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This is an annual summer school in pure and applied mathematics that has taken place for more than fifty years on the campus of the University of Montreal. Focused on a hot current research topic, the SMS brings together extremely high quality lecturers and students from all over the world. The school is targeted towards mainly advanced graduate students and it consists of roughly 12 courses of around five one-hour lectures each spread over two weeks. The courses are attended by around 40 -60 students selected on a competitive basis. The lectures are published in a volume after the end of the meeting. Financial support for the accepted students is available.

The school takes place yearly in June or July on the campus of the University of Montreal. Initiated in 1961 by the Mathematics and Statistics department of the University of Montreal the school was initially funded by the NATO science program. Since 2011, the school has as main partner the CRM and is a joint endeavor of the Canadian Mathematical Institutes (CRM, Fields, PIMS) together with the MSRI. It also receives the support of the ISM , of the UdeM as well as that of the CMS.

The 2011 school was on the theme of Metric measure spaces: geometric and analytic aspects.

All decisions concerning the school, in particular the selection of future programs is made by the SMS steering board currently consisting of :

Hélène Barcelo (MSRI), David Brydges (PIMS), Octav Cornea (U de M, director of the SMS), Andrew Granville (CRM), Matheus Grasselli (McMaster and Fields) et Dima Jakobson (McGill University).