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 (Rufus Bowen Notebook) that contains statements of each problem with a feature that allows people to comment on progress.


Confirmed Speakers:

Alex Blumenthal, university of Maryland 

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

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 (this is not dinner, bbut an informal way to say hello over small nibbles and bites). 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.



Conference Program



The Rufus Bowen Notebook 

The Bowen Notebook is 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. 



Participant Guides 

Participant Guide #1: Welcome to Vancouver 

Participant Guide #2: Speakers and Titles

Participant Guide #3: Thank you! 


UBC Campus Map

Campus Map available here 



PDF versions of slides used during the conference are posted below. Please note that some of the presentations were made using the blackboards, videos of these (and other) talks will be linked here when they are available.



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 & Location:

July 30th - August 4th, 2017 


Main Meeting Venue:

Monday July 31- Friday Aug 4

Earth Sciences Building

2207Main Mall, UBC. V6T1Z4




Registration for this event is now closed as we have reached capacity. 


We do however have some limited space available for the Rufus Bowen Lunch on Wednesday August 2nd. This is open to spouses and accompanying guests of registered particpants. Particpants can scroll to the bottom of this page and register their guests for this social event.


RB Conference Lunch

Aug 2, 2017 $60CAD


UBC Alumni Centre 



Should you have any queries about the registration process, please email the PIMS Program Manager at




We have made a group reservation for the Rufus Bowen Conference at Carey Centre, Totem Park and  at Ponderosa Residence


Shared Apartment Suites and Totem Park Dorm Rooms:  Sold out!


Ponderosa Studio Suites: $136CAD per night before taxes, breakfast included, max 2 guests per suite. This is a private suite with double bed, ensuite washroom, flat-panel TV, telephone, WiFi and fully-equipped kitchen. To book the studio suites at the Bowen rate, please click here 



Other  available accommodation options, but not currenty blocked for this conference:


Carey Centre Rooms: Twin and queen rooms with or without TV. Price ranges from $95- 103 before taxes. Breakfast is available upon request for $9 per person only. Click the booking link here and select the check in and check out dates to search for availability. 


St. John's College UBC: Single room with a twin bed and private bathroom, no TV. Summer rates begin at $85.5CAD per night. Rooms based on availability and at market rate. Check dates and pricing here



Application for Funding & Call for Poster Presentations 

Requests for travel funding and poster presentations are now complete



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 604-681-1111.

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: 

For logistical queries or any other concerns, please contact the PIMS Program Manager at




Final Scientific Report available here






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