Special Events


The 6th G. J. Butler Memorial Conference on Differential Equations and Population Biology

In memory of H.I. Freedman

July 23-27, 2018 - University of Alberta

Organizers: Hao Wang (Chair), Michael Li, Zhongwei Shen

The Sixth G. J. Butler International Conference on Differential Equations and        Population Biology will be held on the University of Alberta campus, Edmonton, from July 23-27, 2018. This conference in the memory of our late colleague, Geoffrey James Butler, follows five highly successful previous such conferences. The Butler conference series has developed into a premier international event in the highly active research field of differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, and mathematical biology, with a distinct Canadian character.

Each Butler conference will feature a Butler Speaker, a distinguished researcher who will deliver three Butler Memorial Lectures throughout the conference. The Butler Speaker for 2018 will be Professor Yang Kuang of Arizona State University. Previous Butler Speakers were Professors Paul Waltman, Jean Mahwin, Jack Hale, Gail Wolkowicz, and Jianhong Wu.

An important tradition of the Butler conference is its emphasis on promoting research and training of graduate students and young researchers. Special funds are designated for the reduction of registration fees for all HQP participants and for travel support for selected HQP participants. The regional, national and international network that has formed through the Butler conference series will be extremely beneficial for graduate students and young researchers.

Plenary Speakers

  • Yang Kuang - Butler Speaker (Arizona State)
  • Jifa Jiang (Shanghai Normal University, China)
  • Rachel Kuske (Georgia Tech)
  • Mark Lewis (U Alberta)
  • Shigui Ruan (U Miami)
  • Gauthier Sallet (University of Lorraine, France)
  • Pauline van den Driessche (U Victoria)
  • Howie Weiss (Georgia Tech)
  • Gail Wolkowicz (McMaster)
  • Xiao-Qiang Zhao (Memorial U of Newfoundland)
  • Xingfu Zou (Western Ontario)


Graduate Summit in Mathematical Biology and Applied PDE

May 25 – 28, 2017, Jasper, Alberta


Graduate students are invited to the Palisades Centre in beautiful Jasper National Park. We will offer a series of scientific and professional development activities, where we will discuss mathematical modelling of biological problems, analysis of partial differential equations, career development in applied and industrial mathematics, and the art of communication. Participants have the opportunity to give either a short talk or a poster.

Activities will include: 

  • Tutorials on modeling of collective behavior with PDEs (R. Eftimie, U Dundee)
  • Lecture on Industrial Mathematics (J. Stockie, Simon Fraser U)
  • Workshop on public speaking 
  • Discussion of career paths in applied mathematics
  • Talks and posters of participants with poster awards
  • Hike in Jasper National Park
  • Art and music night


Dynamics of Biological Systems
Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures (SMS)

May 30 - June 11, 2016, Edmonton, Canada

The purpose of this summer school is to focus on the interplay of dynamical and biological systems, developing the rich interplay between science and mathematics that has been so successful to date. We will focus on five key areas: complex bio-networks, multi scale biological dynamics, biological waves, nonlinear dynamics of pattern formation, and disease dynamics.

Confirmed Speakers:
Réka Albert (Penn State), Henri Berestycki (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Chris Cosner (University of Miami), Gerda deVries (University of Alberta), Zhilan Feng (Purdue University), Marty Golubitsky (Ohio State), Michael Li (University of Alberta), Yuan Lou (Ohio State), Philip Maini (Oxford), Benoit Perthame (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), Hong Qian (University of Washington), Jianhong Wu (York University).
Scientific Committee: Marty Golubitsky (Ohio State), Philip Maini (Oxford), Benoit Perthame (Universite Pierre et Marie Currie), Jianhong Wu (York), Lai-Sang Young (Courant).
Local Organizers: Mark Lewis, Thomas Hillen, Yingfei Yi (University of Alberta).
Sponsors: Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM), Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Fields, University of Alberta, Institute des Sciences Mathématiques (ISM), Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), Springer-Verlag, Centre for Mathematical Biology and the Université de Montréal.