Universidad Nacional Aut—noma de Mˇxico

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Pacific Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA)

Geometry, Topology, and their Interactions.

An international conference in honor of Farrell-Jones.

Morelia (Mexico), January 8th-13th, 2007.

Organized by: Jim Davis (Indiana Univ.), Daniel Juan-Pineda (IM-UNAM), Jean-Francois Lafont (Ohio State Univ.) and Stratos Prassidis (Canisius College).

This conference will gather together mathematicians whose work lies at the interface of geometry and topology. The conference will be hosted by the Instituto de Matematicas (IM-UNAM) in Morelia, Mexico. It will run from January 8th (Monday) till January 13th (Saturday). There will be six talks each day, with half-days (three morning talks) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. In addition, there will be three series of introductory lectures on (1) high dimensional topology, (2) controlled topology, and (3) geometric group theory for topologists. The introductory lectures, targeted at graduate students and postdocs, will be held during the weekend of January 6th-7th.
The conference will honor the numerous mathematical contributions of Tom Farrell and Lowell Jones. Their collaboration, spanning 30 years, and over 45 papers, provided one of the earliest demonstration of the power of geometric methods applied to classical problems in topology, as well as topological methods applied to classical problems in differential geometry. Prof. Frank Connolly (University of Notre Dame) has kindly agreed to give a lecture on the contributions of Farrell and Jones to geometry and topology.

Speakers at the conference (tentatively confirmed):

Titles and abstracts of talks

Tentative schedule of talks

Conference Poster

Registering for the Conference:

Due to limitations on the size of the lecture halls, we have an upper bound of 80 people who can attend this conference. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the relevant information in the registration form.


The conference is partially funded by the NSF grant DMS -0650422. Some limited funds will be available to help cover the costs of attending the conference. Graduate students and postdocs are particularly encouraged to apply for funding.

The conference is also partially funded by the host institution, Instituto de Matematicas, Unidad Morelia (IMUNAM).

Travel support for Canadian participants is available through the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). Please contact deputy@pims.math.ca for more information.

Conference Proceedings:

Proceedings of the conference will appear in a special issue of the journal Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly.

Travel to Mexico:

American citizens and permanent residents, as well as nationals from many other countries, need only a "tourist card" to enter Mexico for the conference. For a list of these countries and information on obtaining a tourist card see:
Consular Section of Embassy of Mexico in the United States of America.

Information on specific visa requirements for citizens of various countries can be found here.

Nationals from countries which require a visa to enter Mexico can find information and a visa application (pdf format) at: http://www.consulmexsf.com/ then select "services to non-Mexican" then select "visa legal framework".

If you need documentation supporting your visa application, contact Daniel Juan-Pineda, daniel@matmor.unam.mx.

For information about the Instituto de Matematicas, Unidad Morelia, go to http://www.matmor.unam.mx
For local information on Morelia, including travel information, go to http://www.matmor.unam.mx/turismo/ingles/default.html

Contacting the organizers:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the organizers:

Registered participants:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0650422.
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).