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2022 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize : Call for nominations

The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM), the Fields Institute, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) invite nominations each year for the joint CRM-Fields-PIMS award

This year, nominations should be submitted by November 1st, 2021, at: nominations@pims.math.ca

Complete awarding rules

Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Mathematical Inequity in Indigenous Education, Monday, June 21, 2021

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to honour Indigenous Peoples presence and history, with speaker Melania Alvarez (Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences) on the activities that UBC and SFU do with indigenous groups and discussing her work on mathematical education for First Nations communities in BC.

June 21, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern time) online
Free but registration mandatory here
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Group Theoretical Methods in Physics: In Memory of Pavel Winternitz at the CRM and online on July 26-28, 2021

As many as possible of Pavel's friends, students, and scientific collaborators will be attending this special event (in a hybrid format) held to celebrate Pavel's life, achievements, and his significant impact upon so many. More than two dozen invited speakers will give scientific talks and personal reminiscences reflecting on Pavel Winterntiz's contributions to the field of mathematical physics.
Professor Winternitz had a long and successful career as a researcher at the CRM and as a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Université de Montréal.
We invite you to register by following the link below.

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CRM CAMP Colloquium: Encounters with Computer-Assisted Proofs in Early Days

With Charles Fefferman(Princeton University, É.-U.), 1978 Fields Medalist
On Tuesday June 1st, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 (Eastern time)

The talk recounts how computer-assisted proofs came into two theorems on the quantum mechanics of Coulomb systems during the 1980's.

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2021 CRM-SSC Prize Recipient

The CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics is awarded this year to Jiguo Cao, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Statistics, and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. Jiguo Cao is the 23rd recipient of the CRM-SSC Prize.

The citation for the award reads:
“To Jiguo Cao for outstanding developments in modeling and analysis of functional data and dynamic systems; for broad work in numerous applications with special focus on statistical genetics; and for remarkable aptitude for creating and nurturing productive collaborations, particularly involving students and post-doctoral fellows.”

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Online public conference as part of the 15th edition of the 24 heures de science

Friday May 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Lecturer Mary Lou Zeeman (Bowdoin College, USA)
Registrations here
You will also be able to follow the conference as it will be streaming live on the  CRM's YouTube channel.

Abstract: Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet. This is especially true if you enjoy math. In this talk, we'll explore the mathematics of "tipping points” — dramatic moments when a system suddenly shifts from one state to another —  and see how it can help us to make decisions for a better world.

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CRM researchers key to national infectious disease modeling efforts

Our researchers are involved in three of the five networks funded by the Emerging Infectious Diseases Modeling Initiative of the Public Health Agency of Canada and NSERC.

The Mathematics for Public Health (MfPH) network, led by Kumar Murty, Director of the Fields Institute and professor at the University of Toronto, will seek to bridge the gap between mathematical research and real public health issues. The One Health Modeling Network for Emerging Infections (OMNI), led by Huaiping Zhu of York University and the Canadian Centre for Disease Modeling, will identify gaps that can be used to prioritize more targeted surveillance or data collection and then use those data to refine models. Statistical Methods for Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases, led by Dr. Patrick Brown at the University of Toronto, will develop methods and tools to get an accurate picture of the nature and extent of infectious disease transmission in the population, relying on real-world data from administrative sources and surveys.

CRM researchers are mobilizing to face emergency situations and they are working in concert with many pan-Canadian partners thanks to these grants. Our members will be part of the multi-purpose research consortium that will foster the pooling of national disease modeling efforts that will help better predict, prevent and respond to emerging infectious diseases.

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Professor Octav Cornea appointed next director of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM)

Professor Octav Cornea has been appointed the next CRM director, effective July 1, 2021, for a four-year term. He will follow in the footsteps of Professor Luc Vinet who has held this position since 2013 and who writes:
"I am very happy that Octav Cornea will follow me at the helm of the CRM. By accepting these responsibilities, he demonstrates an altruism that honors him. I have no doubt that the CRM will continue its remarkable history and excel more than ever under his leadership."

Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the Université de Montréal since 2003, Octav Cornea, obtained his doctorate at the University of Rochester in 1993 and, in 1994, he became Professor at the University of Lille 1, where he remained until 2002. He was director of the Institut des sciences mathématiques (2006-2009), director of the Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures (2010-2019) and deputy director of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (2011-2014). He works in geometry and topology, with contributions to algebraic topology, dynamical systems and, over the last twenty years, mainly to symplectic topology. He was a Simons Fellow (2015-2016), member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2015-2016), Research Professor at the Mathematical Science Research Institute at Berkeley (2009) and invited speaker at the Inaugural Mathematical Congress of the Americas in 2013.

"I thank the Québec mathematical community, and, in particular, my predecessor Luc Vinet, for their support. It is a challenging time, of profound restructuring, but it is also a golden era for the mathematical sciences and, together, I hope we will be able to make the most of the ensuing opportunities."

Zooming in on collaborative digital intelligence

As part of World Creativity and Innovation Day, this event highlights the most beautiful innovative collaborations in digital intelligence of IVADO and at least three of the speakers are affiliated with the CRM: Arthur Charpentier will present " Modéliser le comportement des compagnies d'assurances dans un marché compétitif " at 9:15 am, Manuel Morales will present "Detection of Unusual Patterns in Equity Option Trading" at 13:55 and Morgan Craig will present "A toolbox to understand immune disorders" at 16:30.
The event will take place on April 21, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and it also bring together a panel of experts from various sectors at noon to open the debate on the issues and tactics for successful innovative digital collaborations!
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Join the conversation!

Learn to talk to the media. For those interested in developing public communication skills, we are offering in May online training sessions in French on Thursday and Friday mornings (Eastern time) in collaboration with CAIMS-SCMAI and BIRS who are also offering training sessions in English on Thursday and Friday afternoons (for info: ECSAM.ca ). We have designed an original training workshop aimed at applied mathematicians in particular, but also at the entire community sharing the same challenges in terms of effective communication.

Workshops are aimed at applied mathematicians, statisticians and data scientists, whether professors, postdocs or graduate students.

If the scientists don't speak up, who will?

Whether you are applying for one or all of the modules, you are invited to complete the form below:
Information and application form for the French Workshop
Information and application form for the English Workshop

For a detailed description of the French Workshop
For a detailed description of the English Workshop

11th Industrial Problem Solving Workshop from August 23-27, 2021

In 2021, the event aimed at solving concrete industrial problems while developing a unique work experience will be held virtually and face-to-face. We are looking for professors to participate as team coordinators in this 11th Workshop. To learn more about the responsibilities and expectations of team coordinators, and show your interest, click here.

Participation in this workshop is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and professional researchers and professors. The description of the problems proposed by companies or institutions will be posted on the workshop website in May 2021.
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Call for field activities 2021-2022: L'avenir est mathématique

En avant math!launches its 2nd call for field activities. These activities will be aimed at various audiences: preschool, elementary and secondary including parent-child, college and university activities as well as activities for the general public. The grants will be up to $ 15,000 each and the proposals must be in line with the objectives of En avant math!

Deadline: April 16, 2021
To submit an activity, follow the instructions at

To see the 12 projects selected during the 1st call:

The En avant math! project is made possible through a grant from the Quebec Ministry of Finance and is an initiative of two research centers, CIRANO and the CRM.


Egor Shelukhin is 2021 Sloan Research Fellow

The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) would like to congratulate Egor Shelukhin, recipient of the prestigious 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship 2021 in the Mathematics category. Egor Shelukhin is the first mathematician from the Université de Montréal to receive this distinction and also the first, across all disciplines, to obtain the fellowship for the university since 1996. This scholarship is awarded to today's most promising researchers in multiple disciplines including mathematics, physics, chemistry as well as neuroscience, economics, computer science and biochemistry. Egor Shelukhin is one of 128 researchers selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for this award. His accomplishments and potential place him among the next generation of scientific leaders in Canada and the United States.

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Sloan Research Fellowships

Call for applications for the position of Director of the CRM

The CRM is looking for a Director as Luc Vinet, the current Director will end his second consecutive term on July 1st. The renewable term is for four years.
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The importance of mathematics and numeracy for Quebec, by Luc Vinet

The 9th edition of Québec économique examines the challenges of digital transformation. Luc Vinet, Director of the CRM, presents an analysis on numeracy and mathematical research essential to training and of economic and general importance for Québec.

This publication by our partner CIRANO is written under the scientific direction of Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin and Benoit Dostie, under the coordination of Geneviève Dufour.

Two closely related topics, numeracy and mathematical research, are discussed. The first is presented as one of the touchstones essential to the training and culture of our fellow citizens and to the competitive development of Québec. Subsequently, an argument emphasizing the economic and general importance of mathematical research is offered. Québec is very well served in both respects through the "En avant math!" initiative and the CRM respectively, and for this reason, these two organizations deserve all the support possible to strategically position Québec.

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Workshop: Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID
Monday, March 8, 2021 from 1 p.m. tp 8 p.m.

On International Women's Day, the CRM welcomes four outstanding women mathematicians who will present their recent work in the afternoon, followed by a trivia game at 6 p.m. and a discussion period at 7 p.m.

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2nd UNESCO International Day of Mathematics
Mathematics for a Better World
March 12, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

With its 2021 theme «Mathematics for a Better Worldé, UNESCO's International Mathematics Day highlights the impact of mathematical sciences to face some challenges.

This event will be held in French and will be hosted by Frédéric Gourdeau (Université Laval)

With the participation of:
Yvan Saint-Aubin (UdeM), Un modèle simple de pandémie
Christian Genest ((McGill University), Dépistage par groupe
Christiane Rousseau (UdeM), Partage équitable

Free admission but mandatory registration: Registration
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Launched in 1991 by the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM), the André-Aisenstadt Prize is awarded to recognize outstanding research achievement by a young Canadian mathematician in pure or applied mathematics. This Prize consists of a $3,000 award and a medal.

The recipient is invited to deliver a lecture and to write a brief article on his or her work for publication in the Bulletin of the CRM.

An international jury
The CRM's International Scientific Advisory Committee which advises the CRM on all its major scientific orientations, chooses the recipient each year.

Deadline: March 1st, 2021
Please, email nomination files at: nomination@crm.umontreal.ca

Awarding rules

In memoriam : Pavel Winternitz

Pavel Winternitz died on February 13, 2021 in Montréal. The CRM loses one of its pioneers. Professor Winternitz had a long and fruitful career, first as a researcher at the CRM, then as a professor at the Université de Montréal's Department of Mathematics and Statistics where he made a significant contribution to the development of mathematical physics. With an unusual passion for research, he still very actively pursued his work in the CRM's mathematical physics laboratory. His kindness and friendship will be sorely missed.
To learn more about his important contributions, we invite you to read this press release.

March 8, 2021 Workshop : Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), we are pleased to launch the Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID workshop which will be held on March 8 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with four outstanding mathematicians.
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The proof of the Duffin-Schaeffer conjecture applauded by Québec Science

What Richard Duffin and Albert Schaeffer had postulated in 1941, Dimitris Koukoulopoulos (Université de Montréal) and James Maynard (University of Oxford) finally proved in 2019, then published in 2020. The conjecture had long resisted the efforts of the best researchers and its proof represents a milestone in metric diophantine approximation. Koukoulopoulos and Maynard were postdoctoral researchers at the Centre de recherches mathématiques, from 2010 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2014 respectively, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Granville (University of Montreal). You can read about the major advances selected by Québec Science for 2020 and vote before Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

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CRM Laboratories

Mathematical Analysis
Both classical and central to modern mathematics, mathematical analysis lies at the core of our understanding of any continuous system. The mathematical analysis laboratory has undertaken in-depth studies of dynamical systems, partial differential equations and spectra of operators.

The objective of CAMBAM (Center for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine) is the application of mathematics to address biological challenges across all levels of biological organisation ranging from the molecular/genetic through single cell and whole organ physiology to population and ecosystem dynamics.

CICMA is an inter-university research center officially established in 1989. Its research activities are concentrated on number theory, arithmetic geometry, computational algebra and sporadic finite groups.

CIRGET is a joint force of researchers at the cutting-edge of international research in differential geometry, topology, geometric group theory and mathematical physics.

GIREF gathers researchers and research groups from several academic institutions in order to facilitate research, development, training of specialists and interaction with the industrial circles in the field of modeling an numeric simulation.

Founded in 1982, LaCIM is one of the principal research center in combinatorics, algebraic combinatorics and theoretical computer science on the international scene.

Applied Mathematics
As a result of state-of-the-art computational resources, it has become possible to simulate problems and figure solutions that we only dreamed of a decade ago. This has been a driving force in the creation of this laboratory.

Mathematical Physics
Mathematical physics represents one of the traditional strengths of the CRM since the beginning of the 1970's. Research focus on several of the most active scientific areas in mathematical physics.

Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA)
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are dynamic and ever-expanding disciplines. The incorporation of MILA into the CRM will give the CRM a more important role within the so-called “digital strategy” of the Québec government.

The work of PhysNum is focused on cerebral imaging and its method. Started within a collaboration with INSERM (Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière) and the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, this trend took shape during the study of reconstruction signals in magnetoencephalographic problems.

Probability lab members pursue research in a broad range of areas, spanning theoretical and applied, continuous and discrete probability. A particular focus is on the development and analysis of probabilistic models for real-world phenomena from physics, biology, statistics and computer science.

The Actuarial and Financial Mathematics Laboratory is an inter-university group of researchers focused on the mathematics of actuarial science and finance. Its research activities are concentrated on the applications of probabilistic and statistical techniques to analyze random events with financial impact.

Statistics is central to many endeavours in society. Whether it be through surveys from sampling, clinical trials to study various biomedical treatments or experimental designs in agriculture or industry, statistical methodology can be found everywhere in science. The statistics laboratory rallies a great number of statisticians from Eastern Canada.