Diversity at Fields
The Fields Institute is committed to creating an inclusive environment for mathematical research, that actively supports and welcomes the participation of women, young researchers, and underrepresented groups in all our programs. We have joined with the NSF and major institutes in the US in a coordinated effort to promote diversity in science. We regularly provide support for underrepresented groups to participate in events at partner institutes. Here at Fields, the organizers for all our scientific events are encouraged to make every effort to include members of these diverse groups as co-organizers, invited speakers, and participants. Diversity is well represented at the Fields Institute by its staff, Board of Directors, and Scientific Advisory Panel.
Fields encourages applications from women and under-represented groups as part of our new Fields Research Fellowships. Faculty members at our Principal Sponsoring Universities are invited to apply (e.g. for a period during a research leave from their own university), or to nominate a mathematical scientist for the purpose of collaborative research. Fellowship holders will be provided with office space, access to all Fields facilities and activities, and an allowance for living expenses up to $3500 for each month of full-time residence.
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics invite applications each year for a one-year joint postdoctoral fellowship. This fellowship is a unique position offered to new and recent PhDs who are African Nationals working in the areas of mathematical sciences or fundamental theoretical physics. It is intended to support the careers of young researchers who have a commitment to advance science in Africa. While research interests for the selected fellow may dictate either Perimeter or Fields as a home institute, they will be encouraged to spend time at both institutes.
The annual Fields Medal Symposium is centered on the work of Fields Medalists, and their current and potential impact. The scientific program is aimed at a wide audience, including graduate students, mathematicians in other research areas, and scientists who use mathematics in an important way. The Symposium features a public lecture, a scientific program, and a special networking event for high school and undergraduate students. The Fields Medal is awarded to outstanding mathematicians under the age of 40. The Fields Medal Symposium attracts and inspires young people to experience the fascination of mathematics.
Mathematics education and promotion of mathematics have been on the agenda of the Fields Institute since its inception. The Centre for Mathematics Education is devoted to a transformative research in mathematics education and, by extension, STEM education. There is no better way to learn and appreciate what mathematics offers and to raise future mathematicians and scientists than through a modern, inclusive, creative, and interdisciplinary education with mathematics at its core.
Promoting Diversity through Workshops and Conferences
The following is a partial list of Fields-supported activities with a focus on diversity:
- Math in Motion...Girls in Gear, May and November 2016 and November 2017
- 52nd Annual Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC), October 2016
- Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Prize Presentation, October 2016
- Two Weeks in Vancouver - A Summer School for Women in Math, August 2016
- Fields Undergraduate Summer Research Program, July to August, 2016 and 2017
- World Congress in Probability and Statistics, July 2016
- Women in Physics Canada Conference (WIPC), July 2016
- Pre-World Congress Meeting of New Researchers in Statistics and Probability, July 2016
- 2016 Student Conference - Statistical Society of Canada Meeting, May 2016
- Two Weeks at Waterloo - A Summer School for Women in Math, August 2014
- Connecting Women in Mathematics Across Canada, October 2014
- 5th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, August 2014
Diversity at US Mathematics Institutes
The NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes page maintains a list of workshops and conferences which aim to address diversity.