Department of Computer Science & Mathematics

Topology Research Group

Nipissing University
May 14-18, 2012

Workshop on Recent Advances in General Topology, Dimension Theory, Continuum Theory and Dynamical Systems

Sponsored by Fields Institute and the
National Science Foundation
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Speakers Abstracts and Schedule Registration and funding
Contacts Accommodation Travel information
Videos of the Workshop Lectures

Nipissing University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will offer a Workshop on Recent Advances in General Topology, Dimension Theory, Continuum Theory and Dynamical Systems in order to bring researchers and students in these areas together for a five-day series of workshops. The workshops will be jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and the Fields Institute, and will be held at Nipissing’s pleasant campus in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, May 14-18, 2012.  The scientific focus of the workshops will be on recent developments in the aforementioned areas, with a selection of internationally known speakers


Alexandre Karassev, John Mayer, Murat Tuncali, Vesko Valov

Confirmed speakers

  • Sergey Antonyan (UNAM, Mexico)
  • Logan Hoehn (U. of Alabama- Birmingham)
  • Jan van Mill (VU-Amsterdam)
  • Piotr Minc (Auburn University)
  • Lex Oversteegen (U. of Alabama-Birmingham)
  • Juris Steprans (York University)
  • E.D. Tymchatyn (U. of Saskatchewan)


The history of workshops

The history of workshops at Nipissing can be found at

These workshops started in 1994, initially in areas of continuum theory and dynamical systems. Since 2003 they have become larger and the focus of the workshops has included General Topology, Geometric Topology and related areas. The purpose of these workshops/seminars has been to provide opportunity for researchers to learn a new area as well as opportunity to collaborate. As a result of these workshops there have been numerous collaborations dealing with problems in dimension theory, geometric topology, C*-algebras, set-theoretic topology, continuum theory and complex dynamics.

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Registration and funding applications

Registration and application for funding should be made through the Fields Institute website.  Applications from members of under-represented groups are encouraged.  The deadline has been extended to April 15.  Please go to the website below:

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Funding for US-based mathematicians

Funding for US-based mathematicians is provided by NSF.  Funds are available for students, recent PhD graduates (6 years), and post-docs.   If you wish to be considered for support as a US-based mathematician, you will be asked for a budget.  In preparing a budget, it will be useful to know that we will be figuring approximately CDN$40 per diem (6 days) for meals, self-catering rooms at Nipissing are approximately CDN$270 per week, tax included.  Receipts showing you paid (even for food/meals) will be required.  US air carriers (from US to Toronto and return) are required to be used.  You may want to figure arriving no later than afternoon, Sunday, May 13 and leaving noon or later Saturday, May 19.  Ground transportation by van from Toronto Pearson Airport to North Bay (leaving late afternoon Sunday, a four-hour trip) and returning (by noon Saturday) will be provided on those dates.

If you have any questions about attendance, accommodations, or funding for US-based mathematicians, please feel free to email John C Mayer at

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Structure of workshops

The workshops will be held for five days. There will be three or four one-hour talks each day. Some of the speakers will give a series of lectures and some may give only one lecture. However, the format of the workshops is designed to maximize the interaction among the participants beyond the lectures.


Alex Karassev -
John Mayer -
Murat Tuncali -
Vesko Valov -

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To book a room in one of the University Residences, please fill out the reservation form.


You can also contact Melissa Busschaert-Daigle, supervisor of Conference Services. The contact information is below.

Melissa Busschaert-Daigle,
Supervisor, Conference Services

Nipissing University
100 College Drive, Box 5002
North Bay, ON
P1B 8L7
tel: (705) 474-3450, ext. 2900
fax: (705) 474-4888

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Travel information

Nipissing University is located in North Bay, Ontario

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How to get here

By Air: Less than 10 minutes from Nipissing University, North Bay's
Jack Garland Airport is a thoroughly modern facility with daily flights from Toronto and Ottawa.

By Bus: There are regular bus routes from Toronto and Ottawa to North Bay, operated by several carriers. There is a bus which departures directly from Toronto Pearson Airport to North Bay. It is operated by Northern Airport Services. It takes approximately 4 hours to get to North Bay. Reservation is required in order to get on the bus. To make a reservation or find more information please call 1-705-474-7942  or 1-800-461-4219

By Car: North Bay lies on the intersection of two major highways. It takes about 4-hour drive to get here from Toronto (Highway 11, 340 km) and from Ottawa (Highway 17, 370 km).

The links below will help you to find more information about:

North Bay and the area

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