Press Release:

Alberta Number Theory Days VI

The Banff International Research Station will host the "Alberta Number Theory Days VI" workshop from April 18 - April 20, 2014.

Number theory is a broad and central area of research with many connections and applications to other areas of mathematics and science. The subject may be divided into several sub-disciplines that range from pure mathematics, such as algebraic number theory, arithmetic geometry, analytic number theory, and representation theory, to more applied areas such as computational number theory and cryptography. All these fields are represented among the Alberta number theorists from Calgary, Edmonton, or Lethbridge. In the past couple of years, there have been many exciting breakthroughs in the field of number theory. For instance the long lasting ternary Goldbach conjecture has been resolved by Helfgott. Currently, after Zhang's amazing result, the mathematics community is actively working towards proving the twin primes conjecture. The annual Alberta Number Theory Days provide a unique venue for these researchers, their students, and their visitors for face to face discussion of ideas and for facilitating collaborations. New connections are made and old associations are renewed. The workshop also allows for the exchange of knowledge, which will improve the progress of current projects.

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).

BIRS Scientific Director, Nassif Ghoussoub
E-mail: birs-director[@]