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IMU-Net 36c: August 2009

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Editor: Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France

Special issue on the speakers invited to lecture at ICM 2010 in Hyderabad

The International Mathematical Union prepares the list of invited speakers of an International Congress with extreme care. The PC/OC Guidelines, see PC-OC-Guidelines.pdf
state in the beginning:
"Every ICM should reflect the current activity of mathematics in the world, present the best work being carried out in all mathematical subfields and different regions of the world, and thus, point to the future of mathematics. The invited speakers at an ICM should be mathematicians of the highest quality who are able to present current research to a broad mathematical audience."

The IMU president chooses the chair of the program committee (Hendrik Lenstra for ICM 2010), then the IMU Executive Committee selects, together with the PC chair, the other members of the program committee, which then decides on the structure of the next ICM (sections and their definition, number of lectures, etc.), and selects panels for each section, which recommend the persons to be invited to speak. The PC then composes the scientific ICM program taking such issues as gender balance, geographical/regional distribution, representation of developing countries and of subfields of mathematics into account (as long as these considerations do not compromise mathematical quality).

This complicated process has now ended. The ICM 2010 Organizing Committee has invited all mathematicians selected by the PC, and almost all have accepted this very special honour.

There are two types of Invited Lecturers: Plenary Speakers who will speak for one hour without any parallel activity and Sectional Speakers lecturing for 45 minutes with five to seven of such lectures in parallel. There will be twenty plenary lectures

Plenary speakers

  1. David Aldous, USA
  2. Artur Avila, Brazil and France
  3. R. Balasubramanian, India
  4. Jean-Michel Coron, France
  5. Irit Dinur, Israel
  6. Hillel Furstenberg, Israel
  7. Thomas J.R. Hughes, USA
  8. Peter Jones, USA
  9. Carlos Kenig, USA
  10. Ngo Bao Chau, USA
  11. Stanley Osher, USA
  12. R. Parimala, USA
  13. A. N. Parshin, Russia
  14. Shige Peng, P.R. China
  15. Kim Plofker, USA
  16. Nicolai Reshetikhin, USA
  17. Richard Schoen, USA
  18. Cliff Taubes, USA
  19. Claire Voisin, France
  20. Hugh Woodin, USA

For the list of Sectional Speakers and Panel Discussions, please consult:
www.icm2010.org.in/speakers.php

Since questions of statistics are often asked after the publication of the list of Invited Speakers, here is one such summary:

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Statistics concerning plenary and sectional
invited speakers who accepted to lecture at ICM 2010:
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(Fractions are due to joint lectures and shared affiliations.

Plenary Statistics

Countries
USA 12
France 2.5
Israel 2
China 1
India 1
Russia 1
Brazil 0.5

 

total plenary

20
female 4
male 16

Sectional Statistics

Countries

USA

57

France

19

Germany

15

UK

12

Israel

6.5

Canada

6

India

6

China

5

Japan

5

Russia

4

Switzerland

4

Belgium

3

Denmark

3

Australia

2

Finland

2

Italy

2

Netherlands

2

New Zealand

2

Austria

1.5

Hong Kong

1.5

Brazil

1

Chile

1

Czech Rep

1

Hungary

1

Korea

1

Mexico

1

Singapore

1

South Africa

1

Spain

1

Sweden

1

Uganda

1

Uruguay

1

Poland

0.5

 

total sectional

171
female 23.5
male

147.5

There will be no "half women" or "half men" lecturing. The fractions are due to averaging as mentioned above. Assigning "correct" country affiliations is nontrivial since various persons have double affiliations and there are always some people "on the move". The list on the Web will occasionally be updated so that the current statistics may differ from the one on the ICM 2010 Web server or the final one to be made at the Congress.

Other prominent lectures at ICM 2010

- The ABEL LECTURE, sponsored by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, will be delivered by S R Srinivasa Varadhan, USA. This is the first time that an Abel lecture is given at an ICM.
- The EMMY NOETHER LECTURE will be delivered by Idun Reiten, Norway. The series of Emmy Noether lectures at ICMs started in 1994. These lectures have meanwhile become an ICM tradition. The Emmy Noether Lecturer was selected by a committee chaired by Cheryl Praeger.

IMU-Net will inform you about further ICM activities in future IMU-Net issues.

Martin Groetschel
IMU Secretary

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