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.


**Child Care Fund for Emerging Topics Working Group Accepted Proposal Participants

We are delighted to introduce the creation of a child care fund designed to support Emerging Topics Working Group accepted proposal attendees.  This fund has been created to cover costs of dependent child care so participants with children can more easily attend the program. 

Awards from this fund may be used by recipients for dependent care while attending the Fall or Spring Working Group.  The fund will pay up to a net (post-tax) maximum of $600.  Participants may submit eligible expenses for more than one dependent. 

Requests should be submitted by email or by fax to 609-924-8399 to Michael Klompus (mklompus@ias.edu) in the Human Resources Department, and must include the following:

  • Name and home address of the Emerging Topics Working Group Program attendee;
  • Name, age and home address of the dependent(s) receiving child care;
  • A description of the dependent’s relationship to the Program attendee;
  • A detailed budget noting anticipated expenses that are above and beyond those normally incurred.  This should include information about travel and accommodations for the dependent(s) (and possibly caregiver) if relevant to the budget, as well as a description of the planned care (the provider’s name, the provider’s relationship to the applicant, the location of the care, hourly cost, etc.)
  • A completed W9 tax form filled out upon arrival on campus for the program and turned in to Human Resources (US social security number is needed to receive the money).

Please note this type of funding is considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service.  Funding will be provided to participants directly from the Institute for Advanced Study.

Questions may be addressed to Michael Klompus at mklompus@ias.edu, or via phone at 609-734-8245.


The deadlines for proposal submission are as follow:


Working Group

Application Deadline

Spring 2020

Sept 1, 2019

Fall 2020

April 1, 2020

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


October 9-13, 2017

"Quantum chaos and fractal uncertainty principle" organized by Jean Bourgain and Semyon Dyatlov


April 9-13, 2018

"Emerging Interactions of Geometric and Variational Methods" organized by Vadim Kaloshin and Marian Gidea


October 15-19, 2018

"Scalar Curvature and Convergence" organized by Christina Sormani and Mikhail Gromov


March 24-30, 2019

"Coherence and Quasi-Convex Subgroups" organized by Genevieve Walsh, Alan Reid and Daniel Groves