[Todos CMAT] noticias IMU, mayo 2020

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    *1. **Editorial: The IMU Executive Committee engages with young
    South African mathematicians *

    The IMU Executive Committee held its latest annual meeting in Cape
    Town, South Africa, from 22-23 February 2020.  This was the first
    time in the history of the IMU that the Executive Committee met on
    the African continent and the opportunity was used to host a day of
    mathematical interaction with South African graduate students and
    young academics.

    The “Day of Engagement,” as it was termed, was organised by the
    South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), the association of
    Mathematicians which has promoted the development of Mathematics in
    South Africa since 1957 and currently has over 400 members; see
    http://www.sams.ac.za/. It took place on Monday 24 February at the
    African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) on the
    picturesque Cape Town coastline, close to where the Indian and
    Atlantic Oceans meet; see https://aims.ac.za/.   As its name
    suggests, AIMS is focused on developing mathematics within Africa
    and is a partnership of three universities in the Cape Town area
    together with Oxford, Cambridge and Paris Sud XI; it served as the
    natural venue for this interaction.

    The day’s programme was designed to utilise the executive committee
    members’ expertise and their view of world mathematics to give young
    mathematicians a broader vision of mathematics and allow them to
    meet and interact with some prominent mathematicians.  It was a rare
    opportunity. “The visit of IMU’s Executive Committee to South Africa
    was an amazing, momentous occasion. This was especially due to the
    warm and wonderful hospitality that we were offered by AIMS and the
    South African Mathematical Society, as well as our very friendly
    colleagues in South Africa. “The “Day of Engagement” was memorable
    for us. It gave us a wonderful opportunity for meeting and
    interacting with the African mathematical community and with young
    African researchers and students who are the future of our field. We
    thank all of them for this unforgettable experience,” said Carlos
    Kenig, President of the IMU.

    The activities began with a survey lecture by Carlos Kenig, titled
    /“Simplification” in partial differential equations/, in which he
    sketched some events from the long history of research in partial
    differential equations, ranging from important developments in the
    early 19th century to the use of computers in numerical approaches,
    leading to some of the open challenges in current day research.

    This lecture was followed by an interview with IMU Vice-President,
    Nalini Joshi, headlined “Standing in the Gap” where Nalini’s
    personal experiences that led to her becoming a mathematician and
    also her experience as a woman in the mathematical community were
    examined. Nalini’s thought-provoking comments on the role of women
    mathematicians were inspiring and led to lively interaction with the

    Andrei Okounkov, a 2006 Fields Medalist and IMU Executive member,
    then gave a survey lecture titled Lie theory without groups in which
    he led the audience from a simple understanding of manifolds and
    linear algebra to giving an overview of modern geometric
    representation theory.  Despite the depth of the material, he held
    the audience captive and demonstrated that for a mathematician a
    blackboard is still one of the best technologies for giving a good

    IMU members were then joined by some prominent South African
    academics for two panel discussions – one on either side of the
    lunch break.  The first addressed the question of
    /Internationalisation versus Geographical Isolation/, during which
    IMU Executive members Loyiso Nongxa (South Africa), Nalini Joshi
    (Australia), Paolo Piccione (Brazil) and RT Ramadas (India) spoke of
    their experiences overcoming the fact that they come from countries
    traditionally removed from the nexus of economic and academic
    power.  The access to opportunities – in particular for young
    mathematicians – offered by the IMU Commission for Developing
    Countries (CDC) were highlighted, and delegates were encouraged to
    aim to attend the 2022 ICM in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second
    panel discussion saw Helge Holden (IMU Secretary General), Daya
    Reddy (ISC President), Jill Adler (ICMI President) and Barry Green
    (CIMPA President) discuss global science and scientific bodies and
    the role these play in growing mathematics across the globe.

    The day finished with an informal session of interaction between the
    delegates and the IMU visitors.  Breaking up into small groups the
    young mathematicians had the chance to ask questions – and take
    “selfies” – with the IMU executive members as they rotated around
    the venue.  This was a very animated time ending the day on a
    personal note and making more concrete the links between the IMU
    Executive members and young South African academics.

    We trust that this will be the first of many IMU interactions on
    African soil, and hopefully before too long there will be an ICM
    Africa emerging from the seed that has been sown.

    For photographs of the event see

    Sanne ter Horst (North-West University; SAMS council: Scientific
    Kerstin Jordaan (University of South Africa; SAMS council:
    Immediate Past President)
    David Holgate (University of the Western Cape; SAMS council:
    Co-opted member).

    ***2. **News from CWM**

    *a. CWM Newsletter Issue 3*
    The CWM
    newsletter can be found at

    Some of the personal experiences of women in mathematics through the
    COVID-19 crisis are reported in an article written by five CWM
    ambassadors, from different continents. More testimonials appear on
    https://www.mathunion.org/cwm/testimonies-covid-19-crisis .

    The newsletter also features an interview with one of CWM’s members,
    Cheryl Praeger. Cheryl has been the second person to be appointed as
    a Professor of Mathematics at an Australian university (1983), and
    she received the Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science in
    2019. The newsletter continues with “News from CWM” and “Other News
    and Announcements”.   The last article, written by Christiane
    Rousseau, gives detailed information on the International Day of
    Mathematics, where the active participation of girls and women is

    We invite your feedback and suggestions about the Newsletter. Please
    distribute it in your country and your scientific network.

    *b. May 12 Celebrating Women in Mathematics*
    The May 12 initiative is coordinated by representatives from the
    European Women in Mathematics, the Association for Women in
    Mathematics, the African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian
    Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile and
    the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society. Due to
    the COVID-19 crisis, most of the 2020 events were on-line. In
    particular, hanks to an agreement with zalafilms, a free screening
    of “Secrets of the Surface, the mathematical vision of Maryam
    Mirzakhani” was offered, with an option for subtitles in Farsi,
    French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. The success was
    huge, with over 20 000 registrations in 131 different countries. See
    https://may12.womeninmaths.org/ .


    ***3. **International Day of Mathematics 2021**

    Following a call for proposals the International Day of Mathematics
    Governing Board has decided the theme for IDM 2021. It will be

    *Mathematics for a Better World*

    This choice is motivated in part by the present pandemic of COVID-19
    and the role that mathematical sciences can play in understanding
    the dynamics of epidemics and proposing strategies to control them.
    But the chosen theme is much broader. Subthemes and explanations of
    the theme will be posted on the website www.idm314.org
    <http://www.idm314.org>. Material related to the theme will start to
    be posted in the fall of 2020.

    If you have not done so, register to the IDM newsletter at
    http://www.idm314.org <http://www.idm314.org/>. This is how you will
    be told of the new developments, including more information on the
    IDM 2021 theme.

    ***4. **Inside the IMU**
    *a.      IMU launches COVID-19 Resource Website*
    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected modern society
    globally. Tragically, many thousands have died, many more have lost
    their jobs, and it has changed the working conditions of billions of

    In response to the situation, the IMU has launched the website
    https://www.mathunion.org/corona containing links to some resources
    pertaining to the pandemic. It focuses on three aspects:

        – general websites with information on the COVID-19 pandemic
        – online seminars for a global audience
        – websites which concentrate on mathematical research on the

    For this website to be useful, active feedback from the community is
    solicited.  Please send links to be included to corona en mathunion.org
    <mailto:corona en mathunion.org> .

    *b.      Nominations open for plenary and sectional speakers at the
    ICM 2022*
    The IMU invites its Adhering Organizations and the mathematical
    societies worldwide to nominate plenary and sectional speakers for
    the International Congress of Mathematicians 2022 in St. Petersburg.
    A document listing the ICM 2022 sections, as proposed by the ICM
    Structure Committee and decided by the Executive Committee of the
    IMU can be found here

    The Chair of the Program Committee (PC), Martin Hairer, handles all
    communication concerning the scientific program of ICM 2022. Please
    direct all your proposals for invited plenary and sectional speakers
    to Martin Hairer using the email address chair en pc22.mathunion.org
    <mailto:chair en pc22.mathunion.org> . Further details can be found
    Nominations should be received by the PC Chair no later than 1
    November 2020.

    *c.       ICMI: General Assembly with election of the Executive
    The General Assembly for the International Commission on
    Mathematical Instruction ICMI <https://www.mathunion.org/icmi> will
    take place as a virtual event on 13–14 July 2020. It will
    concentrate on the election of the new Executive Committee for ICMI.
    The webpage for the General Assembly will be made active by 30 June.
    Further information: here

    *d.      Mathematics without borders*
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMU regrets to announce that the
    conference Mathematics without Borders, The Centennial of the
    International Mathematical Union, Strasbourg, 28–29 September 2020,
    had to be rescheduled for Strasbourg, 27–28 September 2021.

    *e.       Heidelberg Laureate Forum*
    With much regret, the organizers have decided to postpone the 8th
    Heidelberg Laureate Forum, originally scheduled to take place in
    Heidelberg, Germany between 20–25 September 2020
    to 19–24 September 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Further
    details can be found at

    ***5. ***European Congress of Mathematicians***

    After careful consideration of all available options and in view of
    the safety and well-being of all participants, a final decision was
    made to move the date of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics -
    8ECM, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID - 19).

    The 8ECM organizers and the European Mathematical Society (EMS)
    announce a new date for the Congress, which is *20 – 26 June, 2021
    in Portorož, Slovenia*.
    Detailed information: https://www.8ecm.si/news/68 .

    At an ECM, the EMS awards several highly prestigious awards: 10 ECM
    Prizes, the Felix Klein Prize (Industrial Mathematics) and the Otto
    Neugebauer Prize (History of Mathematics). Normally, the prize
    winners are announced during the ECM opening ceremony. Since this is
    impossible this year, the list of awardees has been published online
    The EMS prize winners for 2020 are:

      * Karim Adiprasito (Hebrew University of Jerusalem / University of
      * Ana Caraiani (Imperial College London)
      * Alexander Efimov (Steklov, Moscow)
      * Simion Filip (Chicago)
      * Aleksandr Logunov (Princeton)
      * Kaisa Matomäki (Turku)
      * Phan Thành Nam (LMU Munich)
      * Joaquim Serra (ETH Zurich)
      * Jack Thorne (Cambridge)
      * Maryna Viazovska (EPFL, Lausanne)

    The 2020 Felix Klein Prize goes to Arnulf Jentzen (Münster). The
    2020 Otto Neugebauer Prize is awarded to Karine Chemla (CNRS, Paris).
    Detailed information: https://www.8ecm.si/news/69 .

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