UBCO

UBC’s Okanagan campus is now formally affiliated with the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS). Several BIRS events will be hosted on the UBC campus in Kelowna, primarily in the summer months, starting in 2021. Ten research workshops in a variety of areas in mathematics, computer science, statistics and theoretical physics are being scheduled into the period from May through August.

We are a research-intensive department with over 260 funded projects and $8.3 million in research funding since 2005.Our faculty members and students are working on exciting projects that are changing our world. Learn more about our projects, research interests, and centres and labs.

CENTRES, INSTITUTES, AND LABS

Our labs and centres form the foundation of our research efforts, where our faculty work with a number of community and industry partners to advance knowledge and practice in the field of quantitative sciences, and provide hands-on research and learning opportunities for students.

LOCATION

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning. The campus was founded in 2005 in partnership with local Indigenous peoples, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, in whose territory the campus resides.

It’s also home to hundreds of hiking trails, a thriving arts and cultural district, authentic farm-to-table dining, several championship golf courses, and a booming tech scene.

As part of UBC—ranked among the world’s top 20 public universitiesthe Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community. Since its inception, UBCO has experienced tremendous growth, including an increase in research funding of 366 percent. 

RESEARCH WORKSHOPS

Several BIRS events will be hosted on the UBC campus in Kelowna, primarily in the summer months, starting in 2021. Ten research workshops in a variety of areas in mathematics, computer science, statistics and theoretical physics are being scheduled into the period from May through August.

More information will be posted in the coming weeks at 

UBC Okanagan BIRS Events

POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS

Workshops are invite-only events for the global scientific community. If you are interested in attending but have not yet been invited, please refer to the below guidelines.

FACULTY

Please email the BIRS Program Coordinator, who will then submit your request to the organizers of the workshop you are interested in attending.

STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Please email the BIRS Program Coordinator with a brief letter of recommendation from your supervisor. We will then submit your request to the organizers of the workshop you are interested in attending.

ATTRACTIONS, FOOD, AND WINERIES

Attractions

Food

Wineries

ACCOMMODATIONS

On-Campus Accommodations

With over 500 accommodation rooms, 50 meeting & event spaces, onsite catering and beautifully landscaped grounds, UBC’s Okanagan campus is a conference destination on its own! UBC’s Okanagan campus offers a variety of room types in student residences for individuals, couples, families and groups at a reasonable price. For more information, see UBCO Guest Accommodation.

Off-campus Accommodations

Close to the UBC Okanagan Campus
Downtown Kelowna

MEETING AND EVENT SPACES

With over 50 meeting rooms from lecture theatres to boardrooms, various catering spaces and over 500 sleeping rooms all set in a beautiful campus environment, UBCO is a conference destination on its own! For more information, see UBCO Meeting & Event Spaces.

TRANSPORTATION

UBC’s Okanagan campus is on Hwy 97, 20 minutes north from downtown Kelowna and across from the Kelowna International Airport. For more information on getting to UBCO, see Getting Here & Parking.

CAMPUS INFORMATION

Times Higher Education recognized UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses in its 10 most beautiful universities in Canada.

QUESTIONS?

For answers to the most common inquiries, please see the below links for frequently asked questions.

Please note that while BIRS provides logistical support for the activities at UBCO, is not responsible for any aspect of its local operations. Participants assume responsibility for their own travel and well-being as is customary for conferences of this nature.