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Topology Festival

May 8–10, 2020


Cornell University, among other national educational institutions, has become aware that conference speakers are being contacted either by e-mail or phone and are being asked to give out credit card information for lodging.  Please know that we will NOT be contacting anyone for any personal or credit card information via direct e-mail or phone.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact any of the organizers or the event conference coordinator.


The 56th Topology Festival will be held May 8–10, 2020.

Funding is available for participants. Check back later for information on how to apply. 

If you need accommodations to participate in this event or advice on sources of child care and other types of family care during the conference, please e-mail

Key Dates

March 31 Deadline for applications for funding
April 7 Earliest deadline for group rates on hotel bookings
April 8 Tentative date of email notification of funding decisions
April 30 Conference registration closes

Plenary Speakers

Special Demonstration

Cliff Stoll (Acme Klein Bottles) and Lucas Clarke (Simon Fraser University): Mathematics and Hot Glass


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At this time, we can provide letters of invitation to scholars who wish to attend.


The Topology Festival gratefully acknowledges the continuous support of the National Science Foundation since the Festival’s inception. Special thanks to Acme Klein Bottle, purveyors of “the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions,” for donating a prize every year for many years.