Swiss Doctoral Program in Mathematics

Kervaire Seminar

Groups and dynamics

8 - 13 March 2020

Les Diablerets, Switzerland


The school will consist of minicourses completed by a few talks and will take place in the village of Les Diablerets, in the Swiss Alps.

The list of speakers who will give minicourses and talks include:

Laurent Bartholdi (ENS Lyon)

Damien Gaboriau (ENS Lyon)

Tom Hutchcroft (Cambridge)

Olga Kharlampovich (CUNY)

Yash Lodha (EPFL)

Nicolás Matte Bon (Université de Lyon I)

Nicolas Monod (EPFL)

Volodymyr Nekrashevych (Texas A&M)

Denis Osin (Vanderbilt)

Jean-François Quint (Bordeaux)

Romain Tessera (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu)

Alain Valette (Université de Neuchâtel)

Karen Vogtmann (Warwick)

Tianyi Zheng (UCSD)


Please find the detailed program of the conference with the titles and abstracts here.

The schedule of the conference is available here.

A list of the participants of the conference can be found here.

Some speakers used slides (or pointed out some notes) in their talks. Follow these links to find them:

Valette | Osin | Kharlampovich | Gaboriau


All the participants will be hosted at the Hôtel Les Sources. All the hotel reservations will be made directly by the organizers.

The price of accommodation and full board (to be paid at the conference site) at the Hôtel Les Sources (***) is

  • In a double room: CHF 143 per person per night
  • In a single room: CHF 167 per person per night

There is only a limited number of rooms available. PhD students and postdocs will share double rooms.

CUSO PhD students and speakers are financed by the Swiss doctoral program (CUSO). There are some limited additional funds available to support non-CUSO PhD students.


All participants will be hosted at the Hôtel Les Sources.

The arrival day is Sunday, March 8th. A dinner will be served at 19:30 in the hotel.

The scientific program begins on Monday at 9:00, March 9th.

All talks will take place at Maison des Congrès (conference center) in Diablerets (about 10 min walk from the hotel), in the small conference room on the 1st floor.

The conference ends at lunchtime on Friday, March 13th.

There will be 3 lectures each morning and one or two lectures or talks in the late afternoon. The time in between is reserved for discussing, skiing and studying. There is a possibility to order a picnic lunch.


Registration is now closed.


Les Diablerets can be accessed by train using the swiss railways.

The closest airport is in Geneva (GVA) and the trip from there takes about 2h30, changing trains in Aigle.

The hotel is at walking distance from the train station in Les Diablerets.


Rostislav Grigorchuk (Texas A&M)

Tatiana Nagnibeda (University of Geneva)

Aitor Pérez (University of Geneva)


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