Current Trends in Dynamical Systems and the Mathematical Legacy of Rufus Bowen

  • Start Date: 07/30/2017
  • End Date: 08/04/2017

University of British Columbia


The conference will focus on areas of current interest that are broadly related to the work of Rufus Bowen.


In addition to several invited talks, there will be other opportunities for participants to contribute: a poster session and at least one session on progress on a list of 157 open problems from Rufus Bowen's notebook. The organizers will soon post a website that contains statements of each problem with a feature that allows people to comment on progress.


Confirmed Speakers:

Lewis Bowen, University of Texas 

Jérôme Buzzi, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay

Jean-René Chazottes, CPHT, École Polytechnique

Vaughn Climenhaga, University of Houston

Ursula Hamenstädt, Universität Bonn

Mike Hochman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Anatole Katok, Pennsylvania State University

Ronnie Pavlov, University of Denver

Yakov Pesin, Pennsylvania State University

Mark Pollicott, University of Warwick

Enrique Pujals, IMPA

Ian Putnam, University of Victoria

David Ruelle, IHES

Omri Sarig, Weizmann Institute

Caroline Series, University of Warwick

Steve Smale, University of California at Berkeley

Masato Tsujii, Kyushu University

Benjamin Weiss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Lai-sang Young, Courant Institute, NYU 




Conference Format:

We will begin with an optional "meet and greet" on the evening of Sunday July 30th. The program for Monday July 31, to Friday August 4 will consist of 19 talks, a poster session, problem sessions focused on Rufus' Notebook, a Rufus remembrance session, some catered lunches and a hike on Wednesday afternoon. The conference will end on Friday at 5PM.




Registration List:

A list of participants who have signed up for this event can be found here



The Rufus Bowen Notebook

The Bowen Notebook s dedicated to the memory of Rufus Bowen (1947-1978). On it, you will find an interactive interface to the 157 mathematical problems he left behind in his notebook. The mission of this site is to continue the discussion of these problems by allowing users to enter comments. Each problem has been deciphered and transcribed and is presented along with comments on its current status. 




Abstracts / Downloads / Reports: 

John Franks, Northwestern University
Kostya Khanin, University of Toronto
François Ledrappier, University of Notre Dame and Université Paris 6
Douglas Lind, University of Washington
Brian Marcus, University of British Columbia

Other Information: 

Conference Dates:

July 30th - August 4th, 2017 


Application for Funding (Travel and Accommodation): 

Requests for travel funding (travel and accommodation) are now being accepted  A limited amount of funding is available to participants; applicants should try to find alternative sources of funding to complement the amounts they may receive from the conference. Priority for funding will go to graduate students, postdocs and those without access to other sources of funding. Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.


Complete the application process here by January 10, 2017. Applicants will be informed of decisions via email.

You do not need to register or pay the registration fees before you apply for funding.




Registration for this event is now open. This is a two-step process:


1) Scroll to the bottom of this page and select the LOGIN button. If you have a PIMS account, log into the account. Otherwise, create a new account.  


2) Once you have logged in, return to this event page and click on the SIGN-UP button at the bottom of the page to register; you will then be directed to UBC's Payment page to pay the fee for the event.



Early Registration: By January 20 2017, 4:00pm

Graduate Students/ Post Docs: $25CAD*



Regular Registration: After January 20, 2017 (or until capacity is reached)

Graduate Students/ Post Docs: $25CAD*

Faculty: $75CAD


Registration fees help to cover logistical costs of the conference. We encourage you to register early so that we can provide accurate estimates to UBC Accommodation.


*Registration fees remain the same throughout to encourage graduate students and Postdocs to attend this event.



Call for Poster Presentations:

The organizers invite interested participants to submit
an abstract (maximum 200 words, in English) of a proposed poster presentation. 

Complete the poster application here by February 28, 2017. 

You do not need to register or pay the registration fees before you submit your abstract.  




We have made a group reservation for the Rufus Bowen Conference at UBC's new Ponderosa Residence in shared suites with private rooms and also a small number of studio suites. Booking details will be made available soon.



Local Information:

Local Transit: UBC is transit friendly and Bike friendly. Check information on arriving on campus by transit and getting transit tickets here; rent-a-bike to get round campus here.

Taxis: Taxis are available outside UBC Ponderosa Residence or by phone at 604-861-1111.

Local Weather: Check current conditions here.

Food Outlets and their hours of operations: On Campus; Off campus such as UBC VillagePoint Grey Village and Westbrook village offer an array of restaurants and food outlets.

On Campus Activities: UBC recreation and UBC’s top attractions.  



Contact Us: 

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This conference is also supported in part, through a generous contribution by Misha Brin