 TOM BAIRD, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Moduli spaces of real vector bundles over a real curve [PDF]

Given a Riemann surface $X$, we may associate a moduli space $M(X)$ of stable holomorphic vector bundles of some fixed rank and degree. If the rank and degree are coprime, then $M(X)$ is a compact Kaehler manifold. Atiyah and Bott showed how $M(X)$ can be constructed as an infinite dimensional symplectic quotient, and used this to compute Betti numbers and other topological information.
Suppose now that $X$ comes equipped with an antiholomorphic involution $\tau$. This induces an involution of $M(X)$ and the fixed point set, $M(X, \tau)$, is a real Lagrangian submanifold of $M(X)$. BiswasHuismanHurtubise and Schaffhauser showed how $M(X,\tau)$ can be understood as a moduli space of real vector bundles over $(X,\tau)$ and can be constructed as an infinite dimensional "real Lagrangian quotient". In this talk, I will explain how the methods of Atiyah and Bott can be adapted to compute the $Z_2$Betti numbers of $M(X,\tau)$. I will also comment on how these $M(X,\tau)$ form a promising class of examples for Lagrangian Floer theory.
 TATYANA BARRON, University of Western Ontario
Multisymplectic manifolds and quantization. [PDF]

I will discuss how techniques of BerezinToeplitz quantization can be adapted to quantization on multisymplectic manifolds, including hyperk\"ahler manifolds. I will briefly mention moment maps.
 VIRGINIE CHARETTE, Université de Sherbrooke
Some symplectic geometry in the 3d Einstein Universe [PDF]

The 3dimensional Einstein Universe is the conformal compactification of 3dimensional affine Minkowski space. Interestingly, it can also be interpreted as the space of Lagrangian planes in a 4dimensional symplectic vector space. Using a suitable dictionary, we will discuss how certain facts concerning the Einstein Universe can be nicely stated in this language.
 PETER CROOKS, University of Toronto
Minimal nilpotent Hessenberg varieties [PDF]

Hessenberg varieties constitute a diverse and interesting family of subvarieties of the flag variety. They are studied in a number of areas, including algebraic geometry, combinatorics, geometric representation theory, and equivariant topology. With respect to the last of these disciplines, there has been a great deal interest in understanding the equivariant cohomology rings associated with appropriately defined torus actions on Hessenberg varieties.
Now, let $G$ be a simplyconnected simple group over $\mathbb{C}$, and fix a maximal torus and Borel subgroup, $T\subseteq B$, respectively. I will explain what it means for $X\subseteq G/B$ to be a minimal nilpotent Hessenberg variety. I will subsequently offer two descriptions of $H_T^*(X)$. The first arises from GKM theory, while the second description results from exhibiting $H_T^*(X)$ as a quotient of $H_T^*(G/B)$.
This represents joint work with Hiraku Abe
 MAIA FRASER, University of Ottawa
Contact nonsqueezing via contact homology [PDF]

I will discuss nonsqueezing in the contact manifold ${\mathbb R}^n \times S^1$ and a proof that ``largescale" prequantized balls, namely $B(R) \times S^1$ with $R>1$, cannot be squeezed into themselves by a compactly supported contactomorphism. This statement and its proof by contact homology are in the same spirit as EliashbergKimPolterovich's (2006) proof of nonsqueezing for $R \in {\mathbb N}$. Chiu (2014) proved $B(R) \times S^1$, $R>1$, cannot be squeezed into itself by a compactly supported contact isotopy; a similar result can be obtained by generating function arguments.
 ADINA GAMSE, Northeastern University
Vanishing theorems in the cohomology ring of the moduli space of parabolic bundles [PDF]

Let $\Sigma$ be a compact connected oriented 2manfiold of genus $g$, and let $p$ be a point on $\Sigma$. We define a space $S_g(t)$ consisting of certain irreducible representations of the fundamental group of $\Sigma \setminus p$ , modulo conjugation by $SU(N)$. This space has interpretations in algebraic geometry, gauge theory and topological quantum field theory; in particular if $\Sigma$ has a Kähler structure then $S_g(t)$ is the moduli space of parabolic vector bundles of rank $N$ over $\Sigma$.
For $N=2$, Weitsman considered a tautological line bundle on $S_g(t)$, and proved that the $(2g)^{th}$ power of its first Chern class vanishes, as conjectured by Newstead. In this talk I will present his proof and then outline my extension of his work to $SU(N)$ and to $SO(2n+1)$.
 EMMANUEL GIROUX, CNRSCRM
Existence of Lefschetz fibrations on Stein and Weinstein domains [PDF]

In this talk, I will present our joint work with John Pardon showing
that every Stein or Weinstein domain may be realized (up to deformation) as a
Lefschetz fibration over the disk. The proof is an application of Donaldson's
quantitative transversality techniques.
 TYLER HOLDEN, University of Toronto
Nonabelian convexity of based loop groups [PDF]

If $K$ is a compact, connected, simply connected Lie group, its based loop group $\Omega K$ is endowed with a Hamiltonian $S^1\times T$ action, where $T$ is a maximal torus of $K$. Atiyah and Pressley examined the image of $\Omega K$ under the moment map $\mu$, while Jeffrey and Mare examined the corresponding image of the real locus $\Omega K^\tau$ for a compatible antisymplectic involution $\tau$. Both papers generalize well known results in finite dimensions, specifically the AtiyahGuilleminSternberg theorem, and Duistermaat's convexity theorem. In the spirit of Kirwan's convexity theorem, I have generalized the two aforementioned results by demonstrating convexity of $\Omega K$ and its real locus $\Omega K^\tau$ in the full nonabelian regime, resulting from the Hamiltonian $S^1\times K$ action. In particular, this is done by appealing to the Bruhat decomposition of the algebraic (affine) Grassmannian, and appealing to the "highest weight polytope" results for Borelinvariant varieties of Guillemin and Sjamaar and Goldberg.
 JACQUES HURTUBISE, McGill University
Isomonodromic deformations and Stability [PDF]

One considers isomonodromic deformations of bundles with connection over a Riemann surface. When the underlying surface is a Riemann sphere with marked points, one has a nice link to representations into matrix groups when the bundle is trivial. One can ask whether generic deformations take one into this trivial locus. In other genera, one of the analogues of triviality of the bundles in genus zero is the notion of stability; we examine how deformations and stability interact. (Joint with Indranil Biswas and Viktoria Heu.)
 YAEL KARSHON, University of Toronto
The MorseBottKirwan condition is local [PDF]

Kirwan identified a condition on a smooth function, being "minimally degenerate", under which the usual techniques of MorseBott theory can be applied to the function. We prove that if a function satisfies this condition locally then it also satisfies the condition globally. As a corollary, we obtain a MorseLemmatype characterization of minimally degenerate functions.
As another application, we use the local normal form theorem to recover Kirwan's result that the normsquare of a momentum map satisfies Kirwan's condition.
This is joint work with Tara Holm.
 LIAT KESSLER, University of Haifa
Homologically trivial symplectic cyclic actions need not extend to Hamiltonian circle actions [PDF]

We give an example of a symplectic action of a cyclic group, inducing a trivial action on the homology, on a four manifold that admits Hamiltonian circle actions, and show that it does not extend to a Hamiltonian circle action.
This is a joint work with River Chiang.
 DEREK KREPSKI, University of Manitoba
Prequantization of moment map theories [PDF]

In 2003, P.~Xu introduced quasisymplectic groupoids $\Gamma_1 \rightrightarrows \Gamma_0$ as a natural target for moment maps, providing a unifying framework for various moment map theories. These include (classical) Hamiltonian actions of compact Lie groups, groupvalued moment maps, PoissonLie group actions, and Hamiltonian loopgroup actions. Quasisymplectic groupoids are also known as twisted symplectic groupoids, which are the global objects integrating twisted Dirac structures.
The `twist' is encoded by a closed $3$form on $\Gamma_0$ (e.g.~for groupvalued moment maps, it is the Cartan $3$form on a compact Lie group $\Gamma_0=G$).
This talk discusses prequantization in this framework. We briefly recall the prequantization of C.~LaurentGengoux and P.~Xu for the case of exact quasisymplectic groupoids (where the twisting $3$form is exact), and discuss recent work that extends the definition of prequantization to nonexact quasisymplectic groupoids.
 JEREMY LANE, University of Toronto
Convexity For Momentum Maps Constructed by Thimm's Trick [PDF]

In 1983, Guillemin and Sternberg introduced the GelfandZeitlin system on coadjoint orbits and proved that the image of a GelfandZeitlin system on a unitary coadjoint orbit is a convex polytope. It is interesting to note that although unitary coadjoint orbits are compact, the GelfandZeitlin system only generates a Hamiltonian torus action on an open dense submanifold of the coadjoint orbit. For this reason, Guillemin and Sternberg were unable to deduce convexity and fibre connectedness for GelfandZeitlin systems from their famous Abelian convexity theorem* (instead they computed the image explicitly).
The GelfandZeitlin system can be viewed as an example of a more general construction, which one may refer to as `Thimm's trick' (owing to a 1981 paper by Thimm). In this talk I will present a convexity and fibre connectedness theorem for all proper momentum maps that are constructed by Thimm's trick. It may be interesting for session participants to note that the proof does not contain Morse theory.
The corresponding preprint is arXiv:1509.07356.
* Of course, the Abelian convexity theorem was proven by Atiyah and separately Guillemin and Sternberg in 1982.
 YI LIN, Georgia Southern University
Hard Lefschetz property for contact manifolds [PDF]

In the literature, there are two different versions of Hard Lefschetz theorems for a compact Sasakian manifold. The first version, due to KacimiAlaoui, asserts that the basic cohomology of a compact Sasakian manifold satisfies the Hard Lefschetz property. The second version, established more recently by CappellettiMontano, De Nicola, and Yudin, holds for the usual De Rham cohomology of a compact Sasakian manifold. In this talk, we will discuss a new approach to the Hard Lefschetz property of Sasakian manifolds, using the formalism of odd dimensional symplectic geometry. It leads to a Hard Lefschetz theorem for the more general Kcontact manifolds, which immediately implies that the two existing versions of Hard Lefschetz theorem are logically equivalent to each other. Our method sheds new insights on the topology of a Sasakian manifold. For instance, we will discuss how to use it to construct simplyconnected Kcontact manifolds which do not support any Sasakian structures in any dimension greater than or equal to seven. This in particular answers an open question asked by Boyer and late Galicki. If time permits, we will also discuss recently discovered topological obstructions to the existence of a Sasakian metric.
 YIANNIS LOIZIDES, University of Toronto
Normsquare localization for Hamiltonian LGspaces [PDF]

Let $\psi:\mathcal{M} \rightarrow L\mathfrak{g}^\ast$ be a proper Hamiltonian $LG$space. Dividing out by the free action of the based loop group $L_0G$, yields a finite dimensional quasiHamiltonian space $\Phi:M \rightarrow G$. It is possible to define twisted DuistermaatHeckman (DH) measures for $(M,\Phi)$, which are distributions on $G$ encoding cohomological pairings on reduced spaces. Similar to the Hamiltonian case, these can be computed using abelian localization. We will discuss an analogue of normsquare localizationas initiated by Witten and studied in depth by Paradanfor twisted DHmeasures of quasiHamiltonian spaces, where the terms of the formula are indexed by the components of the critical set of $\psi^2$.
 KEVIN LUK, University of Toronto
Meromorphic line bundles [PDF]

In usual complex algebraic geometry, the Picard group of holomorphic
line bundles on a complex algebraic variety $X$ is given by $H^{1}\left(\mathcal{O}_{X}^{\times}\right)$.
In this talk, we will discuss about a meromorphic modification of
this sheaf for which the first cohomology will represent the group
of meromorphic line bundles on $X$ with singularities along a divisor
$D$ in $X$. We will then give examples of these meromorphic line
bundles and discuss how ideas from mixed Hodge theory are used to
study these geometric objects. Using an example involving the complement
of an elliptic curve in $\mathbb{P}^{2}$, we will discuss how these
meromorphic line bundles relate to open CalabiYau mirror symmetry.
Time permitting, we will discuss the possible relationship of these meromorphic
line bundles to regulators in arithmetic
gometry.
 ECKHARD MEINRENKEN, University of Toronto
Convexity for twisted conjugation [PDF]

I will describe a convexity theorem for products of twisted conjugacy classes. The proof uses twistedequivariant groupvalued moment maps.
 RUXANDRA MORARU, University of Waterloo
Moduli spaces of stable generalized holomorphic bundles on generalized K\"ahler manifolds [PDF]

Generalized holomorphic bundles are the analogues of holomorphic vector bundles in the generalized geometry setting. For some generalized complex structures, these bundles correspond to coHiggs bundles, flat bundles or Poisson modules. In this talk, I will discuss the deformation theory of stable generalized holomorphic bundles on generalized K\"ahler manifolds. I will also give explicit examples and explain how some of them are related to Poisson modules. This is work in progress with Shengda Hu.
 STEVEN RAYAN, University of Toronto
The bottom of the nilpotent cone of twisted Higgs bundles on $\mathbb{CP}^1$ [PDF]

We study the minimal component of the critical set for a MorseBott function corresponding to the natural $S^1$action on the moduli space of stable twisted Higgs bundles over the Riemann sphere.
 FRÉDÉRIC ROCHON, UQÀM
Renormalized volume on the Teichmüller space of punctured Riemann surfaces [PDF]

We define and study the renormalized volume for geometrically finite hyperbolic 3manifolds that may have rank1 cusps. We prove a variation formula, and show that for certain families of convex cocompact hyperbolic metrics degenerating to a geometrically finite hyperbolic metric with rank1 cusps, the renormalized volume converges to the renormalized volume of the limiting metric. This is a joint work with Colin Guillarmou and Sergiu Moroianu.
 REYER SJAMAAR, Cornell University
Induction of representations and Poincare duality [PDF]

In 1965 Bott enumerated all possible ways to induce representations of
compact Lie groups by means of elliptic differential operators. This
led to generalizations of the Weyl character formula. I will review
and update Bott's work and discuss some applications to Ktheory.
This is a report on joint work with Greg Landweber.
 JORDAN WATTS, University of Colorado at Boulder
Tame Circle Actions [PDF]

A famous question of Dusa McDuff, often referred to as the "McDuff Conjecture", is whether there exists a nonHamiltonian symplectic circle action with isolated fixed points on a compact symplectic manifold. Susan Tolman recently answered this question in the affirmative, constructing a $6$dimensional such space with exactly $32$ fixed points. A crucial ingredient to this construction involves Hamiltonian circle actions on complex manifolds and orbifolds in which the interaction between the complex structure and the symplectic form is fairly weak. Specifically, versions of Sjamaar's holomorphic slice theorem, the birational equivalence theorem of Guillemin and Sternberg, as well as reduction, cutting, and blowup (all of which work in the Kaehler world) are required in this weaker setting.
All of these theorems and constructions are extended to this weaker setting in joint work by Tolman and myself. In particular, by weak, we mean that if $\xi$ is the vector field induced by the circle action, $\omega$ the symplectic form, and $J$ the complex structure, then $\omega(\xi,J\xi)>0$ on the complement of the fixed point set. This condition is sufficient for all of the theorems and constructions above except for the blowup (which also requires tameness at the point to be blownup).
In this talk, I will focus on the holomorphic slice theorem about a fixed point, reduction, and (timepermitting) the birational equivalence theorem proven in the joint paper.
 JONATHAN WEITSMAN, Northeastern University
On bsymplectic manifolds [PDF]

We describe recent progress on bsymplectic manifolds. (Joint work with Victor Guillemin and Eva Miranda)