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IMU-Net 9: January 2005

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



  1. Editorial
  2. News from IMU
  4. IMU on the Web
  5. ICM 2006
  6. Subscribing to IMU-Net


Among the many changes in the mathematical world, the active presence
of more and more mathematicians originating from developing
countries is striking. The fact that the International Congress took
place in Beijing in 2002 is just one of the many manifestations of this

IMU considers this engagement as one of its priorities, and devotes
considerable attention to the development of mathematical education
and research, albeit with a necessarily limited budget. In that
direction, the active contribution of more developed countries is
-through encouraging contacts with individuals and institutions
 from developing countries.
-through providing privileged access to scientific literature.

At the last General Assembly of IMU, it was recommended  that more
countries be encouraged to become members of IMU, not only to
recognize the activity of mathematicians in these countries, but
also to ensure a long term commitment to the development  of science.
Again countries already members of IMU  should play a critical role in
this process.

In this task as in others, IMU needs your active help. Do not only ask:
what is IMU doing, but more to the point: what are we doing for IMU.

Jean-Michel Bismut
Vice-President of IMU 

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Logo blurb
The IMU logo competition will end on 20 February 2005.  Please send all
submissions electronically to Further details may be found on
the IMU website at
The logo selection will be determined by May 2005.

The Executive Committee of IMU sent five postal ballots to its Adhering
Organizations for voting.
All five postal ballots were passed by a majority vote. Brazil and Spain
have changed from Group III to Group IV as of 1 January 2005.  Indonesia
and Pakistan have been admitted to the union in Group I as of 1 January
2005, and Victor Vassiliev is officially a member of the EC through
December 2006.

The EC of IMU is preparing its first circular letter for 2005 that will
be sent at the beginning of March 2005 to the Adhering Organizations and
Committees for Mathematics.

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East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME) is part
of a series of international conferences, usually designated as ICMI
regional conferences, hosted in East Asian countries. The first and second
EARCOME were held in Korea (1998) and Singapore (2002).
The Third East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME 3) 
will be held in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou in China in 5-12 August
2005. See:

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A new author will have questions. Will every submission be carefully
refereed? May the editor make cosmetic changes to a manuscript? Just what
 does happen to a paper between submission and rejection (or eventual
acceptance)? How does one select an 'appropriate' journal for one's paper?
There's lots of possible questions, and some of those questions are good
In practice, we rely on mentoring --- opinion and anecdote --- from our
experienced peers and seniors. Certainly, I'd like some of such advice.
If you have interesting opinion and useful (or horrifying) anecdote please
whisper those to (Alf van der Poorten); subject: Advice
to young authors [other subject lines may activate my SPAM filter]. One
day, real soon now, your remarks may form part of a CEIC Best Practice
Statement. Anonymity is guaranteed unless, perhaps, you insist on taking
In the meantime, I offer --- as a mildly relevant sample --- an 'advice to
referees' <> that Andreas
Stein and I wrote when editing a recent conference volume.
Q: How do you know you're in the hands of the mathematical mafia?
A: They make you an offer you can't understand

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5. ICM 2006

Mathematical Software
A session on Mathematical Software shall be organized to attract a broad
audience - researchers, students, teachers, etc. - with a special interest
in software topics. The general aim is to present mathematical software
systems and their applications, including implementations of specially
designed algorithms. The topics shall fit the description of the
scientific sections of the Congress (see

Submission of abstracts shall start on 1 January 2006 with a deadline of
30 March 2006. The Local Program Committee shall notify authors of
acceptance/rejection of their contribution before 30 May 2006. Further
information, as well as the precise interactions on how to prepare a
contribution, shall be posted at the home page of the ICM by the end of
2005. Each registered participant shall have the opportunity to present
a unique contribution in the form of a short communication, a poster, or
mathematical software.

Preliminary list of accepted satellite conferences:

- XV Fall workshop on Geometry and Physics, Tenerife 11-15 September
- Geometry Conference in honour of N. Hitchin, Madrid 4-9 September
- Satellite Conference on Singularities and Differential Equations,
  Tordesillas (Valladolid) 4-8 September
- VII Workshop on Symplectic and Contact Topology, GESTA-2006, Madrid
  16-19 August
- International Seminar on Applied Geometry in Andalucia, Granada 5-9
- Trends and topics in the future of combinatorial and computational
  geometry, Alcal? de Henares (Madrid) 31 August-5 September
- Geometry and Topology of low dimensional manifolds, Burgo de Osma
  (Soria), 31 August-2 September 

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