A report on ICIAM business and upcoming events: The COVID-19 pandemic is still not over, which affects our work and daily life. ICIAM's Spring officers meeting was held online on March 29th and March 31st, 2021. ICIAM is trying its best to keep business going on as usual, though some of our activities are slightly behind schedule. .
The April issue of ICIAM Dianoia for 2021 is appearing in April! An important announcement in this issue is the Call for Nominations for the 2023 ICIAM prizes. There are further announcements of leadership changes in member societies, an article on the new institute IMPT in France, and more. The Editorial Board welcomes contributions from all ICIAM member societies, and encourages society representatives and individuals to send articles and letters for publication.
Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Editor-in-Chief, ICIAM Dianoia
The Board meeting will be held on October 30th in Tokyo. We are still uncertain as to whether the meeting will be in-person, virtual, or mixed, and we hope to make a decision by July 15th. In case of an in-person Board meeting, we are also discussing arrangements for virtual access for members who otherwise cannot attend due to travel restrictions. The vote for ICIAM President-Elect will be held electronically to comply with our Bylaws (which state the the new President-Elect takes office on October 1st).
The ICIAM Prize Committee for 2023 calls for nominations for the six ICIAM Prizes to be awarded in 2023 (the Collatz Prize, the Lagrange Prize, the Maxwell Prize, the Pioneer Prize, the Su Buchin Prize, and the Industry Prize). Each ICIAM Prize has its own special character, but each one is truly international in character.
ICIAM maintains a self-service membership directory at http://www.iciam.org/members. Please take this opportunity to check your membership information, and update it if appropriate.
ICIAM's member societies are active and are constantly changing. Since the publication of the first list in January, other societies have held elections or made other changes. This column will become a regular feature. Please continue to send news to ICIAM Dianoia.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICIAM has expanded its conference
support to include virtual meetings.
The aim of this extraordinary GA was to vote on some modifications of the statutes of the ISC as well as the election of the members of the 2021 Elections Committee.
On April 12, I had the pleasure of listening to a public lecture by Sir Peter Gluckman, Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures, University of Auckland, and President-elect of the International Science Council. This note is a brief report on the lecture. .
An Institute for the Mathematics of Planet Earth has just been launched in France. In this article for ICIAM Dianoia, David Lannes interviews the two directors, Laure St-Raymond and Arnaud Guillin.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2021 to László Lovász of Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (ELKH, MTA Institute of Excellence) and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and Avi Wigderson of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.
MCA 2021 is now a fully online event. It will take place 19-24 July, 2021. More information is on the Congress Website: www.mca2021.org
This tribute to Bob O'Malley is reprinted from the April 2021 issue of SIAM News (Volume 54, Number 03) https://sinews.siam.org/Details-Page/obituary-robert-e-omalley-jr. It is reprinted here by permission of SIAM and the authors. Further articles on Bob's contributions to ICIAM and the international applied mathematics community will appear in the next issue of ICIAM Dianoia.