Emerging Topics Working Groups



The IAS will host a week-long Emerging Topics Working Group each fall and spring term.

These are designed to bring a small number (about 10) of mathematicians together to work on a topic which seems ripe for significant progress, to help facilitate that progress. They are not supposed to look back at a great result, but to look forward at what might happen next.   To accommodate the needs of different groups, the format of the meetings will be flexible with time set aside for informal talks and active collaborations.  It may be that bringing together mathematicians with somewhat different expertise could help catalyze progress. Participation may be restricted to invitation only.  Each working group should include two colloquium style lectures aimed at the whole IAS mathematics community. These lectures will be recorded and made available on the IAS website.

For successful proposals, the IAS will cover the cost of local accommodation for the organizers and core participants, as well as the travel expenses of those without access to other travel money. The deadlines for proposal submission are as follow:


Working Group

Application Deadline

Fall 2017

April 1, 2017

Spring 2018

September 1, 2017

Application Instructions

Only the lead organizer should complete the online application.  The application will ask for the following information and supplemental documents:

  1. Names and email addresses of 1-2 co-organizer(s)
  2. Names and email addresses of other participants
  3. Supplemental documents (PDF files only) to be uploaded:
    1. CV for the lead organizer
    2. CV for each co-organizer
    3. Proposal (2-3 pages total):
      1. Names of the organizers and participants who have expressed strong interest
      2. Description of the proposed subject matter. This should explain why the topic is believed to be particularly timely.
      3. Description of the proposed workshop structure. The activities can be organized in different ways and is left to the organizers. The only requirement is that two of the participants give colloquium style lectures to the IAS mathematical community.


For more information, please email ETW@ias.edu.


Examples of Selected Emerging Topics Working Groups


October 31- November 4, 2016

"Applications to modularity of recent progress on the cohomology of Shimura varieties" organized by Ana Caraiani and Richard Taylor


February 13-18, 2017

"Recent progress on the Yau and Nadirashvili conjecture concerning the volumes of the zero sets of Laplacian Eigenfunctions" organized by Eugenia Malinnikova and Misha Sodin