CRM: Centro De Giorgi
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Geometric Topology of Knots

25 May 2011 - 26 May 2011

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


As other branches of 3-dimensional topology, the theory of knots and links was deeply revolutionized by the geometric approach first developed by Thurston. This workshop will focus on the geometry of knots, and particularly on aspects of hyperbolic geometry and the knot invariants associated with it, most notably the volume. Strong emphasis will be put on the relationships between these geometric invariants and the more classical ones, such as the crossing number. The algorithmic and computational methods now available to construct hyperbolic structures, and to compute invariants, will also be considered as central topics.

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.

Invited Speakers

Michel Boileau, U. Toulouse, F
Cameron Gordon, U. Texas, Austin, USA
Marc Lackenby, U. Oxford, UK
Feng Luo, Rutgers U., USA
Jessica Purcell, Brigham Young U., USA


All prospective participants and attendees are kindly requested to register here before 20 May, 2011.

Participants willing to contribute with a talk are encouraged to submit title and abstract to Carlo Petronio at A selection will be made by January 2011. The local expenses of speakers will be covered by the organization. Young participants can apply for financial support, even if they are not submitting a talk.

Financial Support

Prospective participants should seek grant/university support towards travel expenses from local sources. Limited funding towards participant local expenses may be provided by CRM and INdAM upon application.

Request of Financial Support

Qualified junior participants and prospective attendees are invited to submit their request of financial support towards local expenses by sending their CV and list of publications to, before 13 March, 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