Young Topologists Meeting 2013

8–12 July 2013
EPFL, Ecublens, Switzerland

The Young Topologists Meeting is an annual conference for graduate students, recent PhDs and generally young researchers in topology. It is organised in turns by the EPFL and the University of Copenhagen. The 2013 edition hosted at EPFL is already the seventh in this series.

Invited Lecturers

Apart from the presentations given by the participants, there are minicourses consisting of several lectures. The 2013 invited lecturers are Benoit Fresse from the Université Lille 1 and Mike Mandell from Indiana University.

Benoit Fresse’s Minicourse


The Homotopy Theory of En-Operads


Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4

Mike Mandell’s Minicourse


Algebraic Models for Homotopy Types


Can be found on Mike’s Website.

Travel Information

There are three big airports in Switzerland – Basel, Geneva and Zurich – of which Geneva is the one closest to Lausanne. The travelling time by train to Lausanne is approximately 45 minutes from Geneva and 2.5 hours from the two other airports. You might also be able to get decent flights to Bern-Belp, which is a smaller airport 2 hours from Lausanne.

From within Europe there is of course always the option of travelling by train. Taking the TGV it takes approximately 4 hours to get from Paris to Lausanne. You can find more information on the (international) train connections and Swiss public transportation in general on


The rooms we reserved are in the Lausanne youth hostel and cost 46.10 CHF (or 40.10 CHF if you have a Hostelling International membership card) per night and person (breakfast included). They are pre-booked for the period from Sunday evening to Friday morning for a total of five nights and each room has four beds; so you will have to share your room.

Due to the high number of participants, additional rooms were booked at the Lausanne GuestHouse, which lies within walking distance from the train station.

For more information concerning the housing, please refer to the conference booklet or contact one of the organisers.

Arrival at EPFL

When arriving at the EPFL, signs will guide you from the metro station to the room CM3, where the YTM will take place. You can use the search bar at the top of this page to find the room CM3 and get an overview of the EPFL campus.


The lectures and talks will be held at the EPFL from Monday morning until Friday at noon, so that you can catch a flight in the afternoon.

A schedule as well as tons of other information can be found in the conference booklet.

Conference Booklet

Much more information (in particular those concerning the excursions as well as the conference dinner) can be found in our conference booklet of which you will receive a printed copy upon arrival at the EPFL.


Varvara Karpova, Marc Stephan, Kay Werndli and Dimitri Zaganidis.