North West Functional Analysis Seminar (12w2163)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Friday, March 30 and departing Sunday April 1, 2012


(University of Regina)

Marcelo Laca (University of Victoria)

(University of British Columbia)

(University of Alberta)


The Northwest Functional Analysis Seminar (NWFAS) is a bi-annual regional scientific meeting of researchers (faculty and postdoctoral) and graduate students in functional analysis. Participants are drawn from universities in Western Canada and the American Northwest. The two main goals of the meeting are to enable researchers from a large geographical area to stay in touch with developments in the general field but outside their respective areas of specialization, and to provide a forum for junior researchers (junior faculty, postdocs, and graduate students) to present their results to a wider audience and to form contacts with other functional analysts within the region. Most of the talks will be given by junior researchers and there will be a few presentations by senior researchers on topics currently attracting high levels of interest.

The proposed two-day workshop would represent the fifth edition of the seminar, following very successful earlier meetings held in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. In addition to presenting a strong scientific program, the workshop provides the only venue by which the region's researchers in functional analysis come into contact regularly. The NWFAS also has formative role in developing the profiles of early-career researchers. We plan to have ten forty-minute talks, allowing time for informal discussion.

A PIMS Collaborative Research Group in Operator Algebras and Noncommutative Geometry led by researchers in Victoria, Edmonton, and Regina will be wrapping up its activities by the spring of 2012 and some travel support for junior participants will be available from PIMS through this CRG.

Since one of the main objectives of the proposed workshop is to showcase the work of junior researchers to an audience that is both scientifically and geographically wide, we believe that increasing the number to 35 or 40 participants would be very valuable. Many of the listed participants have expressed their interest in a fifth edition of the NWFAS, and we anticipate most people in the list will be able to attend.