### MSRI Workshops on Knot Homology Theories

#### Posted by Alexander Hoffnung

I promise some entries with mathematical content soon, but today I wanted to draw attention to some upcoming workshops affiliated with the MSRI semester on knot homology theories . The two workshops are:

- The Connections for Women Workshop,

organized by Eli Grigsby, Olga Plamenevskaya, Katrin Wehrheim, and what is called

- The Introductory Workshop,

organized by Aaron Lauda, Robert Lipshitz, Dylan Thurston.

I’ll leave any actual information regarding the content until below the fold. Just so people who do not already love knot homology theories keep on reading, I will quote the organizer’s invitation:

Both workshops will feature a mix of survey, introductory, and research talks, which are aimed at non-experts. One goal is to familiarize workers in one of the fields represented with the tools and ideas of the other fields.

They seem to have some funding for graduate students and fresh Ph.D.’s, so this is a good opportunity for graduate students to get some exposure to some exciting topics.

The Connections for Women workshop, scheduled for January 21-22, 2010, will focus on:

- positioning knot homology theories in a broader mathematical context,

and

- emphasizing connections to contact/symplectic geometry, quantum topology, and representation theory.

There will be opportunities (through invited research talks and a poster session) for young women working in the field to discuss and present their research. Invited speakers include Shelly Harvey, Keiko Kawamuro, Effie Kalfagianni, Gordana Matic, Dusa McDuff, Heather Russell, and Vera Vertesi.

More details can be found here .

Here is some clarification on the idea of a women’s workshop from the organizers:

The Connections for Women workshop is absolutely open for men to attend, and we hope they will find it valuable and comfortable to do so. The only catch: the funds MSRI gives us to support graduate students, etc., are earmarked for females.

I didn’t immediately notice any men on the list of participants. So, if you are going to be around for other parts of the program or other workshops, do not be shy to sign up for this as well. They have some really great speakers!

The Introductory workshop, scheduled for January 25-29, 2010, will introduce the main branches in the study of knot homology theories. It will consist of three mini-courses:

- one on knot Floer homology and related topics;
- one on the various approaches to Khovanov and Khovanov-Rozansky homology;
- and one on categorification of quantum groups.

There will also be several stand-alone lectures. Invited speakers include Sabin Cautis, Matt Hedden, Andras Juhasz, Scott Morrison, Lenhard Ng, Catharina Stroppel, and Ben Webster.

More details can be found here .

I know about some of these topics and would love to learn more about others. I would be interested to know if someone could provide more details on the stand alone talks. I think some of the speakers are probably reading this.

## Re: MSRI Workshops on Knot Homology Theories

Well, here’s one speaker who’s reading. I can’t be all that specific about what I’ll say, since I haven’t planned the talks yet, and exactly what I say may depend on what people prove over the next couple of months.