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.


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.


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


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.


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. 

For more information, please visit https://cmps.ok.ubc.ca/about/birs/


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.