ACT 2020

Applied Category Theory Conference

July 6-10, 2020
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Applied Category Theory Conference will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between July 6-10, 2020, preceded by the adjoint school June 29 - July 3, 2020.

Applied category theory is a topic of interest for a growing community of researchers, interested in studying systems of all sorts using category-theoretic tools. These systems are found in the natural sciences and social sciences, as well as in computer science, linguistics, and engineering. The background and experience of our members is as varied as the systems being studied. The goal of the ACT2020 Conference is to bring the majority of researchers in the field together and provide a platform for exposing the progress in the area. Both original research papers as well as extended abstracts of work submitted/accepted/published elsewhere will be considered. The goal of the ACT2020 School is to help grow this community by pairing ambitious young researchers together with established researchers in order to work on questions, problems, and conjectures in applied category theory.

For information on previouly held events see the ACT website,

Important dates

  • Applications for the Summer School: January 15, 2020
  • Submission of contributed papers: April 1, 2020
  • Acceptance/rejection notification: May 1, 2020

All deadline times are Anywhere on Earth.


Prospective speakers were invited to submit one (or more) of the following:

  • Original contributions of high quality work consisting of a 5-12 page extended abstract that provides sufficient evidence of results of genuine interest and enough detail to allow the program committee to assess the merits of the work. Submissions of works in progress are encouraged but must be more substantial than a research proposal.

  • Extended abstracts describing high quality work submitted/published elsewhere will also be considered, provided the work is recent and relevant to the conference. These consist of a maximum 3 page description and should include a link to a separate published paper or preprint.

  • There will be best paper award(s) and selected contributions will be awarded extended keynote slots.


The programme consists of the following components:

  • presentation of accepted contributed papers

  • keynote talks that are selected from the contributed papers

  • tutorial talks

Applying for the Adjoint School

    Who should apply?

      Anyone, from anywhere in the world, who is interested in applying category-theoretic methods to problems outside of pure mathematics. This is emphatically not restricted to math students, but one should be comfortable working with mathematics. Knowledge of basic category, theoretic language, the definition of monoidal category for example, is encouraged.
      We will consider advanced undergraduates, PhD students, post-docs, as well as people working outside of academia. Members of minorities, and of any groups which are underrepresented in the mathematics and computer science communities, are especially encouraged to apply.

      Instructions for how to apply can be found on the School website.


    For more information, please contact the school organisers.


Registration open soon, please register before June 26, 2020.


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