Some of the world's most significant findings and greatest artistic achievements emerged from simple curiosity and unbridled creativity. There is an artist and a scientist within all of us. Explore the sweet spot at the intersection of creativity and science with Banff Centre president Jeff Melanson and some of the world's brightest researchers—Ivar Ekeland, Former Director of the Pacific Institute for mathematical Sciences and one of the partners behind BIRS (The Banff International Research Station), and Dr. J. Richard Bond, Director of CIFAR's (Canadian Institute for Applied Research) Cosmology and Gravity Program. Learn how The Banff Centre's multidisciplinary campus creates the ideal conditions for the highest level of problem solving to occur and how our new strategic direction will help deliver these learnings to the world.
About Ian Brown - Banff Centre Globe Canada Correspondent
Ian Brown is an author and feature writer for The Globe and Mail, and his work has won many National Magazine and National Newspaper awards. He was the host of CBC Radio's Talking Books, and is the anchor of TVOntario's two documentary series, Human Edge and The View from Here. His newest book is The Boy in the Moon. Previous books include Freewheeling, which won the National Business Book Award, and Man Overboard. Based in Toronto, for the past six months he has been living and writing in Banff as the Banff Centre Globe Canada Correspondent. Ian is also the Roger's Chair of The Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program.
About Dr. J. Richard Bond - Director of CIFAR's Cosmology and Gravity Program
Dick Bond grew up in the Toronto area and received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from The University of Toronto in 1973 before going on to further study and an illustrious teaching career. Dr. Bond has played a leading role in the Canadian cosmology community over the past two decades. His research contributions have been recognized on numerous occasions and he has been the recipient of many honours
and awards, including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
About Ivar Ekeland - Former Director of the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences — one of the partners behind the Banff International Research Station (BIRS)
Ivar Ekeland held the Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at UBC from 2003 to 2011, and now lives in Paris. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a former President of the University of Paris-Dauphine, and a former Director of the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Vancouver. He has written over 150 papers and 10 books on mathematics, economics, and finance, and several books accessible to a wider audience, including The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Cat in Numberland. His current research agenda is focused on sustainable development.
The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS), located on the Banff Centre campus, is a joint Canada-US-Mexico initiative that seeks to bring together people from
a wide range of mathematical, scientific and industry backgrounds and to create a forum for the exchange of knowledge and methods between these specialists.
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research was founded on the belief that Canada has an important role in finding new ways to create a better future for the world. Today, nearly 400 researchers in 16 countries participate in CIFAR's long-term, multidisciplinary, global research networks. CIFAR brings together these unique individuals to focus on important questions with the potential to improve human health and the environment, transform technology, build strong societies, understand human culture, and even chart the universe. -