### Higher category theory meets quantum field theory (CATSinQFT)

Project funded by the BFS, the Bergen Research Foundation, 2018 - 2024.

The funded project lies at the intersection of mathematical physics and algebraic topology, more precisely in the mathematical study of field theories using methods from homotopy theory. It is concerned with several questions in the realm of functorial field theories, factorization algebras, and higher structures. A main goal is to construct and study various conjectured examples of (fully) extended (twisted) QFTs using tools such as derived algebraic (symplectic) geometry and factorization algebras. This involves developing the necessary foundational techniques in higher category theory, and studying other applications thereof.

## Job openings

I will be advertising two positions this fall, which will be funded by this project:

- one
**postdoctoral position**(2-3 years, depending on teaching): The application deadline is**December 17**; submit cv, research statement, and contact information for two references via the official advertisement at jobnorge here - one
**PhD position**-- stay tuned for the advertisement!

## Activities

- We are running an Advanced Topics in Topology learning Seminar.
- recent guests:
Mar 4 - 7 Viktoriya Ozornove Universität Bochum Oct 15 - 17 Nima Moshayedi Universität Zürich Oct 1 - 4 Severin Bunk Universität Hamburg

- In November/December 2018 I visited the program Homotopy harnessing Higher Structures at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, UK;
- In April/May 2019 I will participate in the program Derived Algebraic Geometry at MSRI in Berkeley, USA;
- I will be a regular academic visitor at the University of Oxford.