Special Events


PIMS Workshop on stochastic and deterministic modelling with PDEs

September 20 - 23, 2018 - Palisades Stewardship Education Centre,
Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta

Organizers: Thomas Hillen, Eric Foxall (UAlberta)

The traditional modelling in applied mathematics with partial differential equations has often ignored the stochastic nature of the underlying processes, and focussed on the deterministic description. This has led to significant results and has helped to grow our understanding o real world mechanisms. More recently however, as more and more detailed data become available, small scale changes, uncertainties and randomness become more and more important. Many areas of mathematical modelling have opened up to include stochastic formalisms, for example random walk models for species distributions, or random mixing models for epidemic infections etc.

In this workshop, leading experts in stochastic and deterministic modelling will give tutorial lectures to an audience of postdocs and senior PhD students. This workshop is part of the PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastic.

Invited speakers:

  • Yong-Jung Kim (KAIST, Korea): Fokker-Planck versus Fickian Diffusion
  • Zhongwei Shen (U Alberta): Front propagation for stochastic and deterministic PDE
  • Eric Foxall (U Alberta): Stochastic population models
  • Subhash Lele (U Alberta): Identifiability
  • Jinniao Qui (U Calgary): Stochastic PDE
  • Thomas Hillen (U Alberta): Professional Development

Each participant will have the opportunity for a short talk (7-10 min) but space is limited.


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.