Doug Mitchell succeeds Karen Prentice as chair of the BIRS Board of Directors

Posted on Tue, Sep 25 2012 10:12:00

During her 3-year term at the helm of BIRS, Karen Prentice supervised the incorporation of the research station, consolidated its governance structure and firmed up its legal framework. She successfully led the renewal of the Station’s funding for 5 years from four partnering governments (Canada, Alberta, US and Mexico) and oversaw the transfer of its lecturing facilities to the beautiful Trans Canada Pipeline Pavilion at the Banff Centre. The thousands of scientists who participate in BIRS activities every year will always be grateful for her selfless service and her many contributions to the promotion of the mathematical sciences and their applications.

Douglas Mitchell is a pillar of both the Canadian sports and business communities, who has spent countless hours giving back to non-profit organizations and public companies lucky enough to have him. BIRS is now one of them as Doug Mitchell succeeds Karen Prentice as chair of its Board of Directors.

Doug Mitchell is National Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His law career is highlighted by specialties in Corporate and Commercial Law, as well as Commercial Real Estate and Sports Law. His current firm is a leading, full-service national law firm comprised of over 750 lawyers and property agents in six Canadian cities.

An active member of the community, he has served as Chair of the Calgary Airport Authority, and is now Co-Chair of the Banff Global Business Forum, Director of ParticipAction, and a member of the UBC Board of Governors. He is also Past Chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, SAIT Polytechnic’s Board of Governors, and Past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Doug Mitchell has also been an important member of the Canadian sports community for years, both as a player and a leader. He attended Colorado College on a Hockey Scholarship before completed his degree in Law at the University of British Columbia and playing professional football for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He served as a member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors from 1980 to 1984, and as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1984 to 1989. He was also Chairman of the 2005 Winter Goodwill Games.

In 2009, Mitchell’s family, friends and colleagues pledged a substantial donation to UBC for the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre winter sports complex in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to Canadian amateur sports. The Centre served as a hockey and sledge hockey host venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and is a central landmark of UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Doug Mitchell’s contributions have been recognized with many honors including the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. He was named one of Calgary’s 12 Most Influential Business People by the Calgary Herald and in 2010, was recognized as one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports by the Globe & Mail.

Call for Proposals 2014

Posted on Fri, Jun 15 2012 15:38:00

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 2014 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 BIRS website:

BIRS is hosting a 48-week scientific program in 2014.  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 Friday September 28, 2012.

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 28, 2012 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, Banff International Research Station




La station internationale de recherche en sciences mathématiques de Banff (BIRS) lance un appel à projets pour son programme de l’année 2014.  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

Le programme scientifique de BIRS pour l'année 2014 sera composé de 48 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 pour le dépôt des dossiers concernant les ateliers et les écoles d'été est fixée au vendredi 28 septembre 2012.

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 28 septembre 2012. 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 en 2014. La estación proporciona 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.

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

BIRS esta organizando un programa científico para el 2014 de 48 semanas. Cada semana, la estación tendrá o un taller completo (42 personas por 5 días) o dos talleres parciales (cada uno con 21 personas por 5 días). Como es de costumbre, BIRS provee de hospedaje, comida y facilidades de investigación por ningún costo a los participantes invitados en un ambiente que conduce a la investigación y a la colaboración.

La fecha limite para propuestas para el taller de 5 días y la escuela de verano es el Viernes, 28 de Septiembre, 2012.

Ademas, BIRS estará operando sus investigaciones en equipos y en programas de grupos de investigación enfocadas, lo cual permitirá que los investigadores se junten por varias semanas sin interrupciones en la estación. El 28 de Septiembre, 2012 también es el día preferido para la aplicación a estos programas. Sin embargo, propuestas para proyectos que involucren investigaciones en equipos y de grupos de investigación enfocadas pueden ser presentadas a cualquier momento -- sujeto a disponibilidad -- deberán ser recibidos por lo menos 4 meses antes del día propuesto para el comienzo.

Propuestas deberían hacerse por medio del formato en linea.  Por favor usar:


Nassif Ghoussoub

Director Científico, Estación de Investigación Internacional de Banff



Watch the Live Video Stream from BIRS

Posted on Fri, May 04 2012 10:49:00

Announcement About Live Video Streaming

Posted on Mon, Apr 02 2012 13:26:00

Dear colleagues and friends of BIRS,

Last fall, BIRS relocated its meeting space to the beautiful TransCanada Pipelines Pavilion, a building now used exclusively for BIRS scientific activities at the Banff Centre. We are now pleased to make our new physical meeting space accessible to the scientific community in virtual space, via live video streaming and high quality video recordings, produced by a state-of-the-art automated video production system.

BIRS participants now have the ability to record and broadcast their lectures at the touch of a button, and we encourage all lecturers to make use of this opportunity to contribute their talk. We have been testing automated recording for the past few weeks, and the vast majority have opted in. You can watch their lectures live on the BIRS website, at: Recordings will also appear on the BIRS home page a few minutes after the lecture ends.

Details about how to effectively use the BIRS live stream, including the schedule for upcoming talks, can be found at the following URL:

Many thanks to all past and future contributors to this important new resource for the world's scientific community.

Nassif Ghoussoub, FRSC
Scientific Director, Banff International Research Station
Professor of Mathematics, The University of British Columbia

New BIRS Brochure

Posted on Tue, Sep 06 2011 14:55:00
Fresh off the press, the new BIRS brochure will fill you in on all of the exciting events of the past year, from innovative outreach workshops, to the announcement of significant new funding by our sponsor governments. You can also take a peek at the sleek new building that has been given to BIRS by The Banff Centre as our new workshops home.

The brochure can be read online here (PDF file).
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