31st Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications

Hosted by the Mathematics Department of

The University of Leicester


We are pleased to announce that The University of Leicester will be hosting the 31st Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications from the morning of Tuesday 2nd August to the afternoon of Friday 5th August 2016. The conference will be held at the university's main campus, which is a mile south of Leicester City Centre and adjacent to parkland.

Conference Booklet - The Conference booklet is available to download here - Conference Booklet

Note: There have been changes to the schedule for the Galway Colloquium, Topology and Foundations, Asymmetric Topology and Topological Methods in Algebra and Analysis sessions, which are highlighted in red on the webpage but are not reflected in the booklet.

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Accommodation at Opal Court - for information about the Opal Court Accommodation please click here - Opal Court . Please note reception at Opal Court is open 24 hours. Check in on the first day of your accommodation at Opal Court is from 12 noon.

Registration: 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. - Rattray Planets (See "Locations" below for link to maps)

Note: Registration is not necessary if you already have your name badge and conference booklet.

Invited Speakers

Special Sessions

The conference will feature the following Special Sessions:

Scientific Advisory Committee

John Greenlees, Gary Gruenhage, Steve Hurder, Ralph Kopperman, Krystyna Kuperberg, Lex Oversteegen


Please see the interactive map of the university campus - Interactive Map . This map shows the university campus and the location of the campus within Leicester. You can also download a location map through this link - Pocket Location Map (click on the "download" arrow at the top, this will then enable you to rotate it for easier viewing). If you will be travelling by car see the Car Park map for details of Pay and Display Car Parks. (Download it by clicking on the arrow at the top for a bigger version)

When arriving at the University by foot use the Mayor's Walk entrance (Entrance 2 - see the Pocket Location Map). This is also the best entrance to ask taxis to drop you off.

To find the location of the venues for the conference click on the "Menu" button on the top right hand corner. This brings up a list of campuses and on clicking on the "Main Campus Buildings" option you will see a list of buildings. By clicking on the relevant building you will be able to see the location of the building on the campus.

The conference will be located in the following buildings:

Rattray Building

  • Rattray Planets (Registration on 2/8/16 and refreshments)

  • Rattray Lecture Theatre

George Porter Building

  • Lecture Theatre A

    • Lecture Theatre B

    • Lecture Theatre C

    • Foyer area for Galway Colloquium Registration and refreshments

Attenborough Seminar Block

  • Attenborough Basement Lecture Theatre 1

  • Attenborough Basement Lecture Theatre 3

  • Attenborough Basement University Film Theatre

  • Attenborough Foyer Area - refreshments

Ken Edwards Building

  • Ken Edwards Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 2

Bennett Building

  • Bennett Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 2


The Conference Accommodation is at Opal Court. See the Accommodation Page for more information and for a map

Food Outlets

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served for morning and afternoon breaks.

For lunch the following catering outlets will be open for you to purchase your lunch:

  • Chi - Located in the Charles Wilson Building

  • Deli - Located in the Charles Wilson Building

  • 1st Floor City Side - Located in the Charles Wilson Building

  • Library Café - Located in the David Wilson Library

  • Union street Market - Located in the Percy Gee (Student Union) Building - sandwiches, bagels etc

  • Union Diner - Located in the Percy Gee (Student Union) Building - full menu, sit down meals

Breakfast - for those staying at Opal Court breakfast will be served in the Charles Wilson 1st Floor Park Lounge from 7.30 a.m.

Social Events

There will be a Welcome Reception Buffet on the evening of Monday 1st August and a Conference Dinner on Thursday 4th August. More details about these events can be seen on the Social Events page. These events will be held in the Charles Wilson 1st Floor Park Lounge

Visit to Leicester's Richard III Centre on the evening of Wednesday, 3rd August, followed by an informal buffet and cash bar. See the Social Events page for more information about this event, including a map. The centre is only a short walk from the university, however for anyone wishing to contribute towards a shared taxi ,either from the campus or from Opal Court, there will be a sign up sheet. The deadline to sign up for this will be lunchtime on Wednesday 3rd to enable this to be organised. See the top of this page for details about the guided walk to the Centre.

Wifi Connection

For information about connecting to Wifi whilst on campus click here - Wifi

Partner Programme

The Partner Programme has been cancelled due to lack of uptake.


This workshop is generously supported with funding from the Leverhulme Trust. We are also delighted to announce funding of $31,200 from the National Science Foundation and two grants of £6,000 and £4,000 from the London Mathematical Society. For more information see the Fees and Funding page.

Local Organising Committee

Alex Clark, Steve Matthews, Simona Paoli, Dimitrina Stavrova

Administrator - Alison Gibson