30th Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications | 23-26 June 2015
The 18th Galway Colloquium

The Galway Topology Colloquia series rotates annually between the centres of topological research in Ireland and the UK. This year's Galway Colloquium will take place in the Arts Millennium Buidling, NUI Galway on Monday, 22 June 2015. The Colloquium is distinguished by its particular focus on graduate and early-career researchers, providing a relaxed and informal environment in which to discuss and develop research interests.

Therefore, it is our main wish to bring together graduate students and early-career researchers from all areas of topology, to foster new acquaintances and friendships, and to encourage exchange between the different research areas. Also, in view of the co-location of the 30th Summer Topology Conference on Topology and its Applications also at Galway on 23 26 June 2015, we want to provide a relaxed environment for graduate students to prepare for the talks and workshops of the Summer Conference.

In celebrating the series' eighteenth year, it is a particular pleasure to pay tribute to Professor Hans-Peter Kunzi, University of Cape Town, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, and to acknowledge his contribution to the field. 


The scientific programme of this year's Galway Colloquium will have the following three special features. 

  • Two-minutes elevator-style pitches by all participants,
  • a panel discussion of issues pertinent to the development of graduate and early-career researchers, and
  • working groups to prepare graduate students for the 30th Summer Topology Conference workshops.

The elevator pitches will be in the spirit of Who (they are), What (they do), and One problem (they are working on)). We will provide, in due time, one master slide which we ask all participants to fill in before the Colloquium.

The career panel features distinguished early-career researchers who will share their experiences regarding postdoctoral opportunities in the US and Europe, the advantages and pitfalls of Visiting Professor positions, developing an independent research program, making grant applications, balancing life, teaching, service and research. The discussion will be led by John Mayer, and there will be time for questions from the audience.

The aim of the workshop tutorials is to get students actively involved, using the majority of the time to get graduate students working in small groups of 2 or 3 on a problem sheet leading, for example, to a major theorem of historical influence in the respective area. Most importantly, the Galway Colloquium pre-workshops are intended for students who are not necessarily expert in the field, and aim to break down the barriers to graduate student attendance and participation in the STC workshops.

Preliminary Schedule

* 9.15am START

* 9.15am--10.30am. Elevator pitches, 2 minutes per person.

* 10.30am--11am. Coffee.

* 11am--12.30pm. First workshop session. Two parallel sessions in Topology + Geometry (led by Alan Haynes) and Topology + Foundations (led by Justin Moore).

* 12.30pm--2pm. Lunch.

* 2pm--3pm. Career panel. Chaired by John Mayer featuring Ziqin Feng, Logan Hoehn, Natasha Dobrinen and Alan Haynes and more (tbc).

* 3pm--3.30pm. Coffee break.

* 3.30pm--5pm. Second workshop session. Two parallel sessions in Topology + Analysis (tbc) and Topology + Dynamical Systems (led by Sina Greenwood and Van Nall).

* 5pm. END

All graduate students attending the Summer Conference are warmly invited to participate the Galway Colloquium. We will also organize a get-together on Sunday evening for everyone attending the Galway Colloquium.

We look forward to seeing you in Galway.

Robert Leek and Max Pitz (Co-organisers for the Galway Topology Colloquium),
Daron Andersen, Qays Shakir and Jorge Bruno (Local organisers).