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12th International Conference on Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Developing Countries, Laos, 1-3 November, 2019

The 12th International Conference on Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Developing Countries (ICMMEDC 2019)  was held at the at National University of Laos (NUOL), Dongdok Campus, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, during the period 1 - 3 November, 2019. Organized jointly by the Department of Mathematics of NUOL and the Southeast Asian Mathematical Society (SEAMS) and supported by other mathematical societies in the region and the Ministry of Education of Laos, ICMMEDC 2019 was the 12th in a series of conferences aimed at promoting mathematics and mathematics education in the Southeast Asian region, with particular focus on Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. ICMMEDC 2019 was the second international mathematics and mathematics education conference to be held in Laos. ICMMEDC 2019 built on the success of the 1st to 5th conferences held in Cambodia, 6th to 10th conferences held in Myanmar and 11th conference held in Laos which attracted over 150 participants, including foreign mathematicians from more than 15 countries. It continued the goal of promoting and strengthening mathematics, mathematics education, and mathematical research in the region by bringing in mathematicians from the region and other countries.

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CIMPA Research School: Syzygies, from Theory to Applications, Brazil, 4-13 November, 2019

The CIMPA Research School: Syzygies, from Theory to Applications was held in Brazil during the period 4-13 November, 2019.

During the research CIMPA Research School graduate students and young researchers had the opportunity to study some fundamental techniques and recent developments on syzygy based methods, including:
• applications to combinatorial and toric geometry,
• module of differentials,
• the Minimal Resolution Conjecture,
• regularity of powers of ideals,
• geometric properties of rational maps and geometric modeling.

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WAMS-Mathematics and their Interactions, Turkey, 27 October-3 November, 2019

The WAMS-Mathematics and their Interactions was held at the Nesin Mathematics Village in Izmir, Turkey during the period 27 October-3 November, 2019.

The objective of this school was to offer a fairly complete offer of courses in the modeling field, ranging from theoretical approaches to concrete developments (modeling and numerical simulations). The implementation and development of numerical approximation methods requires, first and foremost, a good knowledge of mathematical equations (differential equations, partial differential equations), but also the phenomena they account for. Finally, the efficient implementation of the associated approximation algorithms cannot be conceived without an introduction to computer skills. The courses were intended for students, researchers or teaching researchers wishing to acquire an introduction to modern training in the field of mathematics and their applications.

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CIMPA Research School 2019 - "Approches Algorithmiques et Statistiques de L'Aprentissage", Madagascar, 16-25 July, 2019

The CIMPA Research School "Approches algorithmiques et statistiques de l'apprentissage" was held at University of Antananarivo in Madagascar during the period 16-25 July, 2019.

The aim of this CIMPA School was to familiarize graduate students and young researchers with the field of Machine Learning and to show its many connections to other areas, especially mathematics, computer science, probability and economics. The introductory courses of the CIMPA School laid the groundwork by discussing the basic concepts and techniques while the more advanced courses of the school built on these and discussed more specialized Topics.

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Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM)

The London Mathematical Society, in association with the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative, has opened the sixth round of MARM program, partly funded by the IMU CDC. The call for prospective mentors will be open till 20th December 2019. Four mentoring partnerships are to be awarded by the MARM Board.  See full details and download an application form at

New call of the IMU-CDC Graduate Assistantships in Developing Countries Program (GRAID)

The Program provides modest support for emerging research groups, working in a developing country listed in Priority 1 or 2 of the IMU Definition, making it possible for them 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 plus his or her research group and an International Partner by March 15, 2020.

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. At the time of application there should be an active and ongoing collaboration between the International Partner and Principal Investigator.

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

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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

Revision of the IMU definition of Developing Countries

This October, the IMU Executive Committee endorsed the proposal made by the Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) regarding the definition of Developing Countries to be used by IMU during the next 4-year period. The list consists of all the countries classified by the World Bank (WB) in the categories: Low income (<USD 1.025), Lower middle income (USD 1.026 – 3.995), and Upper middle income (USD 3.996 – 12.375) in accordance with the WB Database by July 2019. These are all countries with Gross National Income (GNI) per capita in USD, not exceeding USD 12.375, with the WB data of 2018. See

As in the previous term, the following subdivision in priority groups has been established, for different purposes:

Priority 1 (WB Low income) - GNI per capita in USD below 1.025
Priority 2 (WB Lower middle income) - GNI per capita in USD 1.026 – 3.995
Priority 3 (WB Upper middle income, A) - GNI per capita in USD 3.996 – 6.785
Priority 4 (WB Upper middle income, B) - GNI per capita in USD 6.786 – 9.575
Priority 5 (WB Upper middle income, C) - GNI per capita in USD 9.576 – 12.375

The list of Developing Countries with indication of their priority classification can be found in

At any moment, IMU member countries can ask the IMU to consider inclusion/exclusion as a Developing Country. The application should be motivated and, on the basis of the evidences presented by the country, CDC would make a recommendation to EC for a case-by-case decision. If a country's World Bank status as a Developing Country has changed between the data used to decide on developing countries and the time of the request, this information should be included as part of the evidence.



The AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Prize for 2019 is awarded to Charles E. Chidume of the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria.  Professor Chidume's work encompasses several fields, including Nonlinear Functional Analysis, Nonlinear Operator Theory and Differential Equations; in particular, his research focuses on the area of fixed point theory where his contributions have become indispensable.  He is noted for his proof that the Mann sequence for non-expansive maps is uniformly asymptotically regular in any real normed space provided the domain of the map is bounded, hence resolving a problem which had been open since 1978.  In another brief, elegant paper, he produced an example to show that the Mann iteration sequence will not always converge strongly to a fixed point of a Lipschitz pseudo-contractive map, thereby resolving an open problem in the field for several decades. He authored or co-authored over 183 research papers and his works have been extensively cited. Professor Chidume has received multiple prestigious awards, including the British Council Fellowship in Mathematics (1986), the Third World Academy of Sciences (1988), the Honor Certificate by the Romanian Mathematical Society (2018).

Professor Chidume has played a key role in discovering and developing young mathematicians in Africa through supervision of many postgraduate students at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, and at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has served as an Associate Editor of numerous scientific journals and is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS), among others.

The 8th SEAMS UGM International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications, Indonesia, 29 July-1 August,2019

The “8th SEAMS UGM International Conference on Mathematics and its Applications” was held at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Jogyakarta, Indonesia during the period 29 July-1 August, 2019.

The scientific program included keynote lectures, contributed presentations and mini-symposia on selected topics. The objectives of the conference were to provide a forum for researchers, lecturers, educators and students to exchange ideas as well as to communicate and discuss research findings and new advances in mathematics in the wide area of mathematics. This conference also aimed to deepen mathematical concepts and widen its application through collaboration with industries.

Topics which were covered included all the research areas of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics Education, and Computer Science. The 8th SEAMS-UGM International Conference attracted 304 participants and guests (from 21 countries and 4 continents), including 33 invited speakers.

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Algebraic and Geometrical Methods in String Theory, Argentina, 28 October-8 November, 2019

The conference “Algebraic and Geometrical Methods in String Theory” was held in Argentina during the period 28 October-8 November, 2019. The aim of this research school was to present a general mathematical background of relevance for the study of many subjects appearing in theoretical physics, in particular in string theory and, more broadly, in quantum field theory. This was done though a collection of courses explicitly covering the physical topics that these mathematical tools help to understand. Some of the specific mathematical subjects covered during the school were representation theory of Lie and Kac-Moody algebras, vertex algebras, Hopf algebras, homological and homotopical algebras, complex geometry and Landau-Ginzburg models, whereas the physics courses covered some basics on Quantum Field Theory, string theory, string compactifications and Wess-Zumino-Witten models, as well as some new research concerning these.Every course introduced the subject providing the participants with the necessary background before proceeding with more advanced topics. Problem solving sessions were organized under the supervision of the corresponding lecturer as well as a poster session.

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