Fields Notes 17:3 - Page 3

Message from the Director That’s one of the great things about the Fields Institute – one day you’re talking to the winner of one of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics, the next you’re chatting with an aspiring young undergraduate. This issue of Fields Notes features two major events from somewhat opposite sides of the spectrum. First there is the 2017 Fields Medal Symposium – an exciting 4-day event featuring the work of Martin Hairer (Fields Medal 2014). The Symposium opened with a packed public lecture by Martin, hosted at MaRS Discovery District, and continued with a top-notch scientific program and student night. Next, we feature the 2017 Fields Undergraduate Summer Program (FUSRP), our largest ever, with 33 students from around the world working on ten exciting group projects. There was a nice writeup in the Globe and Mail (Sept 22, 2017) by science writer Ivan Semeniuk: "Where the Fields program has excelled is in matching elite students with one another and with the right mentors and research problems. The result provides an early taste of mathematics at a professional level that few non-mathematicians ever get to see or know." Meet four of the participants in this issue and hear their perspective on mathematics and working at Fields. That’s one of the great things about the Fields Institute – one day you’re talking to the winner of one of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics, the next you’re chatting with an aspiring young undergraduate. Additionally, Fields hosted its first Ada Lovelace Day celebration in collaboration with Ryerson University. An excellent talk on the mathematics of genomes by Professor Lila Kari preceded a panel discussion on equity and diversity in mathematics. We’ve also had some changes here at the Institute. Matheus Grasselli is the new Director of the Centre for Financial Industries taking over from Dan Rosen. We’re also happy to announce the renewal of our partnership with the Perimeter Institute in supporting the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative and the launch of a new partnership with the DMZ at Ryerson. As our 25th Anniversary year draws to a close, I want to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations. Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful start to 2018. Ian Hambleton Director 3