Organised by LSGNT: Emily Maw (University College London)
Mirko Mauri (Imperial College London)
Andrea Tirelli (Imperial College London and SISSA)


The second British Isles Graduate Workshop will be held in Jersey from July 14th to July 20th, 2018. The goal is to bring together a group of approximately 25 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 the topic 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 focused on the interplay between singularity theory and symplectic topology. The study of singularities is fundamental to modern geometry: from the singularities that arise when trying to classify algebraic varieties in the minimal model program, to the singular limits of Lagrangian mean curvature flows in geometric analysis, and the singular SYZ fibres in mirror symmetry. Symplectic topology provides a rich and fruitful approach to these problems. The workshop will be mentored by Ailsa Keating (University of Cambridge), Mark McLean (Stony Brook University) and Paul Hacking (University of Massachusetts Amherst).


A provisional programme for the workshop can be found here.


The schedule of the workshop will be available nearer the time. Among all the participants, we expect half of them to give one of the scheduled talks, which will be allocated by mid May 2018. Note that on July 14th and 20th no talks are scheduled as these days will be used for travel to and from the venue of the event. The same holds for Tuesday afternoon, when an excursion of the island will take place.


The location of the workshop will be the Durrell Wildlife Hostel on Jersey. Please arrive by 5pm on Saturday 14th July, and leave anytime on Friday 20th July. The house is on the site of Jersey Zoo (founded by Gerald Durrell). The island has lots of beautiful beaches, as well as places of natural or historical significance, and there will be some free time during the workshop to allow for exploration. The easiest way to get there is probably by plane to Jersey airport (there are regular flights from many UK airports). There are also boats from England or France, but they take longer. Then it is not far from the airport to the hostel, and you can either get two buses or a taxi.


At this link, you can find the notes of all the talks of the workshop. Thanks to all the participants who contributed to this!


The local expenses for all participants will be covered by the workshop, in particular the costs of accommodation and meals. There will be a registration fee of £50.

Women in Mathematics

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


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


We gratefully acknowledge funding and support from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geometry and Number Theory, G-Research and the Foundation Compositio Mathematica. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 682603.
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