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Special Issue
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Long Range Plan for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

In June 2010 NSERC requested that the mathematical and statistical sciences
community prepare a long range plan for a five- to ten-year horizon.
The exercise will be funded by NSERC, and draws on the expertise of the
Canadian Mathematics Society, the Statistical Society of Canada, and the
Canadian Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society, the Fields Institute,
the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the Centre de
Recherches Mathematiques, the Banff International Research Station
and the communities of researchers in applied mathematics,
pure mathematics and statistics.

A steering committee has been established to oversee the development of
the long range plan. The membership of the steering committee is:
Alejandro Adem (PIMS), Edward Bierstone (Fields), Eddy Campbell (UNB)
Charmaine Dean (SFU), Christian Genest (McGill), Niky Kamran (McGill),
Rachel Kuske (UBC), Mark Lewis (U Alberta), Nancy Reid (U of T; Chair),
Gail Ivanoff (NSERC Group Chair, ex-officio),
Anne-Marie Thompson (NSERC, ex-officio).

The terms of reference for the long range plan have been posted to the
Long Range Plan website (, which will be the primary
source of information about the process, and one of the most important
means of communicating with the various communities. Links to this
website have been added at the websites of the societies, institutes,
and BIRS, and many academic departments. All relevant documents will
be available there; please feel free to forward additional suggestions
to Nancy Reid.

Consultation with the communities will include presentations at society
meetings, town hall meetings, regular written updates, email notifications
using society mailing lists, and the discussion forum available on the web site.
The goal is to complete the exercise by January, 2012. To this end, we are
aiming to present a detailed outline at the summer 2011 meetings of the
societies, and to have a draft plan for circulation to the communities by
September, 2011.

Comments and ideas are welcome at any time, and may most easily be submitted
via the website, but may also be sent to any member of the steering committee.
This is an important and exciting opportunity for the community to set out
its goals and aspirations, and to influence policy for mathematical sciences
research in Canada. It can only succeed with wide participation and creativity,
and we urge you to take part in the process.

Nancy Reid,
On behalf of the Long-range Plan Steering Committee. October 3, 2010.


CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

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Mathematiques Appliquees et Industrielles (

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The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Board
or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI. The editorial policy of this publication is to
encourage the discussion of issues and facilitate the dissemination of
information relevant to Canadian applied and industrial mathematics.

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