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2016 AMS von Neumann Symposium

Topological Recursion and its Influence in Analysis, Geometry, and Topology
July 4–8, 2016, Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC

The 2016 von Neumann Symposium on Topological Recursion and its Influence in Analysis, Geometry, and Topology is organized by Motohico Mulase (Chair), University of California, Davis; Bertrand Eynard, Institut de Physique Théorique, CEA; and Chiu-Chu Melissa Liu, Columbia University, New York. It will take place at Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, North Carolina, July 4–8, 2016.


The topic was selected by the AMS von Neumann Symposium Committee, whose members at the time were J. B. Conrey, The American Institute of Mathematics; Michael J. Hopkins, Harvard University; and Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles.

The symposium reflects the recent extremely rapid and rich developments in the emerging research field that is generally known as topological recursion. It has its origin in random matrix theory, and also in the work of Mirzakhani on the volume of the moduli space of hyperbolic surfaces. It has played a fundamental role in connecting seemingly unrelated areas of mathematics, such as matrix models, enumeration of Hurwitz numbers and Grothendieck's dessins d'enfants, Hitchin moduli spaces, the A-polynomials and colored polynomial invariants of knots, Gromov-Witten invariants, the WKB asymptotic analysis of 1-dimensional Schrödinger equations, and the non-Abelian Hodge correspondence. The symposium is planned right at the time when many discoveries and crucial theorems have been established, and at the same time, numerous new mysteries are arising.

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The symposium will be organized around four mini-courses and 15 plenary talks. There will also be a series of shorter presentations.

Plenary Speakers

Gaëtan Borot  (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Germany), Tom Bridgeland (University of Sheffield, UK),  Leonid Chekhov (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russia), Alessandro Chiodo (Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu, France), Laura Fredrickson (University of Texas at Austin, USA), Kohei Iwaki (Nagoya University, Japan), Felix Janda (Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu, France),  Rinat Kashaev (University of Geneva, Switzerland);  Kefeng Liu (UCLA, USA),  Paul Norbury (University of Melbourne, Australia),  Nicolas Orantin (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), Masa-Hiko Saito (Kobe University, Japan), Yan Soibelman (Kansas State University, USA), Piotr Sułkowski (University of Warsaw, Poland), Ravi Vakil (Stanford University (USA), Jian Zhou (Tsinghua University, China)

Confirmed Mini-courses

  • Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen (Aarhus University, Denmark): Geometric Quantisation of Moduli Spaces and Topological Recursion 
  • Petr Dunin-Barkowski (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Germany): Topological Recursion and Givental's Formalism: Spectral Curves for Gromov-Witten Theories
  • Bertrand Eynard (CEA Saclay, France): An introduction to topological recursion
  • Bohan Fang (Peking University, China): Topological recursion and mirror symmetry

Application Procedures

The deadline to apply has passed.

Registration and Housing

***Deadline for Hotel Reservations Extended to June 15, 2016*** - The housing deadline for the Von Neumann conference has been extended to Wednesday, June 15, 2016. If you have not made your reservation, please do so by June 15, You may book a room by using this link: You also have the option of calling the hotel directly at (704)-547-7444 or 1-800-HILTONS and identifying yourself as a member of the American Mathematical Society Group by asking for the group code “AMS”. Making a reservation at the conference rate after June 15 may not be possible.

Please note that those attending the Symposium should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 3, and depart on Saturday, July 9; lectures will be held Monday through Friday.

ADA Accessibility: It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS will strive, unless it is not practicable, to choose venues that are fully accessible to the physically handicapped. If special needs accommodations are necessary in order for you to participate in the von Neumann Symposium, please communicate your needs in advance to the AMS Meetings Department by:

- Registering early for the meeting

- Checking the appropriate box on the registration form, and

- Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at or

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