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Pedagogical School on Knots and Links: from Theory to Applications

2 May 2011 - 13 May 2011

This event is part of an intensive research period:
Knots and Applications.


Knot theory, rooted in the seminal works of Peter Guthrie Tait and Lord Kelvin, has always greatly benefited from a continuous interplay of new concepts and applications. Renewed impetus comes now from the formidable progress in geometry and numerical visualization, together with the current challenges offered by the study of complex fluid flows and dynamical systems, as well as biological systems and quantum computation. This pedagogical school wants to offer an introduction to the subject, aiming at covering in a brainstorming 2-week period some of the fundamental topics in both pure and applied contexts. Starting from the basic concepts of the theory of knots and links up to the forefront of topics of modern research, from knot polynomials to aspects of hyperbolic geometry, from tangles and braids to the role of invariants in dynamical and biological systems, the School will offer a unique opportunity to doctorate students as well as young researchers and mid-career academics to be exposed to some of the most interesting open problems of current research.

This event is part of the 3-month intensive research period program on “Knots and Applications”, that takes place at the Centro di Ricerca Matematica "Ennio De Giorgi" of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy, and that is organised in collaboration with INdAM


Slavik Jablan, U. Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Denis Ilyutko, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University
Louis H. Kauffman, U. Illinois at Chicago, USA
Sergei Matveev, Chelyabinsk State U., Russian Federation
Kenneth C. Millett, U. California at Santa Barbara, USA
Carlo Petronio, U. Pisa, Italy
Renzo L. Ricca, U. Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Mauro Spera, U. Verona, Italy
De Witt Sumners, Florida State U., USA


Each speaker will deliver a course of 6 hours on selected topics.


All prospective participants and attendees are kindly requested to register here before 28 April, 2011.

Financial support

Prospective participants should seek grant/university support towards travel expenses. Limited funding towards local expenses may be provided by CRM and INdAM upon application. Doctorate students and young researchers are encouraged to apply; they should send their CV to, before 13 April, 2011.


Publicize this Event: Please notify this event in your Department/Research Unit by downloading and posting the attached poster; please click here to download it.


All lectures, oral contributions and posters will be held in the lecture room Aula Dini (via del Castelletto 11 Pisa) that is at only 2 minutes walk from Centro De Giorgi.

Practical information

How to Get There: From outside Pisa to CRM, read the instructions here

Shopping times and holidays

Typical shopping times are 8:30-12:30 and 15:30-19:30. National holidays: 1 May, 2 June, 17 June