Women In Numerical Methods for PDEs and their Applications (19w5189)


Nilima Nigam (Simon Fraser University)

(Courant Institute, New York University)

(Simon Fraser University)

(KTH Royal Institute of Technology)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "A Celebration of the Contributions of Women to Numerical Methods for PDEs and their Applications" workshop in Banff from May 12 to May 17, 2019.

The numerical analysis of partial differential equations and their applications is a vast and vibrant area of scholarly inquiry, with deep connections to many fields of mathematics and computation. Computer simulations of models described by partial differential equations inform much of the technological progress in our lives, from how cars are designed to how animation in movies are created. This mathematical field is characterized by its relevance in science and engineering, and also by the numerous and foundational contributions made by women. Its importance is rivalled only by its breadth, which brings both advantages and challenges. A notable issue, which this workshop aims to address, is the formation of mathematical ‘silos’ within the field, and the consequent lack of professional networking/mentoring opportunities for women.

This workshop is a celebration of the many achievements of women in the field, and an opportunity to encourage the participation of young female researchers.

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).