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Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology August 17, 2009 to May 21, 2010
Organizers Yakov Eliashberg *(Stanford University), John Etnyre (Georgia Institute of Technology), Eleny-Nicoleta Ionel (Stanford University), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College), and Paul Seidel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Description In the slightly more than two decades that have elapsed since the fields of Symplectic and Contact Topology were created, the field has grown enormously and unforeseen new connections within Mathematics and Physics have been found. The goals of the 2009-10 program at MSRI are to:
I. Promote the cross-pollination of ideas between different areas of symplectic and contact geometry;
II. Help assess and formulate the main outstanding fundamental problems and directions in the field;
III. Lead to new breakthroughs and solutions of some of the main problems in the area;
IV. Discover new applications of symplectic and contact geometry in mathematics and physics;
V. Educate a new generation of young mathematicians, giving them a broader view of the subject and the capability to employ techniques from different areas in their research.

To achieve these goals, the program will concentrate on three broad, interrelated themes that encompass many of the modern trends in symplectic geometry: algebraic structures associated to holomorphic curves; symplectic and contact geometry in low dimensional topology; and symplectic topology and dynamics.

To apply please visit http://www.msri.org/web/msri/scientific/member-application (Deadlines: 1 Oct. 2008 -- 1 Dec. 2008.)

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Programmatic Workshops
November 16, 2009 - November 20, 2009 Algebraic Structures in the Theory of Holomorphic Curves
March 22, 2010 - March 26, 2010 Symplectic and Contact Topology and Dynamics: Puzzles and Horizons
August 14, 2009 - August 15, 2009 Connections for Women: Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology
August 17, 2009 - August 21, 2009 Introductory Workshop: Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology
May 04, 2010 - May 07, 2010 Symplectic and Poisson Geometry in interaction with Algebra, Analysis and Topology
May 10, 2010 - May 14, 2010 Symplectic Geometry, Noncommutative Geometry and Physics