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.
At its meeting in Helsinki, Finland, in July 2022, the 19th IMU General Assembly voted to accept the bid from the United States of America to host ICM 2026 and the 20th IMU General Assembly, with Philadelphia as venue for the ICM and New York City for the General Assembly.
As announced in IMU News 115, the ICM 2026 Program Committee Chair will be Claire Voisin, CNRS, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche.
As decided at the 19th IMU General Assembly, an IMU Reserve Fund has been established (AO CL 24/2022) to assist Members whose dues are in arrears due to temporary extreme, adverse circumstances. The IMU accepts contributions to the fund from countries, organizations, and individuals. Further details are outlined in the regulations governing the fund.
The book "Framing Global Mathematics: The International Mathematical Union between Theorems and Politics” by Norbert Schappacher on the history of the IMU has now been published (Springer, Cham, 2022). The IMU solicited the writing of the book to mark the occasion of the centennial of the founding of the IMU in 1920. It is available in open access and can be freely downloaded here.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has announced Dennis Parnell Sullivan (Stony Brook University, USA, and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, USA) as the recipient of the Abel Prize for 2022.
On 11 March 2022, IMU Secretary General Helge Holden announced to IMU Members via Circular Letter that the 19th IMU General Assembly will be held on 3-4 July 2022 in Helsinki, Finland, followed by the IMU Award Ceremony 2022 on 5 July 2022. As previously announced, it was confirmed that ICM 2022 will be held as a virtual event over 6-14 July 2022.
A statement from the Executive Committee of the IMU on the upcoming ICM 2022 and IMU General Assembly was sent to IMU Members on 26 February 2022. The statement can be viewed here.
The 2021 DST-ICTP-IMU Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries has been awarded to Professor Neena Gupta, a mathematician at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India.
The Executive Committee of the IMU issued a further public statement in October 2021 in response to recent events in Russia. The statement can be viewed here.
The IMU Executive Committee has created an ad hoc Committee on Permissions (CoP) to advise the IMU on a negotiating strategy regarding open access. Further information is available here.
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.
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.
The book "Mathematicians of the World, Unite!" by G. Curbera is now electronically available on the IMU website. For more information click here
IMU members are requested to check their contact information, see AO CL 1/2022.
IMU members are requested to settle current invoices and any dues in arrears in due time.