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IMU-Breakout Graduate Fellowships (BGF) awarded

The BGF Selection Committee of the CDC has completed during the month of September the evaluation of the nominations to BGF program received for the 2020 call. Three students have been awarded a BGF grant to complete a PhD program at their home countries: Benin, Indonesia and Uganda.

IMU-CDC very much appreciates the generous donations from all the Breakthrough Prize winners with which the BGF grants are funded.

The 2021 call will be announced in due time.

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See also the interesting article by Della Dumbaugh appeared in the September 2019 Issue of the AMS Notices.

IMU-CDC Graduate Scholarships GRAID awarded

IMU-CDC Graduate Scholarships GRAID awarded

The Selection Committee has completed during the month of July the evaluation of the applications to GRAID (Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries) program received for the 2020 call. Three research teams of Benin, Nepal and Ivory Coast have been awarded a GRAID grant to support one PhD student each. A team of Cameroon has received a grant to support one PhD student and two MS students.

GRAID program is funded thanks to kind donations from mathematicians or mathematical institutions worldwide. IMU-CDC very much appreciates all the donations that are welcome, via the Friends of IMU website

The 2021 call of GRAID program will be announced in due time.

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African Workshop on Mathematical Optimisation, South Africa, 11-15 November, 2019

The "African Workshop on Mathematical Optimisation" was held at the University of Zululand, South Africa during the period 11-15 November, 2019. With the target of introducing state of the art methods and developments in mathematical optimization, the school addressed a variety of topics in this field. Main topics included linear and non-linear programming, stochastic optimization, large scale optimization, dynamic optimization, multilevel programming and game theory along with computational optimization, specifically metaheuristics.

For more information please go here.


CIMPA School on Group Actions in Arithmetic and Geometry, Indonesia, 17-28 February, 2020

The "CIMPA School on Group Actions in Arithmetic and Geometry" was held at the Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia during the period 17-28 February, 2020. The lectures were held by 12 lecturers from 4 different countries. There were 65 participants (not including the lecturers) from 11 countries. The program of the school was designed to give a wide variety of instances of actions of groups in arithmetic and geometry. The topics which were covered included: finite fields, coding theory, covering spaces, representation theory, modular forms and Galois theory.

Further information can be found here.

For the report go here.

16th Discussion Meeting in Harmonic Analysis, India, 16-19 December, 2019

The "16th Discussion Meeting in Harmonic Analysis" was held at the Indian Institute of Science Educaton and Research, Bhopal, India during the period 16-19 December, 2019. This conference is the most important activity in the area of harmonic analysis in India and is conducted once in every two years. The main goal of the conference is to provide young researchers with a platform in order for them to interact with the leading experts in this area. There were around 95 participants at the conference, with participants from all around the world. The conference featured about 25 research talks by invited speakers and participants along with a poster session by young researchers.

For the report go here.

Research School on Quantum Symmetries, Colombia, 25 June-5 July, 2019

The Research School on Quantum Symmetries was held in Bogota, Colombia during the period June 24 - July 5, 2019. The research school took place in two weeks (10 working days). The meeting consisted of a series of lectures (six mini-courses, one hour and a half for days every mini-course), each mini-course with three problem-sessions, two research talks, one public lecture (given by Eric Rowell),  two training sessions, a poster session and a reception. All conferences and activities, except for the public lecture, were held in English.

For the report go here.

ICCGNFRT, India, 16 - 19 October, 2019

The "International conference on Class Groups of Number Fields and related topics" was held in Allahabad, India during the period 16-19 October, 2019. The conference covered a wide range of topics related to algebraic number fields, which is an active area of research in number theory. A number of internationally renowned experts from these areas where hosted, who shared their research and expertise to the researchers from India and other neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

For the report go here.

CIMPA School on Finsler Geometry and Applications, India, 5-15 December, 2019

The CIMPA School on Finsler Geometry and Applications was held at the Baharas Hindu University, India, during the period 5-15 December, 2019. There were seven coordinated courses related to current research on Finsler Geometry. These courses were taught by renowned experts of the field. There were 55 registered participants including 5 CIMPA participants and 26 participants from various outstation institutions of the country like TIFR Mumbai, IMSC Chennai, CMI Chennai, IISER Mohali, IISER Bhopal, IISER Tirupati, Central University of Punjab etc. The remaining 24 participants were from different institutions of Varanasi.

Organizer: Bankteshwar Tiwari, DST- Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Institute of Science, BHU Varanasi-221005, INDIA.

Co-Organizer :Athanase Papadopoulos, Institut de Recherche Mathematique Avancee, Universite de Strasbourg et CNRS, France.

Members of scientific Committee:

- Athanase Papadopoulos (Institut de Recherche Mathematique Avancee, Universite de Strasbourg et CNRS, France)

- Norbert A'Campo (Univ. Basel, Switzerland)

- S.G. Dani (UM-DAE Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai, INDIA)

- Krishnendu Gangopadhyay (IISER, Mohali, INDIA)

- Riddhi Shah (JNU, New Delhi, INDIA)

For more information go here

XXXIX CNMAC 2019, Brazil, 16-20 September, 2019

The CNMAC was held at the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, during 16-20 September, 2019. The CNMAC is an annual congress organized by the Brazilian Society of Computational and Applied Mathematics (SBMAC), being the largest meeting about applied, computational and industrial mathematics in Brazil and in Latin America. The SBMAC has as its main purpose to promote the development and dissemination of computational and applied mathematics in Brazil. Through the organization and support of scientific meetings, the SBMAC provided a great environment for the interchange of ideas and experiences between professors, researchers, and students of different fields of computational and applied mathematics. The main activity, which is held at each year, is the “National Congress of Computational and Applied Mathematics – CNMAC.” The event has become a meeting point for the main national and regional institutions. The CNMAC program includes short courses, mini-symposiums, conferences, technical oral communication sessions and general poster sessions. In addition, other special sessions are devoted to teaching and scientific divulgation, including activities for elementary school teachers. In this new edition of the meeting, there were 10 plenary conferences, 6 short courses, 11 mini-symposiums and 1 round table (about scientific divulgation). This year, the CNMAC was the meeting point of researchers from different countries from Latin America. This has been possible thanks to the organization of the mini symposium entitled “Applied Mathematics in Latin America”, with the participation of speakers coming from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Perú.

For more information go here.



Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics – Ian Agol, Jean Bourgain, Simon Donaldson, Alex Eskin, Christopher Hacon, Maxim Kontsevich, Vincent Lafforgue, Jacob Lurie, James McKernan, 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 2020 call will be open from February 1 to May 31, 2020. More information in

Deadline extended to July 3, 2020.
Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic the deadline
has been extend to July 3, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. CET.