As I wrote some days ago in a letter sent to the presidents and representatives of all ICIAM member societies, 2019 will be very intense for the ICIAM community, as the ICIAM 2019 congress is approaching quickly. It will take place on July 15-19, in the beautiful city of Valencia, situated in the East coast of Spain. According to the congress organizers, the number of submissions for mini-symposia has reached a record, above the previous Vancouver and Beijing congresses. That shows the interest of the community to attend the congress and participate in its scientific program. Apart from the mini-symposia, we will have a beautiful series of invited talks, selected by a high-level international scientific committee, lead by A. Quarteroni. There will also be the Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture lecture delivered this time by F. Tisseur and the public lecture, by V. M. Pèrez-GarcÌa, specialist of mathematical oncology. There will also be all the conferences organized within the SEMA and SIAM annual meetings, that will be embedded into the congress. The ICIAM prizes lectures will complete the scientific program, and I assume that there will also be prize lectures organized by SEMA and SIAM, corresponding to their prizes. All that certainly means a large number of very interesting talks. The complete program, that contains also an industry day and some round tables, can be consulted in the congress website.
The ICIAM congresses are the main activity of ICIAM, but other activities are taking place in a more continuous way, like, for instance, the sponsoring of conferences, the annual Board meetings and the workshops organized ahead of them. This year the ICIAM Board meeting will take place on July 20th, right after the end of the congress, and several important decisions will be made in it: first, the election of four Officers (the Secretary, the Treasurer and two officers at large) and after that, the choice of the Scientific Program committee (SPC) for the next congress (Tokyo, 2023), whose chair will be Professor Y. Nishiura. We will also be presented with a first report about the congress.
As done in previous congress years, the day before the beginning of the congress, there will be a meeting of the presidents of member societies present in Valencia. This meeting is naturally less formal than the Board meeting, has no particular rules for its agenda, and the main goal is to discuss ICIAM matters of interest to every society, as well as to find possible new activities that could enrich the current list. That meeting will take place on July 14th. We are all excited about the coming congress and the possibility of meeting in Valencia so many of you.