BIRS Events

Kelowna, Okanagan BC

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an official site of the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS).

Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery

Research Workshops

Several BIRS events will be hosted on the UBC campus in Kelowna, primarily in the summer months, starting in 2021. Ten research workshops in a variety of areas in mathematics, computer science, statistics and theoretical physics are being scheduled into the period from May through August.

More information will be posted in the coming weeks.


Potential Participants

Workshops are invite-only events for the global scientific community. If you are interested in attending but have not yet been invited, please refer to the below guidelines.


Please email the BIRS Program Coordinator, who will then submit your request to the organizers of the workshop you are interested in attending.

Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Please email the BIRS Program Coordinator with a brief letter of recommendation from your supervisor. We will then submit your request to the organizers of the workshop you are interested in attending.

Note that invited participants can request a new invitation to a workshop. If you are unable to find your invitation, please visit


UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning. The campus was founded in 2005 in partnership with local Indigenous peoples, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, in whose territory the campus resides.

It’s also home to hundreds of hiking trails, a thriving arts and cultural district, over 120 wineries, authentic farm-to-table dining, several championship golf courses, and a booming tech scene.

As part of UBC—ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community. Since its inception, UBCO has experienced tremendous growth, including an increase in research funding of 366 percent.

  • UBC Okanagan Campus Arial View

    UBC Okanagan is nestled in the hills of Kelowna, British Columbia.

  • Downtown Kelowna

    Explore Kelowna — the largest city in the Okanagan Valley.

  • UBC Okanagan exploring Kelowna Hills

    UBC Okanagan welcomes students and faculty from around the world.

  • Experience many lush vineyards and a network of rivers and lakes.

On-Campus Accommodations will resume in Summer 2022

Fall 2021 BIRS attendees will be staying in accommodations within walking distance or a short, complimentary shuttle ride to the UBC Okanagan Campus. More details coming soon!

<!– With over 500 accommodation rooms, 50 meeting & event spaces, onsite catering and beautifully landscaped grounds, UBC’s Okanagan campus is a conference destination on its own! UBC’s Okanagan campus offers a variety of room types in student residences for individuals, couples, families and groups at a reasonable price.


Off-campus Accommodations

Close to the UBC Okanagan Campus

Downtown Kelowna


With over 50 meeting rooms from lecture theatres to boardrooms, various catering spaces and over 500 sleeping rooms resuming in Summer 2022 all set in a beautiful campus environment, UBCO is a conference destination on its own!


UBC’s Okanagan campus is on Hwy 97, 20 minutes north of downtown Kelowna and across from the Kelowna International Airport.

NOTE:  Fall 2021 BIRS attendees will be transported to/from the airport to the local hotel free of charge via the hotel shuttle.

Please consult for the most updated information re: COVID-19 and travel.

Getting Here & Parking

Times Higher Education recognized UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses in its 10 most beautiful universities in Canada.


For answers to the most common inquiries, please see the below links for frequently asked questions:

Please note that while BIRS provides logistical support for the activities at UBCO, BIRS is not responsible for any aspect of its local operations. Participants assume responsibility for their own travel and well-being as is customary for conferences of this nature.