Open to and appropriate for graduate students at all levels, the summer school features two selfcontained minicourses, guided problem sessions, and guest lectures.
A very short intro to diffeomorphism groups
Minicourses
1. The algebra of diffeomorphism groups: Kathryn Mann (UC Berkeley)Lecture notes, including problem sets (will be updated throughout the week)
Proof of perfectness for Diff_0(M) from Tuesday's lecture
This course introduces classical and new results on the algebraic structure of diffeomorphism groups. These groups are algebraically simple (no nontrivial normal subgroups)  for deep topological reasons due to Epstein, Mather, Thurston... but nevertheless have a very rich algebraic structure. We'll see that:

The algebraic structure of Diff(M) determines M
If Diff(M) is isomorphic to Diff(N), then M and N are the same smooth manifold (Filipkiewicz) 
The algebraic structure of Diff(M) "captures the topology" of Diff(M)
Any group homomorphism from Diff(M) to Diff(N) is necessarily continuous. Any homomorphism from Homeo(M) to any separable group is necessarily continuos (Hurtado, Mann)
We'll explore consequences of these theorems and related results, as well as other fascinating algebraic properties of diffeomorphism groups of manifolds (for instance, distorted elements, leftinvariant orders, circular orders...). In the last lecture, we'll touch on recent work on the geometry and metric structure of diffeomorphism groups.
Recommended reading:Beginner  assumend background knowledge.
 Basic knowledge on smooth manifolds, Lie groups, and group actions, as in Lee's Introduction to smooth manifolds. The chapter on Lie groups and group actions is particularly recommended.
Intermediate level:
 Ghys, Groups acting on the circle (survey paper)
 Banyaga, The structure of classical diffeomorphism groups (book), chapter 1.
Advanced Level  not seriously recommended until after the summer school!
 Calegari, Circular groups, planar groups, and the Euler class .
 Hurtado, Continuity of discrete homomorphisms of diffeomorphism groups
2. Topological aspects of diffeomorphism groups: Bena Tshishiku (Chicago)
Lecture notes, including problem sets (will be updated throughout the week)
The cohomology of the diffeomorphism group Diff(M) of a manifold M and its classifying space BDiff(M) are important to the study of fiber bundles with fiber M. In particular, we can learn a lot about M bundles by
(1) finding nonzero elements of H*(BDiff(M)) and
(2) relating these classes to the topology/geometry of individual bundles.
A good start to (1) is to understand the topology of Diff(M), and this has been done in low dimensions (by Smale, Hatcher, EarleEells, Gabai, and others). An example of (2) is the study of fiber bundles admitting a flat connection (as pioneered by Milnor and Morita). This course will discuss (1) and (2) through a few rich examples and in connection to major areas of current research. Our discussion will include
 the homotopy type of Diff(M) when dim(M) < 4;
 circle bundles, the Euler class, and the MilnorWood inequality; and
 surface bundles, the MillerMoritaMumford classes, and Nielsen realization problems.
Beginner  good background knowledge to have.
 From Hatcher, Algebraic topology: basic knowledge of homotopy groups, fibrations, long exact sequence of homotopy groups
 Hatcher, Vector bundles and Ktheory Chapters 1 and 3.
Intermediate level:
 Stasheff, Continuous cohomology of groups and classifying spaces (survey paper)
 Hatcher, A 50 Year View of Diffeomorphism Groups (talk notes)
Advanced Level
 Morita, Geometry of characteristic classes (book)
 Calegari, The Euler class of planar groups . This short research paper gives some nice connections between the two minicourses.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both minicourses, as each will use material taught in the other.
Guest lectures
We are please to have a series of short research talks by senior graduate students:Ying Hu (Louisiana State)
Sander Kupers (Stanford) [Notes]
Sam Nariman (Stanford)
Nathan Perlmutter (Oregon)
Wouter van Limbeek (Chicago)
Click here for talk abstracts
Questions list
Click here for the list of problems and discussion questions submitted by participants.Travel and accommodation info
 Annotated campus map (aka "where is the math and the coffee?")
 Information on getting to UC Berkeley
 Things to do in Berkeley
 UC Berkeley visitor website

Accommodations:
Accommodations for funded participants have been arranged at the Foothill residence. You will receive details in an email.
For others, the MSRI maintains an excellent list of housing options in the Berkeley area available here
Registration
Registration is now closed.Financial Support
We have a limited amount of financial support for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. To apply, fill out the registration form, which asks also for a short letter of reference from your advisor or other faculty member.Schedule
Available here!Registration begins at 8:45 on Monday morning.
All talks will take place in Evans hall.
Suggestions for activities on Wednesday afternoon (free time):

Hike in Tilden Park. Take the HLine bus from outside of Evans ($1 fare, schedule here ) to MSRI (at Grizzly Peak and Centennial). From there, explore the trails in Tilden, or head to the Tilden park Botanical garden. Here is a park trail map . Return by foot (~1 hour walk) or HLine shuttle bus.
For those of you who prefer a longer walk, you can also hike up to Tilden along the beautiful fire trails through Strawberry Canyon. Map and info here .  The Hline bus also runs to the UC Botanical garden (highly recommended) and the Lawrence hall of science. Both are free for Berkeley students, small admission charge otherwise.
 Further afield, but easily accessible by BART, is the oakland museum of california (lake Merrit stop) and, of course, all of San Francisco.