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Introductory Workshop: Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology August 17, 2009 - August 21, 2009
Registration Deadline: August 21, 2009 almost 8 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: May 17, 2009 about 8 years ago
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Organizers John Etnyre* (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College, Columbia University), and Lisa Traynor (Bryn Mawr).

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This workshop aims both to introduce people to a broad swath of the field and to frame its most important problems. Each day will be organized around a basic topic, such as how to count holomorphic curves with boundary on a Lagrangian submanifold (which leads to various versions of Floer theory) or how to understand the general structure of symplectic and contact manifolds. There will also be an introduction to the analytic and algebraic aspects of symplectic field theory, and a discussion of some applications.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Rose Garden Inn. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-992-9005 OR directly on their website. Click on Corporate at the bottom of the screen and when prompted enter code MATH (this code is not case sensitive). By using this code a new calendar will appear and will show MSRI rate on all room types available.
The cut-off date for reservations is July 31, 2009.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Please mention the workshop name and reference the following code when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail: 0908MSRIIN. The cut-off date for reservations is July 16, 2009.

We also hold a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel. Please mention the MSRI as a reference when making reservations by calling 510-548-7920. The Doubletree Hotel offers complementary shuttle to and from MSRI. The room rate is $99 per night.

New, completely renovated Hotel Shattuck Plaza has rooms available for you as well!
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Or, you can make reservations calling the main line, 510-845-7300, and asking for the rate for Connections for Women: SCGT/ Intro to SCGT. The room rate is $119 per night plus tax.

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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-238-7268. When making reservations, guests must request the MSRI preferred rate. If you are making your reservations on line, please go to this link and enter the promo/corporate code MSRI123. Our preferred rate is $129 per night for a Deluxe Queen/King, based on availability.

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Aug 17, 2009
09:15 AM - 10:15 AM
  Historical overview, motivating problems and basic background
Dusa McDuff (Barnard College)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Basic background, ctd
Dusa McDuff (Barnard College)
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  Floer Homology
Peter Albers
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  Lagrangian Floer Homology
Sikimeti Ma'u
Aug 18, 2009
09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  Obstruction in Lagrangian Floer Theory
Mohammed Abouzaid (Columbia University)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Symplectic Homology
Mark McLean
01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
  Algebraic formalism of Symplectic Field Theory (SFT)
Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University)
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  Analytic foundations of SFT
Helmut Hofer (Institute for Advanced Study)
Aug 19, 2009
09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  Open book decompositions and the Giroux correspondence
John Etnyre (Georgia Institute of Technology)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Lefschetz fibrations and 4-manifolds
Denis Auroux (University of California, Berkeley)
01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
  Algebraic formalism of SFT ctd
Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University)
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  Analytic foundations of SFT ctd
Helmut Hofer (Institute for Advanced Study)
Aug 20, 2009
09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  Convex surfaces and classification of contact structures
Ko Honda
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Analytic foundations: polyfold structures for holomorphic disks
Katrin Wehrheim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
  Knot homology
Lenhard Ng
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  Wide - narrow dichotomy for Lagrangians submanifolds
Octav Cornea
Aug 21, 2009
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Integrable systems of SFT
Paolo Rossi
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  High dimensional Lefschetz fibrations and Floer homology
Maksim Maydanskiy
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  Problem session
Lisa Traynor (Bryn Mawr College)
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Quasi-states and quasi-morphisms in symplectic topology
Michael Entov (Technion---Israel Institute of Technology)
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  Periodic orbits in Hamiltonian dynamics
Victor Ginzburg (University of Chicago)