In 1996 information concerning IMU can be found IMU-pages on the World Wide
Web. The pages are located through URL:
Gopher access is possible through the following address: gopher://elib.zib.de/11imu
The IMU server can be accessed via telnet as follows:
Concerning the World Mathematical Year 2000, the IMU is publishing a Newsletter, whose present Editorial Board if formed by M. Chaleyat-Maurel, G. Tronel, A. Ashour, M. Hassan, A. Marzollo, M. Morimoto, M. Niss, R. Rebolledo, A. Sierpinska.
Following a resolution of the last General Assembly to celebrate the turn of the century, the IMU will publish a book with articles by a number of distinguished mathematicians on perspectives, achievements and open problems. The committee in charge of this project if formed by V. Arnold (Chairman), M. Atiyah, P. Lax and B. Mazur.
The Executive Committee had its second meeting at ICME-8 as well. The EC meeting was divided into three sessions, held on the 13th, 14th, and 19th July. Beside in meetings, the work in the EC is conducted by correspondence and electronic communication under the direction of the President and the Secretary.
In recent years, applications from a number of countries to be co-opted as non-IMU member states of ICMI have been received by the EC. At the end of 1996 ICMI decided, with the endorsement of the International Mathematical Union, to co-opt Thailand as a non-IMU member of ICMI. The Adhering Organization is the Mathematical Association of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King. Other applications were considered by the EC in 1996. Decisions are likely to be made in 1997.
It is part of ICMI's general policy to encourage member states to establish National Sub-Commissions of ICMI. In 1996 the EC was not informed of the establishment of new National Sub-Commissions.
The next congress, ICME-9, will be held in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, in 2000. Preliminary dates are 31 July to 7 August. An International Program Committee was appointed in 1996.
It is chaired by Professor Hiroshi Fujita, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. The IPC is expected to begin its work early in 1997.
The study on What is Research in Mathematics Education, and What Are Its Results?, the corresponding conference of which was held at the University of Maryland in College Park, USA, May 1994, is edited by Jeremy Kilpatrick and Anna Sierpinska. The volume is expected to appear in the beginning of 1997.
The study on Perspectives on the teaching of geometry for the 21st century, the corresponding study conference of which was held at Universita di Catania, Italy, September-October 1995, is edited by Vinicio Villani and Carmelo Mammana. The volume is expected to appear in the course of 1997.
Reports on the these studies, and on a previously completed one, Gender and Mathematics Education, were given at special ICMI study sessions at ICME-8, in Sevilla, July 1996.
The next study in the series is devoted to the theme The role of the history of mathematics in the teaching and learning of mathematics. An International Program Committee was appointed in 1996, with John Fauvel, the Open University, UK, and Jan van Maanen, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands as co-chairs. The study conference will be held in France, most probably at CIRM Luminy (Marseille) in April 1998, with Jean-Luc Dorier, Grenoble, France, in charge of the Local Organization.
The ICMI EC has also decided to mount a study on the Teaching and learning of mathematics at tertiary level. The IPC is expected to be appointed in beginning of 1997. The site of the corresponding study conference is under negotiation.