Symplectic Geometry and Holomorphic Curves

Saturday, September 1, 2001 (All day) to Sunday, June 30, 2002 (All day)

The goal of the program is to explore different aspects of the theory of holomorphic curves and their interaction. A special accent will be made on applications to Symplectic geometry in low-dimensional topology.

Weekly Activities

  • Weekly seminar on Tuesday at 1:30pm
  • Weekly minicourses on Friday at 1:30pm

The time and length of both the seminars and the courses may very depending on the request of speakers, other competing seminars etc. Please consult the weekly IAS seminar e-mail or the IAS seminar page for exact times. From time to time there will be an additional seminar on Thursday at 1:30pm.

The minicourses during the second semester will be:

  • "Floer Cohomology and Picard-Lefschetz Theory" (P. Seidel, January-February, 2002). The first lecture will be January 18th.
  • "Holomorphic disks and invariants for 3-manifolds and smooth 4-manifolds" (P. Ozsvath and Z. Szabo, February 2002). The first lecture will be Wednesday, February 6th.
  • "Topological String Theory" (R. Dijkgraaf, March 2002)
  • "Multivalued Morse Theory, Asymptotic Analysis and Mirror Symmetry" (K. Fukaya, March 2002)
  • "Supersymmetry and Mirror Symmetry" (K. Hori, March-April, 2002)
  • "Gromov-Witten Theory of $\mathbb C\mathbb P^1$" (R. Pandharipande, April 2002)


"Holomorphic Curves and Low-Dimensional Topology" (March 24-29, 2002)

C.H. Taubes will deliver his Herman Weyl lectures during the conference.

Previous Semester

The minicourses during the first semester were:

  • "Frobenius manifolds and integrable systems" (B. Dubrovin, October-November 2001)
  • "Algebraic structures arising in Symplectic Field Theory" (Y. Eliashberg, November-December 2001)

There were also two "learning seminars":

  • Quantum Cohomology via Givental's Lecture Notes
  • Taubes' work on Holomorphic Curves for $S^1 \times S^2$

Finally, there was a conference: "Gromov-Witten Invariants and Integrable Systems" (December 8-13, 2001)