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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.

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.

West Asia Mathematical School (WAMS), India, 29 August-3 September, 2019

The “West Asia Mathematical School (WAMS)” was held at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India during the period 29 August-3 September, 2019. This was a school in applied mathematics for (introduction to) real life problems where participants discussed partial differential equations as modelling tools in several nowadays societal and technical issues, at postgraduate level. It covered modelling, analytical, numerical and simulation aspects.

For the report go here

Symposium on Biomathematics 2019, Indonesia, 25-28 August, 2019

The “Symposium on Biomathematics 2019” was held at the Riverview Hotel in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia during the period 25-28 August, 2019. The Symposium on Biomathematics (Symomath) is an annual multidisciplinary forum for promoting and fostering interactions between mathematical, biological, and related industrial communities in studying various phenomena in biology, ecology, infectious diseases, medicine, bioengineering, etc. The first symposium was successfully held in 2013 in Bandung. Symomath 2019 was the seventh year of the conference.

AIMS Senegal, Senegal, 1-5 July, 2019

The “AIMS Senegal” conference was held in Senegal during the period 1-5 July, 2019. The conference focussed on french-speaking African young researchers. The summer school targeted master students and PhD candidates and gathered young researchers around a scientific event of high level in statistics and data science. The organizing committee was composed of members of the Young Statistician Section of the French Statistical Society (sFdS) and members of AIMS Senegal.

Three main courses were offered:

EMALCA Costa Rica 2019, Costa Rica, 22. July-2. August, 2019

The “EMALCA 2019” conference was held at the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, Costa Rica, during the period 22 July – 02 August, 2019. EMALCA 2019 was a school from the UMALCA (Mathematical Union of Latin America and the Caribbean). The EMALCA targeted an audience of (under)graduate regional students, coming from Central America and the Caribbean, as well as other Latino-American countries. All the speakers were originally from Latino-America.

Three students have been awarded a BGF grant to complete their PhD. BGF grants are funded by the generous donations from all the Breakthrough Prize winners. The program is the subject of an interesting article by Della Dumbaugh appeared in the September Issue of the AMS Notices. The award of full PhD grants goes to three students from developing countries engaged in a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences in a developing country. 

The 2019 recipients are, listed in alphabetical order:

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