Organizer: Daniel Tubbenhauer email
17 September 2018 - 21 September 2018
Interactions of low-dimensional topology and “higher” representation theory
Conference held at the Universität Zürich; 17 September 2018 - 21 September 2018


The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers as well as students interested - in a broad sense - in any of the two topics. Mathematically speaking, the main goal of the conference is a better understanding of the interplay between low-dimensional topology and (higher) representation theory with its corresponding applications in link homologies and categorification. Another main goal is to get young researcher in these flourishing and rapidly growing fields together helping them to develop new projects and ideas in an inspiring, international atmosphere.

The conference will take place 17 September 2018 - 21 September 2018.

Each talk is a 60 minutes talk (plus time for questions), and the talks will be held at the Universität Zürich, Campus Irchel.


List of speakers.

  • Christian Blanchet (Université Paris Diderot). website
  • Michael Ehrig (University of Sydney). website
  • Hankyung Ko (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics Bonn). website
  • Jonathan Kujawa (University of Oklahoma). website
  • Martina Lanini (Università di Roma Tor Vergata). website Lecture notes (draft!): click
  • Andrew Lobb (Durham University). website
  • Marco Mackaay (Universidade do Algarve). Slides: click
  • Volodymyr Mazorchuk (Uppsala University). website
  • Vanessa Miemietz (University of East Anglia). website
  • Krzysztof Putyra (Universität Zürich). website
  • Louis-Hadrien Robert (Université de Genève). website
  • David Rose (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). website
  • Anne-Laure Thiel (Universität Stuttgart). website
  • Pedro Vaz (Université catholique de Louvain). website Slides: click
  • Emmanuel Wagner (Université de Bourgogne). website
  • Paul Wedrich (The Australian National University). website
  • Arik Wilbert (University of Melbourne). website
  • Xiaoting Zhang (Uppsala University). website Slides: click
  • Jieru Zhu (University at Buffalo). website

The conference schedule.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-10:00 Lanini I Putyra II Lobb Kujawa 8:30-9:30 Vaz
10:00-10:30 Break Break Break Break 9:45-10:45 Zhu
10:30-11:30 Miemietz I Ehrig II Wedrich Ko 11:00-12:00 Mackaay
11:45-12:45 Putyra I Lanini III Zhang Mazorchuk 12:00-xx:xx Farewell
12:45-14:15 Break Break Break Break
14:15-15:15 Ehrig I Miemietz III Blanchet Wagner
15:30-16:30 Lanini II Putyra III Robert Thiel
16:30-17:00 Break Break Break Break
17:00-18:00 Miemietz II Ehrig III Rose Wilbert

The schedule can also be found here click. (Beware that the talks on Friday are at different times than for the other days.)

Titles and abstracts.





If you are interested in participating just contact me: Daniel Tubbenhauer email. Please place [Conference] in the subject line of your email, and please include your name and affiliation. Local people from Zürich should also please contact me.

Contact the organizer
Daniel Tubbenhauer, Institut für Mathematik, Universität Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, Campus Irchel, Office Y27J32, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland, Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 58 44, email.

There is a very limited amount for financial support, intended for speakers at the moment. (Sorry for that!)

Further details

A pdf summary can be found here click

The lectures will take place at Campus Irchel, from Monday morning to Friday around lunch. It is assumed that participants will arrive on Sunday before the conference, and leave Friday after lunch.

The lecture hall is located at Universität Zürich, Campus Irchel, Building Y27, Floor H, Room 28.

Here is how you can find the Institute and the campus:

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To go to the Campus: It is a five minute walk from the Tram stations ‘Milchbuck’ or ‘Campus Irchel’ to the Campus itself. From there you can easily find the Mathematics Institute, its building number Y27.
It is very convenient to use the Tram or bus system in Zürich. Here their official website: ZVV
You can use it to go from the main station or the airport to basically any place within the city. (You have to buy a ticket before entering the Tram. There are machines at any Tram station.)

There is eduroam available which works at the whole campus. If you do not have eduroam, then it is also possible to get a guest account.

How to get to Zürich via airplane
Nearest airport: Airport Zurich
From there take a tram (Number 10), which goes directly from the airport to main train station. It needs about 25 minutes and runs every 10 minutes, from very early till very late.
The airport has a supermarket which is open from 6:15am to 11pm, 365 days a year.

How to get to Zürich via train
Nearest station: Main station Zurich
The main station is located in the city center, and it is very easy to go around from there.
The main station has a supermarket which is open from 6:30am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

We will take care of booking a hotel room for all invited speakers.
All other participants are asked to make their own hotel reservation.

A word of warning
The city is super expensive.

Information that you hopefully will not need
In case of an emergency call the following numbers. click