IMU-Net 53: May 2012

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the International Mathematical Union

Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France

CONTENTS

1. Editorial

2. Nominations for IMU Awards 2014

3. News from IMU

4. Heidelberg Laureate Forum

5. Fields Symposium

6. Latsis Prize 2012

7. ICSU

8. News from ICM 2014

9. Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013)

10. Passing away of Friedrich Hirzebruch

11. Subscribing to IMU-Net

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1. EDITORIAL

The International Congress of Mathematicians and the IMU Awards are at

the heart of the mission of the International Mathematical Union.

Indeed, the International Congress of Mathematicians is considered one

of the most prestigious mathematical meetings worldwide. It is, by

far, the largest meeting that unites mathematicians from all countries

with active research communities, and from a very wide range of

mathematical disciplines. It is also the congress where several of the

most prestigious prices in mathematics and mathematical sciences are

announced, including the Fields medals. While we are still two years

from the ICM, the preparations are intense. The Program Committee has

started its work more than a year ago and the Adhering Organizations

have received calls for input for plenary and invited lectures. IMU is

now issuing a call for nominations for the IMU awards with a deadline

of December 31, 2012. The awards are the Fields medals, the Rolf

Nevanlinna Prize, the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize, the Chern Medal

Award, the Leelavati Prize and the ICM Emmy Noether Lecture. The Local

Organizing Committee in Seoul started its work several years ago and

preregistration is already open! Through its “Solidarity in

mathematics” program, the Korean mathematical community is committed

to support 1000 mathematicians from developing countries. It is time

to do a brainstorming about the greatest achievements in mathematics

for the past four years. It is also time to book your agenda for

August 13-21 2014 and to encourage your young colleagues to do the same.

Chistiane Rousseau

Vice-President, IMU Executive Committee

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2. NOMINATIONS FOR IMU AWARDS 2014

The President of the IMU, Ingrid Daubechies, has written to the

Adhering Organizations, asking them to submit nominations for the IMU

awards listed below.

* Fields Medals - fields14-chair@mathunion.org

The Fields Medals are awarded every 4 years on the occasion of the

International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding

mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of

future achievement.

* Rolf Nevanlinna Prize - nevanlinna14-chair@mathunion.org

The Nevanlinna Prize is awarded once every 4 years at the

International Congress of Mathematicians, for outstanding

contributions in mathematical aspects of information sciences.

* Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize - gauss14-chair@mathunion.org

The Gauss Prize is awarded once every 4 years to honor a scientist

whose mathematical research has had an impact outside mathematics -

either in technology, in business, or simply in people's everyday lives.

* Chern Medal Award - chern14-chair@mathunion.org

The Chern Medal is awarded every 4 years on the occasion of the

International Congress of Mathematicians to an individual whose

accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for

outstanding achievements in the field

of mathematics.

* Leelavati Prize, sponsored by Infosys - leelavati14-chair@mathunion.org

The Leelavati Prize, is intended to accord high recognition and great

appreciation of the IMU and Infosys of outstanding contributions for

increasing public awareness of mathematics as an intellectual

discipline and the crucial role it plays in diverse human endeavors.

* ICM 2014 Emmy Noether Lecture - noether14-chair@mathunion.org

The ICM Emmy Noether lecture is a special lecture at an ICM which

honors women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to

the mathematical sciences.

More details about each of these awards and the Noether lecture, as

well as lists of past laureates, can be found on the IMU Web site, at

URL:

www.mathunion.org/general/prizes

Deadline for nominations: December 31, 2012

The names of the chairs of the various prize committees and their

contact information can be found at:

www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/prize-committee-chairs/2014/

The names of the other prize committee members remain confidential and

will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of ICM 2014 only.

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3. NEWS FROM IMU

Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP)

This program is developed and sponsored by the Commission for

Developing Countries(CDC) of the International Mathematical Union, in

cooperation with the Centre International de Mathématique Pures et

Apliquées (CIMPA), the U.S National Committee for Mathematics, and the

London Mathematical Society. The objectives are

* Building capacity in mathematics and mathematics education in

developing countries.

* Increasing mathematical interaction between the mathematical

community in the developed world and the vast, mostly untapped

reservoir of mathematical talent in the developing world.

The program seeks mathematicians interested to lecture for intensive

3-4 week courses at universities in the developing world.

www.mathunion.org/cdc/volunteer-lecturer/

A Newsletter has been launched

view.newsletters.nas.edu

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4. HEIDELBERG LAUREATE FORUM

Abel, Fields, and Turing Laureates meet the next generation.

Starting in September 2013, the "Heidelberg Laureate Forum" will bring

together winners of the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal, and the Turing

Award with young scientists from all over the world.

On the occasion of the 10th Abel Prize Ceremony the agreement on

collaborating in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum between the Klaus

Tschira Stiftung who establishes this Forum and the Norwegian Academy

of Science and Letters, the International Mathematical Union, and the

Association for Computing Machinery who grant the prestigious Abel

Prize, Fields Medal, and Turing Award

respectively, was signed in Oslo on May 22, 2012.

Read more about this important event in the relevant IMU news item

(http://www.mathunion.org/general/news) and the press release

(http://www.mathunion.org/fileadmin/IMU/News/120522_PR-IMU_Heidelberg_Laureates_Forum_En.pdf)

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5. LATSIS PRIZE 2012

The European Science Foundation (ESF) invites nominations for the

European Latsis Prize 2012.

The Prize, of a value of 100 000 Swiss Francs, is awarded each year by

the Latsis Foundation through the ESF to a scientist or research group

in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a

selected field of research. The research field for the 2012 Prize is:

"Mathematics"

The European Latsis Prize 2012 seeks nominations for outstanding

contributions to research in mathematics. Nominations are encouraged

from all parts of mathematics, both pure and applied. The deadline for

nominations is 15 July 2012.

For more information:

www.esf.org/activities/european-latsis-prize-2012.html

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6. FIELDS SYMPOSIUM

The Fields Institute is delighted to announce the inaugural Fields

Medal Symposium, to take place October 15 – 18, 2012 at the Fields

Institute, Toronto, Canada. The medalist to be honoured this year is

Ngô B?o Châu (University of Chicago, Fields Medal 2010). The Symposium

will be centered on the work of Ngô, and its current and potential

impact. The goal is to bring the general area of automorphic forms and

the Langlands Program to a broader audience, and to present recent

developments in related areas. There will be public lectures by Ngô

B?o Châu and James Arthur (University of Toronto), as well as a panel

discussion for high-school and undergraduate students.

For more information, please visit

www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/fieldsmedalsym/12-13/index.html

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7. ICSU

ICSU has invited Christl Donnelly (Imperial College, Londo, UK) for

the ICSU Scientific Committee for the new programme Health and

Wellbeing.

www.icsu.org/what-we-do/committees/health-wellbeing/

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8. NEWS FROM ICM2014

The next International Congress of Mathematicians will take place in

Seoul, Korea, from Wednesday August 13, through Thursday August 21,

2014 and the Korean mathematical community is delighted to host the

congress for the first time in its history. As the premier conference

for mathematics, the ICM 2014 will be a major scientific event,

bringing together mathematicians from all over the globe and

demonstrating the vital role that mathematics plays in science and

society.

We are thrilled to announce that the pre-registration process for the

ICM 2014 is on the way, and you are welcome to pre-register for the

congress. If you have not yet pre-registered, please do so by

following the simple instructions at our homepage:

www.icm2014.org ICM e-News with information about

pre-registration, scientific program, satellite conferences, financial

support program, family-friendly aspects of cultural program, and

practical information about visiting Korea etc. will be circulated to

the people who pre-registered for the congress. We strongly recommend

that you visit the homepage regularly for updated information on the

scientific program and ICM related activities.

To make the congress a true world-wide gathering, the Organizing

Committee places special emphasis on attracting mathematicians from

developing countries. Members of the Korean Mathematical Society fully

acknowledge the gracious support received from IMU and the

international mathematical community in the 70’s and 80’s, and hope

more countries can share the benefits. This has motivated the theme of

“Solidarity in Mathematics”, and the 1,000 mathematicians from

developing countries to be invited to Korea during ICM 2014, many of

whom would not have been able to visit an ICM otherwise, stand to

bring the ICM excitements and new knowledge back to their home

countries. The potential positive impacts their experiences will have

on future generations in their respective countries will be huge and

will surely linger for many years to come. Within the IMU, the level

of participation and activity of traditionally passive member

countries is expected to increase, and a closer collaborative and

harmonious mathematical community is likely to ensue.

The SEOUL ICM Travel Fellowship Fund was set up for this purpose, and

the fund is expected to receive over US$2 million by 2014 mainly from

global corporations. We are now working with IMU, especially with the

cooperation from IMU/CDC (Commission for Developing Countries), to

draft guidelines for this travel assistance program, and a call for

travel grant applications will be announced as soon as it is

available. Directed by the International Exchanges Committee, a

subcommittee of the ICM LOC, the application and selection procedure

will be activated, and we welcome our colleagues from around the world

to the congress, and very much hope that you will also be able to

attend it and savour some of the fine attractions that Korea offers.

www.icm2014.org

Hyungju Park

Chairman, ICM 2014 Organizing Committee

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9. MATHEMATICS OF PLANET EARTH 2013 (MPE 2013)

MPE2013, a world initiative to hold scientific and outreach activities

on the theme of "Mathematics of Planet Earth" in 2013: www.mpe2013.org,

received the patronage of UNESCO.

A redesigned website will be released beginning of June, with posting

of activities, a calendar. There will also be a blog starting in

January 2013. Mathematicians interested to contribute to the blog are

invited to communicate their interest at blog@mpe2013.org.

A competition has been announced in order to generate designs for a

permanent Open Source exhibition of physical or virtual museum-quality

exhibits related to some aspects of Mathematics of Planet Earth

(www.mpe2013.org/competition). In order to allow for a larger number

of contributions, the deadline of the competition has been extended to

December 20 2012.

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10. PASSING AWAY OF Friedrich Hirzebruch (1927 - 2012)

The first president of the European Mathematical Society, Friedrich

Hirzebruch, has passed away. Fritz Hirzebruch studied mathematics at

Münster. In 1956 he became professor at Bonn where he remained until

his retirement. In 1980 he founded the Max-Planck-Institut fur

Mathematik, serving as Director until 1995. His profound contributions

to mathematics – in applications of topology to algebraic manifolds

and number theory – and to German mathematical life, were honoured by

many prizes, including that of the Wolf foundation in 1988 and the

Georg Cantor medal of the DMV in 2004. He was honorary president of

the 1998 International Congress of Mathematics in Berlin.

He was a member of the IMU Executive Committee during the period 1963-66.

European mathematics has lost a great scholar and the EMS has lost one

of its architects.

Detailed biographies:

www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/Biographies/Hirzebruch.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Hirzebruch

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