MENAO Mathematics in Emerging Nations: Achievements and Opportunities


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 symposium:



Mathematics in Emerging Nations:

Achievements and Opportunities

COEX Convention & Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The MENAO symposium 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 symposium 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]