Collaborations - Partnerships

PIMS has taken a leadership role in both the national and international mathematical communities.

National Activities

Within Canada, PIMS has partnered with le Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Fields) to support a number of national initiatives and activities, including:

• The Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS), which exists to encourage and advance research in all mathematical sciences, including statistics and computer science, in the Atlantic region. In addition, AARMS acts as a regional voice in discussions of the mathematical sciences on a national level. 

• The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). The three institutes together with MITACS provide sponsorships for all the meetings of these three professional societies. 

• The Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics (CANADAM) conferences, which are held every two years under the sponsorship of the three institutes. This activity began in 2007.

• The Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), which was created by the three institutes in 1999 and has since grown into one of the major research facilitators in Canada. PIMS and MITACS jointly sponsor several conferences and meetings yearly.

PIMS also collaborates with the CRM and Fields in organizing and supporting conferences and thematic programs across Canada.


International Collaborations

In recent years PIMS has developed a global reach by entering into associations with several international research organizations:

• In 2007 PIMS became a Unité Mixte Internationale of the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The CNRS has committed to send to PIMS several chargés de recherches or maîtres de conferences. These researchers will spend one year at a PIMS site, working with PIMS research teams. PIMS has committed to give  Postdoctoral Fellowships to French applicants, as a matter of reciprocity. Please see Opportunities for further information.

There are only four UMIs in mathematics around the world: in Moscow, Rio, Santiago, Vienna, and now PIMS in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

• PIMS was instrumental in creating the Pacific Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA), a network of mathematical institutes in Canada, the United States, México, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, China, Korea, and Japan, bound by a cooperative agreement. The first PRIMA Congress was held in July 2009 in Sydney, Australia, and another is planned for 2014. PRIMA is a natural conduit for bringing international students and researchers to Canada and for accessing foreign expertise.

• Together with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, PIMS created the Banff International Research Station (BIRS), which is now the premier mathematical research station in North America. PIMS and BIRS jointly hold several meetings every year in Banff.


In addition PIMS has signed collaborative agreements with numerous foreign institutes, which will facilitate cooperation in scientific research, development of joint scientific activities, and exchange of researchers (including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows). These organizations include:

• The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

• The Instituto de Mathemáticas (IMATE) at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, México City, México

• The Chern Institute of Mathematics (CIM) at Nankai University, Tianjin, China

• The Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

• The Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados (CINEVESTAV) in México City, México

• The Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

• The Centro de Modelamiento Matemático (CMM) in Santiago, Chile

PIMS has also hosted joint meetings of the Canadian and Mexican mathematical societies, and has co-sponsored sessions of American Mathematical Society meetings, events that have brought together these communities, helping to establish new links between researchers.