Structures on Tensor Categories and Topological Field Theories

Department Mathematik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Erlangen, March 4-6 2014

Photo Workshop

Photograph by Johanna Kulzer

This is a three day learning event on recent developments in (extended) topological field theories. The focus is the interplay of structures on tensor categories and topological field theories, including structures related to non-semisimple categories.

The idea is not to have yet another workshop or conference but to study these topics in depth, with a schedule more like the one of an Oberwolfach workshop, with a lecture series and plenty of time for discussions. It will include a lecture series by Christopher Schommer-Pries on topological field theories and the underlying categorical structures


Speakers include:

  • Bruce Bartlett, Oxford University
  • Alain Bruguières, Université Montpellier II
  • Thomas Kerler, Ohio State University
  • Christopher Schommer-Pries, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn
  • Noah Snyder, Columbia University


Conference Secretary

  • Johanna Kulzer
    Department Mathematik
    FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Cauerstraße 11
    91058 Erlangen

    Tel: 0049 9131 85 67035
    Fax: 0049 9131 85 67036

Travel and Location

The workshop will take place in Erlangen, which is a university town in the south-east of Germany in the region of Franconia. It is easy to reach by a combination of air and train travel. For detailed travel instructions, see our travel and directions page. The conference venue is the Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Cauerstraße 11, 91058 Erlangen. (Map, Campus Map ) The talks will take place in the lecture theatre Hörsaal 13 on the first floor.


This workshop is an activity of the Emerging Fields Project Quantum Geometry and funded by the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg via its Emerging Fields Programme.