ss-b.png2011 West Coast Algebraic Topology Summer School

University of Washington, Seattle
August 26 - 28

This year we're having a small-scale WCATSS, organized by and for grad students and postdocs. The content of the course will be based on the interests and expertise of the participants. In other words, each participant will be a teacher as well as a student. We will use this wiki (in particular, the "sign up" page), to hash out a schedule for talks.

Resources for participants:

- Schedule of talks
- List of participants
- Local information on food, lodging, maps, directions
- Lecture notes (live-texed by Aaron Mazel-Gee)external image ns2669.hostgator.gif.
  • Slides for John Palmieri's talk are here


Rather than have a hodge-podge of specialized talks that no one understands, we aim to organize talks into several Topics of 2-4 lectures each. external image ns2685.hostgator.gifThe speakers for each Topic will also be responsible for giving a more general background pre-lecture, to introduce the Topic to non-specialists. In addition, we encourage you to come up with some relevant exercises or questions that engage the Topic. Depending on the number of summer school participants, we expect between two and six Topics to be covered. Visit the "sign up" page to see current suggested Topics.

If you are interested in attending the summer school, you should sign up for one or several potential talks. For example, persons A,B, and C suggest talks X,Y, and Z, respectively. These all fall under the Topic W - which everyone is interested in knowing more about. So A,B,and C will become the instructors for a mini-course in Topic W, and will be responsible for giving talks X,Y, and Z, respectively. In addition, A,B, and C will collaborate to plan out an introductory lecture (or two?) on Topic W, and a short list of exercises for anyone interested.

Depending on the number of participants and schedule, it's possible/likely that not everyone will give an extended talk, and that not everyone will be able to attend every talk. However, we'd like to emphasize that the success of this summer school depends on active participation and preparation, before and during the course.

Independent of these pre-lectures and lectures, we would like to start the summer school with a Pecha-Kucha session. This involves all participants speaking very briefly (~5 minutes) about who they are, what they're interested in, and what work they're doing.external image onlinedatingadvice101.gif The purpose of these quick introductions is to inspire one another, as well as plant the seeds for future conversations and collaborations.

We are also expecting one or two Invited Speakers, from among the local faculty.

Why should you attend this summer school?

Participants can look forward to some subset of the following:
1. be introduced to the larger community of emerging and early-career West Coast algebraic topologists - find out who is out there and what they're working on.
2. give a talk about your research or a topic of interest.
3. collaborate with other grad students in planning Topics and pre-lectures.
3. attend lectures outlining current research, as well as more general background pre-lectures, and extended question/answer sessions.

How to Apply

Anyone is welcome to apply. Go to the "sign up" page and fill out the form there. If you're accepted, you'll be asked to edit the page to suggest talks you could give and talks you'd like to attend.

Some travel funding is available, but you should ask for money from your own department first.

Questions? The organizers can be reached at


At present we are supported by PIMS and the NSF.

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