We study the existence problem and the enumeration problem for sections of Serre fibrations over compact orientable surfaces. When the fundamental group of the fiber is finite, a complete solution is given in terms of 2-dimensional cohomology classes associated with certain irreducible representations of this group. The proofs are based on Topological Quantum Field Theory.
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Vladimir Turaev, Sections of fiber bundles over surfaces and TQFTs. Quantum Topol. 1 (2010), no. 3, pp. 275–319DOI 10.4171/QT/7