This CIMPA Research School was aimed at faculty and advanced graduate students fromNigeria and neighboring countries. Participants were introduced to some basics of algebraicgeometry with an emphasis on computational aspects, such as Gröbner bases and combinato-rial aspects, such as toric varieties and tropical geometry. Participants also learned how to usethe freely available software Macaulay2 for studying algebraic varieties. A total of 65 people, including speakers, assistants, and regular participants attended. More information can be found here.

Iranian mathematics Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died Friday, July 14. Her receipt of the Fields Medal three years ago ended a long wait for women in the mathematics community for the prize, first established in 1936. Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry. The 2014 IMU press release about her work and for for winning in 2014 a Fields Medal can be found here.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran, and – by her own estimation – was fortunate to come of age after the Iran-Iraq war when the political, social and economic environment had stabilized enough that she could focus on her studies. She dreamed of becoming a writer, but mathematics eventually swept her away. She attended an all-girls high school in Tehran, led by a principal unbowed by the fact that no girl had ever competed for Iran’s International Mathematical Olympiad team. Mirzakhani first gained international recognition during the 1994 and 1995 competitions. In 1994, she earned a gold medal. In 1995, she notched a perfect score and another gold medal. After graduating college at Sharif University in Tehran, she headed to graduate school at Harvard University, where she was guided by Curtis McMullen, a fellow Fields Medal winner.

McMullen described Mirzakhani as filled with “fearless ambition.” Her 2004 dissertation was a masterpiece. In it, she solved two longstanding problems. Either solution would have been newsworthy in its own right, according to Benson Farb, a mathematician at the University of Chicago, but then Mirzakhani connected the two into a thesis described as “truly spectacular.” It yielded papers in each of the top three mathematics journals.“The majority of mathematicians will never produce something as good,” Farb said at the time. “And that’s what she did in her thesis.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the “unprecedented brilliance of this creative scientist and modest human being, who made Iran’s name resonate in the world’s scientific forums, was a turning point in showing the great will of Iranian women and young people on the path towards reaching the peaks of glory … in various international arenas,” according to Iranian state media.

“What’s so special about Maryam, the thing that really separates her, is the originality in how she puts together these disparate pieces,” said Steven Kerckhoff at the time of her Fields Medal award. Kerckhoff is a professor at Stanford who works in the same area of mathematics. “That was the case starting with her thesis work, which generated several papers in all the top journals. The novelty of her approach made it a real tour de force.”After earning her doctorate at Harvard, Mirzakhani accepted a position as assistant professor at Princeton University and as a research fellow at the Clay Mathematics Institute before joining the Stanford faculty.

“Maryam was a wonderful colleague,” said Ralph L. Cohen, the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor of Mathematics at Stanford. “She not only was a brilliant and fearless researcher, but she was also a great teacher and terrific PhD adviser. Maryam embodied what being a mathematician or scientist is all about: the attempt to solve a problem that hadn’t been solved before, or to understand something that hadn’t been understood before. This is driven by a deep intellectual curiosity, and there is great joy and satisfaction with every bit of success. Maryam had one of the great intellects of our time, and she was a wonderful person. She will be tremendously missed.” In recent years, she collaborated with Alex Eskin at the University of Chicago to answer a mathematical challenge that physicists have struggled with for a century: the trajectory of a billiard ball around a polygonal table. That investigation into this seemingly simple action led to a 200-page paper which, when it was published in 2013, was hailed as “the beginning of a new era” in mathematics and “a titanic work.”

“You’re torturing yourself along the way,” she would offer, “but life isn’t supposed to be easy.”

Deep condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Maryam. A great loss.

Some short clips can be found here:

Video shown at the Fields Medalist Ceremony in 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani on "Dynamics on the Moduli Spaces of Curves", I

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The winner of the 2017 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries is Eduardo Teixeira of the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. The prize is in recognition of Teixeira's outstanding work in Analysis and Partial Differential Equations.

Teixeira started working on free boundary problems during his PhD thesis, proving existence and regularity results, and obtaining qualitative properties of solutions, in the theory of nonlinear heat conduction. Subsequently, in collaboration with L. Zhang, he obtained Almgren's type frequency formulas in Riemannian manifolds. He then introduced an original approach to the regularity of degenerate elliptic equations, which consists in viewing the set of critical points of a solution as a free boundary. This interesting point of view led him to prove the continuity conjecture for elliptic equations with high order singular structures, and in solving, in collaboration with Araujo and Urbano, a long standing conjecture on the optimal regularity for the p-Laplacian in two-dimensions. Teixeira has contributed to many other aspects of the theory of nonlinear elliptic equations. A perfect example is his recent breakthrough, in collaboration with Y. Li and Z.-C. Han, on the asymptotic radial symmetry of solutions to the kth-order Yamabe equation in punctured domains, a deep and original contribution to the theory of conformally nonlinear elliptic PDEs.

The Prize is also in recognition of Professor Teixeira's determined pursuit of high-level research in his home institution in the northeast of Brazil, where over the last decade he has founded and directed one of the major research groups in nonlinear PDEs in Latin America. It is hoped that his example will inspire mathematicians working at the highest levels while based outside main established centres of research.

The selection committee consisted of Idris Assani, Rajendra Bhatia, Alicia Dickenstein, Stefano Luzzatto (chair), Van Vu. The nominations this year were extremely strong and the final decision was based on the current rules and guidelines of the prize and was carried unanimously.

The Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries, created in the name of Srinivasa Ramanujan, has been awarded annually since 2005. The Prize was originally instituted by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund, and the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The participation of the Abel Fund ended in 2012; the 2013 Prize was jointly funded and administered by the ICTP and the IMU. The Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India has agreed to fund the Prize for a 5 year period, starting with the 2014 Prize.

The Prize is awarded annually to a researcher from a developing country, who must be less than 45 years of age on 31 December of the year of the award, and who has conducted outstanding research in a developing country.

On June 2017 another CDC graduate scholarship program was launched, aimed at students listed as Priority 1 and 2 countries among the developing countries listed on the CDC website. For descriptions of the program and the application procedure, please refer to MathPrograms.Org and this CDC website under the header Scholarships and Capacity Building.

The GRAID program will be funded entirely by voluntary donations from individual mathematicians; those interested in donating should check the website of Friends of the IMU. Generous donations from several individual mathematicians, the DonAuction fundraising efforts at the 2014 ICM in Seoul, combined with a joint donation from the organizers of ICWM 2014 , provide the seed fund that are making possible the launch of GRAID, the GRaduate Assistantships In Developing countries.

The stipends provided by GRAID will be modest, not to exceed USD 3,500/year, and it is expected that priority will be given to those regions where this modest amount would suffice to support a graduate student and free him/her from the obligation to seek an additional job to support themselves.

Please check out the websites of CDC and Friends of the IMU to learn more about the CDC GRAID Program!

This conference was a part of sequence of Ramanujan Symposiums, 20th Ramanujan Symposium – International Conference on Fourier Analysis and Wavelets organized by Ramanujan Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (RIASM), University of Madras, Chennai during March 21-25, 2017. This International conference was meant to provide a platform for experts in Fourier Analysis and Wavelets to meet and interact with each other, and to share their results and ideas.This Conference had 15 Speakers among which two Speakers from Spain, three Speakers from USA, One speaker from Germany and Nine speakers from India. More information can be found at: riasm.unom.ac.in

In this school, differential equations as modeling tools in engineering (fluid dynamics, traffic flow) and bio-chemical applications (coagulation, epidemics, batteries) were introduced and analytical properties of differential equations and their numerical solution discussed . A website and a drive were created to facilitate exchanges between students, lecturers and organizers https://sites.google.com/site/cimpalaos2017/

The aim was to provide the basic tools allowing students to proceed to more theoretical subjects or venture into more concrete applications. Theoretical and numerical lectures were given, with a particular attention being paid to numerical simulations through free scientific computing software using Python.

Prof. David Borchers, University of St. Andrews, UK visited the Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa to built up a professional mentoring partnership and foster a cooperation which started in December 2015. CDC supported the visit as a partner of the MARM program. MARM links African academics with their UK and European counterparts via professional mentoring partnerships. In doing so, MARM provides the means and opportunities for African mathematicians to develop international working relationships while also improving the quality of academic provision within their home institution.

The IACR-SEAMS School "Cryptography: Foundations and New Directions" was organized by Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (VIASM) and the University of Science, Vietnam National University at Hanoi (VNU-HUS). It was held at VIASM from November 27 to December 04, 2016. This is the first joint school between International Association of Cryptology Research (IACR) and South East Asian Mathematical Society (SEAMS).

The School introduced foundations and some new trends in cryptography. It was addressed to advanced undergraduate and graduate students and young researchers from Southeast Asian Countries and all over the world. It provided them solid background as well as some new trends in cryptography for further study. It prepared the background for participants to attend the ASIACRYPT 2016 organized by VIASM in the following week.

This school included 35 hours for lectures and 10.5 hours for group discussion. Every day, there were 5 hours for lectures and 1.5 hours for group discussion. The lessons last from 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning and from 14:00 to 16:30 in the afternoon. The schedule is located here: HTTP://VIASM.EDU.VN/HDKH/CRYPTOSCHOOL2016?

Tthe Central Department of Mathematics, Institutes of Sciences and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal, in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics Education, Open and Distance Education Center, and School of Mathematical Sciences, Tribhuvan University, organized the "Second International Workshop and Conference on Commutative Algebra", October 17-28, 2016, at the Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University.

The main goal of the event was to introduce young Nepali faculty and students to important ideas in the mainstream of commutative Algebra. The research/expository talks, while aimed primarily at an audience with minimal preparation in algebra, nonetheless contained material of interest to the other invited speakers. A secondary goal was for Nepali mathematicians to open channels of communication with commutative algebraists from around the world and eventually begin collaborative research projects.

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research has organized an International Colloquium on 'K-theory' in January 2016.

The topic chosen for the Colloquium covered a wide spectrum of mathematics, ranging over algebraic geometry, topology, algebraic K-theory and number theory. These inter-connected topics are amongst the major research interests of several members of the School of Mathematics.

The 9th International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education in Developing Countries (ICSMEDC 2016), was held on 04-06 November 2016, at the University of Mandalay, Mandalay, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Organized jointly by the Myanmar Mathematical Society and the Southeast Asian Mathematical Society (SEAMS), ICSMEDC 2016 is the 9th of a series of conferences aimed at promoting mathematics and mathematics education in the Southeast Asian region, with particular focus on Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

ICSMEDC 2016 featured plenary and invited talks, short contributed paper presentations and poster presentations on all areas of pure and applied mathematics and mathematics education. It also featured a pre-conference workshop for mathematics teachers on pedagogy and classroom best practices.

Please find below pictures of the Conference and the Workshop.

Jointly organized with AIMS-Senegal and the Senegalese Women in Mathematics Association (SWMA) created in 2015, the forum focused on Financial and Actuarial Mathematics. It highlighted advanced and new scientific works on Financial and Actuarial Mathematics.

The workshop program included four mini-courses of 3hours and 45 minutes each. Diane Wilcox, University of Witwatersrand, Christian Francq, University of Lille and CREST-Paris, Olivier Menoukeu Pamen, University of Liverpool, Akim Adekpedjou, University of Missouri Sciences and Technology delivered them. The forum showed the participation of young people coming from various countries. There were 31 participants (researchers, young faculty, and advanced graduate students) coming from: Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, France, United Kingdom, Togo, Ghana.

More information can be found here.

This conference was devoted to the memory of Academician Mileva Prvanovic, who was one of the founders of (Yugoslav) Geometrical Seminars(which were established 45-50 years ago), and who passed away in February of 2016.

In the work of the conference, eminent participants from 27 different countries from 4 continents were presented (mainly) new and original works on the following topics: Differential and Discrete Geometry and their Applications, Topology, Lie Theory, Mathematical Physics, Integrable Systems, Visualization and related topics and Applications.

For further information: http://tesla.pmf.ni.ac.rs/people/geometrijskiseminarxix/index.php

The CIMPA-ICTP research school “Lattices and applications to cryptography and coding theory" was organized by Saigon University (SGU) and University of Science (HCMUS, VNU-HCMC) at Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. It was held at Saigon University during August 01 – 12,2016. The website of the school with updated information is located at:

http://ricerca.mat.uniroma3.it/users/valerio/hochiminh16.html

The classes were given by nine lecturers including two Vietnamese lecturers (one from Finland and one from Japan), two from France, three from Italy and two from Netherlands; there are two female lecturers which is 22. 2% of total lecturers. There are 104 participants from 22 countries.

The aim of the conference was to bring together leading mathematicians and young researchers (graduate students), to discuss modern advances in the vast diversity of topics professor Borisenko contributed to. The primary goal of the event was to boost through the broad list of participants the development of geometry in Kharkiv region, Ukraine and some neighboring countries (Belarus, Poland, Serbia, Russia). As the secondary goal, the conference served as a platform that will gather together several generations of mathematicians for an intense scientific exchange and collaboration. And finally, the third goal of the event was to promote Ukrainian science in general.

The conference took place at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv Univeristy in Kharkiv, Ukraine from September 12 till September 16, 2016. For the complete and detailed information we refer to the web-site of the conference (http://magt.karazin.ua).

GeToPhyMa is a series of summer schools organized since 2011 by the research group Moroccan Area of Algebraic Topology (MAAT : http ://algtop.net). The school is essentially intended for students and young researchers in geometry, topology and mathematical physics. Researchers in other fields can take advantage of introductory courses and are cordially invited to join the school. The main objective is to provide participants with a solid backround in algebraic topology, and assimilating them to current research topics such operads, string theory, applied and computational topology, algebraic geometry, ...

The 70 attendees were coming from all continents :

— Africa : Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya.

— Europe : Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Belgium.

— Americas : USA, Chili, Colombia.

— Asia : Koweit, Japan, Palestine.

For more information please click here.

The SEAMS School “Topics in Stochastic Analysis” is organized by Sanata Dharma University (USD) at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was held at Kampus III USD in Paingan, Yogyakarta from August 3 to August 11 of 2016. The school started on August 3. The opening ceremony took place on the main building of Kampus III USD including speeches given by the rector of Sanata Dharma University (Johanes Eka Priyatma, Ph.D) and the representative of the lecturers of the school (Prof. Ludwig Streit).

The SEAMS School focused on various topics in stochastic analysis such as basics of stochastic calculus and its applications in finance, insurance, biology, physics, as well as advanced topics including white noise theory, fractional Brownian motion and interacting particle systems. After the School is finished, the participants are expected to have broad knowledge and sufficient background to start research in this area. The school is expected also as a mean to build cooperation between mathematicians in the region.

The International Conference of Applications of Mathematics to Non-linear Sciences (AMNS-2016) was successfully held in Kathmandu, Nepal from May 26 to 29 of 2016. In addition, a Mathematical Biology Workshop was organized on the first day of the conference. The conference drew more than 200 participants from 17 countries around the world. Among these participants, 87 of them also attended the Mathematical Biology Workshop. Five major themes of the AMNS-2016 conference were “Differential Equations and Nonlinear Analysis”, “Probability, Statistics, and Big Data”, “Mathematical Biology”, “Algebra, Topology, and Mathematical Education”, and “Numerical Analysis, Scientific computation, and Optimization”. Along with the Principal Speakers Dr. Dongho Chae (Korea), Gerhard Pfister (Germany), Ratnasingham Shivaji (USA), Lindi M. Wahl (Canada), and Jiahong Wu (USA), the total of 104 talks and 22 posters were presented during the conference. The detailed abstract and the other conference information are found in the conference website anmaweb.org/AMNS-2016/index.html.

The IMU has been very sensitive to the needs of mathematicians working in developing and economically disadvantaged countries. In order to consolidate the efforts of the IMU to help such mathematicians through its various agencies, it established the CDC in 2011, which is responsible for all IMU initiatives to help mathematicians from developing countries.

Major problems faced by such mathematicians include working in understaffed mathematics departments and being subjected to heavy teaching loads, thereby having very little time for pursuing individual research interests. Further, each mathematician is often the only person working in his/her research area and so (s)he cannot have useful and stimulating mathematical discussions which are essential to generate new ideas in research. Such mathematicians need time off from their usual duties to recharge their intellectual batteries and to initiate collaborative research with mathematicians working in centres of excellence elsewhere in the world under favourable working conditions.

The need for support is particularly high in Africa. According to the United Nation's 2013 Human Development Report, out of the 46 poorest countries in the world, 37 are located in Africa. To overcome this problem the IMU Commission for Developing Countries (IMU CDC) is launching the "IMU - Simons African Fellowship Program" a research travel support program aimed for African Mathematicians working in African developing countries.

The program will allow African mathematicians to travel to a centre of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research. The program is funded by the Simons Foundation from New York who has granted USD 50,000 per year for five consecutive years starting in September 2016. The Fellowship grant covers travel, accommodation, visa, travel insurance and living costs up to USD 5,000.

The duration of the visit should be of a reasonable length of time to allow fruitful interaction. In particular, the minimal length of a visit is one month. Interested mathematicians must hold a valid doctoral degree and must be employed as a faculty member of a university or equivalent institution.

Further information can be found on the program website. Click here.

The IMU-CDC is very thankful for the generous support by the **Simons Foundation. **

The CIMPA school (International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics) took place between 2016-07-11 - 2016-07-21.

The school "Combinatorics and Algorithmics" proposal aims to strengthen scientific interactions between researchers of the Ocean Indian Islands and their french and spanish colleagues. The school is intended to form PhD and Master students from the islands of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island on the fields of the workshop. Another major goal is to establish and reinforce scientific exchanges, existing collaborations and to initiate new ones during the school.

The main themes lie in the study of Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics, Discrete Random Structures, Randomized Algorithms. The school's principal objective concentrates on how to elaborate algorithms and to quantify their complexities by means of combinatorial and probabilistic methods.

Previously intended for 18-22 January 2016, the workshop on polynomial systems and polynomial modelling was finally held from 23-27 May 2016 at the IUFIC (located at the Université Ouaga II, Burkina Faso). This deferment was caused by Ouagadougou terrorist attack on the 15th January 2016.

The lectures were based on introducing classical tools for handle polynomial systems problems. The first lecture dealt with constructive commutative algebra based on Henri LOMBARDI and Claude QUITTE book. The second lecture was an introduction to semi-algebraic geometry. It introduced important results for counting real roots of a polynomial in R[X]. Moreover, the first properties of semi-algebraic sets and semi-algebraic morphisms were studied. The main lecture was given by Professor Michel COSTE from Université de Rennes 1 (FRANCE). He gave an example of polynomial modelling encountered in robotics area. He has emphasized how the abstract machinery of the first two lectures could be used to solve these concrete robotic modelling problems.

Besides the planned lectures, some participants have given some talks related to their own research interests.

The African Mathematical School was co-organized at the University of Bamenda in Cameroon with the Pole of Research in Mathematics and their Application to Information Security PRMAIS (www.prmasi.org) from the 06 June to 17 June 2016.

The titles of the African Mathematical School were:

1- Mathematics Applied to Cryptology and Information Security

2- Improve the Teaching of Mathematics with Computer Software and Technological Tools

The school was organized under the patronage of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bamenda and under the scientific coordination of Dr. Fouotsa Emmanuel, permanent lecturer in the department of Mathematics.

More information can be found here.

Winners of the inaugural AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Prize were announced in Nairobi, Kenya on 19th April 2016. The award comprises a certificate with a citation on thwinner's scientific achievement as well as a cash prize of USD 6,000.

The two winners are:

**Professor Omar El-Fallah: **For outstanding contribution to mathematics in the areas of Banach algebras, reflexivity of operators and Dirichlet spaces as well as his role in educating and mentoring the next generation of African mathematicians. Omar El-Fallah is a full professor at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, University Mohammed V Rabat, Morocco. He is also the Director, Laboratory of Analysis and Application.

**Professor Edward Lungu: **For outstanding contribution to mathematics in the area of mathematical modelling of HIV/AIDS as well as his role in educating and mentoring the next generation of African mathematicians. Edward Lungu is a full professor at the Department of Mathematics, Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Palapye, Botswana, which he joined recently having served many years at the University of Botswana, Gaborone. He is also the Principal Investigator in the Simons Foundation Africa Mathematics Project (AMP) entitled, "Research and Graduate Studies in Mathematics and its Applications: A Network Approach (RGSMA)".

The announcement was made by Prof Phillip Griffiths with the assistance of Prof. Wandera Ogana , Secretary / Executive Director of AMMSI, during the conference of the Regional Initiative in Science Education (RISE)

Find out more: ammsi.org/ammsi-phillip-grifiths-prize-winners-2016/

Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics – Ian Agol, Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao and Richard Taylor – IMU with the assistance of FIMU (Friends of the IMU) and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) is launching a fellowship program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships will offer a limited number of grants for excellent students from developing countries.

Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated and mathematically talented students from developing countries who plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country, including their own home country.

Nominees must have a consistently good academic record from the high school level and must be seriously interested in pursuing a career of research and teaching in mathematics.

For a nomination to be eligible, the country of citizenship of the student, the country of residency and the country where the study will take place must be contained in the list of Developing Countries as defined by IMU.

The nominiation will be possible from the 22nd of April to the 22nd of June, 2016 via an online nomination form on this website.

**Due to technical issues the IMU Breakout Fellowship Program will be launched on 22 April and will be open until 22 June.**

**AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Prize: 2016 **

The AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Prize is to be awarded annually, starting in 2016, to an African mathematician, living in Africa, who has made outstanding contribution to mathematics, application of mathematics or promotion of mathematics, as evidenced by research and its impact. The award comprises a certificate with a citation on the winner’s scientific achievement as well as a cash prize of USD 6,000. **The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5th March 2016.**

The Prize has been made possible through a grant to AMMSI by Professor Phillip Griffiths occasioned by his reception of the Chern Prize in 2014. For more details please see www.ammsi.org.**AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Travel Grant**

The AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Travel Grant is to be awarded annually, starting 2016, to an African mathematician, living in Africa, to enable him or her visit an international research partner for a period of 1 to 3 months. In case of matching support from the host institution, the period may be extended as appropriate. The program is designed to offer the opportunity for research to mathematicians in the early stages of their professional careers. The maximum amount of the award is USD 5,000. **The deadline for receipt of applications is 5th March 2016.** It has been made possible through a grant to AMMSI by Professor Phillip Griffiths occasioned by his reception of the Chern Prize in 2014. For more details please see www.ammsi.org.**MARM: CALL FOR PROSPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS IN AFRICA**

Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM) is a cooperative programme of the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the International Mathematical Union (IMU), in association with and the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI). The scheme focuses on building infrastructure and networking in mathematics in Africa. It has now been in operation for a number of years and details of the existing projects can be found on the website www.lms.ac.uk/grants/marm-projects. MARM is now seeking applications, from departments in Africa, for grants to support mathematics and its teaching in universities in Africa during 2016-17. Four mentoring partnerships are to be awarded, each for a duration of two years. For more details please see www.ammsi.org.

CDC has supported 12 mathematical leaders from Nepal to participate from August 31 to September 8, 2015, in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) in the SEAMS School "Number Theory and Applications in Cryptography and Coding Theory" which was organized at the Department of Computer Science at HCMC Ho Chi Minh City University of Science.

This SEAMS school allowed them to regroup and make plans for moving forward, as well as sharing the needs of the Nepalese math community with their colleagues from other countries within the region. This contributed to connect mathematicians from Nepal with mathematicians from Vietnam and neighbouring countries and to help them to make plans for support and regional projects after the earthquake that had hit Nepal recently.

More pictures can be found here.

It is our pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2015 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries is Dr. Amalendu Krishna of India’s Tata Institute for Fundamental Research.

The prize is in recognition of Krishna's outstanding contributions in the area of algebraic K-theory, algebraic cycles and the theory of motives.

In his work Krishna has shown an impressive command of a very technical subject, applying the modern theories of algebraic K-theory and Voevodsky’s theory of motives to study concrete problems.

His results on 0-cycles on algebraic varieties with isolated singularities effectively reduces their study to the corresponding study on the desingularization, together with information about multiples of the exceptional divisors. This allows the complete calculation of the Chow group of 0-cycles on an algebraic variety in many cases, like the case of rational varieties or cones.

Working initially with Levine, and later with Park, Krishna built up the original constructions of Bloch-Esnault on additive Chow groups into a full theory. This includes proving fundamental properties, such as the contravariant functoriality and a projective bundle formula, as well as constructing an action of the usual higher Chow groups on the additive ones.

The 2015 Ramanujan Prize Selection Committee comprised:

- Maryam Mirzakhani

- Ngaiming Mok

- Duong H. Phong

- Madabusi S. Raghunathan

- Fernando Rodriguez Villegas (Chair)

The CDC 2015-2018 meet March 12 and 13, 2015 in the IMU Secretariat. Key issues discussed included the new CDC Grant Selection Committee, new programs and the distribution of a special IMU Grant for projects in developing countries. Follow this website to keep updated about the new programs of CDC for developing and non- affluent countries.

On March 13th the CDC met also with the IMU-EC 2015-2018.

Prof. Sandrine Grellier, Nana Cyrille, Ph.D (Abel Visiting Scholar Fellow) and Prof. Aline Bonami

More information can be found here.

ICM 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, will bring together the world's best mathematicians for various activities, including Plenary Lectures, Invited Lectures and the Award Ceremony for the Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, the Chern Medal, and the Leelavati Prize. As the first edition of the ICM in Latin America, as well as in the Southern Hemisphere, the ICM in Rio de Janeiro will give us an opportunity to reflect on the great progress of the region in terms of research and public awareness of mathematics.

Find out more: http://icm2018.org/portal/conteudo.php?pag=inc.principal_

Professor Daya Reddy, a South African mathematician and ICM 2014 Invited Lecturer, was on September 3rd 2014, as next President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Reddy will take over from the current ICSU President, Gordon McBean, in October 2017.

Sir John Ball (UK), former IMU President and Professor Manuel de León (Spain), IMU EC member were elected as Ordinary Members.

They were elected by representatives from ICSU’s 120 National Members and 31 Scientific Unions attending the conclusion of ICSU’s 31st General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand. Congratulations!

James Simons is chairman of the Simons Foundation and board chair and founder of Renaissance Technologies. Prior to his financial career, Simons was chairman of the mathematics department at Stony Brook University, taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, and was a cryptanalyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Simons holds a B.S. from MIT and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1976, he won the Veblen Prize of the American Mathematics Society for his work in geometry. He is a trustee of the Stony Brook Foundation, Rockefeller University, MIT, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, New York Genome Center and the Institute for Advanced Study, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

You can watch his public lecture given on the opening day of the ICM 2014 here.

Ingrid Daubechies announced at the MENAO symposium, held on August 12, 2014 in Seoul Korea that the five inaugural Mathematics Breakthrough Prize winners will donate each $100,000 to the IMU/CDC to endow a fund that will award 'Breakout Graduate fellowships' to math grad students from and in the developing world.

More information about the prize can be found here.

The press release on the Breakthrough Prize Website can be found here and below:

**MATH FELLOWSHIP FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES LAUNCHED BY LAUREATES, INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL UNION**

In June of this year, five inaugural laureates of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics were announced. Since then they have been thinking of how to use some of the funds to help the field of mathematics.

“The five of us felt we would have more impact if we acted in unison,” said Richard Taylor, who joined Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie and Terence Tao as the first winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. “There were many very exciting mathematical projects that we considered supporting, and we had quite extended discussions.”

Ultimately they were swayed by Ingrid Daubechies, the president of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), who had written to them emphasizing the importance of supporting graduate students studying in the developing world.

“In the end, this was an area we were all enthusiastic about,” said Taylor, a professor at the Institute for Advance Study.

The five each gave $100,000 to fund the “Breakout Graduate Fellowships” at the IMU, which were announced by the IMU on August 12 in Seoul, Korea, at their Commission for Developing Countries symposium titled, “Mathematics in Emerging Nations: Achievements and Opportunities.”

“The IMU is profoundly moved by this generous offer,” said Daubechies, a professor of mathematics at Duke University. “This endowed funding will provide a basis on which we will build a fellowship and mentorship program enabling the graduate education of small cohorts of talented young mathematicians for many of the least developed countries.”

Taylor said he hoped this initiative results in extended benefits to the home countries of those chosen for the fellowships.

“Traditionally, support for mathematics in the developing world has consisted mainly of scholarships for highly talented students to study in Europe or North America,” Taylor said. “Such students rarely return to their home countries, so the impact of the scholarship ends with one student. The hope of the IMU and our fellowship is that if these students study in centers of excellence in the developing world, then they are more likely to return to their home countries and help educate the next generation of mathematicians. We felt that here, relatively little money had the potential to have a big impact.”

Donaldson is a professor at Stony Brook University and Imperial College London, while Kontsevich is at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and the University of Miami. Jacob Lurie is a Harvard University professor and Terence Tao is a professor at UCLA.

The international MENAO symposium was successfully held in Seoul, Korea. More than 130 participants and 140 observers from more than 50 countries participated in the symposium. A major concern of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) is to nurture advanced mathematical communities from developing and economically disadvantaged countries and emerging nations. The huge potential of such interventions is exemplified by the story of the young Vietnamese mathematician, Ngô Bao Châu, who moved to France for advanced training and won a Fields Medal. He is now the director of the Vietnamese Institute of Mathematics. He gave the opening lecture about "The place of mathematics in a developing country: the case of Vietnam".

Also Korea, the host country of ICM 2014, has experienced a remarkable mathematical development over the last 50 years, one that proceeded hand-in-hand with its economic and educational development. A review of that development presented by KunMo Chung, former Minister of Science and Technology (12th, 15th), The Republic of Korea. was part of the MENAO symposium. The renowned economist Eric Hanushek, from the Hoover Institution of Stanford University spoke about the relationship between mathematical skills and economic development. Rune Olav Pedersen, member of the executive management at Petroleum Geo-Services, a Norwegian based oil service company presented his companies support of mathematics in developing countries and the current "Five-year engagement to lift the awareness and importance of mathematics (2012-2017 of PGS". In the wrapping up session, the hugely distinguished economist Sir Partha Dasgupta from the University of Cambridge discussed the topic “The Place of Knowledge in Economic Development”.

All videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0c-546bsozhAecE1btXl18BO8p1fL_7u

and the presentations can be found on the MENAO program website. In case of further questions, please contact: Lena Koch, IMU Secretariat

During the MENAO symposium an agreement amount the Network of International Mathematica (NIM) Centers was signed.

On 1 June 2013 at a meeting in Paris, the above network was formed. The founding members are: the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSM) in Lahore (Pakistan), the Centro de Investigacion en Matematicas (CIMAT) in Guanajuato (Mexico) and the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (VIASM) in Hanoi (Vietnam). An agreement was drafted, and it was agreed that ASSMS shall be the secretariat centre for the first two years. It is hoped that this agreement will be signed during the ICM in Seoul in August, in the presence of representatives of various international organizations and invited guests.

The plan is to have more centres join this network. Initial contacts with IMPA (Brazil) are indeed encouraging.

The main points of the agreement are:

- A programme of NIM Fellowship: each NIM Centre shall host annually one post-doctoral fellow and one PhD student from among the other NIM Centres for a period of one year. For the PhD student the host centre shall provide an official document with grades and course credits for the use of the home centre.Each NIM Centre shall organize a CIMPA School within the next four years. Students and faculty from the other centres may benefit from an extended stay beyond the duration of the School.
- An exchange programme for faculty and staff members shall be set up to explore possibilities of research collaboration and thus to mutually strengthen each centre academically
- For the immediate future, NIM Centres will be able to finance such activities themselves, but it is hoped that as the scheme matures and more funds are needed, external sources of support will be available, and in fact are being actively sought.

More information can be found here.

A new plaque to commemorate the celebrated Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (August 5th 1802 - April 6th 1829) was inaugurated on the April 6th in Berlin, Germany. The Norwegian ambassador Sven E. Svedman and the Secretary of the International Mathematical Union, Professor Martin Grötschel, jointly unveiled the plaque.

The plaque is now located on the facade of his former Berlin apartment building on the street "Am Kupfergraben" number 4a, which is situated opposite the Pergamon Museum. The house was destroyed in World War II but after 1989 a new building was constructed on the property where the plaque is now mounted. The plaque was designed by the artist Erika Klagge and funded by the Berlin company "Gießerei Noack".

Abel lived in 1825 and 1826 in the centre of Berlin. During this time he was supported by the mathematician, engineer and publisher August Leopold Crelle, who published Abels work in his "Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics". Thanks to the support of Crelle, Abel received his first international scientific recognition. His most famous single result is the first complete proof demonstrating the impossibility of solving the general quintic equation in radicals. This question was one of the outstanding open problems of his day, and had been unresolved for 250 years. He was also an innovator in the field of elliptic functions and discoverer of Abelian functions. When he died, only 26 years old, he left a large body of work, including the first proof of the general binomial theorem, which had been stated by Newton and Euler.

In his memory, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences awards the Abel Prize (founded in 2003), which is, next to the Field Medal, the highest scientific award in mathematics. In 2014 the Abel Prize was awarded to the Russian mathematician Yakov G. Sinai.

The plaque was an initiative of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in cooperation with the Norwegian Academy of Sciences.

Since its establishment in 2005, the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) which is supported by the CDC has concentrated on promoting mathematics in Sub-Sahara African countries because, at the time of its establishment, it was anticipated that a Millennium Science project would be initiated for the Mediterranean countries, to involve Southern Europe and North Africa. The project never materialized. Over the years, there has been concern about exclusion of North Africa from AMMSI’s activities, particularly since some of the countries in this region are equally in need of the kind of support provided by AMMSI.

Consequently, the AMMSI Programme Committee recently resolved to establish an AMMSI North Africa Region consisting of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia. The country of South Sudan now becomes part AMMSI Eastern Africa, due to the close economic and political ties it has with Eastern Africa. The Programme Committee also approved the appointment of Prof. Nouzha El Yacoubi, of University Mohammed V – Agdal, Morocco, as the first AMMSI Regional Coordinator for North Africa.

More information can be found here.

More information can be found here.

More information can be found here.

September 1, 2013

**IMU-Simons Travel Fellowship Program established to provide 75,000 USD for a three-year period for collaborative research visits of mathematicians working in the developing world to a "center of excellence" in any part of the world for collaborative research. **

The Simons Foundation has made a grant to the Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) to support mathematicians working in a developing or economically disadvantaged country (as determined by the IMU CDC).

These grants underwrite a mathematician's travel to a center of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research. In exceptional cases, the funds may also be used by mathematicians from developed countries to visit research centers in developing countries, to collaborate with the mathematicians working there.

Mathematicians with a doctoral degree and employed as a faculty member of a university or equivalent institution may apply for up to 5,000 USD under this program. These grants completely cover travel costs from the applicant's place of work to the host's place of work, including economy class airfare, surface (public) transport and all visa fees as well as travel and health insurance charges.

An applicant should already have established contact with a mathematician at the host institution and should have a definite research plan which must be submitted, along with the curriculum vitae of both mathematicians, with the application. Furthermore, an applicant must have been granted an appropriate leave of absence from his/her home institution covering the period of the visit.

In addition, the application must contain a formal letter of invitation from the host institution which clearly specifies the period of the visit, as well as the extent of its financial commitment. In particular, it is expected that the host institution (at least) completely covers all local living expenses, such as accommodation and boarding.

The duration of the visit should be of a reasonable length of time to allow fruitful interaction. The minimal length of a visit that would be considered is one month.

More information can be found under grants **soon.**

For questions please contact: Lena Koch, IMU Secretariat, icmi.cdc.administrator@mathunion.org

In compliance with Resolution 6 passed in 2010 by the 16th General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union, Bangalore, India.

The International Mathematical Union announces the one day event

MENAO

Mathematics in Emerging Nations:

Achievements and Opportunities

COEX Convention & Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The MENAO event features approximately 100 participants and is open to an additional 350 observers. It will take place on the day immediately preceding the opening of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM).

The MENAO event will feature personal stories of mathematicians, country-specific development stories, both from the perspective of mathematicians in developing countries and from the perspective of their international partners, as well as an in-depth look at the Korean story as narrated by key figures in the various stages of its mathematical development.

The Republic of Korea (South Korea), the host country for ICM 2014, has experienced a remarkable mathematical development over the last 50 years, one that proceeded hand-in-hand with its economic and educational development. As an act of solidarity with their colleagues in emerging nations, the Korean ICM hosts are inviting 1,000 mathematicians and advanced mathematics graduate students (as part of the "NANUM 2014" invitation program) from the developing world to attend ICM 2014. The participation of these invitees in the Congress will be fully paid for by Korean corporate sponsorship and other donors. For further information see:

The goal of the MENAO event is

- to listen to the voices of mathematicians and aspiring advanced students of mathematics from the developing world,

- to share success stories of development via partnerships between the local mathematical communities, their governments, and international agencies and foundations, and

- to review the current status of those efforts and future needs.

Bringing together, in an environment like this, those who are in need with those who are willing to support may create a stimulus for partnerships that will benefit the developing world and mathematics in general.

Finally, the relationships between mathematical development and economic development elsewhere in the world will be explored.

MENAO participants will take part by invitation; observers will be admitted via registration on a first-come first-served basis. The registration process will be explained in a future announcement.

The leadership of the International Mathematical Union wishes to make MENAO a premier event, of compelling interest to all organizations, governmental agencies, and individuals that have contributed to international mathematical development or are potentially interested in doing so.

For further questions please contact the CDC Administrator in the IMU Secretariat in Berlin: icmi.cdc.administrator[at]mathunion.org

01/31/13

Applications are invited of a 5-day workshop that is organized as a satellite activity of the 2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas at CIMAT in Guanajuato (Mexico) during July 29 -- August 2 2013.

The workshop will bring together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of which will give several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop is part of the world initiative "Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013" which is endorsed by IMU (www.mpe2013.org).

It is jointly organized by IMU together with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). It is sponsored by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), and supported by ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, by two interdisciplinary bodies of ICSU, namely IRDR (Integrated Research on Disaster Risk) and WCRP, by the US National Academy of Sciences, by the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and by CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas) in Mexico.

More details and application form at: http://cams.usc.edu/mathgeo

November 2012

**The Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries -- Call for Nominations for the 2013 Prize **

The Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries has been awarded annually since the first winner was announced in 2005.

The 2013 Prize will be funded and administered jointly by ICTP and IMU.

The Prize winner must be less than 45 years of age on 31 December of the year of the award, and have conducted outstanding research in a developing country. Researchers working in any branch of the mathematical sciences are eligible. The Prize carries a $15,000 cash award.

The winner will be invited to the ICTP to receive the Prize and deliver a lecture. The Prize is usually awarded to one person, but may be shared equally among recipients who have contributed to the same body of work.

The Selection Committee will take into account not only the scientific quality of the research, but also the background of the candidate and the environment in which the work was carried out. The Committee consists of eminent mathematicians appointed in consultation between the ICTP and the IMU.

**The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2013 Prize is 1 February 2013. **

Please send nominations to math(at)ictp.it describing the work of the nominee in adequate detail. Nominations should include a CV and a list of publications, as well as a letter of recommendation. Additional supporting letters are encouraged.

Self-nominations are strongly discouraged.

**www.mathunion.org/fileadmin/IMU/AO/2012/IMU_AO_CL_11_2012.pdf**

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Juli 2012

**Two Brazilian Volunte****er Lecturers will participate at the Volunteer Lecture Program in Honduras**

http://www.famat.ufu.br/node/58

The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union is pleased to announce that Victor Gonzalo Neumann (Universidad Federal de Uberlandia, Brazil) will teach at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as visiting professor from September 23th to October 22th, 2012 a course in Abstract Algebra.

Ana María Bertone (Universidad Federal de Uberlandia, Brazil) will teach at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as visiting professor from October 14th to November 12th, 2012 a course in Linear Algebra.

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June 2012

**CDC members visit Korea to discuss issues regarding the support for ICM** participants from developing and economically disadvantaged countries. The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) will be held 2014 in Korea and offered to invite 1,000 mathematicians in developing countries (DC) to Korea during ICM 2014.

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April 2012

**Philippine Volunte****er Lecturer participating at the Volunteer Lecture Program in Cambodia**

The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union is pleased to announce that Professor Fidel Nemenzo from the Institute of Mathematics, University of the Philippines gave a course in Algebraic Number Theory as part of the MS Mathematics program of RUPP from March 20 until April 11, 2012.

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February 2012

**French Volunteer Lecturer participating at the Volunteer Lecture Program in Cambodia**

The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union is pleased to announce that Professor Brigitte Lucquin of Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, France is completing her stay as visiting lecturer in Cambodia. She is taking part in the Volunteer Lecturer Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in January 2012 and is supported by CDC/ IMU.

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November 2011

**French Volunteer Lecturer participating at the Volunteer Lecture Program in Benin**

The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union is pleased to announce that Professor Brigitte Lucquin of Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, France is completing her stay as visiting lecturer in Benin. She is taking part in the Volunteer Lecturer Program from the 7th - 25th November 2011 and is teaching a course on "Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and their Approximations" at the *L'Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques* (*IMSP*) in Benin and is supported by CDC/ IMU.

The course is given in French. Participants are mainly students of the master level, but also some PhD students, colleagues and some physicists. They come from Benin, but also from Guinea, Burundi, Togo, Cameroun and Mali.

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September 2011

**CDC launches the IMU Mathematics Library Assistance Scheme for Developing Countries**

The Commission for Developing Countries, part of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has launched a new support scheme where the shipment of textbooks to universities in less economically developed countries is supported. CDC offers limited financial support for shipment costs for individual scientists or institutions wishing to donate books in the mathematical sciences to libraries in developing countries. Libraries in universities/research institutions in developing countries can apply for to receive donated books. For more information please go here.

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September 2011

**US Volunteer Lecturer completes Volunteer Lecture Program at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM AIST-Arusha) in Arusha, Tanzania.**

The Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) of the International Mathematical Union is pleased to announce that Professor Padmanabhan Seshaiyer of George Mason University's Department of Mathematical Sciences in Fairfax, Virgina (USA) has completed his stay as visiting lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM AIST-Arusha) in Arusha, Tanzania.

For more information please go here.

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September 2011

**The Simons Foundation announces the Africa Mathematics Project. **

The program is designed to enhance the mathematical capacity &productivity of recipient research groups. The project will focus on mathematicians and their graduate students at institutions of higher learning in sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation will make competitive awards that, taken together, will total approximately 400,000 USD per year for each of the next 10 years.

For more information please go here.

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September 2011

CANP Pilot Program: EDIMATHS

**Developing mathematics teacher educators for the sub-region of Francophone West Africa**

As part of the Capacity and Networking Project (CANP), a workshop called EDIMATHS took place in Mali, from the 19^{th} – 30^{th} September 2011 at the University of Bamako.

The programme had more than 40 participants, approximately half from Mali and the rest from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal.

The workshop has received funding through UNESCO, ICMI, IMU, CIMPA, SCAC/Bamako, the Ministre de l'Éducation, de l'Alphabétisation et des Langues Nationales and the Ministre de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique du Mali.

The areas addressed included:

- Mathematics at the heart of secondary education: numbers, geometry (plan and space), algebra, taking into account the curricular progressions and the didactics of mathematics.

- Issues of common interest to the educators of the region e.g. teaching in multi-lingual contexts, the transition between the first and second cycles of basic education and the relationship between mathematical content and useful mathematical competence in the curricula.

The workshop will create a website that will maintain the connection between participants and extend the collaborative work that was developed. It will also record the synthesis in the training of teachers in the countries concerned.