On 20 September 2022 I gave a zoom talk in the Topology seminar at Tsinghua University, Beijing, entitled “A symplectic approach to 3-manifold triangulations and hyperbolic structures”.

## Monash topology talk on Symplectic approach to 3-manifold Triangulations, September 2022

On 14 September 2022 I gave a talk (in person!) in the Monash Topology seminar, entitled “A symplectic approach to 3-manifold triangulations and hyperbolic structures”.

## “There is always room for a new theory in mathematics”: Maryna Viazovska and her mathematics

In August 2022 I gave a talk about recent Fields medallist Prof Maryna Viazovska and some of her mathematical work. This was a Monash LunchMaths seminar.

## A symplectic basis for 3-manifold triangulations

In the 1980s, Neumann and Zagier introduced a symplectic vector space associated to an ideal triangulation of a cusped 3-manifold, such as a knot complement. We give a geometric interpretation for this symplectic structure in terms of the topology of the 3-manifold, via intersections of certain curves on a Heegaard surface. We also give an algorithm to construct curves forming a symplectic basis.

## May 12 talk on Maryam Mirzakhani

On May 12, 2022, I gave a talk at Monash for undergraduate students on some of the mathematics of Maryam Mirzakhani.

## Talk at Knots in Washington 49.75

On 22 April 2022 I gave a (virtual) talk at the 49.75th (!) Knots in Washington conference.

## A Symplectic Basis for 3-manifold Triangulations, AustMS 2021

On 8 December 2021 I gave a (virtual) talk in the Topology session of the 2021 meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society.

## Five-minute surrealist antiwar exposition of topological data analysis

On Remembrance Day 2021 (11 November) I have a talk at a session of Lightning Talks at a session on “Mathematics for Data Analysis, AI & Machine Learning” organised by the Monash Data Futures Institute. This was a “Lightning Talk”

## General tips for studying mathematics

I don’t know that I would have anything to say that’s not a platitude, but here are some thoughts.

## Summarise your maths research in one slide, Dan

As part of an upcoming workshop participants were asked to introduce themselves with a one-page slide. I took it as an extreme form of concision: summarise your maths research in one slide, Dan.