Alexander polynomials
Knots and complex curves

Summer school on Alexander polynomials
May 30–June 3, 2022
University of Nantes

There will be two mini-courses: one by Fathi Ben Aribi (UCLouvain) on knot theory and one by Vincent Florens (Université de Pau) on complex curves. There will be an exercise session for each course and a two contributed talks given by Vitalijs Brejevs (University of Glasgow) and Lisa Lokteva (University of Glasgow). The title and abstracts for the mini-courses and the talks are available here.

Topics: Knots, complex projective curves, Alexander polynomials.

Schedule: All lectures will be held at the Campus Sciences of the University of Nantes, in Building 26 (Bâtiment 26), Room 121. Lunch will be at the university cafeteria, but you're free to look for alternatives (you can ask me or the locals once you're here). The conference dinner will be on Wednesday evening.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30-10:30 Ben Aribi Ben Aribi Florens Florens Florens
10:30-11:00 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Florens Florens Ben Aribi Ben Aribi
12:00-14:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00-15:00 Ben Aribi Exercises BA Short talks
15:30-16:30 Exercises F

Travel information: Nantes has an international airport and a train station that is well connected to Paris. Note that Google Maps might not have accurate or complete data on local transportation within Nantes; you can look up bus and tram schedules on the TAN webpage, where you can also plan a trip. Notably, from the airport to the centre there are two options.

In both cases you can buy a ticket on board, and it remains valid for an hour.

Registration: Registration is now closed.

Organisers: Erwan Brugallé, Marco Golla, and François Laudenbach. You can email us at (alexander.polynomials (at) for further information.

Acknowledgments: We acknowledge support from ALL, CNRS, the Laboratoire de Mathématiques Jean Leray, the Région Pays de la Loire (Étoile Montante PSyCo), the GDR Tresses, the ANR projects CoSy and SyTriQ.

Laboratoire de mathémathiques Jean Leray CNRS