Research Program in Mathematics

Geometric Group Theory

Complementing the highly structured Graduate Summer School, which is directed at younger mathematicians, the Research Program in Mathematics addresses the needs of mathematicians who are already carrying out research. The program offers advanced scholars the opportunity to do research, collaborate with their peers, meet outstanding students, and explore new teaching ideas with professional educators. It is designed to introduce active areas of research by focusing on a specific topic. The informal format generates lively exchanges of views and information between established and newer researchers.


2012 Research Program in Geometric Group Theory

Organizers: Mladen Bestvina, University of Utah; Michah Sageev, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology; Karen Vogtmann, Cornell University

Some lectures on these topics will be accessible to advanced graduate students and postdocs and while others will be intended for more specialized working groups.

A primary goal of the research program is to foster the collaboration of a diverse group of participants. Daily seminars will be held and all Research Program participants have an opportunity to give a seminar if they choose. (The organizers will draw up a schedule in consultation with the participants.) There will be plenty of time for work and informal discussions.

One of the central aspects of Geometric Group Theory is that its techniques and results are of interest to researchers from many diverse branches of mathematics. Thus a second goal of this program is to exchange ideas and kickstart new collaborations between researchers with different areas of expertise.

New and recent PhD’s are especially encouraged to apply if they are working on questions related to Geometric Group Theory.


Independent Researchers

Researchers in other areas of mathematics who have independent funding are invited to apply for participation in the PCMI Summer Session. All programs and facilities will be available to these participants, although lodging space may be limited. Introductory courses and joint education/research activities may be of particular interest. Researchers interested in becoming involved with a future Summer Session may wish to use this opportunity to get acquainted with the program. Small groups of collaborators from geographically separate areas are particularly welcome to apply.