CDC Supports mathematical leaders from Nepal

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.

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Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries 2015

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)



CDC 2015-2018 Meeting in Berlin, March 12 and 13, 2015

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.



Abel Visiting Scholar  returns home after successful research visit in France.

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

More information can be found here.



The Brazilian mathematics community extends a warm welcome to the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018

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.


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South African mathematician elected as next President of the International Council for Science

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!

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James Simons Public Lecture (August 13, 2014, Seoul, Korea)

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.


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'

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: 



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


Signing of an agreement among the Network of International Mathematical (NIM) Centers during the MENAO Symposium at Seoul, 12th August 2014

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.


Mathematician Niels Henrik Abel received commemorative plaque in Berlin on April 6, 2014

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.


AMMSI North Africa Region consisting of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia established.

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.




Abel Visiting Scholar Grant Recipient (2013) returns home after successful visit

More information can be found here.


Volunteer Lecturer returns home after successful course in Tanzania

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,




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 event:



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]




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 (

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:



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) 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.



Juli 2012

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

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.


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.


April 2012

Philippine 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 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.


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.


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.


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. 



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.



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.


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 19th – 30th 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.