Description:
Group actions on manifolds constitute a very active subject nowadays,
which lies at the interface between geometry, dynamical systems and
geometric group theory. Actions of fundamental groups of closed
surfaces are by far the most studied objects, because of the deep
relationship with hyperbolic geometry and more generally Teichmüller theory.
Although of similar geometric nature, actions of fundamental groups of
hyperbolic 3manifolds have not received much attentions. From a geometric
and grouptheoretical point of view, these groups have been a very central
object in the last decade, so the time seems appropriate to investigate more
their low dimensional dynamics. The aim of this workshop is to gather international
experts of the fields to describe the state of the art, and to try settling the
basis for a more general theory.
Here is the schedule
Minicourses:
Lectures notes compiled by Hang Lu Su: see her blog.

Harry Baik (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology)
Flows and foliations in 3manifolds and laminar groups
Abstract: Thurston developed the theory of universal circles which connects the theory of codimensionone foliations in 3manifold and 3manifolds group actions on the circle.
This motivated work of many authors including Calegari, Dunfield, Fenley, Gabai, Kazez, Roberts.
We will review the outline of the construction of universal circle when 3manifold admits a nice foliation or flow,
and motivates the theory of laminar groups from the perspective of the universal circle.
We will also mention some of the recent developments in this direction.

Steve Boyer (Université du Québec, Montréal)
The orderability 3manifold groups and topology
Abstract: Many decades of work culminating in Perelman's proof of
Thurston's geometrisation conjecture have shown that a closed,
connected, orientable, prime 3dimensional manifold \(W\) is essentially
determined by its fundamental group \(\pi_1(W)\). Consequently, an
important problem in lowdimensional topology is to describe the basic
properties of \(W\) in terms of \(\pi_1(W)\). These lectures will provide
the background for a discussion of the conjectural picture which has
emerged concerning the properties of \(W\) characterised by the existence
of a leftinvariant total order (i.e. a leftorder) on \(\pi_1(W)\). The
first lecture will survey that part of the theory of ordered groups
relevant to our study. In the second we will show that \(\pi_1(W)\) admits
a leftorder if and only if it acts nontrivially on the real line by
orientationpreserving homeomorphisms and use this criterion to
determine precisely which Seifert fibre spaces have leftorderable
fundamental groups. In the final lecture we will examine the
orderability of the fundamental groups of various families of hyperbolic
manifolds. This will lead to a discussion of the Lspace conjecture,
which posits the equivalence between the following three conditions on \(W\):
 the existence of a leftorder on \(\pi_1(W)\);
 the existence of a cooriented taut foliation of \(W\);
 the condition that \(W\) not be a HeegaardFloer Lspace.
 Antonin Guilloux (Sorbonne Université)
An introduction to arithmetic lattices of \(\mathrm{PSL}(2,\mathbb{C})\)
Abstract: We will look at a special class of lattices of \(\mathrm{PSL}(2,\mathbb{C})\) called
arithmetic lattices. and hereby of hyperbolic 3manifolds. After a
general presentation of their definition and properties, we will give
hints on what is so special about this lattices including considerations
on the volume of those manifolds, the richness of their covers, or the
significance of being able to change the base field.
 Luisa Paoluzzi (Université d'AixMarseille)
An introduction to (hyperbolic) 3manifolds and their fundamental groups
Abstract:
It follows from Thurston's geometrization conjecture, now proved by Perelman, that one can reduce the study of closed 3manifolds to that of geometric 3manifolds, and in particular of hyperbolic ones. Indeed, every closed 3manifold can be decomposed in a unique way into geometric pieces. Of course, such decomposition induces a decomposition of the fundamental group of the manifold via SeifertVan Kampen theorem.
After a quick survey of the eight 3dimensional Thurston geometries, I will discuss the KneserMilnor decomposition of manifolds along spheres and the JacoShalenJohannson one along tori, as well as their grouptheoretical counterparts.
Finally, I will point out the paramount importance of the study of (closed and punctured) surface groups and their automorphisms in the understanding of 3manifold groups, as a consequence of the virtual fibering conjecture of Thurston proved by Agol and Wise.
Research talks:
 Thierry Barbot (Université d'Avignon):
Orbital equivalence classes of Anosov flows on circle bundles over surfaces
Abstract: in 1981, E. Ghys proved that any Anosov flow on a circle bundle over a surface \(S\) is a finite covering of the geodesic flow of \(S\). In this talk, I will present the proof of the following fact: if the index of the covering is odd, then
all these flows on a given manifold are orbitally equivalent one to the other. If not, there are two orbital equivalence classes. This is a joint work with S. Fenley.
 Michel Boileau (Université d'AixMarseille)
PseudoAnosov surfaces in 3manifolds
Abstract: An embedded surface \(F\) in a closed orientable irreducible
3manifold is said a pseudoAnosov surface if \(F\) is preserved by a
homeomorphism of \(M\) which induces a pseudoAnosov map on \(F\). Motivated
by questions in partially hyperbolic dynamic F. Rodriguez Hertz, J.
Rodriguez Hertz and R. Ures have shown that an Anosov torus in a closed
orientable irreducible 3dimensional manifold is always the fiber of a
bundle over \(S^1\). This cannot be always the case for a pseudoAnosov
surface of higher genus, and it is unknown which three manifolds admit a
pseudoAnosov surface. The goal of this talk is to discuss some
properties of pseudoAnosov surfaces. This is a work in progress with
Pierre Derbez and Shicheng Wang.
 Yan Mary He (University of Toronto and Université du Luxembourg):
Identities for hyperconvex Anosov representations
Abstract: Basmajian's identity expresses the volume of the boundary of a compact hyperbolic manifold as a sum over the orthogeodesics on the manifold.
In this talk, I will introduce identities for real hyperconvex Anosov representations (in the sense of PozzettiSambarinoWienhard)
and show how to extend them to the complex ones in the \(\mathrm{PGL}(n,\mathbb{C})\)character variety which requires understanding the action of the surface group
on the projective space.
 Alan Reid (Rice University)
Is the free group profinitely rigid?
Abstract: A f.g. residually finite group \(G\) is called profinitely
rigid, if whenever \(H\) is a f.g. residually finite group with isomorphic
profinite completion to that of \(G\), then \(H\) is isomorphic to \(G\). It
remains open as to whether
a free group of rank at least 2 is profinitely rigid. This talk will
discuss recent progress on this question, as well as discussing what
properties, a potential nonfree example with profinite completion a
free profinite group, would have.
Organizers:
Practical information: The workshop will take place at the
Institut de Mathématiques de Bourgogne
of Université of Bourgogne (Dijon, France).
We can offer accommodation for most participants that register, giving priority to the youngest.
See the list of registered participants