Cross-Community Collaborations in Combinatorics (24w5204)


Natasha Morrison (University of Victoria)

Marthe Bonamy (CNRS, Université de Bordeaux)

Jozef Skokan (London School of Economics)


The Banff International Research Station will host the “Cross-Community Collaborations in Combinatorics” workshop in Banff from June 23 - 28, 2024.

In recent years some of the most exciting breakthroughs in Combinatorics on longstanding conjectures have resulted from innovative applications of established techniques to areas where they have not necessarily been used before. We would like to harness the power of collaboration and bring together open-minded participants with different areas of expertise to produce novel research in a number of globally studied areas including. We aspire to create new productive long-term bonds between members of the global community.

A large focus of the workshop is on the training and career enhancement of junior researchers. This will be achieved through their fostering new collaborations with world-leading members of the global community during our focused small group work sessions. This will give junior participants opportunities to learn about and work in areas outside of their PhD/postdoctoral focus, gaining invaluable skills and knowledge. This will also enable them to forge meaningful relationships with senior members of the community outside their home institution, who will become informal 'mentors' for future career development.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta’s Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).