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Physics and knot homologies


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10th April 2017 to 13th April 2017
Jacob Rasmussen
Tudor Dimofte
Sergei Gukov CALTECH (California Institute of Technology)

Workshop Theme

This workshop will explore developments in string theory and quantum field theory related to categorification and the topology of knots and 3-manifolds. Topics of interest include: BPS states and their relation to categorified knot invariants, connections with contact homology and augmentation varieties, topological recursion, the 3d-3d correspondence, and Witten's approach to Khovanov homology.

Deadline for applications: 08 January 2017

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.


Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £193
  • Student Registration Package: £153

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Thursday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £483

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Churchill from the evening of Sunday 9th April 2017 to breakfast on Friday 14th April 2017, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Thursday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities, breakfast and lunches are provided at Churchill College.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on  Wednesday 12th April 2017 at Trinity College. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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