2017 BIRS program in Banff and Oaxaca: Call for proposals - Deadline is Wednesday, September 30

Posted on Thu, Sep 03 2015 13:54:00

La version française suit ci-dessous. La versión española sigue abajo.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is now accepting proposals for its 2017 program. BIRS will again be hosting a 48-week scientific program at its station in Banff. BIRS is also hoping to run an additional 20-25 workshops at its developing new station in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The mandate of BIRS is to provide an environment for creative interaction and the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the mathematical, statistical, and computing sciences, and with related disciplines and industrial sectors. Each week, the station hosts either a full workshop (42 people for 5 days) or two half-workshops (each with 21 people for 5 days). As usual, BIRS provides full accommodation, board, and research facilities at no cost to the invited participants, in a setting conducive to research and collaboration.

Full information, guidelines, and online forms are available at the BIRS website: http://www.birs.ca

The deadline for 5-day Workshop and Summer School proposals is Wednesday September 30, 2015.

In addition BIRS will operate its Research in Teams and Focused Research Groups programs, which allow smaller groups of researchers to get together for several weeks of uninterrupted work at the station. September 30, 2015 is also the preferred date to apply for these programs. However, proposals for projects involving Research in Teams or Focused Research Groups can be submitted at any time – subject to availability – they must be received at least 4 months before their requested start date.

Proposal submissions should be made using the online submission form. Please use: http://www.birs.ca/proposals


Nassif Ghoussoub, Scientific Director,
The Banff International Research Station

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Version francaise:

La station internationale de recherche en sciences mathématiques de Banff (BIRS) lance un appel à projets pour l’année 2017. Le centre accueillera de nouveau un programme scientifique de 48 semaines. BIRS compte également accueillir 20 à 25 ateliers supplémentaires dans son nouveau centre à Oaxaca (Mexique).

La mission de BIRS est de mettre à la disposition de la communauté scientifique internationale un environnement de recherche qui favorise les interactions et les échanges d'idées et de connaissances entre les membres des communautés mathématiques, statistiques, informatiques ainsi que leurs applications dans les sciences et dans le secteur industriel.

En 2017, BIRS compte accueillir au moins un atelier standard (42 personnes pour 5 jours) soit deux demi- ateliers (21 personnes pour 5 jours) par semaine. BIRS fournit aux participants invités l’infrastructure de recherche appropriée, ainsi que le logement et les repas dans un cadre convivial, propice aux échanges d’idées et aux collaborations scientifiques.

Des informations complètes ainsi que les formulaires à remplir en ligne sont disponibles sur le site Internet http://www.birs.ca

La date limite pour le dépôt des dossiers concernant les ateliers et les écoles d'été est fixée le mercredi 30 septembre 2015.

De plus, BIRS continue de mener ses programmes de Recherche en Equipes (RIT) et de Groupes de Recherche (FRG), qui permettent à des équipes de chercheurs de se retrouver dans la station pour plusieurs semaines afin de mener à bien un projet de recherche en collaboration. Les dossiers de demandes pour ces programmes doivent – de préférence – être déposés aussi avant le 30 septembre 2015. Cependant, les dossiers concernant ces deux derniers programmes (FRG et RIT) seront également acceptés à tout autre moment à condition qu’ils soient soumis au moins 4 mois avant la date à laquelle le projet est supposé débuter.

Les dossiers de candidature doivent être soumis sur Internet à l'adresse suivante: http://www.birs.ca/proposals


Nassif Ghoussoub
Directeur, Banff International Research Station

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versión española:

La Estación de Investigación Internacional de Banff para la Innovación y el Descubrimiento (BIRS) matemático esta aceptando propuestas para su programa de 2017. El centro recibirá nuevamente un programa científico de 48 semanas. BIRS cuenta igualmente con abrir un nuevo centro en Oaxaca (México) donde podrá recibir de 20 a 25 talleres adicionales.

La estación tiene como misión proporcionar un ambiente de interacción creativa y de intercambio de ideas, conocimiento y métodos dentro de las ciencias matemáticas, estadísticas y computacionales así como de disciplinas relacionadas y de sectores industriales. Cada semana, la estación tendrá o un taller completo (42 personas por 5 días) o bien, dos talleres parciales (cada uno con 21 personas por 5 días). Como es la costumbre, BIRS provee la infraestructura de investigación apropiada, así como el alojamiento y las comidas para los participantes, en un marco de convivialidad, propicio al intercambio de ideas y a las colaboraciones científicas.

Mas información, reglas y formatos estan disponibles en el sitio del BIRS: http://www.birs.ca

La fecha limite para propuestas de talleres de 5 días y la escuela de verano es el miércoles, 30 de Septiembre, 2015.

Ademas de esto, BIRS propicia trabajos de equipo y en programas de grupos de investigación enfocados a un tema en especial, lo cual permite que los investigadores se reúnan durante varias semanas sin interrupciones en la estación. El 30 de septiembre de 2015 es también el día más conveniente para solicitar estos programas. Sin embargo, este tipo de propuestas pueden ser presentadas en cualquier momento – sujeto a disponibilidad – y deberán ser recibidos por lo menos 4 meses antes del día propuesto para el inicio.

Las propuestas deberían hacerse por medio del formato en linea que se encuentra en: http://www.birs.ca/proposals


Nassif Ghoussoub
Director Científico, Estación de Investigación Internacional de Banff

Team Canada places ninth at International Mathematical Olympiad

Posted on Fri, Jul 31 2015 15:17:00

Math Team Canada, a team of six Canadian high school students, are celebrating their success at the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from July 4 to 16, 2015. Math Team Canada placed ninth out of 104 countries!

While each team member received a medal, Alex Song received the overall first place gold medal after achieving a perfect score on the challenging two-day, four hour and 30 minute exam. Alex now holds the world record for IMO medals and IMO ranking of top mathematics student in the world.

Celebrated in 2011 as the as the youngest gold medalist in the history of Canada's participation at the IMO, Alex’s success has been continuous and well-deserved!

The IMO is the world championship high school mathematics competition. It began in Romania in 1959 with seven participating countries and today, is host to more than 130 countries. BIRS shows its proud support for Math Team Canada by hosting their annual training camp. For two weeks in the summer, the team travels to Banff, Alberta for two weeks of intensive training that allows members to bond and prepare for this highly renowned competition.



BIRS' 2015 Summer IMO Training Camp

Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS Media Release)

BIRS and the UBC Library Win the SLA Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division Award

Posted on Mon, Jun 15 2015 16:49:00

A collaborative project between the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library was named the winner of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division award.

To date, more than 2,000 video lectures from the BIRS lecture series have been uploaded onto cIRcle (the UBC Library’s digital repository), providing robust and long-term preservation, as well an enhanced accessibility for scholarly researchers worldwide through UBC’s online library service. The digital archival system will guarantee the content is discoverable and indexed in popular search engines, thus helping to increase the global reputation of BIRS.

The collaboration marks the first large-scale project to digitally preserve and disseminate mathematical science research output in video format. BIRS is one of the world’s most prominent mathematical science research institutions. It maintains strong ties with UBC’s most prominent mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists– The BIRS Scientific Director is UBC Professor of Mathematics, Nassif Ghoussoub, and its Board includes UBC President Arvind Gupta. Every year, about 2100 researchers representing 400 institutions from more than 60 countries, participate in BIRS’ scientific programs, creating a content-rich framework for sharing research, knowledge and information. The BIRS videos launched in cIRcle last fall and have already been heavily used, with more than 18,000 downloads and 40,000 views.

On June 15, 2015, in Boston, at the SLA Annual Conference, the award was officially announced, citing significant contribution to the exchange of information in mathematics. “We are proud of BIRS' effort in recording, archiving, preserving, and disseminating its on-site scholarly proceedings to researchers worldwide through UBC’s online library service. This is a truly collaborative effort and involves three nations and four governments,” remarked BIRS’ Director, Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub.

To view the current inventory of BIRS videos in cIRcle, visit the BIRS community page.


Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery is one of the most prominent mathematical research institutions in the world with strong associations to notable UBC mathematicians and its Board includes UBC President Arvind Gupta. Members of BIRS represent 400 institutions from more than 60 countries, creating a content-rich network for sharing research, knowledge and information. On average, researchers record 20 lectures per week for 48 weeks of the year, totaling 1,000 video files per year – all of which are freely available on the BIRS website.

cIRcle is UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the University community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web and are preserved for future generations.

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