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Topology Festival

May 12–14, 2017

Save the Date

Please save the date: The 54th Topology Festival will be May 11–13, 2018.

The information below and under Talks, Schedule, Housing, and Poster pertains to the 2017 Topology Festival. Details about the 2018 Festival will begin to appear in late October or early November.

The 2017 Festival

The 53rd Topology Festival will be held May 12–14, 2017. The program will feature a dozen one-hour talks and much opportunity for conversation, as well as a table for preprints. Two introductory workshop talks will focus on topology and its interactions with physics. The invited speakers (listed below) will also participate in a panel discussion on recent developments in topology and related fields. Social activities will include a reception dinner on Friday, May 12th, two working luncheons, and a picnic on Saturday.

Financial support towards travel and accommodation expenses may be available. Early-career mathematicians and those from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event or advice on sources of child care and other types of family care during the conference, please e-mail

Key Dates

We encourage participants to book hotel rooms as early as possible as there will be many visitors in town for the Law School convocation.

April 1Deadline for applications for funding
April 8Funding decisions will be e-mailed on or before this date
April 10Earliest deadline for group rates on hotel bookings
May 1 Registration closes
May 12 The Festival will open at 11:30 a.m.
May 14 The final talk will end at 4:30 p.m.



Cornell University stands for civil discourse, reasoned thought, sustained discussion, and constructive engagement without degrading, abusing, harassing, or silencing others. We will not compromise the ideals of academic freedom and open exchange. We believe that scientific events must be supportive, inclusive, and safe environments for all participants. We affirm that registration at the Topology Festival is 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. At the Topology Festival, all participants will be treated with dignity and respect.

At this time, we can provide letters of invitation to scholars who wish to attend. We are investigating the possibility of live streaming the meeting for participants who cannot physically attend; please contact us if you are interested.


The Topology Festival gratefully acknowledges the continuous support of the National Science Foundation since the Festival’s inception. Special thanks to Acme Klein Bottle, purveyors of “the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions,” for donating a prize every year for many years.