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:

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:

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 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:

Nassif Ghoussoub
Directeur, Banff International Research Station

Public Lecture by Dr. Rita Colwell

Posted on Wed, Jul 14 2010 18:00:00
Please see this PDF File.

BIRS Testimonials: The Community in Support of BIRS

Posted on Wed, Jul 07 2010 16:53:00
BIRS recently implemented an online feedback form for workshop participants to comment on their experience at BIRS. The results have been overwhelmingly positive...
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