Swiss Doctoral Program in Mathematics

Kervaire Seminar “Geometry of groups 2013”

10 - 15 March 2013

Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Some nice snow-covered mountain



On compact and locally compact groups (2h)

  1. Some algebraic properties of compact groups
    Dan Segal (Oxford University)
  2. A metric panorama of locally compact groups
  3. Pierre de la Harpe (University of Geneva)

Approximate groups and their applications (3h)
Emmanuel Breuillard (Université d'Orsay)

Grigorchuk groups and generalizations (5h)

  1. Grigorchuk groups, smooth one-dimensional dynamics and more... 1 2 3
    Andres Navas (University Santiago de Chile)
  2. Iterated monodromy groups of the tent map Volodymyr Nekrashevych (Texas A&M University)
  3. Representation growth of branch groups
    Laurent Bartholdi (University of Goettingen)

Topological full groups (4h)
  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)
with an introduction Commensurating actions and invariant means
by Yves de Cornulier (Université d'Orsay)

Decision problems, non-positive curvature, and profinite completions (5h)
Martin Bridson (Oxford University)
with an introduction Profinite rigidity and flexibility
by Alan Reid (University of Texas);
with an appendix Applications of quasi-morphisms
by Koji Fujiwara (Kyoto University)

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)