The Centre de recherches mathématiques
The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) is one of the most important mathematics research centres in the world. Founded in 1968 at the Université de Montréal, the CRM brings together the mathematical strengths of Quebec and other Canadian universities and organizes activities involving mathematicians from all over the world. The CRM is a global hub for the mathematical sciences. The dual structure on which the CRM is built — a demanding world-class programming alongside thirteen high-performance research laboratories — is unique in Canada.
The CRM’s scientific staff includes some 240 regular members and welcomes more than 80 postdoctoral fellows and a large number of visiting scholars into its laboratories each year.
The activities of the CRM and its laboratories play an important role in the training of young researchers and, as a privileged place for high-level scientific meetings, the CRM makes a major contribution to the advancement of international research collaborations in the mathematical sciences.
CRM Directors since its establishment
1968 – 1969
1969 – 1971
Lucien Le Cam
1971 – 1973
1973 – 1982
1982 – mai 1984
juin 1984 – mai 1993
juin 1993 – mai 1999
juin 1999 – mai 2003
juin 2003 – mai 2004
juin 2004 – août 2004
septembre 2004 – mai 2008
juin 2008 – août 2008
septembre 2008 – mai 2009
juin 2009 – juin 2011
juin 2011 – juin 2013
juillet 2013 – juin 2021
juillet 2021 – …
The CRM is mainly funded by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), the FRQNT (Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies), the Simons Foundation and the NSF (National Science Foundation). The CRM also receives strong support from its host institution, the Université de Montréal, and its partner universities: McGill University, UQAM, Concordia University, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke and University of Ottawa. In addition, endowment funds have been established thanks to the generosity of André Aisenstadt, Robert Langlands and Serge Bissonnette.
Activities and programs
The scientific activities of the CRM have two main components: the research projects undertaken by its teams and the thematic activities organized at the national and international levels.
The CRM supports the next generation of researchers through several postdoctoral fellowship programs established with local partners (such as the Institut de Sciences Mathématiques and Université Laval) and international partners (such as the Simons Foundation).
In support of the advancement of mathematical knowledge and learning, the CRM organizes numerous outreach activities open to the general public as well as specific initiatives to support the development of numeracy.
In order to ensure a better dissemination of the research results of its collaborators, the CRM launched a publication program in 1989.