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IMU-Net 1: September 2003

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union
Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, Universit&eacute René Descartes, Paris, France



  1. Welcoming Message
  2. Executive Committee Meeting in April 2003
  3. ICM 2006 in Madrid, Spain
  4. The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences is being launched
  5. Jean-Pierre Serre awarded the first Abel Prize
  6. Bourbaki Anniversary
  7. Subscribing to IMU-Net


Dear Reader,

Welcome to the first issue of IMU-Net, the electronic newsletter of the
International Mathematical Union (IMU). The newsletter aims to improve
communication between IMU and the worldwide mathematical community, by
reporting decisions and recommendations of IMU, and highlighting issues
that are under discussion. In addition, IMU-Net will report on major
international mathematical events and developments, and on other topics
of general mathematical interest. Feedback from readers and mathematical
societies is welcome.

IMU is very grateful to Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel for agreeing to act as
Editor of the newsletter.

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you need to subscribe to it using one of the simple methods described
below. I warmly encourage you to do so.

John Ball

International Mathematical Union 

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The 71st meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the IMU was held in
Princeton, USA, on 2-3 April 2003. Among the items on the agenda were:

Program Committee of ICM 2006: Noga Alon (Israel) was named chair of the
Program Committee for the next International Congress of Mathematicians
(ICM 2006), that will take place in Madrid, Spain, 22-30 August 2006.

World Directory of Mathematicians (WDM): the WDM has served a very useful
purpose for many decades, but because of the cost of production and the
lack of sales of the directory, the EC of IMU has decided to discontinue
publication. Therefore, the 12th Edition of the WDM will be the last
edition. In order to make the final edition available to as many people
as possible, the IMU, through the American Mathematical Society (AMS),
will discount the price from US $70.00 to US $35.00 per copy (no further
discounts apply). This sale extends through 31 December 2003. For further
information and online ordering please refer to the AMS website at:

Construction of slates: a discussion of the future procedure for
construction of slates for the elections at the General Assembly was
started - a detailed proposal will be put forth at the 2004 EC meeting.

Commission for Development and Exchange (CDE): the EC agreed to form a
subcommittee to advise it on what changes are needed so that IMU can
effectively increase its support for mathematics in developing countries.
(The subcommittee has reported, and their proposals are being considered
by the EC.) For information about the work of the CDE, visit

The next Executive Committee meeting will be held in Oxford, UK,
on 23-24 April 2004

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The next International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2006) will
take place in Madrid, Spain, 22-30 August 2006. The first circular
letter and call for on-line preregistration will be launched at
the end of September. 

For information, click on

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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a new
educational centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The goals of AIMS are

 - to promote mathematics and science in Africa
 - to recruit and train talented students and teachers
 - to build capacity for African initiatives in education, research,
   and technology.

The Institute will initially focus on a one-year, postgraduate course
covering many of the most exciting areas of modern science, taught by
outstanding African and international lecturers. The course will aim
to develop strong mathematical and computing problem-solving skills
and will lead to a Post-graduate Diploma in the Mathematical Sciences,
formally accredited by the three partner South African Universities
and endorsed by the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of
Cambridge, UK. Students with good mathematics, science or engineering
degrees are being recruited from across Africa and will be supported
on bursaries where needed.

For more information, visit

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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize
for 2003 to the French mathematician Jean-Pierre Serre, "for playing a
key role in shaping the modern form of many parts of mathematics,
including topology, geometry and number theory." The award was presented
by King Harald V of Norway on 3 June 2003 at the University of Oslo.
Among the events were the Prizewinner's Abel Lecture on "Prime numbers,
equations and modular forms" and the Abel Symposium, with lectures on
topics related to Serre's work. There was also a "Maths Carnival" for
school children, at which Serre presented prizes to the winners of
mathematics competitions. The Abel Prize, established by the Norwegian
Goverment in 2002 and awarded annually, is an international prize for
outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The Prize
carries a cash award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (about US $ 800,000).

For more about the Abel Prize and about Jean-Pierre Serre, visit

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On 12 July 2003, a slab commemorating the first Bourbaki congress
("Birth of Nicolas Bourbaki"!) was unveiled at a ceremony at the
Besse en Chandesse biological station of the University Blaise Pascal
(Clermont-Ferrand, France), in the presence of A. Bouvier, Recteur
d'Académie, and André Gay, Mayor of Besse. The ceremony was preceded
by a lecture of Professor Christian Houzel and followed by an exhibition
about the life and work of N. Bourbaki. The first congress of the Bourbaki
group was held in Besse en Chandesse from 10-17 July 1935. The Bourbaki
seminar is still active today. It meets four times a year at the Institut
Henri Poincaré, Paris, France and offers lectures given by eminent French
and foreign mathematicians in various active areas of mathematics.

For more about Bourbaki, see:

For a bibliography, see:

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everybody receiving this email. The current mailing list, called
"IMU-Net-initial", has been carefully selected from various sources
including, e.g., the e-mail addresses of those mathematicians who have
participated in ICM 2002 in Beijing or ICM 1998 in Berlin. IMU thus hopes
that most recipients have some interest in the issues presented in this
electronic newsletter.

Here is IMU's promise concerning the initial list of e-mail addresses:
IMU will send everybody on the current mailing list IMU-Net-initial the
first two issues of IMU-Net. This list will be made inactive at the end
of 2003 and will be replaced by a new IMU-Net mailing list. To get on
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