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IMU Awards, Prizes, and Special Lecture

The International Mathematical Union grants four Prizes for mathematical achievement which are awarded every four years at the Opening Ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM).

  • Fields Medal - recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement, it was first awarded in 1936.
  • Rolf Nevanlinna Prize - honors distinguished achievements in mathematical aspects of information science, it was awarded first in 1982.
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize - is awarded for outstanding mathematical contributions that have found significant applications outside of mathematics, it was awarded first in 2006.
  • Chern Medal Award - is awarded to an individual whose accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics, it was awarded for the first time in 2010.

IMU Prize for mathematical outreach

  • Leelavati Prize - recognizes outstanding public outreach work for mathematics. The IMU awards the Prize since 2010. Since 2014 this Prize is sponsored by Infosys.

IMU Special Lecture

  • ICM Emmy Noether Lecture - honors women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to the mathematical sciences, it was presented for the first time in 1994.

Selection Committees for the IMU Prizes and Awards

The IMU Executive Committee appoints, for each of its Prizes and Awards, a Selection Committee along the lines of the Statutes for the Prizes and the IMU By-Laws.

The names of the Selection Committee members remain confidential until the ICM, only the names of the Chairs are made public.

Prize Committee Chairs 2018

To propose a person for one of the above IMU prizes that are awarded at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or for the ICM 2018 Emmy Noether Lecture, please send your nomination to the chair of the committee in charge of the selection of the winner(s). The Prize Committee Chairs 2018 are listed below, they can also be found on the specific Prize pages.

Electronic nominations (if possible in pdf format and to the award-specific e-mail address) are encouraged. Please observe the specific Statutes for the Prizes (see the specific Prize pages) before submitting a nomination and, in particular, explain the specific qualifications that make your nominee an excellent candidate for the prize you propose him/her for. Self-nominations are strongly discouraged.

Fields Medal

Fields Medal Details

Rolf Nevanlinna Prize

Rolf Nevanlinna Prize Details

Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize

Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize Details

Chern Medal Award

Chern Medal Award Details

Leelavati Prize, sponsored by Infosys

Leelavati Prize Details

ICM Emmy Noether Lecture

ICM Emmy Noether Lecture Details

Guidelines for handling conflicts of interest

Because the activities of the IMU are many and complex, involving large numbers of individuals, potential conflicts of interest inevitably arise in innocent and unexpected ways. The IMU must be vigilant, and be seen to be vigilant, by having in place effective and transparent measures to minimize the risk of harm to its reputation. In particular, this applies to prize selection committees, the activities of which must always be beyond reproach. The IMU is aware that conflicts of interest may result from one’s life’s path, and they may or may not influence one’s ability to make impartial assessment. However, it is essential that the IMU processes would be deemed fair by any reasonable third person who is aware of the circumstances.