Inaugurated in 2014, Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) is a joint BIRS-UNAM-CIMAT initiative, supported by CONACYT, the Mexican Council for Science and Technology. Its operation began in 2015 and the primary activities of CMO are its BIRS workshops and an extensive regional program of educational and outreach activities.

For the moment the operation of CMO is carried over by UNAM´s Instituto de Matemáticas. Soon the operation of CMO will be run by an independent association already founded by UNAM, CONACYT, the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Mexican Mathematical Society.

Casa Matemática Oaxaca is located in the city of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico; Oaxaca is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Currently the BIRS/CMO workshops, 25-26 yearly, are being held at the hotel Hacienda Los Laureles ,in the outskirts of the city of Oaxaca. The construction of the new facilities is already on its way. These will be located in the charming village of San Sebastian Etla, in the outskirts of Oaxaca´s city.


Dear Colleague, In the following lines you will find a few words about Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) and the Banff International Research Station (BIRS).

Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) is a joint BIRS-UNAM-CIMAT initiative. Its operation began in 2015 thanks to BIRS’ scientific support; funding is provided by CONACYT and UNAM.

Inaugurated in 2003, BIRS is a joint Canada-US-Mexico initiative that addresses the imperatives of collaborative and cross-disciplinary research with a focus on the mathematical sciences and their vast array of applications in the sciences and in industry. Its modus operandi facilitates intense and prolonged interactions between scientists in a secluded environment, with uninterrupted researchactivities in a variety of formats, all in a most inspiring and supportive setting.

In 2005, Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) joined Alberta Innovation, the US National Science Foundation and Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, becoming a BIRS sponsor.

In 2013, upon the initiative of three of the main mathematical institutions in México: the Instituto de Matemáticas and the Centro de Ciencias Matemáticas, both from the National University of Mexico, UNAM, and the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT), a CONACYT research center, CONACYT supported the creation of Casa Matemática Oaxaca as a BIRS affiliated research Centre.

There were many reasons to select Oaxaca as the seat of the new international station: Oaxaca is one of the most charming, beautiful, enjoyable and interesting cities one can find in Mexico and in the world. It is a cultural capital, with a base of academic institutions that offer a propitious environment for the confluence of mathematical researchers. It has multiple historical, gastronomic and artistic attractions with deep roots in the ethnic richness of its original cultures. And additionally, its geographical location and climate makes it an ideal place to host scientists from all over the world, inspiring creativity and collaborative work.

CIMAT, led by its Director José Antonio de la Peña, brilliantly conducted the CMO-BIRS program during 2015 and 2016. Its temporary headquarters are at Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles, in the outskirts of the city of Oaxaca. The responsibility of conducting the CMO-BIRS program is now in the hands of UNAM’s Institute of Mathematics. Founded in 1942, it is the oldest mathematics research Institute in Latin America and it has been ever since a houselight for mathematics in Mexico.

Casa Matemática Oaxaca will keep its headquarters at Los Laureles while its new-built facilities are ready for operation. These will be at the chraming village of San Sebastian Etla, in the outskirts of Oaxaca´s city, 15 km. away from its “Alameda”, which is the city´s center.

The staff of Casa Matemática Oaxaca will ensure that you have a most fruitful and enjoyable experience during your stay with us.

Dr. José A. Seade

Director Casa Matemática Oaxaca