London Mathematical Society Meeting and Workshop


University of Liverpool, Wednesday 5 June 2002 (LMS Meeting)

Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 June 2002 (LMS Workshop)

Organising Committee: Hugh Morton, Peter Newstead, Peter Giblin


Note that both talks on Wednesday are intended for a general mathematical audience

3.00 LMS Business

3.15 Professor Lou Kauffman (University of Illinois at Chicago): Classifying and applying rational tangles and knots Abstract

4.15 Tea

4.45 Professor János Kollár (Princeton University): What are the simplest algebraic varieties? Abstract

6.30 for 7 Dinner at Staff House in the University of Liverpool. (The cost for those not being supported by the LMS will be about 18 excluding drinks.)

If you wish to attend the Wednesday meeting ONLY...

then please send an email to stating whether you wish to attend the dinner in the evening (cost about 18 pounds excluding drinks). See below for travel subsidies for LMS members attending the meeting.


Changes will be posted from time to time

Two 3-lecture courses suitable for postgraduate students:

Dr Stavros Garoufalidis (Warwick): The geometry of the Jones ploynomial. Abstract

Professor Andrei Tyurin (Steklov Institute): Graphs, knots and vector bundles on algebraic curves. Abstract

The following have agreed to speak at the workshop:

  • Professor Leonid Chekhov (Steklov Institute) 'Describing noncommutative Teichmuller spaces via graphs' Abstract
  • Professor Lou Kauffman (U of Illinois): 'Does the Jones polynomial detect knots?' Abstract
  • Professor Victor Kulikov (Steklov Institute) 'Braid monodromy invariants of plane algebraic Hurwicz and semi-algebraic curves' Abstract as pdf file
  • Professor Eduard Looijenga (MSRI and Nijmegen): 'Arithmetic arrangements and moduli spaces'
  • Professor Dale Rolfsen (University of British Columbia): 'Ordered groups in 3-dimensional topology' Abstract
  • Professor Martin Scharlemann (University of California): 'Unknotting tunnels and thin position' Abstract

  • There will be a limited opportunity for contributed short talks and posters. Posters are particularly welcomed, and all postgraduate students are encouraged to present a poster. We hope to have a prize for the best one contributed by a postgraduate.

    Contributed talks and posters

  • R.Hadji (Liverpool) 'Homfly polynomials and generalised Hopf links'
  • V.Kurlin (Moscow) '3-page Dynnikov's diagrams of spatial 3-valent graphs' Abstract (as pdf file)
  • M.Thomé (France), 'Unified theory of knots, links and closed braids' Abstract (as text)

    Provisional schedule


    Support for the meeting

    The London Mathematical Society is providing support (travel and local expenses) for speakers and postgraduate students. Please contact Peter Giblin ( for further information.

    The London Mathematical Society will also contribute up to 50 towards the travel and accomodation expenses of LMS members attending the Wednesday meeting. This can be for people travelling alone or for example sharing a car or minibus. Applications for support of this kind should be addressed to the Meetings and Membership Secretary, LMS, de Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS, email Please include a very brief CV and, in the case of research students, a statement of support from the supervisor.

    Registration form

    (Except for invited speakers.) Click here Please return by email to or by ordinary mail to Professor Peter Giblin, Department of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, U.K.

    Local information


    Invited speakers will be accommodated at the Adelphi Hotel (under Britannia hotels). The University's negotiated rate for Bed and Breakfast at this hotel is 48.

    There are cheaper hotels too, e.g. 'Formule 1' which is about 25 minutes' walk from the University. To find the webpage, start here and follow links to the Liverpool hotel.The cost of an overnight stay is about 22.50.

    Other information

    Travel Directions

    Click Here

    From Manchester Airport a taxi costs around 30-35 pounds. There is a train service to Lime Street station from the airport, and also a coach service to Liverpool bus station from which a taxi is the best method of travelling to the University.

    From Liverpool Airport there are frequent buses to the City Centre. Or a taxi will cost about 10 pounds.

    From Heathrow Airport there is a 'Shuttle' to Manchester airport. (This is a relatively expensive option, since you then need to travel from Manchester Airport as above.)

    Alternatively, take the underground to Euston: this will involve (i) a change of train from the Piccadilly line which goes from Heathrow to Central London to the Victoria Line (Northbound) at Victoria, or (ii) taking the Heathrow Express to Paddington followed by the Circle Line to Euston Square which is close to Euston Main Line Station. From Euston there are trains every hour (on the hour) to Liverpool Lime Street. The journey is just under 3 hours.Liverpool Lime Street station is adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel, and close to the University (a short walk up Brownlow Hill--see the Travel Directions 'Click Here' above).

    The lectures will be in the Department of Mathematical Sciences building which is in Peach Street, near the centre of the city. Precinct Map. The Mathematics Building is number 39. There is a car park next to the building.

    The map below shows the end of the M62 motorway approaching from the east (blue) and Queen's Drive Ring Road (curving south to south west from the end of the M62). The University is close to the city centre, on the same side as the end of the motorway.


    Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Multi Media Mapping, where "Get-a-map", "Ordnance Survey" and "Multi Media Mapping" are hyperlinks to and respectively.