Media Coverage of BIRS Special Event

Posted on Mon, Sep 27 2010 18:42:00

CBC news
"Banff math centre gets $10M from NAFTA partners"
Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010 | 10:07 AM ET   The Canadian Press
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/09/27/banff-math-centre.html

CTV news  Canada
"Alberta math centre gets $10 million in funding"
Monday Sept. 27, 2010 by The Canadian Press
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20100927/math-centre-funding-100927/

CTV Edmonton
"Alberta math centre gets $10 million in funding"
http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100927/math-centre-funding-100927/20100927?hub=EdmontonHome


Winnipeg Free Press : Science & Technology
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
Posted: 26/09/2010 7:02 PM  by The Canadian Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/sci_tech/north-american-governments-kick-in-over-10-million-for-math-centre-in-banff-103829423.html

Metro
"Math facility in Banff gets over $10 million"
Published: Septembe r 26, 2010 7:56 p.m.
http://www.metronews.ca/vancouver/life/article/645774--math-facility-in-banff-gets-over-10-million

USA Today
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
http://content.usatoday.com/topics/article/Organizations/Government+Bodies/National+Science+Foundation/0aPgaClaQA5Uc/1

iNews 880
"Math money coming to Banff"
9/27/2010 4:28am
http://www.inews880.com/Channels/Reg/LocalNews/story.aspx?ID=1284797

Times of India
"Alberta math centre gets $10 million in funding"
http://iplextra.indiatimes.com/article/03Ug878aE16BX

One News Page: Latest Global News Headlines
"Banff math centre gets $10M from NAFTA partners"
Reported by CBC.ca on Monday, 27 September 2010
http://www.onenewspage.com/news/Technology/20100927/15437783/Banff-math-centre-gets-10M-from-NAFTA-partners.htm

e! Science News
"Banff math centre gets $10M from NAFTA partners"
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 08:14 in Mathematics & Economics
http://esciencenews.com/sources/cbc.technology.science/2010/09/27/banff.math.centre.gets.10m.nafta.partners

Brandon Sun: Lifestyles Breaking News
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
By: The Canadian Press   26/09/2010 7:02 PM
http://www.brandonsun.com/lifestyles/breaking-news/north-american-governments-kick-in-over-10-million-for-math-centre-in-banff-103829423.html?viewAllComments=y

Technolog Headlines News: Tech, Hard ware, Digital IT
"Banff math centre gets $10M from NAFTA partners"
September 27, 2010
http://enterprisepost.com/tech/it/banff-math-centre-gets-10m-from-nafta-partners.html

daylife: Quote
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
http://www.daylife.com/quote/03hbe9wd2U8OM?q=National+Science+Foundation


sync Sympatico: News
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
http://sync.sympatico.ca/news/contentposting/north_american_governments_kick_in_over_10_million_for_math_centre_in_banff/a2485e54

Tech News
"Math facility in Banff gets over $10 million"
http://tech.42t.com/2010/09/27/math-facility-in-banff-gets-over-10-million/

Yahoo! Canada News
"Math facility in Banff gets over $10 million"
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100926/science/science_mathematics_in_the_mountains_1

Zmarter, Open Media Guide
"Alberta math centre gets $10 million in funding"
CTV.ca
http://zmarter.com/economy-finances/alberta-math-centre-gets-$10-million-in-funding-ctv.ca.html


The University of British Columbia
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
Sep. 27, 2010
http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2010/09/27/north-american-governments-kick-in-over-10-million-for-math-centre-in-banff/

Fort Frances Times Online
"Math centre lands extended funding"
Monday, 27 September 2010 - 1:03pm
http://www.fftimes.com/node/236999

Road Runner
"Alberta math centre gets $10 million in funding"
Published - Sep 27 2010 10:46 AM
http://www.rr.com/home/topicdl/article/dlt/06kweVG7hJ0g5/03Ug878aE16BX/Alberta_math_centre_gets_10

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"Banff math centre gets $10M from NAFTA partners"
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"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
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Topix
"Alberta math centre gets $10 million in funding"
http://www.topix.com/science/mathematics/2010/09/alberta-math-centre-gets-10-million-in-funding

AM 630 CHED: News, Talk, Sports
"Math money coming to Banff"
http://www.630ched.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1284800

The Banff Centre: Communications
The Banff Centre in the news
September 26, 2010
"North American governments kick in over $10 million for math centre in Banff"
http://www.banffcentre.info/blogs/communications/2010/09/26/north-american-governments-kick-in-over-10-million-for-math-centre-in-banff/

Lee Richardson, M.P. Calgary Centre
"FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR BANFF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH STATION"
September 25, 2010
http://www.leerichardson.ca/EN/3774/118747

News Release: Governments of Canada, US, Mexico and Alberta support BIRS

Posted on Mon, Sep 27 2010 08:08:00

Banff, Alberta -- Mathematics is the core science of our technologically driven, global society. The Banff International Research Station (BIRS), at the renowned Banff Centre, provides a forum for the advancement of and exchange of knowledge in mathematics.

BIRS is a collaboration of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF), and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT). “The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians”, said MP Blake Richards, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. “Our $3.25 million investment in BIRS, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will help develop, attract and retain the world’s best researchers here in Canada.”

NSERC’s contribution is an investment made over five years that goes towards supporting BIRS and its operation, which in turn facilitates international collaborations and ensures that world-class mathematical research continues to be conducted in Canada. “Since its inception in 2003, BIRS has shown vision and leadership in creating an international meeting point for mathematical discovery and innovation, “says Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. “On this day of celebration, NSERC salutes the many accomplishments of BIRS.”

“International collaboration in the sciences is a vital way we’re building the knowledge-based next generation economy in Alberta,” said the Honourable Doug Horner, Deputy Premier and Minister of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. “Having leaders in this foundational science working here positions Alberta, and Canada, as a focal point for collaborative solutions to global challenges.”

Building on previous Alberta support for BIRS, Alberta Advanced Education and Technology will provide $3.4 million over five years (2011 - 2015) to facilitate BIRS’ future operational plans and activities. The BIRS initiative promises to continue being a significant factor in building excellence in Alberta’s research communities and beyond. The new funding support will enable BIRS to provide the infrastructure for an environment that optimizes creative interaction and the exchange of ideas, knowledge and methods within a broad program covering the mathematical, statistical and computational sciences, as well as their applications in science, technology and society.

"Mathematical sciences are a key to innovation and for advancing the frontiers of scientific discovery,” said Dr. Cora Marrett, acting director of the US National Science Foundation, which is contributing $3.68 million to BIRS. “NSF-supported math sciences institutes, such as BIRS, provide ideal settings for synergistic activities within mathematical, statistical and computational sciences, and across various other disciplines. This synergy is important to solving important societal problems related to environment, health, security and sustainability. Beyond that, fostering collaborations among industry, government and academic institutions, without borders, will lead to advances in basic science."

“BIRS represents the only serious joint educational and scientific research program in the NAFTA space,” said Dr. José Antonio de la Peña, Deputy Director for Science, CONACyT. “It has given an international visibility to both Canadian and Mexican mathematical sciences as no other project has ever done”.

This is a tremendous success for a remarkable and groundbreaking North American collaboration in support of the world's mathematical sciences and their manifestations in science, technology, and society", says BIRS Scientific Director Nassif Ghoussoub. “This unprecedented multinational funding validates the importance, and vigor of the research conducted at BIRS”.

BIRS’ mandate is to embrace all aspects, both theoretical and applied, of the mathematical, computational and statistical sciences including fundamental challenges of pure and applied mathematics in computing science, statistics, and mathematical physics, financial and industrial mathematics, as well as the mathematics of information technology, and the life sciences. BIRS opened its doors to the world scientific community in March 2003. Since then, over 14,000 researchers from 2000 institutions in 70 countries have conducted collaborative research at BIRS. For more information go to http://www.birs.ca/

Media inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub, BIRS Scientific Director, Professor at the University of British Columbia

604-822-1649 email: birs-director@birs.ca

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Media Advisory: Event on September 25

Posted on Thu, Sep 23 2010 11:04:00

A Celebration of Research Collaboration in North America with a Public Lecture by Dr. Rita Colwell

Posted on Wed, Sep 01 2010 15:58:00

Photos and videos of the The public lecture by Rita Colwell, Climate, Oceans, and Infectious Disease: The Cholera Paradigm, and following talks, can be viewed here.

Schedule for Saturday, September 25th, 2010

3:00 pm MDT: A Public Lecture by Dr. Rita Colwell

Place: Max Bell Auditorium, The Banff Centre
Title: “Climate, Oceans and Infectious Disease: The Cholera Paradigm”
Introduction by: Dr. Tom Brzustowski
Reflections on Dr. Colwell's lecture: here

4:00 pm: Funding Announcement for BIRS

Place: Max Bell Auditorium, The Banff Centre

  • Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub
  • Mr. Lee Richardson, MP for Calgary Centre on behalf of the Government of Canada
  • Mr. Greg Weadick, MLA for Lethbridge-West, on behalf of the Government of Alberta
  • Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC
  • Dr. Sastry Pantula, Director of DMS, National Science Foundation, USA
  • Dr. Jose Antonio de la Pena, Deputy Director, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico
  • Mrs. Mary Hofstetter, President of The Banff Centre
  • Dr. John Hepburn, VP Research, UBC
  • Dr. Rose Goldstein, VP Research, UC
  • Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO, MITACS

4:45 pm- 6:00 pm: Reception in the Max Bell Lounge

Invitation (PDF)

Call for Proposals 2012 - Deadline is Monday, September 27

Posted on Wed, Jul 14 2010 18:30:00

La version française suit ci-dessous.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is now accepting proposals for its 2012 program. The Station provides 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.

Full information, guidelines, and online forms are available at the new BIRS website:
http://www.birs.ca/

BIRS is hosting a 49-week scientific program in 2012.  Each week, the station will be running 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.

The deadline for 5-day Workshop and Summer School proposals is September 27, 2010.

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 27, 2010 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:
https://www.birs.ca/proposals


Nassif Ghoussoub
Scientific Director, Banff International Research Station

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La station internationale de recherche en sciences mathématiques de Banff (BIRS) lance un appel à projets pour son programme de l’année 2012.  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.

Des informations complètes ainsi que les formulaires à remplir en ligne sont disponibles sur le site Internet http://www.birs.ca/

Le programme scientifique de BIRS pour l'année 2012 sera composé de 49 semaines, chaque semaine consistant soit d'un atelier standard (42 personnes pour 5 jours) soit de deux demi- ateliers (21 personnes pour 5 jours).  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.

La date limite de pot des dossiers pour les ateliers et les écoles d'été est fixée au 27 septembre 2010.

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 pour mener à bien un projet de recherche en collaboration.  Les dossiers de demandes pour ces programmes doivent -de préférence- être déposés aussi avant le 27 septembre 2010.  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:
https://www.birs.ca/proposals

Nassif Ghoussoub
Directeur, Banff International Research Station

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