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Chern Medal: The International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the Chern Medal Foundation (CMF) jointly launch a new mathematical prize, the Chern Medal Award,  in memory of the outstanding mathematician Shiing-Shen Chern. The Award is to be given to an individual whose lifelong outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics warrant the highest level of recognition. It consists of a medal and a monetary award of US$ 500,000. Half of the amount shall be donated to organizations of the recipient's choice to support research, education, outreach, or other activities to promote mathematics. For more information see the Press Release and the Chern Medal Program Guidelines (which also inform about the nomination procedure). The Chern Medal will be awarded for the first time at the opening ceremony of ICM 2010 in Hyderabad, India on August 19, 2010.


The Organizers of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad have issued the official "First Announcement of ICM 2010"  and invited all mathematicians to preregister at the ICM 2010 Website.


The International Mathematical Union (IMU), together with the John Templeton Foundation, releases a brief report "Mathematics in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities" on the current state of mathematics in Africa and on opportunities for new initiatives to support mathematical development. The study was prepared by IMU's Developing Strategies Group and financed by the John Templeton Foundation.


The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2009 to Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Bures-sur-Yvette, France, “for his revolutionary contributions to geometry�. For more information about the laureate, his achievements and the Abel Prize, visit the Abel Prize website


The 2008 Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize has been awarded to Enrique R. Pujals, Associate Researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), Brazil.


The Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony will be held on 9 September 2008, see


IMU has released, in cooperation with ICIAM and IMS, the report "Citation Statistics" which analyzes the use and misuse of citation data in the assessment of scientific research, see also IMU-Net 29b of June 2008 and the corresponding press release. The report discusses, in particular, the impact factor, the h-index and variants of these that are often employed to rank not only journals but also individuals, departments, or whole institutions and is available for republication.


If you are interested in ICM 2010 in Hyderabad in India, go to the ICM 2010  server for  information at present.


The next IMU Executive Meeting will be held on April 18-19, 2009 in Fuzhou, China.



ICIAM/IMS/IMU set up a joint Committee on "Quantitative Assessment of Research"

The International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IMS), and the International Mathematical Union (IMU) have formed a Committee of "Quantitative Assessment of Research" that will investigate various aspects of the quantitative assessment of research in mathematics. The Committee will, in particular, look into impact factors and similar ways to measure research output.

The Committee consists of:

  • Robert Adler (Haifa, Israel), appointed by IMS
  • Peter Taylor (Melbourne, Australia), appointed by ICIAM
  • John Ewing (Providence, USA), appointed by IMU.

The Committee is expected to create a summary of its findings to be endorsed by the Executive Committees of ICIAM, IMS, and IMU and to be published afterwards.

ICIAM, IMS, and IMU have formulated an aspirational charge to help set direction rather than prescribe the final outcome of the committee's work.



The IMU secretariat has been moved to the
Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB)
for the years 2007 - 2010.
The official postal address for correspondence
with the IMU secretariat is as follows:

International Mathematical Union
Office of the Secretariat
Zuse Institute Berlin
Takustr. 7
D-14195 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 84185 - 269
E-mail: secretary(at)

Secretary: Martin Grötschel



ICM 2006 opened and IMU Prizes awarded
Speech of IMU President John Ball at the Opening Ceremony in PDF.



IMU Logo Competition



Henri Cartan 100 years old

Many mathematical societies around the world offer information about new mathematical developments, current events and activities.
Below is a list of web pages leading to news of this type.

AMS - American Mathematical Society

What's New in Mathematics

CMS - Canadian Mathematical Society


DMV - German Mathematical Society


LMS - London Mathematical Society


SMF - Societe Mathematique de France




last updated: 2011-07-27