The Fields Institute Turns Twenty-Five 170725 Final book with covers - Page 93

CHAPTER 15 The Mathematical Community and Public Resources Walter Craig “The Fields Medal Symposium ... is a brilliant star in the Institute’s activities, really contributing to its international profile as well as its outreach to the public.” The Fields Institute is approaching its twenty-fifth birthday. As a past Director, I have been asked to give my impressions of Institute activities and the role of the Institute in the mathematical sciences community in Canada, and for that matter, more broadly in the international scientific community. It certainly has influenced my own career as a scientist, including support for my research program—both moral support as well as resources for research activities. And indeed the Institute influenced my decision to come to work at McMaster. In my mind it is clearly the premier mathematics institute in Canada, and it is one of the top handful of mathematical institutes worldwide as measured