Viva Talbot!

A virtual Talbot Workshop retrospective

With plenary speakers Mike Hill and Vesna Stojanoska

June 1 - 6, 2021
on Zoom (register for link)

Goals: Talbot has been a tradition for more than 15 years; each workshop since 2004 has focused on a topic that, at the time, brought participants to the forefront of topology research. This event will provide a venue for young researchers to update the community on their own recent work, related to an area of research featured in previous Talbot Workshops.

Like traditional Talbots, our aim is to create a welcoming environment for young researchers to learn from each other and feel more at home in the topology community; we hope that fewer talks per day and non-thematic approach will be more conducive to an online format.

Format (more details to follow): The workshop will feature talks by junior members of the algebraic topology community in addition to two plenary lectures.

  • The workshop will begin and end with and end with a plenary lecture. Our plenary speakers are Mike Hill and Vesna Stojanoska.
  • The workshop will feature 10 talks by early-career researchers, during which they will discuss aspects of their work related to a previous Talbot topic:
    • Emily Cliff, University of Sydney/UIUC (2008: Affine Lie algebras and chiral structures)
    • Hiro Tanaka, Texas State University (2009: Fukaya categories)
    • Tasos Moulinos, CNRS (2011: Non-abelian Hodge theory)
    • Lior Yanovski, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics Bonn (2013: Chromatic homotopy theory)
    • Maria Yakerson, ETH Zürich (2014: Motivic homotopy theory)
    • Najib Idrissi, Université de Paris (2015: Little disks operads)
    • Danny Shi, University of Chicago (2016: Equivariant stable homotopy theory and the Kervaire invariant)
    • Jeremy Hahn, MIT (2017: Obstruction theory for structured ring spectra)
    • Lyne Moser, Max Planck Institute of Mathematics Bonn (2018: Model-independent theory of ∞-categories)
    • Mauricio Bustamante, University of Cambridge (2019: Moduli spaces of manifolds)
  • Each day there will be two lectures, one around midday Eastern US time and one in the late afternoon.
  • We will have a common room open all day each day, with designated "tea time" between talks.
  • We welcome suggestions, especially if you have had positive experiences with other online conferences. Please feel free to submit a comment when you register for the workshop.

Prerequisites: The target audience is graduate students in topology. While some talks may assume some background in homotopy theory or other more specific areas, we hope that many will be accessible to beginning graduate students.

Registration: All are welcome to attend, but in order to obtain the Zoom information we ask that you register.

Inclusiveness statement: In accordance with the Statement of Inclusiveness, this workshop will be open to everybody, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, pregnancy, immigration status, or any other aspect of identity. We are committed to ensuring that the Talbot Workshop is a supportive, inclusive, and safe environment for all participants, and that all participants are treated with dignity and respect.

Contact Information: Please email the organizers at talbotworkshop(at) if you have any questions.