New variants of the COVID-19 virus pose a threat to our return to normal life, and some of ICIAM's activities are affected.
The July 2021 issue of ICIAM Dianoia contains important news about the ICIAM Board meeting at the end of October, and calls for nominations for the ICIAM prizes (deadline September 1), the Olga Taussky-Todd lecture award (deadline December 30), and for ICIAM President-elect (deadline August 15). Other articles include reports on activities of some member societies, activities of the International Science Council, and other items of interest.
Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Editor-in-Chief, ICIAM Dianoia
The ICIAM Officers, in consultation with JSIAM, have decided to move the 2021 Board meeting to a virtual format, because of the still uncertain state of COVID-19 travel restrictions between many member countries. We hope that you will understand this difficult decision, and we hope to welcome you in Tokyo for ICIAM 2023, and the 2023 Board meeting.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICIAM has expanded its conference
support to include virtual meetings.
A new President-Elect of ICIAM will be elected this year, and we invite member societies to nominate candidates for President. Nominations should be sent to the ICIAM President (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Secretary (email@example.com) before August 15th, 2021. Please provide the full name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee with the nomination.
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.
The Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture is held every four years at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM). This honor is conferred on a woman who has made 'outstanding contributions in applied mathematics and/or scientific computation'.
The lecture is named in tribute to the memory of Olga Taussky-Todd, whose scientific legacy is in both theoretical and applied mathematics, and whose work exemplifies the qualities to be recognized.
On December 4, 2020, the first MathTech Workshop on Mathematical Technologies for Industry was held in Poland. It was organized by the PL-MATH-IN network as a satellite event of the annual EU-MATH-IN Council Meeting. Originally, the workshop was planned to be held at the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IMPAN) in Warsaw. However, due to the severe epidemic situation in Poland, it took place online.
On June 12, the China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CSIAM) kicked off a two-day forum in Chongqing to discuss how mathematics can promote innovation and development for companies.
The mission of the International Science Council (ISC) is to act as the global voice for science. As part of that mission, the ISC defends the free and responsible practice of science, in accordance with the Council’s Principle of Freedom and Responsibility in Science, UNESCO recommendations, and international human rights instruments.
When the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) kicks off its 2021 meeting on Tuesday 6 July, one question will dominate: how to promote the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in line with the goals of the 2030 Agenda at the same time as building a resilient plan for recovery from the pandemic.
ICIAM is one of 28 leading organizations for this project, which has also enrolled over 70 distinguished supporting organizations. Their goal is to highlight the need to support the basic sciences that have played a fundamental part in development throughout the world, and that are needed even more for progress -- sustainable progress -- in the future. Details are on the website https://www.iybssd2022.org/en/home/.
I remember Bob O’Malley as a larger-then-life character, who had a little-known but profound effect on the development of ANZIAM (which stands for Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics), and on its involvement with ICIAM – a subsequent involvement large enough to include a Congress (the Sydney Congress in 2003) and an Australian President.
There is now a video that collects words of some 86 women in mathematics from 37 countries telling us about their experience in the time of Corona in 25 different languages.
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