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Braids and Applications

22 June 2011 - 23 June 2011

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


In recent years, braid theory has gained increased importance in both pure mathematics and applications. Braids provide an algebraic route into knot theory. They can be used in strong cryptography. They provide measures of topological complexity such as topological entropy and minimum crossing number, which have applications from fluid mechanics to robotics to solar physics. This workshop will bring together pure and applied mathematicians and scientists to share ideas about how braid theory may further enrich our understanding of mathematics and nature.

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

Mitch Berger, U. Exeter, UK
Juan Gonzales-Meneses, U. Seville, Spain
Luis Paris, U. Bourgogne, France
Mauro Spera, U. Verona, Italy
Jean-Luc Thiffeault, U. Wisconsin, USA
Matt Turner, U. Brighton, UK
Anthony Yeates, U. Dundee, UK
Bertold Wiest, U. Rennes, France


All prospective participants and attendees are kindly requested to register here before 17 June, 2011.

Participants willing to contribute with a talk are encouraged to submit title and abstract to Mitch Berger at 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 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