Contact Structures, Laminations and Foliations

Branched Surface

Branched surfaces courtesy of Colin-Honda-Giroux.

General Information

The Workshop will take place 5-9 September 2016 at the Mathematical Institute of the LMU in Munich. The talks will begin on Monday morning and the final talk will be on Friday before lunch.


Please register by sending an email to tvogel (at) math (dot) lmu (dot) de .

Workshop Outline

Foliations, laminations and branched surfaces are nicely origanized collections of immersed surfaces in 3-manifolds. While laminations can be viewed as partial foliations, branched surfaces consist of pieces of embedded surfaces which intersect each other in a very specific way. Both notions have recently seen interesting applications and their has been considerable progress in the understanding of their interplay. Among these results are: Due their properties and the way they arise, the study of foliations and laminations has dynamical aspects related for example to the smoothness of a lamination. In this workshop we plan to introduce these notions and discuss some of the applications mentioned above.

Invited speakers




Local information

How to get here

From the airport it is easiest to take the s-Bahn (S1 or S8). Both travel into the city and their direction is unique. There are ticket machines on the platform at the station or next to the Deutsche Bahn (DB) Service Desk. To get to the math department change to the 27 Tram at Karlsplatz Stachus going to Petuelring (see this map). Or if the weather is nice you may just want to walk.

From the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) either walk to Karlsplatz Stachus and take the tram, take the 100 Bus to the stop Pinakotheken (see this map) or take a (15-20 Minute) walk.


Unless you are a speaker we kindly ask you to organise hotel accomodations independently. A (non-exhaustive) list of possible hotel can be found here.

Possibilities for lunch

Here is a map showing some of the restaurants and cafes near the maths department.


Jonathan Bowden

Thomas Vogel.