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IMU-Net 40: March 2010

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union
Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France


1. Editorial
2. IMU on the Web
3. ICM 2010
4. Abel Prize 2010
5. ICMI Awards
6. Clay Millenium Prize
7. 2012 ICPAM-CIMPA research schools call for projects
8. News from CIRM
9. ICSU proposal
10. Subscribing to IMU-Net



Dear Reader,

I write this editorial for IMU-NET towards the end of my four-year
term as Member-at-Large of the IMU Executive Committee. Arrangements
are well underway for the International Congress of Mathematicians to
be held in Hyderabad, India, August 19-27, and I hope to meet many
IMU-NET readers at the ICM. May I encourage you to participate in the
Congress! Our Indian hosts have very generously offered local funding
support for a number of participants,

I have encouraged countries in my region, South East Asia, to join the
IMU and am extremely happy that Thailand has become a member in time
to attend the 16th General Assembly of the IMU in Bangalore just
before the ICM. I look forward to meeting delegates from all new and
current IMU member countries in Bangalore.

Serving on the Executive Committee has been a rewarding experience.
The EC membership comprises a rich mix of different national and
mathematical experience and expertise, and each member has a
particular responsibility. I am the IMU EC liaison person with ICMI,
the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction. Through
ICMI, the IMU has access to broad and high level advice on mathematics
education world-wide. Currently two ICMI initiatives are pursued
jointly with the IMU: the Pipe-line project seeks to understand issues
associated with the supply and demand for mathematics students and
personnel in educational institutions and the workplace. Secondly th
newly launched Klein project - inspired by Felix Klein’s famous book
Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint - plans to produce
hard-copy and electronic resources to help mathematics teachers make
connections between the material they teach and the various areas of
mathematics, while taking into account the evolution of mathematics
over the last century.
The 2006-2010 IMU Executive Committee is the first EC to contain (as
many as) two women members, and (perhaps consequently) another of my
roles has been that of Chair of the ICM Emmy Noether Lecturer
Committee. The series of Emmy Noether lectures honours women who have
made fundamental and sustained contributions to mathematics. I look
forward to hearing the 2010 ICM Emmy Noether lecture delivered in
Hyderabad by Professor Idun Reiten.

Cheryl E. Praeger
Member-at-Large, IMU Executive Committee



We note that the Open Access Movement continues to develop. Many
mandates at the institutional or departmental level have been created,
which direct authors who have public funding to make their resulting
research open access (1). The most contentious aspect of open access
is around appropriate business models – alternatives to the tradition
subscription model for journals – which could be both fair and
sustainable. Who pays to support the system? Library budgets? Authors?
Combinations of them?

Focusing attention upon the U.S., the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), the largest government agency funding biomedical research, has
mandated that their funding recipients make their accepted manuscripts
available via PubMedCentral. Moreover, recently the White House Office
of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) convened a group which has
issued “Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing
Roundtable (2). This is the first involvement of the Obama
administration in these policy questions. The participants were asked
to contribute their expertise and propose solutions on the roles of
the federal government, libraries, institutional repositories, and
scholarly publishers toward access and preservation of results of
federally funded research.

Five principles undergird the report:
1. Peer review remains critical for quality and editorial integrity
2. Adaptable business models will be needed as things evolve
3. Scholarly and scientific publications can and should be more
broadly accessible
4. Sustained archiving and preservation are essential
5. Results of research need to be published and maintained in ways
that maximize creative reuse and interoperation among the sites that
host them.

While space here does not allow a full examination of this report,
there is reference to inequities of access, especially for those
researchers based in resource-constrained developing countries. It is
not easy to study exactly how effective such UN-sponsored programs as
HINARI, AGORA, OARE, or those initiatives from JSTOR, Highwire Press,
or societies such as the American Math Society are in extending the
reach of published literature (3). Mathematicians based in developing
countries have quite a lot of open literature available to them,
perhaps much more relevant literature than biomedical researchers. Is
closer study of the effect of special programs to provide access a
good idea? If you are a mathematical researcher in a developing
country and wish to offer remarks based on your own experience
obtaining articles you need, please consider writing a note to the
IMU-Net editor.

Carol Hutchins
Librarian Courant Institute of Math Sciences NYU
and member, CEIC

(3) See for a
complete list.


3. ICM 2010

A Press conference about ICM 2010 has been held in India. The Press
release appeared in the local press on March 31st (which happens to be
Descarte's birthday).
To read the text, see:


4. ABEL PRIZE 2010: Abel Prize to John T. Tate

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel
Prize for 2010 to John Torrence Tate, University of Texas at Austin, for his
vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers. The President of the
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Christian Stenseth,
announced the name of the 2010 Abel Laureate at the Academy in Oslo on
March 24th.
John Tate will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at an award
ceremony in Oslo, Norway, May 25th.
The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and
influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually
since 2003. It carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (close to 730,000
Euros or US$ 1 mill.)
For more information consult the Abel Prize website:



The Felix Klein and Hans Freudenthal Medals are the two awards created by
the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), for
recognizing outstanding achievement in mathematics education research. The
Felix Klein Medal, named for the first president of ICMI (1908-1920),
honors a lifetime achievement. The Hans Freudenthal Medal, named for the
eight president of ICMI (1967-1970), recognizes a major cumulative program
of research.

The Klein Award goes to Gilah C. Leder (La Trobe University, Bundoora,
Victoria, Australia), in recognition of her more than thirty years of
sustained, consistent, and outstanding lifetime achievements in
mathematics education research and development.

The Freudenthal Award goes to Yves Chevallard (IUFM, Aix-Marseille,
France), in recognition of his foundation and development over the
last two and a half decades of a very original, fruitful and
influential research programme in mathematics education.



The Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) announces that Dr. Grigoriy
Perelman of St. Petersburg, Russia, is the recipient of the Millennium
Prize for resolution of the Poincaré conjecture.
For more, see:


7. 2012 ICPAM-CIMPA research schools call for projects

The International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics ICPAM-CIMPA
organizes research schools of about two weeks in developing countries.
The purpose of these schools is to contribute to the research training
of the new generation of mathematicians, women and men. Once selected
by the Scientific committee and the Governing board of ICPAM-CIMPA,
research schools are organized locally with the help of ICPAM-CIMPA.
ICPAM-CIMPA's financial contribution is essentially for young
mathematicians from neighbouring countries to be able to attend the
research school. ICPAM-CIMPA can help with obtaining founds from other
Research schools call for projects begins on March 1st, 2010.
The deadline for a pre-proposal is June 15, 2010. The complete
proposal is due October 1st, 2010.
The application form can be found on ICPAM-CIMPA website
(, you can also write to



The International Centre for Mathematical Meetings (CIRM) provides
accommodation expenses to 40 participants per conference, irrespective
of nationality.
The CIRM is dedicated to hosting high-level meetings in the field of
mathematics. Located in Marseille, France, it welcomes every year
almost 3,000 researchers from about fifty countries and all continents.
The centre offers several types of scientific activities focused on
mathematics: seminars, workshops, thematic trainings... The duration
of these events varies from several days to several weeks, and groups
can be of variable sizes: research in pairs, small groups of 5 to 20
participants, seminars with up to 80 participants.
The activities are organized through a collaboration between an
organization committee consisting of researchers (this committee may
not include a French researcher) and the Centre staff, which has
expertise of almost thirty years – the CIRM was created in 1981.
From 2011, the centre provides support for accommodation and catering
for 40 participants per conference, - possibly more, on justified
demand from the event managers and after agreement by the Centre's
Scientific Council. Starting this year, the accommodation expenses for
small groups and research pairs are fully supported. This budget
reduction for meetings greatly simplifies the organizing
committees'tasks, especially for foreign event managers, and allows
invitation, for example, of young mathematicians and researchers from emerging
Researchers have at their disposal, in addition to rooms and necessary
IT equipment, one of the largest mathematics libraries in the country
(about 40,000 works, 700 journal titles and access to electronic journals).
The activities cover all branches of mathematics, right up to their
interfaces with other sciences. The centre’s programme and the ways of
participating or organizing activities can be viewed at the following


9. ICSU proposal of a Database of Human and Infrastructure Resources
in Asia and the Pacific.

The International Council for Scientific Unions (ICSU) proposes to
construct a database of human and infrastructure resources for Asia
and the Pacific in their priority areas of:
1. Hazards and Disasters,
2. Ecosystems and Society,
3. Sustainable Energy, and
4. Urban Health and Well-being
ICSU is interested to know who is working in these areas, what
infrastructure they have available, and what existing collaborations
there are across theregion. The purposes are to encourage appropriate
additional collaborations, identify those parts of ICSU's scientific
plans that are already being worked on, and to identify groups in the
region who could be encouraged to work on other parts of their plans.
ICSU wishes also to work together with identified groups towards new
resources to enable the additional collaborations and the new work.

A map of these resources would probably be on the web, but information
would only be made openly available with the consent of those listed.

Groups working in one of these areas are encouraged to send the
following information to:
Mr Mohd Hizamddin Jaafar, Administrative Officer, International
Council for Science (ICSU ROAP) (
1. Name and location of the research group
2. URL of their web page
3. Contact person with email address and, if possible, phone number
4. Research projects being undertaken
5. Number of scientists in the group
6. Available resources (equipment, supercomputers, etc)
7. Existing collaborations.



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