This is the main page for documents related to interactions with members of the mathematical and statistical sciences research community. Informal discussions, via the comments panel to the right, are also welcome at any time.
Slides presented at summer meetings
Local visits, February and March, 2011
Members of the steering committee made presentations in their local areas, either in person or by teleconference or video link. Please contact the relevant department chair or steering committee member for details.
Simon Fraser University (Stats Feb 4, Math Mar 3), UVic/Vancouver Island U — Charmaine Dean
UBC, UBC/OK, Thompson Rivers (Mar 3), UNBC (Mar 8 ), Fraser Valley — Rachel Kuske
U Calgary/Lethbridge (Mar 10), U Sask (Feb 18) — Alejandro Adem
U Alberta (Mar 1), U Regina (Feb 16) — Mark Lewis
U Manitoba (Mar 1), UWO/Windsor (Mar 24), McMaster/Brock (Mar 2) — Ed Bierstone
U Waterloo/WLU (Mar 1), Guelph (Mar 1), Lakehead/Laurentian (Mar 17) — Nancy Reid
U Toronto, Ryerson, UOIT, York, Trent (Mar 8 ) — Ed Bierstone and Nancy Reid (at Fields Institute)
Queens (Mar 23) — Gail Ivanoff
Carleton (Feb 10), U Ottawa (Feb 11) — Christian Genest, Gail Ivanoff
U Montreal (Mar 22), Concordia (Mar 11), McGill (Mar 29), UQAM (Mar 15), Laval (Mar 3), Sherbrooke, Bishop’s (Mar 10) — Christian Genest and Niky Kamran
UQTR (Mar 30) — Christian Genest
AARMS universities via UNB videolink (Feb 15) — Nancy Reid
Call for discussion documents
Interested members of the mathematical and statistical sciences research communities are invited to submit a short discussion document, to inform the development of our long range plan. Guidelines for submission are given here. The firm deadline is April 18, 2011. All submissions will be posted to this web page. Submissions should be sent by email to Nancy Reid; please put LRP2012 in the subject header.
Haphazard collection of questions and discussion points for the Long Range Plan
The following list gathers points raised in discussions with the Steering Committee for the Long Range Plan. They are in no particular order, and listed here to help stimulate discussion.
- It has been suggested that the Institutes could provide funding to facilitate research at smaller universities, through mechanisms to be developed. Is this a good idea?
- Very few team grant applications are submitted to the Discovery Grants program, apparently because the rules are rather restrictive. If changes could be implemented to make these grants more flexible would they be of interest to you?
- Should the restriction to DG grant holders to supervise summer undergraduate research awards (USRAs) be removed?
- What impact will the end of the MITACS NCE have on research in your area?
- PIMS, CRM and Fields spend a lot of their NSERC money on postdoctoral fellows. Is this a good way to fund PDFs? Do PDFs play a role in your research area?
- How important are research networks for your research? Would it be a good use of resources to build more research networks?
- Could the mix of activities at the institutes be altered to ensure better coverage across the mix of research in statistics, applied mathematics, and pure mathematics?
- Can your area make more use of the research partnerships programs at NSERC? Would this be a good idea?
- NSF often issues calls for proposals in particular areas, for a short period of time. Is this a good idea? How should areas be selected?
- What role should mathematical sciences play in government science policy? Should we align our community with efforts to raise Canada’s profile in research and development?