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Dr. Roberto Markarian roma en fing.edu.uy
Sab Nov 29 11:01:43 UYST 2014

ICM 2018 Rio de Janeiro

Dear Colleagues,
On August 11, at Gyeongju, the General Assembly of the IMU unanimously
approved the Brazilian bid to organize the International Congress of
Mathematicians ICM 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. This will be the first
time, in its more than centennial history, that the ICM will take
place in the Southern Hemisphere.

We are honored by the IMU-GA's decision and thrilled by the
perspective of bringing the ICM - and all that it embodies - to Latin
America. Ours is a young region of the world, where the Congress can
and will be a powerful tool to disseminate Mathematics in the whole
society, especially among the younger generations. Indeed we have
chosen "Sowing Seeds" as the theme for the Rio de Janeiro Congress.

We are also daunted by the challenge of following on our Korean
colleagues footsteps: Hyungju Park and his team did a terrific job in
making this year's Congress a big success and theirs will indeed be a
tough act to follow. But be assured that, as I promised at the closing
ceremony in Seoul, we will put the best of Brazilian creativity and
ingenuity to the task of making ICM 2018 an equally memorable event.

Preparations for the Congress are already actively under way. The
website went live in August (check www.icm2018.org) and it is now
possible to submit proposals for satellite events. Most specially, I
invite you all to sign-up for the ICM 2018 Newsletter: just go to the
website, click on Newsletter and fill-in your name, email address and
country. It only takes a small fraction of a minute! And it will help
us keep you current with the preparations.

Até breve no Rio de Janeiro! (See you soon in Rio de Janeiro!)

Marcelo Viana
IMU Vice-president
Chair of the ICM 2018 Organizing Committee


Position of ICSU on evaluation by metrics

Increasingly, those involved in the administration of research rely on
metrics designed to assess the importance and impact of research as an
aid to evaluation, with publication outputs in traditional scientific
journals being the major focus. These metrics in turn affect the
behaviour of researchers, such as their choice of journals, as they
seek to maximize their performance as measured by the metrics used.
Metrics can contribute to the maintenance of high journal prices,
promote intense competition rather than openness and sharing, and fail
to recognise research contributions such as the production of
datasets, software, code, blogs, wikis and forums. On the other hand,
peer review is expensive in terms of time, and it would be an extreme
position to deny altogether the usefulness of quantitative measures if
intelligently used.

The International Council for Science (ICSU) addressed issues
surrounding evaluation by metrics in the recent report
http://www.icsu.org/general-assembly/news/ICSU%20Report%20on%20Open%20Access.pdf. It recommended in  
“In research evaluation and assessment, metrics should be regarded as
an aid, and not a substitute, for good decision-making. They should
not normally be used in isolation to assess the performance of
researchers, to determine appointments, or to distribute funds to
individuals or research groups, for which expert review is

In approving the report at its September 2014  General Assembly in
Auckland, ICSU also endorsed the San Francisco Declaration on Research
Assessment http://www.ascb.org/dora/.

John Ball
Member ICSU Executive Board



Alexander Grothendieck, one of the most influential mathematicians of
the 20th century, passed away on November 13th.
He got the Fields Medal in 1966.


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