Symmetries of Surfaces, Maps and Dessins (17w5162)


(Un iversity of Auckland)

(University of Wisconsin at Madison)

(Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Gareth Jones (University of Southampton)

Thomas Tucker (Colgate University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Symmetries of Surfaces, Maps and Dessins" workshop from September 24th to September 29th, 2017.

Symmetry pervades nature and science, and mathematics provides means for its study. This workshop concerns the symmetry of discrete objects, especially those resulting from embedding a combinatorial graph/network on a surface. The study of such objects dates back to the ancient Greeks (and the so-called Platonic solids), and recent advances in mathematics have made it possible to progress their study in various directions.


This workshop will bring together leading and emerging researchers to share recent discoveries and new methods, and to work on a number of important open questions. It will begin with one day of introductory lectures, followed by a small number of shorter presentations on specific topics, but the main focus of the workshop will be on tackling open questions, and developing new approaches and collaborations.

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 disc
iplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineeri
ng Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional
de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).