The Open Arms travel grants subcommittee of the ICM 2018 Organizing Committee is finalizing the selection of applicants for financial support to attend the Congress. The list of winners will be published in the next few days. All Open Arms grantees must complete their registration and pay the registration fee by March 27, 2018: failure to do so will result in cancellation of the grant and the corresponding resources being assigned to an applicant on the “waiting list”.
There were 1.565 valid applications, as follows: Asia and Pacific = 903, Africa = 280, Eastern Europe = 138, Latin America = 244. The four regional panels were asked to base their evaluations on academic merit, with a special attention to diversity, including gender balance.
Overall, there are 630 travel grants being awarded, as follows: Asia and Pacific = 200 (60 female), Africa = 130 (44 female), Eastern Europe = 100 (49 female), Latin America = 200 (76 female). In all four regions the percentage of women among the grantees matches or surpasses the percentage of female applicants.
Open Arms is sponsored by IMPA – Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada and SBM – Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática, with a generous contribution from IMU – International Mathematical Union.
Further information can be found on the website of the ICM 2018.
ICM 2014 Invitation Program: "NANUM 2014"
NANUM is a Korean word meaning “gracious and unconditional sharing.”
Some members of the Korean Mathematical Society (KMS) enjoyed the benefits of the IMU travel assistance program to travel to ICMs in the 70’s and 80’s. Such assistance not only benefited the recipients of the travel assistance but also the students and young researchers with whom the recipients of IMU assistance shared the excitement and experience gained from ICMs. The KMS and its members fully acknowledge the gracious and friendly support received from the international math community, and hope more countries can share in the benefits. Being a late starter, based on its own experience, the mathematics community in Korea understands the challenges met by mathematicians in many developing countries. This had motivated the theme of Korea’s bidding for the ICM 2014 proposal: "Dreams and Hopes for Late Starters".
In order to realize the proposed theme, the Organizing Committee of ICM 2014 offered to invite 1,000 mathematicians in developing countries to Korea to participate in 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 ICM 2014 Travel Fellowship Fund was set up and the Organizing Committee of ICM 2014 estimated the average cost to be approximately 1,500~2,500 USD per person, making the total cost 2 mill. USD.
The application and selection procedures for "NANUM 2014" was based on merit and with due regard for gender and geographical balance.