Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Scottish Topology Seminar

Sep 30, 2016

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA


This special meeting of the Scottish Topology Seminar will be held in honour of Professor Andrew Ranicki and his many distinguished contributions to Scottish Topology.

Andrew Ranicki has been at the University of Edinburgh since 1982, where he has been a central figure in Scottish topology and the international research community, working on high dimensional manifolds ever since.  In August 2016 he will be retiring from his Personal Chair of Algebraic Surgery at the University. 

 Group photographs of the participants are now available from our Flickr account.

 A selection of photographs from the meeting and the dinner are now available here
Many thanks to Stefan Freidl for taking them.

 The epsiode from 44 Scotland Street read by Alexander McColl Smith a the dinner is available from Professor Ranicki's website.


The application period is now closed.  

For those who have applied, there is no automatic acknowledgement but once your registration has been processed your name will appear on the website in the list of participants.  


The Scottish Topology Seminar will take place at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.  All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  In addition to a data projector, computer and visualiser (the latest equivalent to an OHP), two blackboards have been installed.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  


Talks and Audio/Visiual Equipment
We advise that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a MAC we expect you to bring your own adaptor. 


UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.


Refreshments and Lunch
Refreshments and lunch will be provided in the Chapterhouse, Level 1, at ICMS.  


Optional Dinner (in honour of Andrew Ranicki)
Please note that this dinner is now full.

There will be a dinner in the St Trinnean Room, St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls of Residence, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, at 19.00 on Friday 30 September 2016, to mark the occasion of Andrew Ranicki's retirement.   Unless otherwise specified by email, the cost will be 30 GBP, payable on the day at the Scottish Topology Seminar in sterling cash.



Details about the programme for the seminar can be found at:




Name Institution
Adams-Florou, Spiros University of Glasgow
Atiyah, Sir Michael University of Edinburgh
Baker, Andrew University of Glasgow
Boote, Yumi University of Manchester
Booth, Matt University Of Edinburgh
Boyd, Rachael University of Aberdeen
Brendle, Tara University of Glasgow
Brown, Chris
Cheltsov, Ivan University of Edinburgh
Chen, Mel University of Glasgow
Ciobanu, Laura Heriot-Watt University
Cooke, Juliet University of Edinburgh
Crowley, Diarmuid University of Aberdeen
Crowley, Kate
Eggar, Mike ex University of Edinburgh
Figueroa-O'Farrill, José University of Edinburgh
Fourman, Michael University of Edinburgh
Friedl, Stefan University of Regensburg
Gimperlein, Heiko Heriot-Watt University
Gollinger, William WWU Münster
Grant, Mark University of Aberdeen
Hambleton, Ian Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
Hambleton, Taida
Hezlet, Susan
Huettemann, Thomas Queen's University Belfast
Korzeniewski, Andrew
Kraehmer, Ulrich Technische Universität Dresden
Lanini, Martina University of Edinburgh
Logan, Alan University of Glasgow
Maciocia, Antony University of Edinburgh
Martens, Johan University of Edinburgh
McLeay, Alan University of Glasgow
Meachan, Ciaran University of Glasgow
Nagy, Csaba University of Aberdeen
Orson, Patrick Durham University
Owens, Brendan University of Glasgow
Patterson, Paddy
Pedersen, Erik Kjær University of Copenhagen
Powell, Mark UQAM
Quinn, David University of Edinburgh
Quinn, Frank Virginia Tech
Ranicki, Andrew University of Edinburgh
Recio Mitter, David University of Aberdeen
Rendall, Iain
Schroers, Bernd Heriot-Watt University
Schuetz, Dirk Durham University
Segal, Graeme University of Oxford
Snape, Michael University of Glasgow
Steiner, Richard University of Glasgow
Strle, Saso University of Ljubljana
Thompson, Emily
Waite, Daniel University of Glasgow
Wall, Charles T.C. University of Liverpool
Watson, Stephen University of Glasgow
Wemyss, Michael University of Glasgow
Whittaker, Mike University of Glasgow
Williams, Gareth The Open University
Ziolkowska, Francesca