This grant supports the Spring Topology and Dynamical Systems Conference at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia from March 13 to March 15, 2014. The Spring Topology Conference is one of the largest and most successful annual topology conferences in the United States. The conference generally attracts 150-200 participants from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and, increasingly, from Europe, Asia, and even New Zealand. The conference allows participants to interact with a large number of active topologists, both within and outside their specialties. The conference has expanded to encompass most of the major branches of topology, as well as dynamical systems, and now includes sessions in set theoretic/general topology, continuum theory, dynamical systems, geometric topology, and geometric group theory.

This grant will support travel for the 18 plenary/semi-plenary speakers and for graduate students and younger researchers who lack institutional support for travel. Participants in the sessions come from a broad range of institutions from small liberal arts colleges to research universities, and range from graduate students to senior researchers. Most participants do not have colleagues in their home departments with research interests close to their own. They rely on this conference to keep up with recent work in topology and dynamical systems, meet with colleagues who do have research interests close to their own, and present what they themselves have been able to contribute. For more information visit the conference web site.

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was held March 13 through March 15 in Richmond Virginia. The attendance, over 200, was high compared to previous conferences. The conference allowed participants to interact with a large number of active researchers in topology from around the world both inside and outside their own special fields. There were five parallel sessions in Continuum Theory, Set Theoretic Topology, Dynamical Systems, Geometric Topology, and Geometric Group Theory. These sessions met in both the morning and afternoon of each day of the conference, and each session had roughly fifty people attending. In addition there were six plenary lectures (with the years they received Ph.D.): Logan Hoehn (2011), Yasu Wang (2004), Maryanthe Malliaris (2009), Christopher Mouron (2002), Richard Kent (2006), and Sonja Stimac (2002) and twelve semi-plenary lectures (also mostly early career): Piotr Oprocha (2005), Mark Hagen (2012), Scott Varagona (2012), Scott Carter (1982), Dana Bartosova (2013), Thomas Koberda (2012), Alan Dow (1980), Henk Bruin (1994), Vin de Silva (1999), Jorge M. Martinez Montejano (2004), Ulises Ariet Ramos-Garcia (2012), and Ross Ptacek (2013). The funding for speakers was used to encourage an unusually high number of younger featured speakers with significant results in new areas of inquiry and to encourage a larger than usual representation of underrepresented groups including women and minorities. The set of speakers listed above is remarkable for the achievement of that goal. In addition to the 18 special speakers this NSF funding also provided travel funds for 12 conference organizers and 34 young researchers including new Ph.D. recipients and graduate students.

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