Swiss Doctoral Program in Mathematics

Kervaire Seminar “Geometry of groups 2013”

10 - 15 March 2013

Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Some nice snow-covered mountain


Opening Lecture

Some algebraic properties of compact groups
Dan Segal (Oxford University)

Minicourses (3h)

Approximate groups and their applications
Emmanuel Breuillard (Université d'Orsay)

Grigorchuk groups, smooth one-dimensional dynamics and more...
Andres Navas (University Santiago de Chile)

Topological full groups
  1. Full groups in Cantor dynamics, Borel dynamics and ergodic theory
    Konstantin Medynets (US Naval Academy)
  2. Topological full groups of etale groupoids
  3. Hiroki Matui (Chiba University)
  4. On simple amenable groups
  5. Kate Juschenko (Vanderbilt University)

Decision problems, non-positive curvature, and profinite completions
Martin Bridson (Oxford University)


Representation growth of branch groups
Laurent Bartholdi (University of Goettingen)

Commensurating actions and invariant means
Yves de Cornulier (Université d'Orsay)

Applications of quasi-morphisms
Koji Fujiwara (Tohoku University)

Iterated monodromy group of the tent map
Volodymyr Nekrashevych (Texas A&M University)

Profinite rigidity and flexibility
Alan Reid (University of Texas)

Special Guest



Preliminary talks schedule

Your stay

The price of accommodation and full board (to be paid at the conference site)

at the Hôtel Les Sources (***) (limited number of rooms available)
in a double room: CHF 140 per person per night
in a single room: CHF 163 per person per night

at the Eurotel Victoria (****)
in a double room: CHF 175 per person per night
in a single room: CHF 198 per person per night


Registration is closed.

How to get there

How to get to Les Diablerets

Swiss Railroad
You can view a small map of the hotel surroundings, including the railway station in Les Diablerets and the conference center, under "Situation" on the hotel Les Sources website.


Alexei Miasnikov (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Nicolas Monod (EPFL)
Tatiana Nagnibeda (Université de Genève;)
Paul-Henry Leemann (Université de Genève;)