José Ádem Memorial Lecture Series 2013

The topology of moduli spaces

Soren Galatius (Stanford University)
El Colegio Nacional
Luis González Obregón 23, Centro Histórico

Soren Galatius is professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. He is an international leader in the study of the topology of moduli spaces. His papers have appeared in Advances in Mathematics, Geometry and topology, Annals of Mathematics and Acta Mathematica, amongst others. He has received several honors such as a Clay Research Fellowship 2007–2010, and the Royal Danish Academy of sciences “silver medal” (2010). His research has been featured in AMS Bulletin. In 2013 he has been named the 8th Adem Lecturer.

Lecture 1: Manifolds and moduli spaces

September 25, 2013. El Colegio Nacional 17:30 - 18:20 hrs.

Abstract: Manifolds arise in many areas of mathematics and science, for example as the solution set of certain equations, the state space of a physical system, or as a model for the universe. The study of manifolds and their properties has been a driving force behind topology for many decades. In this lecture I will explain the idea that the collection of all manifolds may itself be regarded as a kind of space, a moduli space, and that such spaces have interesting and useful properties.

Lecture 2: The method of scanning

September 26, 2013. El Colegio Nacional 17:30 - 18:20 hrs.

Abstract: Scanning is a remarkably successful method for understanding the topology of moduli spaces. I will explain the method with some examples, some classical and some more recent.

Lecture: Homological stability for moduli spaces

September 27, 2013. El Colegio Nacional 17:30 - 18:20 hrs.

Abstract: Moduli spaces of manifolds often arise in families, indexed by some number g. For example, there is a moduli space of genus g surfaces for each natural number g, and similar patterns appear for manifolds of higher dimension. In recent joint work with Oscar Randal-Williams, we prove that such moduli spaces often exhibit homological stability: the cohomology of the moduli space is independent of g, in a range of degrees that grows linearly with g.

Organizing Committee:

Ernesto Lupercio
Isidoro Gitler
Miguel A. Xicoténcatl


National Academy of Sciences, USA
Departamento de Matemáticas - Cinvestav