Organised by LSGNT: Andrea Tirelli (Imperial College London)
Emily Maw (University College London)
Pierrick Bousseau (Imperial College London)


The first British Isles Graduate Workshop will be held on the Isle of Wight from April 2nd to April 8th, 2017. The goal is to bring together a group of approximately 30 graduate students to work on a specific topic under the guidance of three senior mathematicians. The majority of the talks will be given by the participants, and there will be time in the afternoons and evenings for further discussions and more informal sessions. The character of the workshop is expository in nature, starting with the basic ideas and leading to a survey of the most recent developments in the field; no prior knowledge of Higgs bundles will be assumed. Since both the participants and the mentors will be living in the same building, we hope to create an informal, yet mathematically intensive, atmosphere.


The workshop will be on moduli spaces of Higgs bundles, viewed from the perspectives of both algebraic and differential geometry. This topic has found many applications in different areas of mathematics and physics, including gauge theory, Kähler and hyperkähler geometry, surface group representations, integrable systems, and non-abelian Hodge theory. The workshop will be mentored by Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago), Marina Logares (University of Plymouth) and Ben Davison (University of Glasgow).


The provisional schedule of the workshop can now be found here. Among all the participants, we expect half of them to give one of the scheduled talks, which will be allocated by mid Febrary 2017. Note that on April 2th and 8th no talks are scheduled as these days will be used for travel to and from the venue of the event. The same holds for Wednesday afternoon, when an excursion of the island will take place. The daily timetable of the event can be found here.


The location of the workshop will be Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight, so you'll need to take a boat! The best ferry route is from Lymington Pier on the mainland to Yarmouth on the island, which is then a short bus ride away from Totland. Lymington Pier has a railway station and, for example, the journey from London Waterloo to Totland would take 3-4 hours in total. More travel information will be available nearer the time.


The application deadline has passed. Decisions will be made shortly.


The local expenses for all participants will be covered by the workshop, in particular the costs of accommodation and meals. There will be limited funding available for travel expenses. There will be a registration fee of £20.

Women in Mathematics

We strongly encourage female applicants, and are committed to readdressing the gender imbalance in mathematics at research level.


For questions or suggestions, please send an email to the organisers at


A view of the Needles and Alum Bay

We gratefully acknowledge funding and support from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geometry and Number Theory, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, and the Department of Mathematics of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

           epsrc                            lsgnt

                           heilbronn                            uic