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The International Mathematical Union (IMU), a member union of the International Science Council (ISC), serves to build global interaction among research communities and promote advances in the mathematical sciences at the international level.  The IMU is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization, with the purpose of promoting international cooperation in the field of mathematics.  Learn more about the history, organization, and activities of the IMU.   


The U.S. National Committee for Mathematics (USNC/Math) represents the United States in the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and promotes the advancement of the mathematical sciences.  The USNC/Math participates in all activities of the IMU through the National Academy of Sciences, which adheres to IMU. In coordination with the IMU and with consensus gained from the U.S. mathematical sciences community, the USNC/Math has defined the following focal areas for serving the interests of the United States and the international communities:

  • Supporting U.S. participation in IMU as required of a national committee including international conferences in the mathematical sciences such as the International Congress of Mathematicians;
  • Encouraging other international mathematical activities considered likely to contribute to the development of the mathematical sciences in any of its aspects—pure, applied, or educational;
  • Advocating, in the international mathematical sciences community, for such common concerns as gender and ethnic equality, human rights, and the free circulation of scientists;
  • Promoting mathematical sciences in developing countries and encouraging mathematical sciences as a key to development;
  • Creating opportunities for U.S. mathematical scientists to participate in international sciences and education initiatives;
  • Nominating U.S. mathematical scientists for participation in the IMU, including the U.S. Delegation to the General Assembly; and
  • Supporting a systematic presence of mathematical sciences in the "information society."

The USNC/Math meets bi-annually to discuss the issues of national concern and conduct committee activities in relation to the IMU.  

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1708170. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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