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From: Arvind Gupta [arvind@cs.sfu.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 8:20 PM
To: blaw@fields.utoronto.ca; halper@math.toronto.edu
Cc: nassif@math.ubc.ca
Subject: Press Release on Canada-China Math Congress
Dear Brenda and Steve,
PIMS is sending out a press release on the Canada-China Math congress to a large
number of media outlets. I am including the release below for your information.
Best regards.
Arvind
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Canada-China Mathematics Congress to be Held in Beijing
August 18, 1999
>From August 23 to 28, Dr. Tom Brzustowski, President of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), will lead a
delegation of more than 60 Canadian mathematical scientists to Beijing
to take part in a high-level Canadian-Chinese Mathematics Congress.
This unprecedented bilateral event is designed to establish close
linkages between the two mathematics communities so that Canadian
and Chinese students and researchers can collaborate and benefit from
their respective scientific strengths.
Hundreds of scientists are expected to attend the mathematics congress.
The Canadian scientists will join more than 70 Chinese scientists
to present lectures, give workshops and short courses for students and
demonstrate new technological tools for doing mathematics. A
particular focus of the Congress will be the linkages between
mathematics and the modern economy. Following the congress, a number
of Canadian experts will stay on in China to take part in three one-week
short courses. These courses will cover areas including cryptography,
mathematical finance and mathematical biology. Such intensive courses
for graduate students provide a unique opportunity for young Chinese and
Canadians to understand how mathematics is taught and applied in the
context of the other country.
In China, the congress will rely extensively on the infrastructure
provided by the three Chinese mathematics institutes in Beijing, Tsing Hua and
Nankai. In Canada, coordination is being undertaken by the Canadian
Mathematics Society and the three Canadian mathematics institutes: The
Centre de Recherche Mathematiques in Montreal, the Fields Institute in
Toronto and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in
Western Canada. The three Canadian Institutes themselves represent a
partnership of more than 15 Canadian universities.
On August 27, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing will host a reception
honouring President Brzustowski, his counterpart Dr. Zhang Chun-Hao,
President of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the
visiting Canadian delegation and their Chinese hosts. Other
distinguished attendees will include Shi-sun Ding, the Deputy Director
of the National People's Congress, and the Presidents of Peking
University, Tsinghua University and Nankai University.
Recently, the Canadian Government has recognized the central importance
of mathematics for the Canadian economy. NSERC has significantly
strengthened funding for the three Canadian mathematics institutes.
As well, the government has established a Networks of Centres of Excellence
(NCE) in the mathematical sciences known as "The Mathematics of Information
Technology and Complex Systems Network" (MITACS). A brainchild of the
three mathematics institutes, MITACS will see a four-year, $14.5 million
federal investment bring together Canadian universities and industries
to develop new mathematical tools for many key sectors of the future
Canadian economy. For instance, these new tools will help to unlock
the genetic code of biological materials, to analyse environmental factors
that affect our health, and to evaluate risks that impact costs and
prices. Here again, a collaborative effort with the prominent Chinese
mathematical community will greatly enhance the position of both
countries as intellectual and scientific powers in dealing with the
challenges of the 21st century.
For Further Information Contact:
Dr. Arvind Gupta
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
(604) 822-3922 / (604) 291-3349
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