About the Adjoint School

Throughout the course of the school, each participant will

  • learn to read, write, and present in the language of prominent research directions in applied category theory,
  • work intensively on one of these research directions, mentored by an expert in the field, and
  • develop relationships with other early-career applied category theorists

December applications open
February participants announced
March - June Online Seminar
July 5 - 9 in-person Research Week
July 12 - 16 Applied Category Theory conference

School Overview

Participants are divided into four-person project teams. Each project is guided by a mentor and a TA. The Adjoint School has two main components --- an Online Seminar that meets regularly between February and June, and an in-person Research Week in Cambridge, UK on July 5 - 9.

During the online seminar, we will read, discuss, and respond to papers chosen by the project mentors. Every other week, a pair of participants will present a paper which will be followed by a group discussion. Leading up to this presentation, study groups will meet to digest the reading in progress, and students will submit reading responses. After the presentation, the presenters will summarize the paper into a blog post for The n-Category Cafe.

The in-person research week will be held the week prior to the International Conference on Applied Category Theory and in the same location. During the week, participants work intensively with their research group under the guidance of their mentor. Projects from the Adjoint School will be presented during this conference. Both components of the school aim to develop a sense of belonging and camaraderie in students so that they can fully participate in the conference, for example by attending talks and chatting with other conference goers.


Role Descriptions

For Mentors

The Mentor for each group chooses an open research problem and leads the group during the in-person Research Week.

Expectations for Mentors: Choose a project topic and 2 relevant readings. Lead the group during the 5-day Research Week.

Mentors may optionally:

  • select a TA
  • host one or more preparation calls with the group prior to the Research week
  • lead the group to publish a paper following the Research Week
For TAs

The TA for each group guides the groups' students during the Online Seminar and assists the Mentor during the Research Week.

Expectations for TAs:

  • During the Online Seminar:
    • support the two pairs of students in developing their presentation and blog post by checking-in frequently, answering technical questions, and providing feedback
    • attend the presentations given by your students
  • During the Research Week:
    • support the group during the working sessions, under the guidance of the Mentor
For Participants

The participants develop the skills of research during the Online Seminar by reading, presenting, and writing supported by frequent discussions and reflections. During the Research Week they work intensively on a research project under the guidance of their project’s Mentor.

Expectations for Participants:

  • During the Online Seminar:
    • Each two weeks (repeated 8 times):
      • read an assigned paper
      • meet for 30 minutes in small groups to digest the reading (during the first of the two weeks)
      • write a reading response to the paper (before the presentation in the second week)
      • attend a presentation on the reading (during the second of the two weeks)
      • comment on the associated blog post
    • For your presentation week, with your partner:
      • give a 40 minute presentation on your assigned reading
      • write a blog post to be posted on the The n-Category Cafe
  • During the Research Week:
    • be present and engaged in research with your group

Contact Us

Contact the organizers of the Adjoint School by emailing actadjointschool@gmail.com.