BIRS-CMO Measures related to the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19, as of March 15, 2020

Posted on Sun, Mar 15 2020 17:08:00
Dear BIRS-CMO organizers and participants,

In view of the new travel restrictions imposed by various countries and the directives of the Mexican Health Services regarding gatherings (of any size) involving international participants, the following upcoming workshops will unfortunately have to be postponed to next year, 2021.

● 20w5083 Using Quantum Invariants to do Interesting Topology 04/26/2020-05/01/2020
● 20w5049 Kinetic Equations: Recent Developments and Novel Applications 05/03/2020 - 05/08/2020
● 20w5038 Geometric and Analytical Aspects of Nonlinear Elliptic Equations and Related Evolution Problems 05/10/2020-05/15/2020
● 20w5134 Modeling and Engineering of the Mammalian Embryo 05/17/2020-05/22/2020
● 20w5194 Topological Complexity and Motion Planning 05/24/2020-05/29/2020
● 20w5060 Outstanding Challenges in Computational Methods for Integral Equations 05/31/2020-06/05/2020

No decision has been made yet about the workshops scheduled for the period 06/07/2020-07/03/2020. These are:

● 20w5119 Advances in Mixed Characteristic Commutative Algebra and Geometric Connections 06/07/2020-06/12/2020
● 20w5173 Higher Segal Spaces and their Applications to Algebraic K-Theory, Hall Algebras, and Combinatorics 06/14/2020-06/19/2020
● 20w5137 Mathematical and Conceptual Aspects of Quantum Theory 06/21/2020-06/26/2020
● 20w5226 Moduli, Motives and Bundles – New Trends in Algebraic Geometry 06/28/2020-07/03/2020

We are continuously monitoring and following the instructions of Mexican Health Services and the World Health Organization.

We advise all participants traveling to Mexico to stay informed of the status of the countries they are departing from and returning to, and to make their own responsible decision about their future visits.

BIRS-CMO participants should be aware that many airlines are now offering free cancellation or rebooking of tickets.

Please check the BIRS website for any update about this situation.

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José Seade
General Director, Casa Matemática Oaxaca
Professor Universidad nacional Autónoma de México

BIRS Measures related to the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19, as of March 12, 2020

Posted on Thu, Mar 12 2020 16:03:00
Dear BIRS organizers and participants,

Note: Meetings are no longer cancelled, they are proceeding virtually. See this update for details. The message below is kept for historical record.

In view of the new travel restrictions imposed by various countries and the directives of the Alberta Health Services regarding gatherings (of any size) involving international participants, the following upcoming workshops will unfortunately have to be cancelled:

20w5214 The Interface Between Selective Inference and Machine Learning 03/08/2020 - 03/13/2020
20w5143 New Perspectives in Colouring and Structure 03/15/2020 - 03/20/2020
20w5229 Stochastic Mass Transports 03/22/2020 - 03/27/2020
20w5077 New Directions in Geometric Flows 03/29/2020 - 04/03/2020

No decision has been made yet about the workshops scheduled for the months of April and May. We are continuously monitoring and following the instructions of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health Services and the World Health Organization.

We advise all participants traveling to Canada to stay informed of the status of the countries they are departing from and returning to, and to make their own responsible decision about their future visits.

BIRS participants should be aware that many airlines are now offering free cancellation or rebooking of tickets. Moreover, Canada’s three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC) confirm that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of COVID-19.

Please check the BIRS website for any update about this situation.

The impact of the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on BIRS activities, as of March 02, 2020

Posted on Mon, Mar 02 2020 17:15:00
Dear Participants,

Due to the global increase in cases of COVID-19, BIRS has received inquiries about the impact of the outbreak on the operations of the Station. At this time, there is no change in the scheduled programs at BIRS. We are continuously monitoring and following the instructions of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health Services and the World Health Organization. At this stage, the cancellation of gatherings such as those at BIRS are not recommended.

We advise all participants traveling to Canada to stay informed of the status of the countries they are departing from and returning to, and to make their own responsible decision about their visit.

We ask the participants originating from risk areas as defined in Alberta Health Services, to be particularly vigilant and cognizant of the fact that they might be subjected to additional screening at their points of entry to Canada. Actually, Canada’s Centres for Disease Control advise that visitors from some of these risk areas should stay home or self-isolate for 14 days after they leave their countries.

Please check the BIRS website for any update about this situation.

BIRS Scientific Director Search

Posted on Thu, Nov 21 2019 17:15:00
The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery invites applications or nominations for the position of Scientific Director for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2020 or as soon as convenient thereafter.

BIRS is an independent research station located on the campus of the world-renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. The station fosters collaborative and cross-disciplinary research in the mathematical sciences through intense scientific interactions in a magnificent mountain setting complete with full accommodation, board and modern facilities.

A joint Canada-US-Mexico initiative, BIRS is funded by the governments of Canada, USA, Mexico and Alberta. BIRS has recently expanded its programs to include two affiliate stations, Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in Mexico and IAS-Hangzhou in China. In total, BIRS and its affiliated stations host more than 3500 researchers from 400 institutions in over 60 countries who participate in well over 100 different programs. Major programming is week-long intense workshops with the stations also accommodating two-day weekend meetings and multi-week working meetings for small groups. See www.birs.ca for more information about the station.

Candidates should be active researchers in the mathematical sciences with high international stature, strong interpersonal and administrative skills, and have enthusiasm and a vision for the station. A letter of application together with a CV and names of three references should be sent to [email protected]. Expressions of interest or nominations are welcome and can also be sent to this address. Women and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. BIRS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

The Search Committee will consider dossiers on or about December 15, 2019. After that date, applications and nominations will be considered until the position is filled.

*Scientific Director Position Profile
*Station Profile
*Search Committee

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