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A Special Focus Period on Challenges and Perspectives in Probability was held at the CRM in Montreal and PIMS-UBC in Vancouver during 2008-09. This program complemented the CRM's program on Probabilistic Methods in Mathematical Physics, which was held in Montreal during 2008-09. For more information on the latter, see http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/Mathphys2008/

Combinatorics, Randomization, Algorithms and Probability Organisers: L. Addario-Berry (Montreal), L. Devroye (McGill), B. Reed (McGill)At CRM: May 4-8, 2009New Directions in Random Spatial Processes Organisers: O. Angel (UBC), A.E. Holroyd (UBC), A. Járai (Carleton)At CRM: May 11-15, 2009Interacting Stochastic Particle SystemsThis workshop is part of the CRM Program on Probabilistic Methods in Mathematical Physics and may be of interest to participants in the above two workshops.Organisers: K. Khanin (Toronto), J. Lebowitz (Rutgers), J. Quastel (Toronto), T. Seppalainen (Madison)At CRM: May 18 - 23, 2009Random Walks in Random EnvironmentsOrganisers: M.T. Barlow (UBC) , E. Bolthausen (Zürich), O. Zeitouni (Technion/Minneapolis)At PIMS-UBC: June 15-19, 2009Symposium in Honour of David Brydges and Joel Feldman [click here for lodging / dinner banquet]Organisers: R. Froese (UBC), T. Kennedy (Tucson), M. Salmhofer (Heidelberg), G. Slade (UBC)At PIMS-UBC: July 5, 2009The Renormalization Group and Statistical MechanicsOrganisers: D.C. Brydges (UBC), J. Feldman (UBC), A. van Enter (Groningen)At PIMS-UBC: July 6-10, 2009Mathematical Challenges from Molecular Biology and GeneticsOrganisers: R. Durrett (Cornell), E. Perkins (UBC)At BIRS: September 6-10, 2009

The 2009 Summer School in Probability took place at PIMS-UBC, June 8 to July 3, 2009, with two 30-hour graduate courses:

Renormalisation Group and the Renormalization Group, David Brydges (UBC)

Stochastic Population Systems, Don Dawson (Carleton and McGill)

Aisenstadt Chair Svante Janson will visit the CRM October 13-25, 2008.PIMS Distinguished Chair Don Dawson will visit PIMS-UBC during the 2009 Summer School.The Postdoctoral Program in the Probability Group at UBC has been expanded during 2008-09. Those interested in future postdoctoral appointments should apply as described here.

David Brydges and Gordon Slade (co-chairs, UBC)Martin Barlow (UBC)Erwin Bolthausen (Zürich)Luc Devroye (McGill)Frank den Hollander (Leiden)Greg Lawler (Chicago)Yvan Saint-Aubin (Montréal)