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Dear CWM ambassadors

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*IMU-Net 88: May 2018*

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the

International Mathematical Union

Editor: Martin Raussen, Aalborg University,



1.       Editorial: ICM 2018

2.       IMU General Assembly meeting in São Paulo

3.       CDC Panel Discussion and Poster Session during

ICM 2018

4.       Fields medalist Alan Baker passed away

5.       CWM: Faces of women in mathematics

6.       Report on the ISC general assembly

7.       ICIAM 2019 congress

8.       Abel Prize 2018 to Robert Langlands

9.       2018 Wolf prizes to Beilinson and Drinfeld

10.   MSC 2020: Revision of Mathematics Subject


11.   Subscribing to IMU-Net


*1.       *


Dear Colleagues,

After so many months of work and expectation, the year of the

Congress has finally arrived!

Preparations are well under way: the bulk of the scientific

program has been defined, the proceedings are being finalized

(the papers by plenary and invited speakers will be

distributed to all the participants at the Congress), travel

grants have been awarded to participants from the developing

world, communications and posters are being selected as I

write, and registration <http://www.icm2018.org/portal/en/how-to-apply> of
participants is also taking place right now.

Keep in mind that the deadline for early advance registration,

with reduced registration fee, is April 27.

Much of our effort over the last couple of years has been

geared towards advertising the Congress, domestically and

abroad, as we take the occasion as a historic opportunity to

popularize mathematics  in

our society and, especially, ​ amongst the Brazilian youth. I

believe we are being very successful.

The Biennium of Mathematics <http://www.icm2018.org/portal/en/news20>
2017-2018, formally proclaimed by the

Brazilian national parliament, encompasses a wide range of

outreach initiatives throughout the country, and raised the

profile of mathematics in mainstream media to totally

unprecedented levels. Thus after hosting the 2014 FIFA World

Cup finals, and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro

is now equally proud to receive the 2018 International

Congress of Mathematicians.

A welcome video has been produced and posted at

the ICM 2018 official YouTube channel (check https://youtu.be/_OT4Vf8hr44)
​that provides a glimpse at the ICM in

the Wonderful City.

While much remains ahead of us, I assure you that

the Organizing Committee is doing its very best to ensure that

the first ICM ever held in the Southern Hemisphere will be a

truly memorable event. Come and check!

See you soon in Rio!

Marcelo Viana (Chair, ICM 2018 Organizing Committee)


*2.       *


The next General assembly
<https://www.mathunion.org/organization/general-assembly> (GA) meeting of

the IMU will take place on 29–30 July 2018 in São Paulo,

Brazil. The venue of the GA meeting will be the Sheraton WTC

Hotel in São Paulo.

Delegates are

expected to arrive on July 28. The GA meeting ends in the

evening of July 30.

On July 31, the

GA organizers offer to all registered GA participants and

accompanying persons

attending the

ICM, a bus tour from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

For additional

information, concerning delegations, agenda, voting rights,

travel support, registration etc., please consult the

secretary’s circular letter


*3.       *


On Tuesday August

7, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm the IMU Commission for Developing

Countries (CDC
     organizes a panel

discussion and poster session on Strengthening Mathematics in

the Developing World, included in the discussion panels

section of the scientific program of the ICM 2018.

Moderated by CDC

member Angel Pineda (USA) the panelists will comprise: Wandera

Ogana (IMU-CDC President, Kenya), Marie-Françoise Roy (IMU-CWM

Chair, France), Yuri Tschinkel (Simons Foundation Director of

Mathematics and the Physical Sciences, USA), Paolo Piccione

(President of the Brazilian Mathematical Society, Brazil),

Jose Maria Balmaceda (President of the Southeast Asian

Mathematical Society, Philippines), Nouzha El Yacoubi

(President of the African Mathematical Union, Morocco), and

Alejandro Jofre (Secretary of the Mathematical Union of  Latin America and


After the panel

discussion there will be a poster session at which panelists

and representatives of near 20 different organizations and

institutions worldwide will present posters with more

information about their organizations and development efforts.

An open discussion with poster presenters and panelists will

take place in the same room as the panel discussion. The goal

of this IMU-CDC activity is to share information about

mathematical development activities with mathematicians at the

ICM and to serve as a catalyst for interactions between

mathematicians, organizations and funding agencies.

More information

and updates can be found at


*4.       *


1966 a new era in transcendental number theory was marked by

the young British mathematician Alan Baker at Cambridge. In a

cascade of papers he published solutions to a series of

outstanding Diophantine problems and thereby revitalizing a

theory which had come to stagnation after a golden period

between 1930 and 1949 with the solution of Hilbert’s 7th

problem posed in a plenary lecture at the international

congress of mathematicians in Paris in 1900. In 1934, very

surprisingly, Theodor Schneider, a student of Siegel, and A.

O. Gelfond gave the solution and showed   to be transcendental. In

the subsequent years they pushed forward the techniques and

essentially reached the limits of the method now known as the

Gelfond-Schneider method. To much surprise Alan Baker got into

this very difficult part of number theory from around 1964

working on it in Britain very much on his own.

Alan Baker was

born on 19 August 1939 in Forest Gate in East London. From a

very early age on he was showing signs of mathematical

brilliance and was encouraged by his parents. He got a first

class degree at University College London before he moved to

Trinity College to study with Davenport. During this time he

published between 1962 and 1965 eight papers which made his

very high mathematical potential visible. In 1965 he received

his doctorate degree and was elected Fellow of Trinity College

as a research Fellow.

In 1970 at the

ICM in Nice Alan Baker was awarded the Fields Medal
<https://www.mathunion.org/imu-awards/fields-medal> on the basis of

his outstanding work on linear forms in logarithms. It had

been known for long time that this would solve a number of

outstanding problems in number theory like the so-called class

number problem of Gauss. The Gelfond-Schneider method could

not be applied to general linear forms in logarithms which

were needed for these applications. In a completely unexpected

and spectacular way Alan Baker succeeded to find a miraculous

new approach for dealing with this problem. He received many

honors including the Adams prize <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_Prize>,
the election to

the Royal

Society <https://royalsociety.org/>, to the Academia

Europaea <http://www.ae-info.org/>, he was made an

honorary Fellow of University College London, a foreign Fellow

of the Indian Academy of Science, a foreign Fellow of the

National Academy of Sciences India (1993) and an honorary

member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2001).

The new theory of

transcendental numbers which started from Baker’s fundamental

insight has been further developed in the last decades and

applied in many fields of mathematics quite far away from

number theory. Alan Baker passed away on February 4 but his

work stays and is part of the mathematical culture.

Gisbert Wüstholz (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)


*5.       *



Hunsicker, chair of the London Mathematical Society’s Women in

Mathematics Committee
<https://www.lms.ac.uk/about/committees/women-mathematics-committee>, and
her sister

Irina Linke, a cinematographer, produced a short film for

International Women’s Day March 8 2018 featuring cameos by

women mathematicians around the globe. Each woman gives her

name and country and says in her own language "I am a

mathematician". Eugenie had contacted the IMU Committee for

Women in Mathematics (CWM), who decided to support their

project.  A request for

film clips sent around the world through the 120 CWM

Ambassadors list resulted in a phenomenal response—149 clips

representing 249 women from 37 countries speaking 32

languages, and collected in less than one month.

The initial plan

was for the film to be 3 min long, but Irina and Eugenie

wanted to include all the clips (the last one from Agustina, 6

years old, who "wants to be a mathematician") and CWM provided

financial support for Irina's heavy editing task.

The film

emphasises the international nature of mathematics. There are

women in the film speaking Chinese in the US, Greek in the

Netherlands.  There’s a

clip of a Russian woman speaking Tatar in Germany; and in one

single clip from the UK, Hebrew, Brazilian, German and English

are spoken.

The focus of the

film is on proud, strong women that are actively doing maths,

but it also emphasizes that it’s not unusual for women to work

in mathematics.  The

film shows women everywhere who enjoy it and do it as a

profession.  It is also

an opportunity for people to see images of strength and pride

from developing countries. It’s a film about women, but it’s

also about expanding people’s ideas about countries that are

often only heard about in the context of crisis.  One aim of the movie is

that the next time people hear about Nigeria, Nepal or the

Philippines, they think, `Oh, yeah, that is the place with all

of those fantastic women mathematicians!’”

The film (14 mn

02 sec) can be seen at:  https://vimeo.com/259039018

A trailer (2 mn

40 sec) can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/260633621

There is also a

devoted Facebook page:


The film has been

a huge success since its release on March 8 2018, with more

than 26,000 views during the first three days.


Roy, chair of CWM

based on Eugenie

Hunsicker’s and Irina Linke’s press release


*6.       *


In July this

year, the International Council for Science (ICSU <https://www.icsu.org/>)
and the

International Social Science Council (ISSC
<http://www.worldsocialscience.org/>) will take the

last step towards the constitution of a single unified

Council, already known as the International Science Council

(ISC). In fact, the first General Assembly
of the ISC is to

be held in the period July 3-5 in Paris, where its first

Executive Committee will be elected.

This General

Assembly will culminate a long process that began in 2015 with

an exchange of correspondence between the respective

presidents of the ICSU and the ISSC. Intensive work continued

until in October, 2016, the two General Assemblies of the ICSU

and the ISSC voted in favour of merging the two organizations.

The final decision was scheduled the year after. The go-ahead

was approved at the joint General Assembly of ICSU and ISSC

held in Taipei last year, in October 2017.  Throughout this process

the two councils maintained full transparency between

themselves and their members. Everyone is aware of the

enormous difficulties involved in the coordination of this


The new Council

now faces a crucial task in its role as the single voice for

science. Unilateral solutions are insufficient for the serious

challenges facing humanity, such as sustainability, climate

change, the new migratory waves caused by this change, the

search for alternative energy sources, etc.. These are

problems for which an interdisciplinary approach is vital, and

in which the social sciences will play an important role.

There is no doubt that mathematics will also form an essential

part of the new council. The IMU must continue its already

growing collaboration with this body.


science cannot be regarded as an asset that belongs to only a

few; it is a force for the common good that should be enjoyed

by all citizens of the world and from which they should all

profit. Hence, one of the main tasks is to convey this message

to the heart of society. The IMU should make the most of this

opportunity to emphasize the key role played by mathematics

across the board in science and technology.

A General

Assembly such as the one to be held in Paris is not only a

constituent assembly, but also the presentation to the world

of a Scientific Council that, for the first time in history,

includes almost all sciences. It is also a magnificent

opportunity for attracting considerable media attention. We at

the ISC are fully aware of this opportunity and it will be

reflected in the programme. To that end, the event will take

place at a very special venue, the Oceanography Institute

*Maison des Océans* <https://www.maisondesoceans.org/> in the centre of

Paris, a historic monument opened by Prince Albert I of Monaco

in 1911. The ISC encourages all the national members, unions

and associates to attend this General Assembly, which will

undoubtedly constitute a historical milestone.

Manuel de Leon

(ICMAT, Madrid, Spain, Regular Member of the ICSU Executive



*7.       *


                 The ICIAM 2019 congress
<http://www.iciam.org/event/iciam-2019-%E2%80%93-valencia> will take place

in Valencia (Spain) on 15-19 July 2019.

The call for mini-symposia
<https://iciam2019.org/index.php/scientific-program/minisymposia> for
congress is

now open. The deadline for submissions is November      5th, 2018.


Françoise Tisseur (University of Manchester) will give the

2019 Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture


*8.       *


The Norwegian

Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize
<http://www.abelprize.no/> for 2018 to

Robert P.

Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA,

“for his visionary program connecting representation theory to

number theory.” The mechanisms he suggested to bridge these

mathematical fields led to a project named the *Langlands program*.

The program has enlisted hundreds of the world’s best

mathematicians over the last fifty years. No other project in

modern mathematics has as wide a scope, has produced so many

deep results, and has so many people working on it. Its depth

and breadth have grown and the Langlands program is now

frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

Robert P. Langlands will receive the Abel Prize for his work

from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo on

22 May.


*9.       *


The jury panel of

the 2018 Wolf Prize
in Mathematics

has unanimously decided to award the prize in equal parts to

two laureates: Professor Alexander Beilinson and Professor

Vladimir Drinfeld, both from the University of Chicago, “for

their groundbreaking work in algebraic geometry,

representation theory, and mathematical physics”.


Beilinson made deep contributions to representation theory and

algebraic geometry. Among his major achievements are proofs of

conjectures of Kazhdan-Lusztig and Jantzen, the formulation of

far-reaching conjectures (Beilinson conjectures) about motivic

cohomology and special values of L-functions, and his joint

work with Vladimir Drinfeld on the geometric Langlands program

which stimulated major progress at the interface of geometry

and mathematical physics: in the theory of vertex operator

algebras, conformal field theory, and string theory.

Vladimir Drinfeld

introduced fundamental concepts in arithmetic geometry, the

theory of algebraic groups, and their representations, which

had an enormous impact on modern mathematics. Among his

contributions to arithmetic geometry are the notions of

Drinfeld module, Drinfeld upper half-plane, and Drinfeld

shtukas. His theory of quantum groups is central to many

problems in algebra and mathematical physics; here, the notion

of Drinfeld associator plays a major role. Jointly with

Alexander Beilinson, he geometrized the theory of vertex

operator algebras, which led to the creation of foundations of

the geometric Langlands program, connecting central results in

arithmetic geometry and the theory of automorphic forms to

quantum field theory and the theory of integrable systems.


*10.   *



Reviews (MR) and zbMATH cooperate in maintaining the Mathematics Subject
Classification (MSC) <https://msc2020.org/>, which is used

by these reviewing services, publishers, and others to

categorize items in the mathematical sciences literature. They have

initiated the process of revising the current MSC2010 with an

expectation that the revision will be used beginning in 2020.

No changes are planned at the two-digit level; however, it is

anticipated that there will be refinement of the three- and

five-digit levels.

At this point,

zbMATH and MR welcome additional community input into the

process. Comments should be submitted through the Web by

creating an account at https://msc2020.org/# <https://msc2020.org/> .


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