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The opening of the CRM 2008-09 Thematic Program took place on Monday June 2, 2008 at 9:30 am, in the sixth floor lecture theatre (salle 6214) of the Pavillon André-Aisenstadt, in the presence of Luc Vinet (rector of l'Université de Montréal), François Lalonde (outgoing CRM director), John Harnad (chair of the scientific committee, Thematic Program) and Steve Zelditch (Johns Hopkins Univ., coordinator, Thematic Program).

This program is meant to represent the state of the art in a number of currently active areas of research in mathematical physics, with special emphasis on those in which probability theory plays a central role. Besides providing a vehicle for communicating the most significant new research results in these domains, the principal objectives include: 1) giving an opportunity for cross-fertilization between the different domains represented; 2) stimulating new ideas through such cross-fertilization and 3) providing an environment in which young researchers may learn about and be encouraged to contribute to the exciting new developments in these domains.

The program consists of: ten research workshops, each of one week’s duration, taking place between June 2008 and June 2009, grouped so as to maximize constructive interactions between them;  three Aisenstadt Chair lecture series coordinated with the workshops;  a number of long term term visitors staying at the CRM for durations of between three and four weeks, plus a small number staying for longer periods; several preparatory lectures for advanced graduate students and young researchers on topics related to the workshops, and a small number of postdoctoral research fellows based at the CRM,  working as part of the CRM Mathematical Physics research group for the duration of the program year (June 2008- June 2009).