Loopy tangles

12:45 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 - 14:45 David Recio Mitter – Topological Complexity and Confi
guration spaces

14:45 - 15:30 Patrick Orson – A Khovanov stable homotopy type for colored links

15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 17:00 Sarah Whitehouse – Plethories and cohomology operations

17:00 - 17:30 Break

17:30 - 18:00 Daniele Celoria – Concordances in 3-manifolds

18:00 - 18:30 Daniel Graves – An Introduction to functor homology

Tuesday 14th June

9:30 - 10:00 Christopher Smithers – Topological Machine Learning: Kernels on point clouds

10:00 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:30 András Juhász – Defining and classifying TQFTs via surgery

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 12:15 Csaba Nagy – Cobordism groups of branched coverings

12:15 - 12:45 Katie Vokes – Bicorn curves and the coarse geometry of curve graphs

12:45 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 - 15:00 Francesca Iezzi – Graphs of curves, arcs, and spheres, and connections between all these objects

15:00 - 15:30 Alberto Cavallo – Concordance of links in grid homology

15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 16:30 Michael Snape – Invariants of strongly invertible knots

16:30 - 17:00 Rachael Boyd – Calculating the homology of Coxeter groups

17:00 End of the conference


Funding decisions have been made. The attendees who received financial support have been notified by email.

For those of you with childcare commitments, do not forget the LMS Caring Supplementary Grants.


The attendees who asked for accommodation will stay at the Royal Eagle Hotel, 26-30 Craven Road, London W2 3QP. The attendees staying at the Royal Eagle Hotel should have already received a confirmation email from the organisation.

Travel Information

The venue of the conference is Read Lecture Theatre, 5th Floor, Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus at Imperial College London (located at Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ, London).

View detailed directions to the venue

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

The cheapest way to reach London is often by coach:

London is also very well serviced by rail. Check the journey planner of National Rail Enquiries, which are cheaper if booked in advance.

Reaching London from abroad

London is served by many airports as well (London City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted). While London City and Heathrow airports are connected to the underground network, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted can only be reached by bus or train. For more information please follow this link.

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 pleasant!) than air travel.



Tom Hockenhull

Marco Marengon 

Should you need to contact one of us, please send us an email :, where x is {t.hockenhull13, m.marengon13}.

Previous Conferences

There have been several successful conferences for early career stage topologists in the last few years. Find out more below: