ISM Scientific Groups

Be it permanently or on a temporary basis for specific activities, our institutions host many top researchers in various mathematical fields.  We pay particular attention to encouraging their interaction with graduate students. ISM professors, postdoctoral fellows and students structure their activities around twelve inter-university groups listed in the side-bar. Each group organizes seminars and other scientific activities and coordinates graduate course offerings, providing a coherent and rigorous academic program.

ISM Courses

ISM courses are open to all students who are registered in one of the member universities, with no restrictions. Students may submit work in the language of their choice, English or French.

To register for an ISM course, you must first have you course selection approved by your supervisor and departmental Graduate Program Director. You may then register for the course using the electronic form available on the BCI website (the BCI is the organization that handles inter-university registration). The form will then be sent to the home and host universities' Registrars for approval.

Additional procedures to register for a course at McGill University:
Once the registration through the BCI website is complete, the student will receive a confirmation. The student must then register for the course at McGill University through the MINERVA registration system. 

Important deadlines: Concordia, HEC Montréal, Laval, McGillUniversité de Montréal, UQAMUQTR, Université de Sherbrooke

Discovery Schools

ISM Discovery Schools for graduate students and  advanced undergraduate students present new, exciting progress in the mathematical sciences. A discovery school  consists of a special series of lectures or mini-courses with a specific theme not found in regular university courses, to which exercise sessions or other student interactive events can be added. The objective is to train students in a particular topic and, ideally, to provide a model of transition to independent research.

Schools in 2024

Applications of Representation Theory in Topological Data Analysis and Geometric Invariant Theory
June 3-7, 2024

Advances in Geometric Combinatorics and Representation Theory: Flow Polytopes, Gentle Algebras, and Associated Posets
May 6-10, 2024

Schools in 2023:

Langlands Correspondence for Spherical Varieties
October 4-7, 2023

Random trees, graphs and maps
June 5-9, 2023

Geometry and Spectra of Random Hyperbolic Surfaces
June 12-16, 2023

Schools in 2022:

Geometry and Combinatorics of Hessenberg Varieties
June 6-10, 2022

ISM Discovery School on Mutations
July 4-8, 2022

Schools in 2021:

McGill Online Summer School in Health Data Analytics
May 31 - June 3, 2021

Summer School of Algebraic Combinatorics
June 21-25, 2021

Schools in 2019:

McGill Summer School in Health Data Analytics
May 6-9, 2019

Dynamics of Random Processes
June 10-14, 2019

Current Progress in Low Dimensions
August 26-30, 2019

Schools held in 2018:

Probability in Number Theory (in collaboration with the CRM)
May 14-18, 2018

Health Statistics
May 28 - June 1, 2018

Shape Optimization and Spectral Geometry
May 14-18, 2018

Perspectives on bordered Heegaard Floer theory
May 8-11, 2018