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IMU-Net 65: May 2014
A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union
Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France


Welcome to the May 2014 edition of IMU Net. I am one of the
Members-at-Large on the IMU Executive Committee (EC), and approaching
the end of my second four-year term on the EC. It has been a privilege
to work on two ECs with colleagues who are all committed to the IMU
objectives of promoting international cooperation in mathematics. Each
EC member has a special liaison role, for example with IMU’s
Commission for Developing Countries, or the International Council for
Science ICSU, or monitoring the operation of IMU’s new Berlin Office.
One of my special roles was to liaise with IMU’s oldest commission,
the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI). In
each of my two terms I have been the IMU EC liaison person with ICMI,
and my contribution there has been through my perspective and networks
as an academic mathematics researcher and teacher. My links with ICMI
became closer in 2010 when I joined the International Program
Committee for the International Congress of Mathematics Education
ICME12 in Seoul, and then in 2012 I was elected one of the ICMI Vice
Presidents for the ICMI term 2013-16. For more than 30 years I have
worked on national educational and scientific bodies in Australia,
including terms on the Australian Government’s Curriculum Development
Council and Prime Minister’s Science Council, and recently I was
elected Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science. It is
a pleasure to serve at the international level through the IMU and ICMI.
The members of the EC bring together a healthy diversity of
experience. This is aided by the IMU election procedures which are
designed to produce a balance on the EC across countries with
mathematical populations of different sizes, as well as a balance
across geographical regions, mathematical sub-fields and gender.  In
particular, gender diversity adds an additional dimension to that
created by diversities of nationality, size, culture and mathematical
sub-discipline, and it is a diversity achieved only relatively
recently. Ragni Piene was the first woman elected to an IMU EC. She
served on two EC’s, from 2002 to 2010. After Ragni and I were both
elected by the 2006 IMU General Assembly, the IMU EC contained two
women members for the first time, that is, 20% of its members were
women.  Then in 2010, the IMU General Assembly elected the first woman
IMU President, Ingrid Daubechies, and the first woman IMU Vice
President, Christiane Rousseau, as well as electing me for a second
term. So the IMU EC in 2010-2014, for the first time, had as much as
30% female members. I look forward to a time when the EC will
routinely contain roughly half men and half women.
The work of the IMU ECs is diverse. During my two terms, for example,
• two new prizes, the Chern Medal for outstanding achievements in
mathematics, and the Leelavati Prize for outstanding public outreach
work for mathematics, allow the IMU to celebrate a wider range of
mathematical excellence;
• the ICM Emmy Noether lecture, confirmed by the 2010 IMU General
Assembly (GA) as a permanent ICM tradition, honours women’s
contributions to mathematics;
• the Commission for Developing Countries (CDC), established by the
2010 IMU GA, re-focused and strengthened the work of IMU for promoting
mathematics in developing and economically disadvantaged countries;
• the ICMI Capacity and Networking Project (CANP) launched in 2011
enhances mathematics education at all levels in developing countries;
• the 2008 “Citation Statistics” report and the 2012 “Best current
practices for journals” paper addressed issues of concern to
mathematicians in many countries;
• the IMU Berlin office opened in 2011 enormously improved
administrative support for all IMU activities, and made many new
initiatives possible;  and
• the introduction of IMU Associate membership by the 2006 IMU GAled
so far to ten new countries from four different continents joining the
IMU as Associate members.

Cheryl Praeger, member at large of the IMU

Seoul ICM 2014

The next International Congress of Mathematicians (SEOUL ICM 2014)
scheduled to take place in Seoul, Korea, from Aug. 13 through Aug. 21,
2014, is fast approaching. It is time to register and book your
accommodations! Please visit for detailed

Please mark the following important dates on your calendar:
 July 10, 2014: deadline for Advance Registration with a USD50
markdown than Onsite Registration
 May 11 to June 10, 2014: dormitory reservation period open to all
participants on a first-come-first-serve basis

ICM Plenary Lectures and Invited Lectures: The complete list and
schedule of the plenary speakers and sectional invited speakers is
available at

Abstracts for Communications and Posters: A total of 1,975 abstracts
have been submitted from 110 countries for short communications, both
oral and poster presentations. The Local Program Subcommittee has
carried out a careful reviewing process and has announced abstract
acceptances on April 10, 2014. The complete schedule of short
communications will be notified in June, 2014.

ICM Satellite Conferences: Please visit for
a complete list an details of the 51 ICM 2014 Satellite Conferences.

ICM Events: Call for Proposals. We welcome organizations to plan
either a reception and/or a meeting in and around the Congress.
Applications should be made via email to icm2014(at)
Subsequent price quotes will be issued for applicant’s review once
application is processed.

ICM Exhibitions: Call for Proposals. We welcome organizations to
promote programs, products and/or services through commercial and/or
non-commercial booths at the Congress, available on a
first-come-first-serve basis. Applications for an exhibition space
should be submitted via email to es(at) by May 31, 2014. For
more details including rates and specifications, please visit

We look forward to welcoming you at the Congress in Seoul, Korea!

Hyungju Park, Chairman of ICM 2014 Organizing Committee

IMU on the Web: Announcing New Report: "Developing a 21st Century Global Library for Mathematics Research"

Announcing New Report:  "Developing a 21st Century Global Library for
Mathematics Research"

The U.S. National Academies of Science, with support from the Sloan
Foundation, has released a report relevant to infrastructure for
mathematics research.  It is available from the National Academies'
web at and also as a
download from as arXiv:1404.1905 .

Quoting from the abstract, the report "discusses how information about
what the mathematical literature contains can be formalized and made
easier to express, encode, and explore. Many of the tools necessary to
make this information system a reality will require much more than
indexing and will instead depend on community input paired with
machine learning, where mathematicians' expertise can fill the gaps of
automatization. This report proposes the establishment of an
organization; the development of a set of platforms, tools, and
services; the deployment of an ongoing applied research program to
complement the development work; and the mobilization and coordination
of the mathematical community to take the first steps toward these
capabilities. The report recommends building on the extensive work
done by many dedicated individuals under the rubric of the World
Digital Mathematical Library, as well as many other community
initiatives. "

The substance of the report will be the subject of the panel
discussion "World Digital Mathematicl Library" at ICM 2014 on August
20, 2014, 18:00-19:30.

Abel Prize 2014

Yakov G. Sinai (Princeton University, USA, and the Landau Institute
for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences) received the
Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,
from His Royal Highness The Crown Prince at an award ceremony in Oslo
on 20 May.
The Prize was awarded "for his fundamental contributions to dynamical
systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics".

Yakov Sinai is one of the most influential mathematicians of the
twentieth century. He has achieved numerous groundbreaking results in
the theory of dynamical systems,in mathematical physics and in
probability theory. Many mathematical results are named after him,
including Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy, Sinai’s billiards, Sinai’s random
walk, Sinai-Ruelle-Bowen measures, and Pirogov-Sinai theory. Sinai is
highly respected in both physics and mathematics communities as the
major architect of the most bridges connecting the world of
deterministic (dynamical) systems with the world of probabilistic
(stochastic) systems.

Yakov G. Sinai has spoken four times at the International Congress of
Mathematicians, in 1962, 1970, 1978 and 1990 (plenary talk). In 2001,
he was appointed Chairman of the Fields Medal Committee of
International Mathematical Union, which decided on the awards of the
Fields Medals at ICM2002 in Beijing.

For more information :

ICIAM 2015

The International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics
(ICIAM) is the premier international congress in the field of
industrial and applied mathematics held every four years under the
auspices of the International Council for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics. From August 10 to 14, 2015, mathematicians from around
the world will gather in Beijing, China for the 8th ICIAM to be held
at China National Convention Center inside the Beijing Olympic Green
The invited sessions for ICIAM 2015 have been decided, which involve
twenty seven invited speakers highlighting the most recent advances in
mathematics and their applications in science, engineering, and
industry. In addition to the traditional and strong focus on applied
mathematics, these speakers will emphasize industrial applications and
computational science.
Minisymposia and contributed papers are a very important part of
ICIAM2015. It is expected that more than 2500 talks will be presented
in ICIAM2015 in the form of minisymposia and contributed papers.
Online submission has been open since March 30, 2014 and will close on
September 30, 2014. Submissions on all areas of mathematics and its
applications are welcome

China Academic Library and Information System

China Academic Library and Information System approved by the State
Council and led by the Ministry of Education, is one of the public
service systems of the "211 Project" for higher education in China
(which aims to support 100 top universities in China to attain a high
international level in sciences and technology in the 21st century, For the purpose of
"resource sharing", the open-ended Chinese academic digital library
(named eduChina) framework was built on an internationally progressive
level based on digital academic information resources. The
construction of this framework was essential to support the general
construction goal of the "211 Project", stimulate the use of IT in
high education, modernize Chinese academic libraries, and become a
vital component of the state's information infrastructure.

After more than ten years of leadership and promotion of CALIS, the
information resource supply among academic libraries has changed from
a single-library model into a multiple-library model. An effective
CALIS service system with "centralized resources, cooperative labor,
balanced duty, joint usage and collection", was formed, the resource
sharing mechanism was established, abundant experience has been
accumulated, and a large number of digital library construction and
service personnel have been trained. The scale of the CALIS project
and its participants are one of the largest in China and the world. So
far, CALIS has over 1600 member libraries.

Through cooperative purchasing and self-built electronic resources,
CALIS has formed a system of resources for academic literature with
e-books, e-journals, and dissertations covering all key subjects and
disciplines. The total number of resource records is currently over 70
million. As one of the biggest academic literature resource systems in
China, CALIS has established a comprehensive academic library of
electronic and printed resources, and it is now ready to extend
resource sharing among academic libraries.

Through independent research and cooperative development, CALIS has
also established a series of advanced, open digital library support
tools and application systems. These systems are composed of advanced
Chinese academic digital libraries combined with the functions of
digital resources development, management, storage, access, and service.

At present, CALIS services include, but are not limited to, public
access and resource navigation, document delivery and literature
acquisition, reference assistance and subject consultation,
cooperative cataloging and bibliographic distribution, resource
development and coordinated purchasing, software sharing and technical
support, business training and qualification authentication.

The homepage of CALIS is:

CALIS Administrative Center

Mathematical Exhibits for South Korea and South Africa

We invite all mathematicians to create mathematical exhibits and to
share them through the IMAGINARY platform, by submitting them before
June 21 2014 at The best exhibits will be
shown at the ICM 2014 in Seoul. A mathematical exhibit is for example
an attractive image depicting a mathematical idea or mathematical
concept. It can also be a film or a physical object like a wooden
puzzle or a 3d printed sculpture. Another form of exhibit is a
software program, such as a simulation or an interactive
visualization, which allows to experiment with a mathematical topic.
For all types of exhibits, it is important to add an explanation text
suited for a general public. This stimulates the users to learn more
about the underlying mathematics.
IMAGINARY is an open source platform and networking project by the
Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO,
supported by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung
( The platform
provides an online resource for mathematics outreach. One might think
of it as a "pick and mix science stand", like a pick and mix sweets
stand, but instead of the sweets one gets to choose between different
mathematical exhibits, all for free. Everything should be easy to
digest but also awake an interest to learn more about the non-trivial
mathematics behind it. It is open for new flavors, i.e. exhibits,
which can be uploaded by everyone. The exhibits are shown in
universities, museums, at exhibitions and in schools, see

A best-of selection of IMAGINARY exhibits including new modules
created for the Mathematics of Planet Earth initiative
( will be shown at the ICM 2014 in Seoul
from August 13 – 21. The exhibition is organized by the National
Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NIMS, in
collaboration with the MFO. It will feature 10 huge touch screen
panels for interactive software, 3d sculptures and printed images. New
exhibits are an exhibit on Tsunami simulation, a visualization of wild
knots and an interactive viewer of mean curvature and constrained
Willmore surfaces. Everybody is invited to submit contributions until
June 21. For details on the submission see

In collaboration with the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences
in South Africa (AIMS, and the Next Einstein
Initiative (, a workshop and exhibition
will be organized in Cape Town on November 5-7 2014. Its goal is to
share experiences in math communication in Africa, to develop
mathematical exhibits and to jointly plan future math outreach
activities. Interested mathematicians from Africa and the other
continents are invited to participate. More information can be found

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