Category Theory 2019

7-13 July 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

The International Category Theory Conference will take place at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from Sunday 7 July until Saturday 13 July 2019. You may also be interested in the Applied Category Theory conference in Oxford in the weeks directly after.

Here are some more photographs from the conference.

Submit a contribution

We are offering an early round of submissions and decisions to allow for those who need an early decision or want preliminary feedback for a possible resubmission.

  • Early submission opens: January 1
  • Early submission deadline: March 1
  • Early decision notifications: April 1
  • Submission opens: March 1
  • Submission deadline: May 1
  • Notifications: June 1

All deadline times were Anywhere on Earth.

Please submit your contribution through EasyChair. You will need to create an account, which is a simple process. Submissions should be in the form of a brief (1 page) abstract.

Audiovisual equipment will be available in the lecture theatres, but board space is very limited, so you should not plan on a blackboard talk.


Registration and
funding support

Please use the registration form to register yourself for the conference. Registration is independent of abstract submission. The registration fee is £90 for early career participants, and £180 for established career participants, and will include tea breaks, lunches, and the conference dinner.

When you register, you may also apply for funding support. Successful applicants will receive funding for accommodation, but not for travel or the registration fee.

Registration is open until May 1 if you are applying for funding support, or June 14 if you are not. Decisions on funding support will be given in mid-May.

Registration will stay open until June 14, but spaces are becoming very limited, and registration may close before the deadline once capacity has been reached.

The registered number of participants has reached capacity, so we're forced to close registration. A waiting list is in operation. If you're interested in registering, or have already registered but would like to cancel, please let us know via email.


Hover over a name below for the title, click on it for the abstract, or click the icon for the slides. Or look at the pdf version of the programme. There are also proceedings with the programme, all abstracts, and practical information, in a single pdf.

Local information

The following map marks all the conference venues:

Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city, renowned for its heritage, culture, and festivals. Next to the World Heritage Site that is its historic centre, it is the home of many mathematical achievements, world-class universities, and the backdrop to several famous movies. Easy access to beautiful Scotland makes Edinburgh the second most popular tourist destination in the UK.

Getting to Edinburgh is easy, through its international airport and two major railway stations. Most of the centre is easy to navigate on foot, and for longer distances you can get around by bus (carry exact fare), tram, taxi, uber, bicycle, or on foot.

Here is a useful list of accommodation providers with locations close to the conference venue, that you can book yourself. Note: the CT organisation or ICMS do NOT use third parties to arrange accommodation. If you are approached by a third party asking for booking details, please ignore. If you have any concerns please contact us.

Lunches (except Wednesday) are catered. For dinner, restaurants in Edinburgh are surprisingly small, and often book up, turning away drop-ins. If you are four or fewer people, you can often just show up (if they turn you away you can try and negotiate how long you need the table). For larger groups, calling ahead even an hour or two in advance is a good idea. Here is a map with some suggestions close to the conference venue, but there are many more, in Old Town, New Town, Newington, Bruntsfield, or the West End, all within walking distance of the conference venue:


The conference is funded by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust, and Cambridge University Press.

  • ICMS was created in 1989 by Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities, and has an international reputation for running high quality meetings that bring many of the best mathematicians in the world to Edinburgh.
  • EMS was founded in 1883 and has since become firmly established as the principal mathematical society for the university community in Scotland.
  • The GMJT is a charity that awards grants in support of Scottish Mathematics.
  • CUP is a not-for-profit publisher that dates from 1534 and is part of the University of Cambridge.