Chris Wendl

I am a Reader and Royal Society University Research Fellow in the geometry and topology group in the mathematics department at University College London.

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UCL Symplectic Working Group Seminar

Workshop on Contact Geometry in Dimension Three and Higher (July 2014 at UCL)

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Contact information

mailing address:
Chris Wendl
Department of Mathematics
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY
Room 802a
phone: +44 (0)20 7679 2272
fax: +44 (0)20 7383 5519 (this is the UCL maths departmental fax number)

e-mail:  c dot wendl at ucl dot ac dot uk


My research is in symplectic and contact topology, particularly the theory of pseudoholomorphic curves, applications to contact manifolds, and Symplectic Field Theory.

Here is my publications page.

I am an editorial advisor for the Proceedings / Journal / Bulletin / Transactions of the LMS, in the area of symplectic and contact topology.

I currently organise the UCL Symplectic Working Group Seminar. In the Spring term 2013, I also organised a learning seminar on the h-principle, and before that, the Leipzig/Berlin Symplectic Homology Learning Seminar.

Interesting seminars in the area:

Here is a list of upcoming conferences and workshops that I think are interesting. It used to be a list of events that I was personally planning to attend, but then I found out that some people are actually using it to find out what's going on, so I've added more events that I won't necessarily be attending. (Thus if your main goal is to stalk me, this list will be only partially helpful.)

And some conferences in the recent past.

PhD students:

  • Agustín Moreno (began October 2014)
  • Alexandru Cioba (began October 2012)

PhD students (co-supervised):

  • Momchil Konstantinov (began October 2014; I supervised his "short" first-year project for the LSGNT)
  • Marcelo Alves (PhD 2014 from UL Brussels; co-supervised with Frédéric Bourgeois)
    Thesis title: Growth rate of Legendrian contact homology and dynamics of Reeb flows

If you are interested in doing a PhD under my supervision, you should apply to the London School of Geometry and Number Theory, a new EPSRC-funded PhD programme run jointly by UCL, King's College and Imperial College London.

Master's students:

  • Udhav Fowdar (MSci expected 2016 at UCL)
    Project title (tentative): A functional analytic approach to Morse homology
  • Naomi Kraushar (MSci expected 2016 at UCL)
    Project title (tentative): Bordism theory and almost complex fillings of contact manifolds
  • Joe Driscoll (MSci 2015 at UCL)
    Project title: Morse homology

My collaborators, present and past:

Some other people I've worked with in the past:

Until recently, some information about funding opportunities, events, and job postings in my field could be found on the website of Contact And Symplectic Topology (CAST), a Research Networking Programme (RNP) of the European Science Foundation (ESF), but this programme is finished as of January 2015. A new incarnation of the CAST website should soon be appearing at

This is me, wielding my trusty water bottle to protect Imperial China from Mongol invasion.

This is not me (in case that was unclear). This is János, with his foot resting on Evans, Partial Differential Equations, AMS 1991.
(Full disclosure: János used to be my cat, but has actually been someone else's cat since I moved to Europe in 2007. Nonetheless, I am sure he remains as fond of PDE books as he always was.)



From 2011 to 2013, I taught UCL's MATH1101 (Analysis 1) in the Autumn term. Here is a link to the moodle for the course. (If you are not enrolled in the course you will need an "enrolment key" to access the moodle.)


Here is some more information on courses I've taught in the past.


I am the current Affiliate Tutor for UCL Mathematics, which means that if you are a foreign student interested in spending a term or a year at UCL and taking mathematics courses, you will probably have to talk with me at some point (the exception is Erasmus students, who will have to talk with Dr. Yiannis Petridis instead). Here is some general information about study abroad & exchange programmes at UCL, provided by the International Office. For information about UCL mathematics course offerings, see the department's module information for undergraduates, which is more reliable and up-to-date than the information provided by the International Office.

Some mathematical links

(Some unusual grafitti I found on a bathroom wall at the Diesel Cafe in Somerville, Massachusetts. March 13, 2007.)

A Frequently Asked Question

Question: Aren't you German?

Answer: No. Don't let my name, or my history of working at German-speaking universities, or my appearance, or the fact that you've overheard me speaking German with colleagues fool you. I am, in fact, not German.

An Occasionally Asked Question

Question: Where did you learn to speak English so well?

Answer: It is my native language.

A Question That Is Asked Far More Often Than It Should Be

Question: Where did you learn to speak German so well?

Answer: I don't speak German that well, it only sounds like it if you don't listen carefully.

Towers of Light (as seen from the Staten Island Ferry, 9/11/04; photo by MPW)

9/11 happened approximately midway through my graduate career in New York; about two months before my oral qualifying exams. I've been meaning for years to write a rambling but potent essay on this topic, and post it on the web. I even started one on the evening of 9/11/03, but it proved rather more rambling than potent and I abandoned the effort. It will probably never actually happen.

Some nonmathematical things

Trockne Blumen (the reason why I once spent a whole week learning musixtex, and then promptly forgot it)

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