Challenges and Perspectives in Probability

CRM-PIMS Joint Special Focus Period in: Challenges and Perspectives in Probability

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


Combinatorics, Randomization, Algorithms and Probability
Organisers: L. Addario-Berry (Montreal), L. Devroye (McGill), B. Reed (McGill)
At CRM: May 4-8, 2009

New Directions in Random Spatial Processes

Organisers: O. Angel (UBC), A.E. Holroyd (UBC), A. Járai (Carleton)
At CRM: May 11-15, 2009

Interacting Stochastic Particle Systems

This 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, 2009

Random Walks in Random Environments
Organisers: M.T. Barlow (UBC) , E. Bolthausen (Zürich), O. Zeitouni (Technion/Minneapolis)
At PIMS-UBC: June 15-19, 2009

Symposium 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, 2009

The Renormalization Group and Statistical Mechanics
Organisers: D.C. Brydges (UBC), J. Feldman (UBC), A. van Enter (Groningen)
At PIMS-UBC: July 6-10, 2009

Mathematical Challenges from Molecular Biology and Genetics
Organisers: R. Durrett (Cornell), E. Perkins (UBC)
At BIRS: September 6-10, 2009

Summer School

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)

Scientific Activities

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.

Scientific Committee

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)


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