The Fields Institute Turns Twenty-Five 170725 Final book with covers - Page 95

Public Resources 73 During the years subsequent to 2000, the funding sources for the Institute stabilized, the number of its scientific activities grew, and the international level increased. Indeed, it is quite an accomplishment for the Institute to have risen to the stature of such institutions as the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley; the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge; and the Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP), Paris. These are our sister and competitor institutes. Fields played a role in my own research program by offering support for numerous activities, some larger some smaller, that my colleagues and I sponsored. The biggest one was the full year program on partial differential equations during 2003–04, about which the organizers are still occasionally receiving positive comments. Following this, we ran a series of annual Young Mathematicians Conferences, starting at Fields but making a point of holding them at the other Canadian mathematical sciences institutes as well. The specific issue that we wanted to illustrate was the co-operation that exists among the Canadian institutes—a point not always clearly articulated in the past. In addition, we sponsored many other meetings and workshops in a variety of formats. The flexibility of the Institute that allows organizers to design their own activity, always vetted by the Scientific Advisory Panel, of course, is a definite plus. To illustrate this level of flexibility, among a variety of week-long workshops and symposia over the years, we once held a three-day workshop over a long weekend which could be better classified as a work shop. That is, we invited eight researchers associated with a National Science Foundation (NSF) Focused Research Group to meet at Fields, sit in one of the seminar rooms over the long weekend, and work together on our collaboration—on ocean waves and their numerous mathematical models. We hosted only one talk d