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Visit Stack ExchangeI was Professor in Mathematics in the University of Wales, Bangor, until 2005, when they shut the mathematics department down. (Please do not react by saying 'a university without a maths department! How is that possible?' The answer is 'It is all too easy in some education systems, and the plague continues'.)
Since the closure, I have been, amongst other things, a visiting professor/researcher in Ottawa, Galway, Paris, Granada, and have given numerous workshop and seminar talks (Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, Cardiff, Luminy, IHP, LiX). I was a CNRS visitor in Lyon (France) working with Philippe Malbos and Yves Guiraud and in autumn 2011, visited the Université de Savoie, Chambery on a research visit. More recently I have visited Granada for four weeks followed by short visits to Logrono and Madrid, the Max Planck Institut for a short visit during the season `Higher structures in geometry and physics' and a research visit to Louvain-la-Neuve. Nearer home I gave a talk at the meeting on `Modelling topological phases of matter' in Leeds, and further afield again visited Logrono for the Métodos Categóricos y Homotópicos en Álgebra, Geometría y Topología. I continue to research in the theory of TQFTs and generally in the areas of homotopy theory and higher dimensional category theory.
I was a member of the program committee for Higher-Dimensional Rewriting and Applications in 2015 and 2016 and continued that role in 2017 and 2018.
I am an `emeritus member' of WIMCS and helped organise a WIMCS related workshop in Cardiff in 2011 on Higher Gauge Theory, TQFTs and categorification. I am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
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