IMU-Net 63: January 2014
A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union
Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France
Five years ago, in the spring of 2009, I had the idea of MPE2013. At
the time, it was to be an initiative of North-American institutes
consisting of workshops and joint scientific programs. Because of my
personal interest in education and popularization of mathematics, it
was clear in my mind that there should also be related outreach
The initiative spread around the world as a fire in dry grass and got
the patronage of UNESCO. Why? Certainly the idea was timely. As
mathematicians, we are aware of the role that mathematics can play in
understanding and facing the planetary challenges of protecting the
environment, understanding climate change and targeting
sustainability. Also, explaining the role of mathematics in
understanding our planet, its structure, movements, atmosphere and
oceans, and in addressing the planetary issues is a good seller for
our discipline in the schools and among the public.
Now that MPE2013 is over, it has become more obvious that the research
effort needed on the planetary challenges of climate change and
sustainability is immense. We are dealing with complex systems, all
intertwined, and interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary for
building the right models and tools. We know that we need to train a
new generation of scientists in these issues, and that it is not an
easy task both to provide the right broad training, and to recruit
brilliant candidates for the training programs. The work is only
starting. This is why MPE2013 moved into MPE
(www.mathofplanetearth.org/), which will support and centralize the
initiatives in the different countries.
IMU endorsed MPE2013 and has been involved in several ways. Mireille
Chaleyat-Maurel organized for IMU the MPE Day at UNESCO on March 5
2013, which included the launch of the MPE Open Source Exhibition and
the presentation of the winners of the MPE competition. IMU
co-organized with IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics)
and IUTAM (International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics)
the "Workshop on Climate change, related hazards and risks" in CIMAT
(Guanajuato) from July 29 to August 2, 2013. This workshop, supported
by a grant from ICSU, as well as by IMU, IUGG, IUTAM, CIMAT and ICIAM,
was a school for young researchers from latin America and the
Caribbean, with 8 mini-courses given by world experts on topics
related to the theme. Jointly with UNESCO and ICMI, IMU also supported
the distribution of a special MPE issue of the magazine Accromath in
14 francophone countries of Africa.
More activities are coming. In particular, the MPE Exhibition will be
presented at ICM2014, and Mathematics of Planet Earth will be a theme
of the fourth Capacity and Network Project (CANP4) Program of ICMI
planned to be held on September 1-12, 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Surely, a distinctive feature of MPE2013 has been the extraordinary
collaboration around the world. It illustrates brilliantly that, by
joining forces, we can achieve great things for our discipline, and
significantly improve its image in the schools and among the public
and the medias. We should make sure to continue this collaboration in
the coming years. By sharing educational and outreach material,
including Open Source exhibitions, it becomes easy to highlight how
mathematics is everywhere present and needed in modern science and
The collaborations with other disciplines is no less important and
efforts to increase these are to be maintained in the future. This is
something on which IMU is working within the International Council of
Science (ICSU), which is the body where the international scientific
unions meet on a regular basis.
On the personal level, chairing MPE2013 has been time consuming, but
extremely rewarding. I am very grateful to all those who shared my
dream and worked hard for MPE2013. MPE2013 owes its success to all of
them. And let's hope that MPE2013 will lay fertile ground for further
Christiane Rousseau, Vice-president of IMU
Seoul ICM 2014
The next International Congress of Mathematicians will take place at
COEX in Seoul, Korea, from August 13 through August 21, 2014. The
early advanced registration process for the ICM 2014 is underway. If
you have not yet registered, please do so by following the simple
instructions at the homepage: www.icm2014.org.
Here are some important deadlines:
- Registration at a reduced rate: from January 6 to May 10, 2014
- Submission of abstracts for contributions: from January 1 to
February 28, 2014
- IMU GA registration: from January 17 to May 31, 2014
The Satellite Conferences are listed at www.icm2014.org/sc/
NANUM 2014: 911 grantees were selected
The selection for the NANUM 2014 Travel Grant is now completed. The
selection process took months of deliberation by five regional review
committees. Notification letters of NANUM selection results were sent
out to all applicants on Jan. 17, 2014. Already 911 grantees were
selected, and additional 89 grantees will soon be selected from
developing country participants of IMU GA and MENAO and also of some
regions requiring special attention including North Korea. One hundred
grantees from the selection have received the NANUM TOGETHER (ICWM
2014) Travel Grant.
January 17, 2014: Notification letter were sent out
Mid-February 2014: Detailed grant guideline will be sent out
Proclamation Ceremony of the Year 2014 as the Korean Mathematical Year
Following a recent resolution passed by Korean Legislature (National
Assembly) in support of Seoul ICM 2014, an official proclamation
ceremony for Korean Mathematical Year was held on January 13, 2014 at
JW Marriott Hotel Seoul. With over 100 representatives from science
community, the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the
Minister of Education addressed the audience at the ceremony.
Prior to the ceremony, a forum on "Mathematics, a Key Player of
Creative Economy" was held to kick-start the activities planned for
the year to commemorate "Korean Mathematical Year", in which Professor
Maria J. Esteban, the forthcoming President of the International
Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), delivered a
keynote lecture on "Linkage Between Mathematics and Industry". The
keynote lecture was followed by two invited lectures and a panel
For more information please visit at www.icm2014.org/en/news/notices
ICM Forum on "Beyond and After Seoul ICM”
ICM Forum on "Beyond and After Seoul ICM" was held in celebration of
the recent adoption by Korean Legislature of a resolution in support
of Seoul ICM 2014. The forum was held on December 10 2013, and was
attended by two legislators, a delegation from the National Assembly
Standing Committee, a Deputy Minister of the Science, ICT and Future
Planning, and over 120 mathematicians.
For more information please visit at www.icm2014.org/en/news/notices
ICM Invited Plenary, Sectional, and Special Lectures
The full list of the plenary speakers and sectional invited speakers
of Seoul ICM is available at icm2014.org/en/program/scientific.
Plenary lectures are invited one-hour lectures to be held without
other parallel activities. Sectional lectures are invited 45-minute
lectures, several of which are scheduled in parallel.
ICM Local Programs
The following ICM local programs are scheduled, and more are coming:
The Public Lecture for a general audience by James Simons, President
of Euclidean Capital and Board Chair of Renaissance Technologies LLC,
on August 13, 2014,
The Abel Lecture by John Milnor on August 15, 2014,
Several panels on mathematical education, mathematical publications,
and mathematics popularization during August 18-20, 2014.
ICM Events: Call for Proposals (e.g. meeting and/or reception)
The ICM 2014 Organizing Committee welcomes any organization to plan an
event in and around the congress (e.g. meeting and/or reception).
Applications can be via email at email@example.com. Once submitted,
subsequent price quotes will be issued for applicant’s review.
ICM Exhibitions: Call for Proposals
We invite organizations and colleagues to submit applications for
exhibition booths. The exhibitions will take place in Hall C1 (3F),
COEX and the allotment of booths will be on a first-come-first-serve
basis. Applications for an exhibition space should be submitted via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2014. For more details, refer to
the Exhibition Prospectus at icm2014.org/en/sponsors/exhibitors.
We look forward to welcoming you at the congress in Seoul, Korea.
Chairman, ICM 2014 Organizing Committee
IMU on the Web: The ISSN Network: update on its work
The ISSN - International Standard Serial Number - is probably as
familiar to us as is the ISBN for books. ISSN numbers are intended as
unique identifiers, much as a U.S. social security number for a
person. ISSNs are assigned through a network of local offices,
governed by the International Centre in Paris.
Mathematicians and others might wish to learn the latest on assignment
of such numbers. You can visit their new web site at
www.issn.org. Of special interest is a document issued as of
30 July 2013 "Guidelines for Requesting an ISSN Through the ISSN
New to the practice of the Centre is the following:
"d) We reserve the right to refuse an ISSN assignment if it is
considered that misleading informations has been provided by the
requestor or printed/displayed on the publications regarding, for
instance: the place of publication (publisher's address), the members
of the editorial board, the referencing by indexing services or
databases, the participation in digital preservation programs or the
authorship of the articles provided.
e) We also reserve the right to revoke an ISSN if it subsequently
comes to light that misleading information has been provided.
The center will no longer assign numbers to new titles before such
titles have any substantial amount of content such as a "first issue."
Finally, representatives of the ISSN network make no claim of analysis
of quality of content.
Head, Courant Library and member CEIC
ICWM 2014: International Conference for Women in Mathematics 2014
ICWM2014 will take place in Seoul on August 12 and 14 2014. The
purpose of the ICWM 2014 is to bring together women mathematicians and
supporters of women in mathematical sciences from around the world to
showcase the mathematical contributions of women, to exchange ideas
about supporting and encouraging active careers for women in the
mathematical sciences, and to provide opportunity for young women
mathematicians, to meet and talk with women in the mathematical
sciences from around the world.
On August 12, ICWM2014 will take place in Ewha Womans University.
ICM2014 opens on August 13. Hence, the program of ICWM2014 on August
14 is partially integrated in that of ICM2014, and occurs at the same
place, COEX. The program includes plenary lectures by distinguished
mathematicians: Laura DeMarco, Isabel Dotti, Jaya Iyer, Motoko Kotani,
Hee Oh, Gabriella Tarantello and Donna Testerman, a panel session
"Mathematics and Women: different regions, similar struggles", a
poster session on August 12, and the ICM Emmy Noether lecture by
Georgia Benkart on August 14, followed by a reception at ICWM Night.
Transportation to the ICM welcoming reception on August 12 will be
Information and registration at www.kwms.or.kr/icwm2014
The participation of young female mathematicians is greatly encouraged.
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