Topological field theories and factorization homology
University of Copenhagen
23-27 August 2021
The masterclass will focus on the notion of a topological field theory. In the last few decades, topological field theory has highlighted exciting connections between low-dimensional topology, representation theory, and mathematical physics. Sophisticated tools from homotopy theory have in recent years gained importance in studying and constructing topological field theories. This is especially the case for so-called `fully extended' topological field theories that implement a higher degree of locality. These field theories are defined using higher symmetric monoidal categories and are characterized by the cobordism hypothesis, for which Jacob Lurie gave an elaborate sketch of proof in 2009. Tools naturally appearing in the study of extended topological field theories include the theory of higher dualizability and factorization homology.
The masterclass is aimed at advanced graduate students and postdocs interested in algebraic topology, representation theory and their interaction. We hope that it will take place in a hybrid format.
Early career participants can apply for financial support up to 2,500 DKK to partly cover accommodation and transportation costs to and from Copenhagen.
- Adrien Brochier (Université de Paris)
- Claudia Scheimbauer (TU München)
To be announced.
The conference/masterclass will take place at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. See detailed instructions on how to reach Copenhagen and the conference venue.
Tickets and passes for public transportation can be bought at the Copenhagen Airport and every train or metro station. You can find the ticket office on your right-hand side as soon as you come out of the arrival area of the airport. Danish railways have an agreement with 7-Eleven, so many of their shops double as selling points for public transportation.
A journey planner in English is available.
More information on the "find us" webpage.
We kindly ask the participants to arrange their own accommodation.
We recommend Hotel 9 Små Hjem, which is pleasant and inexpensive and offers rooms with a kitchen. Other inexpensive alternatives are CabInn, which has several locations in Copenhagen: the Hotel City (close to Tivoli), Hotel Scandivania (Frederiksberg, close to the lakes), and Hotel Express (Frederiksberg) are the most convenient locations; the latter two are 2.5-3 km from the math department. Somewhat more expensive – and still recommended – options are Hotel Nora and Ibsen's Hotel.
The deadline for funding applications is July 15.
If you are not applying for funding, please register by August 15.
The number of participants is expected to be limited by Covid-19 restrictions, with the exact allowed number only known closer to the date of the event. For this reason, we will reconfirm your participation closer to the event.