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The concept of curvature describes a fundamental spatial attribute and it has found a place at the core of science since its inception.
This programme is about aspects of non-positive curvature as they occur in various research areas of contemporary mathematics, such as the geometry of manifolds, including those arising from Lie group theory; synthetic geometry (e.g. CAT(0) geometry) as used notably in modern group theory; coarse geometry, a fundamental tool of contemporary topology; non-commutative geometry; and algebra.
By combining and comparing the aspects that non-positive curvature displays in various contexts, the programme aims to acquire new insight and find meaningful new directions to explore. Among the tools used to uncover new aspects of non-positive curvature one numbers cohomology, originally a tool from algebra and topology and now a research field in itself, with countless applications throughout mathematics; perturbation stability -- investigating when small "errors" lead to completely new structures, or when, on the contrary, structures are robust when perturbed;fixed point and proper actions - a topic at the interface of analysis and algebra - with surprising ramifications in many other areas; and CAT(0) and coarse geometry, where CAT(0) cubical and large-scale techniques come into play to solve problems from topology and algebra. All these fields are on the cutting edge of current research, and have fruitful connections to other areas, e.g. theoretical computer science.
The focus of this programme is on breakthrough results and techniques stemming from this research. The general structure consists of activities held on a regular basis (e.g. weekly research seminars, series of lectures, etc.), enhanced by weeks of more intensive lecturing focusing on a topic, and workshops intended to cathalyse interchange and research progress in a specific field. These activities rely on the interaction between long term visitors, UK researchers, and the rapidly developing body of young experts working in the area.