WIT: Women in Topology (13w5145)


Maria Basterra (University of New Hampshire)

(University of Calgary)

(Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)

Brenda Johnson (Union College)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "WIT: Women in Topology" workshop from August 18th to August 23rd, 2013.

Homotopy theory is a very active field of modern mathematics, which not only has contributed
significantly to many other fields of mathematics and theoretical physics but is also now being applied
to problems in engineering and computer science. As in any other field of mathematics research, women
are underrepresented in homotopy theory. In recent years, however, there has been a small but steady
increase in the number of female researchers in the field. This workshop aims to capitalize on this
trend, by bringing senior and junior researchers together with graduate students to work on open
problems, thus providing a context for collaborations and establishing networks for future research.
The ultimate goal is to increase the number and visibility of active female researchers in homotopy

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).