Workshop on Flows, Foliations and Contact Structures

This workshop is part of the topical program "Geometric Structures on 3-Manifolds" which will take place during the 2015-2016 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study. This workshop will focus on the relations between flows, 2-dimensional foliations, and contact structures on 3-manifolds. In addition, the aim is to foster interactions between the different viewpoints on these topics as well as with related invariants of 3-manifolds such as Floer homology and (circular) orderings of the fundamental group.


The workshop is organized by Ian Agol (UC Berkeley), John Etnyre (GA Tech), David Gabai (Princeton U), Peter Ozsvath (Princeton U).


Jonathan Bowden, Steve Boyer, Nathan Dunfield, Ivan Dynnikov, Sergio Fenley, Steven Frankel, Cameron Gordon, Josh Greene, Jen Hom, Tye Lidman, Ciprian Manolescu, Patrick Massot, John Pardon, Rachel Roberts, Laura Starkston, Andras Stipsicz, Thomas Vogel, Andy Wand

Agenda: click here


If you have any problems with registration or other practical questions, please write to Michelle Huguenin (

Registration for the meals and workshop are required. (Speakers do not need to register)

Although there is no registration fee, because seating is limited both in the seminar room and in our dining hall, you are required to register if you wish to attend all or part of the workshop. In addition, in order for our chef to prepare enough food, we need to have a headcount for the meals. Please note the workshop attendees are expected to pay for their lunch. Approximate range of prices are 4.00 for a salad to 9.00 for an entree. Vegetarian lunches will be available. Only cash is accepted at the cash registers. Credit cards and personal checks are not accepted.

Transportation and Housing:

Information regarding transportation and accommodations in the Princeton area can be found at Please note that if you are staying on Route 1 you should inquire whether the hotel has a shuttle service to and from the IAS.

Directions to IAS:

Date & Time

December 07, 2015 | 8:00am – December 11, 2015 | 12:00pm