BIRS Hosts Training Camp for 2014 Canadian IMO Team

Posted on Wed, Jun 11 2014 13:37:00

On June 11, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) announced the selection of Math Team Canada 2014 – a team of six exemplary Canadian high school students – who will compete at the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) from July 3 to 13, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

From June 22 to July 5, the members of Math Team Canada 2014, along with their leaders, will attend BIRS’ 12th Summer IMO Training Camp, to participate in a two-week-long intensive training camp that will provide them the opportunity to practice Olympiad level problems under the guidance of some of Canada’s best IMO trainers and former medal recipients.

The IMO is the world championship high school mathematics competition, at which Math Team Canada can expect to be competing against the world’s best students from over 100 countries. Team Canada has been extremely successful in the past number of years and in 2012, the team received an outstanding six medals (three gold, one silver and two bronze), an impressive overall standing of fifth place overall in the world and an unprecedented achievement for Canada.

2014 Team Canada:

  • Michael Chow, Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute (Toronto, ON)
  • Caleb Ji, The Bear Creek School (Redmond, WA)
  • Antonio Molina Lovett, École Sainte-Anne (Fredericton, NB)
  • Qi Qi, Burnaby North S.S., (Burnaby, BC)
  • ZhuoQun (Alex) Song, Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH)
  • Kevin Sun, Naperville Central High School (Exeter, NH)
  • Alexander Whatley, North Houston School of Science and Mathematics (Houston,TX)
  • Yang Rui Zhang, University Hill S.S., (Vancouver, BC)

Adult leaders of Math Team Canada 2014:

  • Team Leader, Dr. David Arthur, gold medal winner as a Canadian contestant in IMO 2000
  • Deputy Leader, Dr. Dorette Pronk, leader or deputy leader of successful Canadian IMO teams in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011
  • Deputy Observer, Matthew Brennan, gold medal winner as a Canadian contestant in IMO 2012.

2016 BIRS scientific program in Banff and Oaxaca: Call for proposals

Posted on Fri, Jun 06 2014 09:52:00

La version française suit ci-dessous. La versión española sigue abajo.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is now accepting proposals for its 2016 program. BIRS will again be hosting a 48-week scientific program at its station in Banff. BIRS is also hoping to run an additional 20-25 workshops at its developing new station in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The mandate of BIRS is to provide an environment for creative interaction and the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the mathematical, statistical, and computing sciences, and with related disciplines and industrial sectors. Each week, the station hosts either a full workshop (42 people for 5 days) or two half-workshops (each with 21 people for 5 days). As usual, BIRS provides full accommodation, board, and research facilities at no cost to the invited participants, in a setting conducive to research and collaboration.

Full information, guidelines, and online forms are available at the BIRS website:

The deadline for 5-day Workshop and Summer School proposals is Tuesday September 30, 2014.

In addition BIRS will operate its Research in Teams and Focused Research Groups programs, which allow smaller groups of researchers to get together for several weeks of uninterrupted work at the station. September 30, 2014 is also the preferred date to apply for these programs. However, proposals for projects involving Research in Teams or Focused Research Groups can be submitted at any time – subject to availability – they must be received at least 4 months before their requested start date.

Proposal submissions should be made using the online submission form. Please use:

Nassif Ghoussoub,
Scientific Director, The Banff International Research Station

La station internationale de recherche en sciences mathématiques de Banff (BIRS) lance un appel à projets pour l’année 2016. Le centre accueillera de nouveau un programme scientifique de 48 semaines. BIRS compte également accueillir 20 à 25 ateliers supplémentaires dans son nouveau centre à Oaxaca (Mexique).

La mission de BIRS est de mettre à la disposition de la communauté scientifique internationale un environnement de recherche qui favorise les interactions et les échanges d'idées et de connaissances entre les membres des communautés mathématiques, statistiques, informatiques ainsi que leurs applications dans les sciences et dans le secteur industriel.

En 2016, BIRS compte accueillir au moins un atelier standard (42 personnes pour 5 jours) soit deux demi- ateliers (21 personnes pour 5 jours) par semaine. BIRS fournit aux participants invités l’infrastructure de recherche appropriée, ainsi que le logement et les repas dans un cadre convivial, propice aux échanges d’idées et aux collaborations scientifiques.

Des informations complètes ainsi que les formulaires à remplir en ligne sont disponibles sur le site Internet

La date limite pour le dépôt des dossiers concernant les ateliers et les écoles d'été est fixée au mardi 30 septembre 2014.

De plus, BIRS continue de mener ses programmes de Recherche en Equipes (RIT) et de Groupes de Recherche (FRG), qui permettent à des équipes de chercheurs de se retrouver dans la station pour plusieurs semaines afin de mener à bien un projet de recherche en collaboration. Les dossiers de demandes pour ces programmes doivent – de préférence – être déposés aussi avant le 30 septembre 2014. Cependant, les dossiers concernant ces deux derniers programmes (FRG et RIT) seront également acceptés à tout autre moment à condition qu’ils soient soumis au moins 4 mois avant la date à laquelle le projet est supposé débuter.

Les dossiers de candidature doivent être soumis sur Internet à l'adresse suivante:

Nassif Ghoussoub
Directeur, Banff International Research Station

La Estación de Investigación Internacional de Banff para la Innovación y el Descubrimiento (BIRS) matemático esta aceptando propuestas para su programa de 2016. El centro recibirá nuevamente un programa científico de 48 semanas. BIRS cuenta igualmente con abrir un nuevo centro en Oaxaca (México) donde podrá recibir de 20 a 25 talleres adicionales.

La estación tiene como misión proporcionar un ambiente de interacción creativa y de intercambio de ideas, conocimiento y métodos dentro de las ciencias matemáticas, estadísticas y computacionales así como de disciplinas relacionadas y de sectores industriales. Cada semana, la estación tendrá o un taller completo (42 personas por 5 días) o bien, dos talleres parciales (cada uno con 21 personas por 5 días). Como es la costumbre, BIRS provee la infraestructura de investigación apropiada, así como el alojamiento y las comidas para los participantes, en un marco de convivialidad, propicio al intercambio de ideas y a las colaboraciones científicas.

Mas información, reglas y formatos estan disponibles en el sitio del BIRS:

La fecha limite para propuestas de talleres de 5 días y la escuela de verano es martes, 30 de Septiembre, 2014.

Ademas de esto, BIRS propicia trabajos de equipo y en programas de grupos de investigación enfocados a un tema en especial, lo cual permite que los investigadores se reúnan durante varias semanas sin interrupciones en la estación. El 30 de septiembre de 2014 es también el día más conveniente para solicitar estos programas. Sin embargo, este tipo de propuestas pueden ser presentadas en cualquier momento – sujeto a disponibilidad – y deberán ser recibidos por lo menos 4 meses antes del día propuesto para el inicio.

Las propuestas deberían hacerse por medio del formato en linea que se encuentra en:

Nassif Ghoussoub
Director Científico, Estación de Investigación Internacional de Banff

BIRS Board Member named UBC’s 13th President

Posted on Fri, Mar 14 2014 10:23:00

Arvind Gupta, current chief executive officer and scientific director of Mitacs and member of the BIRS Scientific Advisory Board has been appointment the 13th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Gupta will become president on July 1 for a five-year term, while retaining his position at UBC as professor of computer science.

Gupta is a renowned expert in research and innovation policy whose relentless efforts toward ground-breaking initiatives and research lead toward a goal of building Canada’s capacity and reputation as a world leader and a major international hub for research excellence, experiential learning, advanced training, and knowledge-based innovation.

In collaboration with Nassif Ghoussoub, BIRS Director, and others, Gupta was instrumental in the founding of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), on the launch of the MITACS Network of Centers of Excellence (now Mprime), and on the creation of BIRS. These three highly acclaimed institutions reflect Gupta’s dedication to enhancing the research and learning capacity of Canadian universities.

“UBC has chosen to appoint a man of vision… [and] action, with considerable experience in conceiving, implementing and delivering innovative programs for advanced research, university-industry synergies, academic training, and job placement for university graduates.” says Ghoussoub.


Read the A Piece of Mind blogpost by Nassif Ghoussoub entitled, UBC appoints a doer as its 13th President

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