Alberta Number Theory Days VI (14w2192)
Clifton Cunningham (University of Calgary)
Habiba Kadiri (University of Lethbridge)
Soroosh Yazdani (University of Lethbridge)
This Spring 2014, BIRS is hosting the WIN3 conference which will bring many internationally renowned female number theorists to Alberta. Some of them are willing to speak at ANTD 2014 which brings great opportunities for Number Theorists in the province (and specially for graduate students) to interact with some of the best researchers in the field.
Western Canada has always been one of the major Canadian centres for number theory. Alberta number theorists are working in a wide range of sub-disciplines, including algebraic number theory (Weiss in Edmonton), analytic number theory (Akbary, Kadiri, and Ng, in Lethbridge), arithmetic geometry (Greenberg in Calgary and Yazdani in Lethbridge), automorphic forms (Cunningham in Calgary, Patnaik in Edmonton), computational number theory (Bauer, Jacobson, Scheidler, and Williams in Calgary).
Not only is there a significant number of researchers in number theory in Alberta, but many of these number theorists share common areas of research. For instance, the study of L-functions, one of the main themes of modern number theory, is shared by Lethbridge (Akbary, Kadiri, Ng) and Calgary (Cunningham, Greenberg) researchers. The 2010-2013 PIMS CRG on L-functions and Number Theory, incorporating the Alberta and British Columbia departments, allowed for several internationally important events. These included a workshop on Analytic Aspects of L-functions and Applications to Number Theory (Calgary 2011, approximately 80 participants), and the Canadian Number Theory Association XII Meeting (Lethbridge 2012, approximately 175 participants). There are also some ongoing activities, including an active inter- university seminar (West End Number Theory Seminar) and a weekly Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminar in Lethbridge.
These events have been very helpful in solidifying Alberta's reputation as one of major research centres for number theory. They are also a major reason why ANTD has grown to a level beyond that of just a provincial meeting, and how ANTD has managed to invite some of the best number theorists in the world.
There have been five successful Alberta Number Theory Days conferences (Lethbridge 2008, Calgary 2009, BIRS 2010, BIRS 2011, BIRS 2013). These conferences have been a great inspiration for our community, especially for the younger researchers. It is a great event which exposes all the participants to topics outside their field of expertise.
BIRS environment facilitates participants to share new ideas face to face and brings unique opportunities for students to engage with renowned researchers. Moreover this conference plays a significant role in strengthening our Alberta number theory community.