Geometry and Topology in a Discrete Setting

BERLIN, 23 May - 3 June 2022, at Zuse Institute Berlin (in-person event)

The summer school will introduce participants to mathematics at the confluence of discrete mathematics, geometry, and topology. The focus will be on recent work that exhibits the hidden geometry and topology of combinatorial problems.


The school covers two weeks. The main format consists of three lecture series, each of which is dominated by 1-hour lectures by international experts. These are accompanied by problem-solving session and more research-focus talks.

Speakers and Organizers

Pavle Blagojević (FU Berlin/ Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts): Equivariant topology in discrete geometry

Florian Frick (Carnegie Mellon University/ FU Berlin): Intersection results in convex geometry

Shira Zerbib (Iowa State University): Fixed point theorems and their combinatorial applications

Invited Speakers

Ron Aharoni (Technion)

Imre Bárány (Renyi Institute Budapest), to be confirmed

Giulia Codenotti (Universität Frankfurt)

Eran Nevo (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

János Pach (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne/ Renyi Institute Budapest)

Günter M. Ziegler (FU Berlin)

A final schedule will be published in March/ April 2022.


Participants need to be comfortable with the foundational topics of the usual undergraduate math curriculum. Some knowledge of either combinatorics or discrete geometry is recommended. Additionally, some knowledge of topology is recommended. The lecturers will provide a few video segments with a concise introduction to the necessary topology ahead of the Summer School.

Registration/ Application

You may apply for this summer school via the BMS website applications portal which will open on 14 January 2022. The deadline is 15 February 2022.

In order to access the summer school application form, you should first sign up at this BMS website and then submit your application via the separate application portal.

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students are invited to apply. Funding to participate in this Summer School is available; please indicate on your application whether you need funding to participate in this Summer School.

Information for local students

You may receive pass/ fail credit for this Summer School as an FU Ergänzungsmodul (5 LP). If you would like to receive credit, you will be asked to write a short report after the Summer School as a final project. The two-week period of the Summer School is during the semester; some related classes at FU Berlin will be put on hold to minimize conflicts. Moreover, lecture materials will be made available to participants so that they have the opportunity to review lectures they had to miss due to possible time conflicts.


Please direct all questions about the school to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.