Banff International Research Station centre at the Chennai Mathematical Institute, India.

Posted on Tue, Sep 27 2022 12:15:00

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) is proud to announce a new partnership with Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) in Chennai, India. CMI is a rare example of public-private partnership, where outstanding undergraduate and graduate-level education is complemented by substantial research in mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics. CMI will join IMAG-Granada in Spain, CMO-Oaxaca in Mexico, IASM-Hangzhou in China, and BIRS-UBCO in Canada as a BIRS-affiliate centre. More information about CMI is available at

CMI will be the first South Asian centre for BIRS. The partnership with BIRS dovetails perfectly with a major new CMI initiative, the Dr. F.C. Kohli Centre of Excellence. The Kohli Centre has already been inaugurated and will soon be housed in a new facility within walking distance of the main campus. The Centre aims to promote research and innovation through a strong visitors’ programme built around regular thematic events.

Chennai, located on the southeastern coast of India, is an educational hub with a strong research presence in the mathematical sciences. Chennai has developed as a major centre for information technology, health care and manufacturing. At the same time, it retains strong connections to a rich tradition in music and art. Chennai serves as a base to explore southern India, home to many spectacular monolithic temples. Two well-known nearby attractions are Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.

The full CMI opportunities will be made available through the BIRS call for proposals that will be issued in 2023 for the 2025 program. However, we are currently planning a BIRS-CMI pilot program to be hosted in Chennai as early as 2024, and the BIRS Scientific Board will consider a limited number of workshop proposals for the 2024 cycle. Please write to the BIRS Scientific Director ([email protected]) for further information if you are interested in developing such a workshop.

Information about 2024 pilot programme, to respond to queries

Number of programmes

CMI can host 3 to 4 programmes in 2024. The best months, in terms of weather, are January to March and September to December.

Areas of interest

CMI’s existing research groups work in mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics. The current areas of interest are:

  • Mathematics: number theory, commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, algebraic groups, representation theory, graph theory, algebraic topology, functional analysis, data science
  • Computer Science: algorithms, complexity theory, formal verification, logic, automata theory, machine learning
  • Physics: gravitational waves, string theory, quantum field theory, nonlinear dynamical systems, open quantum systems

CMI would welcome proposals aligned to these topics, as well as emerging areas such as quantum computing, cryptography and explainable AI.

Remembering Doug Mitchell, Chair of the BIRS Board

Posted on Fri, Jul 22 2022 09:01:00

The BIRS community mourns the passing of the chairman of its Board, Doug Mitchell. Doug was a philanthropist, athlete, sports leader, lawyer and a long-term champion of BIRS. His inspiring leadership guided BIRS through its milestones over the last decade. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

2024 BIRS program in Banff, Oaxaca, Hangzhou, and Granada: Call for proposals - Deadline September 14, 2022

Posted on Thu, Jun 09 2022 13:26:00

La version française suit ci-dessous.

La versión en español sigue abajo.


The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is accepting proposals for its 2024 program. The proposal submission deadline for 5-day workshops is Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

In 2024, BIRS will again be hosting a 48-week scientific program at its station in Banff and at least 15 workshops at its affiliated station, Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in Mexico. In addition, 10 workshops are anticipated at the Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (IASM) in Hangzhou, China and 5 will be held at BIRS’s new centre at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Granada (IMAG) in Spain.

BIRS provides an environment for creative interaction and the exchange of ideas and knowledge in the mathematical, statistical, and computing sciences. It seeks to advance research frontiers and facilitate connections between related disciplines and industrial sectors. BIRS and its affiliated facilities offer full accommodation, board, and research facilities at no cost to the invited in-person attendees.

Proposed programs should aim to engage with diverse mathematical communities, in particular those that are geographically close to the locations of the proposed program, and pay special attention to training and mentorship of junior researchers. Applicants are asked to take into consideration BIRS's commitment to increasing the participation of women and other under-represented minorities in mathematical sciences.

In addition to 5-day workshops, BIRS also hosts Summer Schools, Hybrid Thematic Programs, Focused Research Groups, Research in Teams, Group Follow-ons and provides many other opportunities for research, knowledge dissemination and career progress. Full information about BIRS programs can be found here:

Proposal submission guidelines are available at:

Proposals for projects other than 5-day workshops can be submitted at any time and are processed based on availability of resources. These proposals must be received at least 6 months before their requested start date.

All proposal submissions must be made using the online submission form at:


Malabika Pramanik
Director, BIRS

La version française

Appel de propositions pour le programme BIRS 2024

Le Centre International de Recherches pour les Innovations et Découvertes en Mathématiques (BIRS) accepte des propositions pour son programme 2024. La date limite pour les soumissions pour les ateliers de 5 jours c’est le mercredi le 14 septembre 2022.

En 2024, BIRS accueillera de nouveau un programme scientifique d’une durée de 48 semaines dans sa centrale à Banff et au moins 15 ateliers dans sa succursale affiliée à ‘’Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO)’’ au Mexique. De plus, 10 ateliers sont prévus à l’Institut des Études Avancées en Mathématiques à Hangzhou en Chine, et 5 ateliers se dérouleront au nouveau centre BIRS à l’Institut de Mathématiques de l’Université de Granada (IMAG) en Espagne.

BIRS offre un environnement propice à la création interactive et à l’échange des idées et des connaissances dans le domaine des sciences mathématiques, statistiques, et de l’informatique. Le centre cherche à avancer la recherche et à faciliter la connection entre les domaines connexes et les secteurs industriels. BIRS et ses centres affiliés offrent de l'hébergement en pension complète ainsi que des établissements et des équipements dediés à la recherche, le tout sans frais pour les paricipants au programme.

Les programmes offerts auront comme objectif de venir en contact avec une multitude de communautées mathématiques, surtout celles qui sont physiquement proches des centres organisateurs, et d’accorder une attention particulière à la formation et au parrainage des jeunes chercheurs. Les candidats sont invités de tenir compte de l’engagement de BIRS envers l’augmentation de la participation des femmes et des minorités sous-représentées dans le domaine des sciences mathématiques.

Parallèlement aux ateliers de 5 jours, BIRS donnera des cours d’été, des Programmes Thématiques Hybrides, des Groupes de Recherches Ciblés, des Recherches par Équipes, des Suivis de Groupe, et offre beaucoup d’autres opportunités de recherche, de diffusion des connaissances, et d’avancement professionnel. Des renseignements complets sur les programmes BIRS sont disponibles ici:

Des recommendations pour la soumission des demandes peuvent être consultées ici:

Les propositions pour les autres projets que les ateliers de 5 jours peuvent être soumises en tout temps et seront traitées selon la disponibilité de nos ressources. Ces propositions doivent être reçues au moins 6 mois avant la date de début établie.

Toutes les soumissions doivent être faites en utilisant le formulaire en ligne disponible ci-dessus:


Malabika Pramanik
Directeur du BIRS.

La versión en español

La Estación de Investigación Internacional de Banff para la Innovación Matemática y el Descubrimiento (BIRS) ha abierto la convocatoria de propuestas para su programa del 2024. La fecha límite para la presentación de propuestas de los talleres de 5 días es el miércoles 14 de septiembre, 2022.

En el 2024, BIRS llevará a cabo nuevamente un programa científico de 48 semanas en su estación en Banff; y al menos 15 talleres en su estación afiliada Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) en México. Además, se prevén 10 talleres en el Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Matemáticas (IASM) en Hangzhou, China y 5 talleres se llevarán a cabo en el nuevo centro asociado de BIRS en el Instituto de Matemáticas de la Universidad de Granada (IMAG) en España.

BIRS proporciona un entorno para la interacción creativa y el intercambio de ideas y conocimientos en matemáticas, estadísticas y ciencias de la computación. Busca avanzar en las fronteras de la investigación y facilitar las conexiones entre disciplinas afines y sectores industriales. BIRS y sus instalaciones afiliadas ofrecen alojamiento, comidas e instalaciones de investigación sin costo alguno para las personas asistentes.

Los programas propuestos deben tener como objetivo interactuar con diversas comunidades matemáticas, en particular aquellas que están geográficamente cerca de las ubicaciones del programa propuesto, y prestar especial atención al desarrollo y mentorización de investigadores jóvenes. Se pide a las personas solicitantes que tomen en cuenta el compromiso de BIRS de aumentar la participación de las mujeres y otras minorías infrarrepresentadas en las ciencias matemáticas.

Además de los talleres de 5 días, BIRS también organiza Escuelas de Verano, Programas Temáticos Híbridos, Grupos de Investigación Enfocados, Investigación en Equipos, Seguimiento de Grupos y brinda muchas otras oportunidades para la investigación, la difusión del conocimiento y el progreso profesional. Se puede encontrar información completa sobre los programas de BIRS aquí:

La guía para la presentación de propuestas está disponible en:

Las propuestas de proyectos que no sean talleres de 5 días se pueden enviar en cualquier momento y se procesan según la disponibilidad de recursos. Estas propuestas deben recibirse al menos 6 meses antes de la fecha de inicio solicitada.

Todas las propuestas deben realizarse utilizando el formulario de presentación en línea disponible en:


Malabika Pramanik
Directora de BIRS.


班夫国际数学创新与探索研究站(BIRS)现正接受2024年学术活动的提案申请。 5天研讨会(5-day workshops)提案的提交截止日期为 2022年9月14日(星期三)。

2024年,位于班夫的研究站将举办为期48周的学术活动,并将在其位于墨西哥的附属研究站 Casa Matemática Oaxaca(CMO)举办至少15场研讨会。中国杭州的数学高等研究院 (IASM) 预期举办10场研讨会。此外,BIRS还将在其位于西班牙格拉纳达大学数学研究所(IMAG)的新研究站举办5场研讨会。

BIRS为数学、统计和计算科学领域的创新互动和思想交流提供了平台。它旨在通过前沿研究促进相关学科和产业之间的联系。BIRS 及其合作研究站均会为受邀参加线下研讨会的人士提供免费的食宿、研究设施及交流合作场地。


除为期 5 天的研讨会外,BIRS 还举办暑期学校、混合制专题项目 (Hybrid Thematic Program)、重点研究小组、团队研究、小组后续活动,并为研究、知识传播和职业发展提供许多其他机会。更多BIRS 相关学术活动的完整信息详见:


除为期5 天的研讨会外,项目提案可以随时提交,根据可用资源受理。 提案须在要求的开始日期前至少 6 个月提交。



Malabika Pramanik
主任, 班夫国际数学创新与探索研究站

Banff International Research Station centre at the Institute of Mathematics in Granada

Posted on Tue, Oct 19 2021 12:49:00

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Granada (IMAG) in Spain. Recently awarded a prestigious "Maria de Maeztu Seal of Excellence" grant of $1.8M euros by the Spanish Research Agency (AEI) and supported by the Andalusian government, IMAG will join CMO-Oaxaca in Mexico, IASM-Hangzhou in China, and BIRS-UBCO in Canada as a BIRS-affiliate centre.

IMAG will be the first European centre for BIRS, offering its acclaimed scientific programming within easy access of the European mathematical community, against the rich natural and cultural backdrop of stunning Andalusia. IMAG director Dr. Joaquin Perez said, "The mathematical community at IMAG is delighted with this project of collaboration with BIRS. We are sure this collaboration will be an excellent instrument for the quantitative and qualitative growth of mathematical research at IMAG and throughout Andalusia. In today's global world, the direct exchange of information between researchers is very necessary for the advancement of scientific knowledge, and this is a great way to promote it".

The full IMAG opportunities will be made available through the BIRS call for proposals that will be issued in June 2022 for the 2024 program. However, we are currently planning a BIRS-IMAG pilot program to be hosted in Granada as early as 2023, and the BIRS Scientific Board will consider a limited number of workshops proposals for the 2023 cycle. Please write to the BIRS Scientific Director ([email protected]) for further information, if you are interested in developing such a workshop.

AWM-BIRS Partnership

Posted on Tue, Aug 10 2021 09:12:00

BIRS is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). A long-time host of the hugely successful Women in X programs, BIRS will expand its collaboration with AWM in the following ways:

AWM and BIRS together will sponsor small group follow-ons to the Women in X conferences proposed by women who have multiple intersectional identities. These include, but need not be limited to, women from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities; women with visible or invisible disabilities; and women who are neuro-diverse, gender-diverse, or gender fluid. AWM will provide travel funding for these groups, and BIRS will provide research space, food, lodging and other on-site amenities through its Focused Research Groups and Research in Teams programs. For more details on this funding, see AWM’s web page AWM-BIRS Partnership.

In addition, BIRS will offer opportunities for women and early-career mathematicians in all its workshops by showcasing AWM's programs in support of research, including AWM Travel Grants; AWM's new research journal  La Matematica; and AWM workshops and conferences, such as the AWM Research Symposium.

AWM president, Kathryn Leonard, expressed her delight at this new partnership, noting that "BIRS has long supported AWM, including providing the site for the first Women in X research collaboration conference. We are thrilled to
expand and formalize that partnership.”

Women in X workshops

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