XII Galway Topology Colloquium

An 12ú Comhthionóil sa Toipeolaíocht i nGaillimh  

The 12th Galway Topology Colloquium will take place in NUI Galway, Ireland on June 5 and 6, 2008.  I am pleased to announce that this year’s invited speakers include Prof. Peter Nyikos, University of South Carolina, and Prof. Michael Hrusak, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Other speakers include

  • Chris Good (University of Birmingham)
  • Andy Barwell (University of Birmingham)
  • K.P. Hart (TU Delft)
  • Abdul Adheem Al-Soodinay (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
  • Rolf Suabedissen (Oxford)
  • Ben Chad (Oxford)
  • Gareth Davies (Oxford)
  • Brian McMaster (QUB)

The Colloquia series was established in Galway in 1997 and has since rotated annually between the centres of (set theoretic and general) topological research in Ireland and the UK. Its particular focus is on the active participation of all who attend to promote a spirit of training, learning and communicating. Thus the atmosphere is informal and graduate students are especially encouraged to attend and to contribute a talk of topological content, whether on established classical results, techniques or research, recent or otherwise.

The Colloquium dinner will take place on the evening of June 5th, at a cost of no more than €40 per person. Can you please let me know if you plan to attend the dinner by May 30th?

The programme, abstracts and photos are now available.


For the tourism spin on Galway, please visit www.irelandwest.ie from which the following description is extracted:

“There is certain chemistry and vibrancy to this friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric mediaeval city of culture. From this pulsating heart the rest of the county flows.

Galway Bay, immortalised in song, its beauty unchanging. Scenic Gaeltacht areas including the Aran Islands. Connemara, with the picturesque town of Clifden as its capital. Mountains, castles and stone walls, banks of turf, long sandy beaches, clear lakes, joyful leaping streams and flowing rivers. Delightful countryside punctuated by pretty villages, and traditional pubs.”


As suggested above, Galway is a very popular tourist destination. It is therefore advisable to reserve accommodation sooner rather than later. I have provisionally reserved B&B accommodation on a two-night basis (June 4th and 5th) at the university’s student accommodation village www.corribvillage.com which offers a range of facilities. Single rooms are available at €55 per room per night, double (not twin) rooms at €75 per room per night. There are also self-catering options which you may wish to consider if you (sensibly!) plan a longer stay. In any event, please contact me if you wish to reserve a room here.

 Other possible accommodation choices convenient for NUI Galway include:

  • Ashgrove House B&B, 091-581291
  • Aneesha B&B, 091-524250
  • Villanova B&B, 091-524849
  • Coolavalla B&B, 091-522415
  • Rosgal B&B, 091- 524723
  • De Sota B&B, 091-585064
  • The Westwood Hotel, 091 521 442
  • Corrib Haven B&B, 091-524171
  • Abbey House B&B, 091- 524394

B&B rates are in the region of €60 per person per night on a single room basis.


There are regular rail connections from Dublin to Galway, and bus connections from all Irish cities and towns.
There are direct flights to Galway Airport from Belfast, Dublin, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Lorient, Cardiff, Leeds, Cork and Prague. The Airport is 7 kms from the NUI Galway campus and is unfortunately not served by public transport. Taxis typically cost €25.
Directions to NUI Galway by road can be found here. A campus map is available here.
NUI Galway has a number of pay-and-display parking places for visitors. Cars parked in other spaces on the NUI Galway campus and not displaying a valid parking permit will be clamped.

For currency conversion rates, see www.oanda.com

This page will be updated with further information as necessary. To register interest or for other information, please contact aisling.mccluskey@nuigalway.ie


Acknowledgement: The Galway Topology Colloquium 2008 is generously supported by:

·        the Department of Mathematics, NUI Galway

·        the Millennium Research Fund, NUI Galway

·        the Office of the Registrar and Deputy-President, NUI Galway.