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”.

## 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.

## 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.

## Liouville structures and convex surfaces

Starting from a Liouville 1-form on a surface, we have been led to 3-dimensional contact geometry, and convex surfaces. We now go in the other direction.

## From Liouville geometry to contact geometry

(Technical) We’re going to take Liouville structures and move them into 3 dimensions, to obtain contact structures.

## Lovely Liouville geometry

(Technical) I’d like to show you some very nice geometry, involving some vector fields and differential forms.

## Emmy had a theorem (mathematical nursery rhyme #2)

In the spirit of previous work in abstract algebra, I have, erm, adapted another nursery rhyme. To the tune of “Mary had a little lamb”, a discussion of Noether’s theorem.