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) with mostly young researchers will hopefully also encourage the local students to participate actively in the program.

Further details will follow soon.


List of speakers.

  • Christian Blanchet (Université Paris Diderot). website
  • Michael Ehrig (University of Sydney). website
  • Hankyung Ko (MPIM Bonn). website
  • Martina Lanini (Università di Roma Tor Vergata). website
  • Andrew Lobb (Durham University). website
  • Marco Mackaay (Universidade do Algarve).
  • 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
  • Emmanuel Wagner (Université de Bourgogne). website
  • Paul Wedrich (The Australian National University). website (TBC)
  • Arik Wilbert (University of Melbourne). website
  • Xiaoting Zhang (Uppsala University). website
  • Jieru Zhu (University of Oklahoma). website (TBC)

The conference schedule.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:00 Welcome
9:00-10:00 Mini series Ia Mini series IIIb Talk 1 Talk 7 Talk 13
10:30-11:30 Mini series IIa Mini series IVb Talk 2 Talk 8 Talk 14
12:00-13:00 Mini series IIIa Mini series Ic Talk 3 Talk 9 Farewell
14:30-15:30 Mini series IVa Mini series IIc Talk 4 Talk 10
16:00-17:00 Mini series Ib Mini series IIIc Talk 5 Talk 11
17:30-18:30 Mini series IIb Mini series IVc Talk 6 Talk 12

The precise schedule will follow soon..

The list of participants will follow soon.


The list of participants and the schedule will be updated due in time.


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

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. 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

The precise location of the lectures will be added soon.