in honor of Ralph Kopperman's 70th Birthday
July 25-28, 2012
Minnesota State University
Mankato, Minnesota

Overview and Schedule

    You are invited to attend the 27th Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications (SumTopo 2012).

     The first Conference talk will begin about 9am July 25, and the last will be late afternoon, July 28. There will be a banquet Wednesday, July 25. The deadline for signing up for the banquet is July 20. Look at this web site for details as they become known, including an updated schedule.

    The Conference will have 10 plenary invited talks, 20-minute invited and contributed talks in parallel sessions, and workshops in Geometric Theoretic Topology and in Dynamical Systems.

    We encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration to one of the special sessions listed below. The deadline for submissions is June 24. Submitted abstracts will be displayed on the Conference-Atlas as they become available.

Registration and Banquet

The registration page is now open. The fee is $175 for registration by July 1 and $195 for late-registration. Those electing to attend the banquet (deadline: July 20) will be charged an additional $25. You can also reserve on-campus accommodations (see below) at that site.

Plenary Talks

Doyel Barman (UNC Greensboro)
Henk Bruin (University of Surrey)
Judy Kennedy (Lamar University)
Ralph Kopperman (CCNY)
Justin Moore (Cornell University)
Janusz Prajs (CSU, Sacramento)
Steve Rodabaugh (Youngstown State University)
Sonja Stimac (University of Zagreb)
Scott Taylor (Colby College)
Abby Thompson (UC Davis)


Geometric Topology, Jesse Johnson (Oklahoma State University)
Dynamical Systems, Luca Zamboni (Université de Lyon, France and University of Turku, Finland)

Special Sessions and Organizers

Geometric Topology Maggy Tomova (University of Iowa)
Ryan Blair (University of Pennsylvania)
Set-Theoretic Topology Alan Dow (University of North Carolina)
Ronnie Levy (George Mason University)
Paul Szeptycki (York University, Toronto)
Klaas Pieter Hart (TU Delft Netherlands)
Dynamical Systems Lori Alvin (University of West Florida)
Jed Keesling (University of Florida)
Louis Block (University of Florida)
Asymmetric Topology
(including categorical topology and point free topology)
Lawrence Brown (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)
Richard Wilson (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
Steve Matthews (University of Warwick, UK)
Continuum Theory David Ryden (Baylor University)
Chris Mouron (Rhodes College)
Local Organizers (MSU Mankato) Brian Martensen
Namyong Lee
Charles Waters
Jeff Ford


    We have arranged for single dorm rooms to be set aside in the Julia Sears Residence Community on campus. Rooms are single occupancy with two rooms sharing a bathroom. Breakfast is included in the residential dining hall. The rate is $27.95 per night (tax included). There is a one-time fee of $7.25 for linens during your stay. Those wishing to share a room may do so at a reduced rate. Visit the conference registration page to reserve accommodations. The deadline to do so will be July 1.

    We have also set aside rooms with a conference rate of $89.99 per night (including breakfast) at the AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center, which is an easy walk to campus (around 5 minutes).

    Those preferring downtown Mankato may wish to consider the Hilton Garden Inn. Downtown is a short drive, but around a 20-30 minute walk from campus.


    The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport is about an hour and fifteen minutes away. It is a hub for Delta Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines and Sun Country Airlines and is served by most major carriers and many budget carriers (Southwest Airlines, Airtran and Spirit).

    Shuttle service from the airport is available from Land-to-Air Express. It is highly recommended that you book ahead of time. They have an online registration system, so you can use the promotion code SUMTOPO to let them know you are with the conference. If it says the shuttle is full, then call them (507-625-3977 or 888-736-9190) and they will temporarily put you on a waiting list and then they will add shuttles based on people's schedules on the waiting list.

Also, they do not always use the MSU stop on weekends, so if you are departing on Sunday, let them know if you are staying on campus. In their online system, this can be entered under "Special Requests" by entering that you would like to be picked up from campus (45 minutes) ahead of the Mankato Depot departure. Otherwise, you can take a cab to the Mankato Depot for around $5.

Campus and Area

     A map highlighting the areas of campus we will be using and downtown Mankato can be found here. Additional maps are available here for campus, driving directions, parking, bus services and the Mankato area. For those with vehicles, parking in Green Lot #3 and #16 (see map) is allowed during the summer.

    Area dining options can be found here. Numerous hiking and biking trails and parks are available near campus, including Rasmussen Woods near campus and Minneopa Falls a short (3 mile) drive away. Those looking for an activity Saturday afternoon after the conference, we suggest a tour of the second oldest family owned brewery in America or a local winery tasting.


    There will be some limited funding for graduate students ($500-$750), young researchers and those without other means of support. Please download the application form and return it by email (sumtopo@mnsu.edu) to the organizers requesting such support. The fields in the form can be filled out online and saved for attachment in your email. Those received by May 21 will receive priority.


    Conference papers, among others, will be published in Topology Proceedings following the conference, published by Nipissing University. Papers are refereed.


    The conference is sponsored by:
Minnesota State University National Science Foundation Topology Proceedings
Topology Proceedings

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