Alejandro Adem


Professor Adem obtained his PhD at Princeton University and has authored over 70 articles as well as two books, delivered over 360 invited research lectures around the world, and has held postdoctoral or visiting positions at Stanford University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the ETH-Zurich, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, the University of Paris, and Princeton University. His distinctions include 

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 
  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society
  • Fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society
  • Corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences
  • Jeffery-Williams Research Prize (Canadian Mathematical Society)
  • Canada Research Chair at UBC 
  • Romnes Faculty Fellowship (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation)
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award 
  • Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

From 1989 to 2004 Professor Adem was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He served as Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (2008-2015) and as CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs (2015-2019). Since 2019 he is the President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Professor Adem has supervised over 40 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at UBC. Professor Adem has served on a variety of scientific, editorial, and governance boards for the worldwide mathematical sciences community. His current committee memberships include

  • Canada Research Coordinating Committee (Chair)
  • Global Research Council Governance Board (Vice-Chair)
  • NSERC Council
  • Advisory Board for the Association for Women in Mathematics
  • International Mathematical Union’s Committee for Women in Mathematics.

Professor Adem's general research interests are in algebra and topology. Specific topics include 

  • Cohomology of groups
  • Sporadic simple groups
  • Group actions
  • Arithmetic groups
  • K-theory
  • Orbifolds
  • Homotopy theory
  • Spaces of homomorphisms

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