British Isles Graduate Workshop III


BIGWIII is the third edition of the annual summer workshop on themes in geometry. The previous two conferences studied "Higgs Bundles" (BIGWI) and "Singularities and Symplectic Topology" (BIGWII). The theme of this workshop will be "Gauge Theory with a View to Higher Dimensions". The workshop will be held in Jersey from June 9th to June 15th, 2019.

The goal is to bring together a group of approximately 25 graduate students to work on a specific topic under the guidance of three senior mathematicians. The majority of the talks will be given by the participants, and there will be time in the afternoons and evenings for further discussions and more informal sessions. The character of the workshop is expository in nature, starting with the basic ideas and leading to a survey of the most recent developments in the field; no prior knowledge of the topic will be assumed. Since both the participants and the mentors will be living in the same building, we hope to create an informal, yet mathematically intensive, atmosphere.


The topic for the workshop will be gauge theory in higher dimensions. The workshop will be mentored by Derek Harland (Leeds University), Andriy Haydys (Freiburg University) and Yuuji Tanaka (Oxford University). We will study generalisations of classical gauge theory to new higher dimensional settings such as nearly Kähler 6-manifolds, G2 manifolds and Spin(7) manifolds. The following articles give an idea of the direction:

Benoit Charbonneau and Derek Harland - Deformations of nearly Kähler instantons, arXiv

Andriy Haydys - G2 instantons and the Seiberg-Witten monopoles, arXiv

Yuuji Tanaka - A construction of Spin(7)-instantons, arXiv


The schedule of the workshop will be available nearer the time. Among all the participants, we expect half of them to give one of the scheduled talks, which will be allocated by early May 2019. Note that on June 9th and 15th no talks are scheduled as these days will be used for travel to and from the venue of the event.


The location of the workshop will be the Durrell Wildlife Hostel on Jersey. Please arrive by 5pm on June 9th, and leave anytime on June 15th. The house is on the site of Jersey Zoo (founded by Gerald Durrell). The island has lots of beautiful beaches, as well as places of natural or historical significance, and there will be some free time during the workshop to allow for exploration. The easiest way to get there is probably by plane to Jersey airport (there are regular flights from many UK airports). There are also boats from England or France, but they take longer. Then it is not far from the airport to the hostel, and you can either get two buses or a taxi.


The local expenses for all participants will be covered by the workshop, in particular the costs of accommodation and meals. There will be a registration fee of between £50-£100 (exact amount to be confirmed, estimated £80).

Women in Mathematics

We strongly encourage female applicants, and are committed to redressing the gender imbalance in mathematics at research level.


If you would like to apply to attend this workshop, please download and complete the form below. Completed forms should be sent as an attachment to an email to Please title the email "BIGWIII application".

BIGWIII application form download

Applications close on the 31st March.


Benjamin Aslan, University College London

Christopher Evans, University College London

Daniel Platt, Imperial College London

Angela Wu, University College London

For questions or suggestions, please send an email to the organisers at

We gratefully acknowledge funding and support from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geometry and Number Theory, Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research and Simons Collaboration on Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis, and Physics.
EPSRC           LSGNT

Heilbronn                   Simons