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The IMU is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization. IMU's objectives are:

To promote international cooperation in mathematics.

To support and assist the International Congress of Mathematicians and other international scientific meetings or conferences.

To encourage and support other international mathematical activities considered likely to contribute to the development of mathematical science in any of its aspects, pure, applied, or educational.

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The IMU was officially founded on 20 September 1920 in Strasbourg, just prior to the ICM in Strasbourg.

The conference

Mathematics without Borders

The Centennial of the International Mathematical Union
Strasbourg, 27–28 September 2021*

celebrates the centennial of this historic event. The opening of the conference will take place in the same building used for the ICM 1920. Up-to-date information regarding the conference can be found at

* Please note that the conference has been rescheduled from September 2020 to the new dates given above.



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ICM 2022 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 6–14 July 2022 
19th IMU General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 3–4 July

The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, between 6–14 July 2022. The 19th IMU General Assembly will be held shortly before ICM 2022 on 3–4 July.

Nomination of invited plenary and sectional speakers for ICM 2022: with the Program Committee for ICM 2022 now established, the Adhering Organizations of the IMU and mathematical societies worldwide are invited to nominate plenary and sectional speakers (see here for the ICM 2022 sections). Nominations should be made to the Chair of the Program Committee no later than 1 November 2020. Further details are available here.

The IMU grants a number of prestigious prizes and awards every four years at the ICM. The 2022 IMU prizes and awards will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the ICM on 6 July 2022.

Call for nominations for IMU prizes: in order to assist the committees in their task of selecting the awardees who will receive their distinctions at ICM 2022, the IMU invites nominations for the 2022 IMU prizes and awards. Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the relevant committee.
To allow the committees sufficient time for the decision process, the IMU has set 31 December 2020 as a deadline for nominations. Further details, including the contact email address for each committee Chair, are available here.

News from the community

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Ad hoc Committee on Diversity

As announced to IMU members in AO CL 23/2020, the Executive Committee of the IMU has created an ad hoc committee called the Committee on Diversity. Further information can be found here.

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COVID-19 Resource Website

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on many aspects of our work and community, the IMU has launched a website with links to online resources covering general information, online seminars and mathematical research on the pandemic. For further details please click here.

Ramanujan Prize 2020
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Ramanujan Prize 2020 Announced

The 2020 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries has been awarded to Carolina Araujo, a researcher at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Carlos E. Kenig: The International Mathematical Union (IMU) at 100

IMU President Carlos E. Kenig's article The International Mathematical Union (IMU) at 100 appeared in Notices of the American Mathematical Society Volume 67, Number 3, pages 404–407 published in March 2020.

The article is posted here with the permission of the American Mathematical Society.
Further information on Notices of the AMS can be found at

Abel Prize 2020

Abel Prize Laureates 2020 Announced

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has announced Hillel Furstenberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) and Gregory Margulis (Yale University, USA) as joint recipients of the Abel Prize for 2020.

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IMU EC meeting 2020

The IMU EC held its annual meeting on February 22-23, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting was hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa

MCA 2021

MCA 2021

Mathematical Congress of the Americas 2021, MCA 2021, 19–24 July, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Call for Applications

100 grants - “Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science on Contemporary Logic, Rationality and Information” (SPLogiC)


March 14 – The International Day of Mathematics

On the initiative of the IMU, the 40th General Conference of UNESCO in Paris approved the Proclamation of March 14 (Pi Day) as the International Day of Mathematics (IDM).

"Mathematics is everywhere" is the theme for 2020, free material will be made available.

 Mathematicians of the World, Unite!

Illustrated history of the ICM

The book "Mathematicians of the World, Unite!" by G. Curbera is now electronically available on the IMU website. For more information click here


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Pending Business for IMU Adhering Organizations

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Call for nominations to the Nominating Committee of IMU

The Adhering Organizations of IMU members are invited to provide nominations to the Nominating Committee of IMU, see AO CL 22/2020.

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IMU Membership Dues

IMU members are requested to settle current invoices and any dues in arrears in due time.

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IMU Members Worldwide

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