April 25, 2014


TORONTO, September 8, 2011 - The Fields Institute is delighted to announce the establishment of the Fields Medal Symposium. The Symposium will take place annually in Toronto at the Institute, celebrating the achievements of one of the recently announced Fields Medalists.

The Fields Medal Symposium will be a four-day event featuring an address or a series of lectures for a general scientific audience by the Medalist, as well as lectures and panel discussion by other invited participants on themes related to the Medalist's work. The Symposium is intended also as an inspiration to young people, and will include public activity with the participation of high-school or undergraduate students. The Symposium will be promoted in the Canadian and international press, and will be broadcast live throughout the world via the Fields Institute's interactive videoconferencing facilities.

The Fields Medal Symposium is endorsed by the International Mathematical Union. It will be inaugurated on October 15-18, 2012, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Fields Institute. The first Medalist honoured in this way will be Ngo Bao Chau (University of Chicago, Fields Medal 2010). The program for the first Symposium will be organized by a Committee consisting of Jim Arthur (University of Toronto, Chair), Edward Frenkel (Berkeley) and Gerard Laumon (Orsay).

The Fields Medal is the world's most prestigious prize in mathematics. It is awarded by the International Mathematical Union every four years, to two to four mathematicians (recently four). The Fields Medal, first awarded in 1936, and the Fields Institute are both named after John Charles Fields (1863--1932), who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto. Fields took a strong interest in the global world of Mathematics, and endowed the Medal in order to create an award comparable to a Nobel Prize. (There is no Nobel Prize for Mathematics.) The awards, however, have an interesting difference. The Nobel Prize is usually awarded to mature scientists to crown their careers. The Fields Medal, on the other hand, is awarded to researchers at most forty years old. It is intended not only to crown pioneering achievements but also to encourage further visionary work.

The Fields Medalist honoured on the occasion of the Symposium will receive an honorarium of $25,000. The Fields Institute has been successful in raising private sponsorship support of the Fields Medal Symposium for an initial eight-year period. This funding will cover the honorarium, as well as promotion of the event and the Medalist's expenses. The Institute will provide the venue for the Symposium and cover the expenses of other invited Symposium participants from its scientific budget. The initial eight-year sponsorship will enable the Symposium to become established and attract continued funding to build an endowment.

The annual Fields Medal Symposium will be one of the highest profile events in the global mathematics community. The Fields Institute is extremely grateful to the sponsors whose generous support has made the initiative possible. Following are the current private sponsors of the Symposium. The Institute is actively pursuing corporate sponsorships. The Institute welcomes further support of the Fields Medal Symposium, at any level, as well as any other inquiries about the program.

Sponsors of the Fields Medal Symposium
Silver Level $100,000--199,000
James Stewart, Prof. Emeritus, McMaster University, text book author, donor of the Fields Institute Library

Bronze Level $25,000--99,000
Edward Bierstone, Fields Institute and the University of Toronto
George Elliott, University of Toronto and the Fields Institute
John R. Gardner
Philip Siller, BroadRiver Asset Management, L.P.

The Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. The Fields Institute is named after the Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields (1863-1932). Fields was a pioneer and visionary who recognized the scientific, educational, and economic value of research in the mathematical sciences. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, the Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Field's Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities, sixteen affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors. See for further details.

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