Public events

The department and PIMS regularly sponsors math and stats talks by distinguished speakers that are open to the public. See a list of recent and upcoming talks in PIMS Distinguished Lectures and colloquium talks.

Members of the department also give public talks as part of the Cafe Scientifique series and at annual events like Ideafest.

We welcome you to attend these events to learn about a variety of interesting mathematical and statistical topics.

Videos of some of our public talks

Glen Van Brummelen from the Trinity Western University gave a EDI Colloquium talk on "The Mathematical Sciences in Medieval Islam: Continuity, Change, Contrast" on March 30, 2021.

Clemency Montelle from the University of Canterbury gave a EDI Colloquium talk on "Reconsidering the History of Mathematics in India" on March 25, 2021.

Piers Bursill-Hall from the University of Cambridge gave a EDI Colloquium talk on "So where exactly did algebra come from? Hint: they didn’t tell you the truth" on March 18, 2021.

Tom Archibald from Simon Fraser University gave a EDI Colloquium talk on "Mathematics, Colonization and Empire" on March 4, 2021.

Kieka Mynhardt from the University of Victoria gave a EDI Colloquium talk on "A Snapshot of Early 20th Century Women Mathematicians" on February 4, 2021.

Gerta Keller from Princeton University gave a Hugh C. Morris Lecture on "DINOSAUR WARS: Extinction by Asteroid or Volcanism? Are we the Dinosaurs of the 6th Mass Extinction?" on July 24, 2019.

2010 Fields Medal recipient, Cédric Villani, Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, France gave a talk entitled The Mathematics of Bats on Nov. 14, 2014.