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With its world-renowned thematic programming introduced by the CRM in the 80's, its scientific workshops and outreach activities, its 1,500 annual visiting scientists from around the world, and ten laboratories directly involving more than 200 researchers from twelve major universities in Quebec and Ontario, the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) is a major hub for the mathematical sciences. The dual structure on which the CRM is built -- top level international scientific programming running in parallel with ten high-performance research laboratories -- is unique in Canada. It is also unique in the world.

The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) was founded in 1968. Under the direction of Professor Luc Vinet as of July 20, 2013, the Centre's mandate is to serve as a national centre for fundamental research in mathematics and their applications. The CRM's scientific personnel includes more than one hundred members and postdoctoral fellows. Further, the Centre hosts from year to year a large number of guest researchers.

The CRM coordinates advanced courses and is instrumental in the training of young researchers. Throughout the world one finds numerous researchers who have had the opportunity to complete their research training at the CRM. The Centre is a major meeting place where all members benefit from a large number of scientific exchanges and collaborative projects.


The CRM is mainly financed by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada), the Fonds FQRNT (Le Fonds québécois de recherche sur la nature et les technologies), NSF (National Science Foundation), the Clay Institute, NATO's Scientific Affairs division. The CRM also receives solid support from its partner universities: Université de Montréal, McGill University, UQAM, Concordia University, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke and University of Ottawa. Furthermore, endowded funds have been created for CRM thanks to Dr. André Aisenstadt's generosity as well as other benefactors that believed in CRM's mission and dynamism and its partners. CRM also receives contributions from several of his industrial partners, directly through MITACS, RCM2 or Bell University Laboratories. In addition, CRM researchers benefit individually from research grants coming from diversified sources, notably, from NSERC, FQRNT, CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation), CRC (Canada Research Chairs) and CIAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) among them many being managed by CRM.

The Activities

The CRM's scientific activities fall into two principal categories: research projects undertaken by teams, and thematic activities organised on a national or international scale. These thematic activities are open to all disciplines and involve researchers from the Centre and from other universities. In order to assure the widest possible diffusion of the participants' research results, the CRM launched, in 1989, a publication programme.

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