2013 – The Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth
More than 100 academic institutions and scholarly societies have joined in a major world-wide initiative: Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013. This year-long effort will highlight the contributions made by mathematics in tackling global problems, including natural disasters, climate change, sustainability, etc. MPE2013 partners are sponsoring workshops, research conferences, public lectures, outreach events, and educational opportunities for all ages. MPE2013 enjoys the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The MPE2013 website (www.mpe2013.org) now highlights several thematic programs organized by institutes, as well as a series of workshops and summer schools that will take place around the world. Several societies or unions have decided to celebrate MPE2013 during their annual or regional meetings, including AMS, CMS (Canada), MAA, SMAI, CELMEC, IAMG, IUGG, and more may still decide to do so.
Description copied from the electronic IMU newsletter / graphic copied from www.mpe2013.org
2013 Mathematical Congress of the Americas
The first Mathematical Congress of the Americas will take place on August 5-9, 2013 at the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT) in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mathematicians and students from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean will be in attendance. The purpose of the Congress is to highlight the excellence of mathematical achievements in the Americas and foster scientific integration worldwide. To find out more, please view the brochure.
Workshop on Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks
The Workshop on “Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks” will be held at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico, 29 July - 2 August 2013. The workshop will bring together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of which will give several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop is part of the world initiative “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (www.mpe2013.org). It is jointly organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and IUGG. It is sponsored by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and partly funded by a grant from the International Council for Science (ICSU). It is supported by the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas). The members of the Scientific Committee are Susan Friedlander (IMU), Ilya Zaliapin (IUGG) and Paul F. Linden (IUTAM). More details are available on the following website: http://www.mca2013.org/en/programme/satelite-activities/workshop-on-mathematics-of-climate-change.html
2014 International Congress of MathematiciansU.S. Volunteer Lecturer Program (VLP)
The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest international congress in the mathematics community. It is held once every four years under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The next Congress will be held August 13-21, 2014 in Seoul, Korea. For more information, please visit the ICM 2014 website.
Logo and description copied from www.icm2014.org.
The goal of this program is to provide mathematician volunteers with the opportunity to give intensive month-long courses at universities in the developing world. The VLP fosters collaboration between the mathematical communities of the developed and developing world. This program was established as an ongoing program in 2009 once the National Science Foundation Grant (# DMS-0937225) was obtained. In 2010 the VLP was expanded to Latin America and the African region. In 2011, the VLP launched a social network to establish a sustainable platform for the advancement of mathematics capacity building in the developing world. Learn more about the USNC's involvement with the VLP by visiting the new social network.
Workshop on World Digital Mathematical Library held at NAS
The International Mathematical Union's Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) held a workshop June 1-3 at the NAS building. Funded by the Sloan Foundation, the purpose of the workshop was to discuss and come up with a viable plan to realize the ongoing goal of a World Digital Mathematics Library (WDML). The WDML would serve as a universally accessible repository for the world's mathematics literature. The chair of the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics (USNC/M) participated in the event, and BISO provided the logistical support. The Sloan Foundation is also funding the National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications to produce a consensus study on the Digital Mathematics Heritage Library.
- President: Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University
- Secretary for Policy, Commission for Developing Countries: Herb Clemens; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.