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CDC Special Panel at the ICM 2022

Online International Cooperation in Mathematics: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries is a panel hosted by the IMU Commissions for Developing Countries (CDC) at this year’s virtual International Congress for Mathematicians.

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 2.15PM – 4.15PM (CEST)

The topic of the virtual panel session is Online International Cooperation in Mathematics: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries. The panel session will host 8 speakers from organizations and institutions across the continents, such as those that work on increasing capacities within developing countries, those focusing on education and gender within mathematics, as well as institutions from the developing regions themselves.

Panelists and the represented organizations:

  • Olga Gil Medrano, IMU Commission for Developing Countries (IMU-CDC)
  • Anjum Halai, International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
  • Marie Françoise Roy, IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics (IMU-CWM)
  • Christophe Ritzenhaler, Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA) 
  • Claudio Arezzo, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
  • Mama Foupouagnigni, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Global Network (AIMS)
  • Guillermo Cortiñas, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Edy Tri Baskoro, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia

Join us at the CDC Panel to learn about the challenges of mathematicians and institutions in developing countries, and the initiatives and programs of various organizations to promote international cooperation despite challenges in global mobility, in particular how communication technology can be harnessed to reach mathematicians all over the world.

To participate in the panel, registration for the ICM2022 is mandatory. Information on how to sign up for the ICM will be put up soon on the ICM website. Stay tuned!

News from ICM 2022: Chebyshev grant winners have been selected

The Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2022 have selected the recipients of the Chebyshev grants for attending ICM 2022. All applicants should have received a notification at the email address provided during registration on the ICM website with information about the status of their application.

Applicants that have not received any notification are encouraged to check their spam folder and to contact if they indeed have no news on their application.

Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Mathematics of the ICTP

Supporting its mission to promote advanced scientific research in developing countries, ICTP offers a Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Mathematics since 1991 that prepares talented students for PhD studies. This is a one-year pre-PhD programme consisting of basic and advanced courses.

Every year 10 scholarships are awarded to successful candidates from developing countries (with particular emphasis on students from the least developed regions of the world) to cover travel and living expenses during their stay at ICTP. The selection committee aims to select the best academically qualified candidates while striving for gender balance and geographical distribution. The application deadline for the 2022/23 programme has been extended until February 28, 2022.

For more information, please visit the website of ICTP.

New call of the IMU-Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program

Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics – Ian Agol, Jean Bourgain, Simon Donaldson, Alex Eskin, Christopher Hacon, Martin Hairer, Maxim Kontsevich, Vincent Lafforgue, Jacob Lurie, James McKernan, Takuro Mochizuki, Terence Tao and Richard Taylor – IMU with the assistance of FIMU is opening a new call of the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships offers a limited number of complete grants, with duration of up to four years, for excellent students from developing countries.

Professional mathematicians are invited to nominate highly motivated and mathematically talented students from developing countries who plan to complete a doctoral degree in a developing country, including their own home country. Nominees must have a consistently good academic record and must be seriously interested in pursuing a career of research and teaching in mathematics.

For a nomination to be eligible, the country of citizenship of the student, the country of residency and the country where the study will take place must be contained in the list of Developing Countries as defined by IMU for the period 2019-2022. ;

The 2022 call will be open from February 1 to May 30, 2022. More information can be found on the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship Program page.

Call for Donations - Library Assistance Scheme

IMU-CDC is calling for donations to the Library Assistance Scheme!

The IMU- CDC Library Assistance Scheme matches donors of mathematical materials with libraries in universities/research institutions in developing countries where there is a need for mathematical research literature.

CDC offers financial support for shipment costs for individual scientists or institutions wishing to donate books in the mathematical sciences to libraries in developing countries. Please note that donors have to arrange the shipment independently.

To donate, potential donors have to notify IMU of their available donations. These materials (if suitable) will then be listed on the CDC website where libraries can apply to receive.

Currently there are no materials are available and there are several libraries in developing countries in the waiting list to receive books/journals. We encourage donations!

For more information, please visit the Library Assistance Scheme page.

New Call - Graduate Assistantships in Developing Countries (GRAID)

The IMU invites application to the new call of the GRAID Program!

GRAID Program provides modest support for emerging research groups, working in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition, to fund their most talented students to study full-time and pursue a Master or PhD graduate degree in mathematics.

We invite applications from teams consisting of a principal investigator (PI)* plus his or her research group, and an international partner (IP)**. At the time of application there should be an active and ongoing collaboration between the international partner and principal investigator.

*The Principal Investigator should be a university professor in mathematics holding a PhD, working at a university or research centre in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition, who is already training mathematics Master’s or PhD students and who is part of a research group.
**The International Partner should be a mathematician working at a university or research centre not based in any of the countries listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition.

This program is managed by the GRAID Subcommittee and the American Mathematical Society.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2022.

For more information please visit the GRAID Program page.

Call for Donations to the GRAID Program

Funding for GRAID is provided by voluntary donations from mathematicians or mathematical institutions worldwide.

IMU-CDC acknowledges and encourages donations to GRAID that can be done via the Friends of IMU website.

New Call - Project Support Program

IMU CDC invites applications to the new call of the Project Support Program!

This program supports higher education and capacity building projects as well as local initiatives in mathematics and mathematical education. These projects can be international, regional or local initiatives in developing countries as defined by IMU for the period 2019-2022.

Please note that research projects are not eligible!
Projects financed in the past years can be consulted on the website of the program.

Key information:

  • The projects should start between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
  • The maximum amount to be awarded to each application is 10.000 €.
  • The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.

For more details, please visit the Project Support Program page.

Updated Flyers

The IMU-CDC is particularly interested in ensuring that information about IMU financial support opportunities for mathematicians based in developing countries reaches as many mathematicians as possible, all around the world.

To this end, we have edited some updated flyers that can be downloaded from the CDC funding opportunities webpage.  We encourage you to share them on social networks, to send them by email and to post them on the bulletin boards of departments and research institutes.  We thank you in advance for your collaboration in this dissemination effort.

Olga Gil-Medrano
Secretary for Policy of the CDC

News from the CDC

Conference Support Program

This program gives partial support to conferences in the mathematical sciences organized in developing countries. The maximum amount that is awarded is €4,000, which must be used to cover travel and accommodation costs of invited speakers or participants coming from developing countries.  In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, applications can include expenses for the acquisition of material or payment of services to conduct activities entirely or partially in online format. The program is partially supported by the Niels Henrik Abel Board (Norway).

IMU-CDC invites applications by July 15th, 2021, for conferences starting after November 15th, 2021.

Conference Support Plus.  Due to the pandemic, CDC is aware that mathematicians around the world may need extra help to reactivate their activities. It has been approved that the Grant Selection Committee can award, once per year, up to €10,000 for a conference which is particularly important for bringing mathematicians back together and promoting international collaborations. This award will be decided together with the October calls.  The deadline is October 1st, 2021.

We recommend consulting the details and subsequent deadlines at the CDC Conference Support Program webpage.

Volunteer Lecturer Program

The IMU-CDC Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP) fosters international cooperation by offering financial assistance to universities in developing countries to host a volunteer lecturer for a 3–4 week intensive course. The course given by the volunteer should be part of a regular mathematics undergraduate or master’s degree program at the hosting university, on subjects in which the university could have a lack of expertise.  Only host institutions can apply for the grant in the VLP.  This program is partially funded by the American Mathematical Society and the Niels Henrik Abel Board.

In this program, funding can cover the expenses of the Volunteer Lecturer up to €4,400.  Additionally, the grant can support preparation of course material (printing, photocopying, books) up to €1,000, and possible expenses for the acquisition of material or use of services to conduct lectures entirely or partially in the online format, up to €2,000.

IMU-CDC encourages applications to the VLP by September 1, 2021, for lectures to be held after January 1, 2022.

We recommend consulting the details and subsequent deadlines at the CDC Volunteer Lecturer Program.

Free subscriptions to two journals of the Institut Henri Poincaré

The Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris is offering free subscriptions for at least five years to two of its journals:

  • Annales IHP C  (Analyse Non Linéaire / Nonlinear Analysis)
  • Annales IHP D (Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions)

to libraries in developing countries.  From 2022 on these two journals will be published by EMS Press under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model.

The call for applications is open until October 15th, 2021.  Applications should be submitted using this webpage.

Olga Gil-Medrano
Secretary for Policy of the CDC