New Applications and Generalizations of Floer Theory (07w5010)


(Universite de Montreal)

Viktor Ginzburg (University of California, Santa Cruz)

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Francois Lalonde (Universite de Montreal)


Since its introduction by Andreas Floer in the late nineteen eighties, Floer theory has had a tremendous influence on many branches of mathematics including geometry, topology and dynamical systems. The development of new Floer theoretic tools continues at a remarkable pace and underlies many of the recent breakthroughs in these diverse fields.

From May 13 to 18, 2007, the Banff International Research Centre will host a five day workshop which will bring together researchers currently developing and applying Floer theories, as well as students and post doctorates who are interested or involved in these projects. The workshop will allow researchers to present the current state of their respective programs in extended sessions. It will also provide a forum meant to foster interaction between various research groups and facilitate discussions on the direction of future research in the area.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).