ICM Newsletter 5 – ICM opens its arms to developing countries

Henrique Bursztyn
Henrique Bursztyn
A central challenge in organizing an ICM is to promote participation from all regions in the world, including economically disadvantaged areas. This concern is particularly present in ICM 2018, the first to take place in Latin America. Our region has traditionally profited from financial aid programs and is keenly aware of their far-reaching impact.

It is thus a great pleasure for the ICM 2018 organizing committee to launch the "Open Arms program", which will offer travel grants to mathematicians from developing countries to attend the ICM in Rio de Janeiro. We are confident that this initiative is a key step in ensuring a significant representation from all regions of the world in the most important event in Mathematics.

The Open Arms program will grant 550 travel awards, 200 of which to mathematicians working in countries in Latin America other than Brazil. The program is sponsored by IMPA and the Brazilian Mathematical Society, alongside with a generous offer of 50 travel grants from the International Mathematical Union. Applications to the program will be open from April 15 to October 15, 2017. The selection will be merit-based with special attention given to participation by early- career mathematicians and women, as well as to geographic balance. The exact amount of each award will depend on the committee's evaluation and budget constraints. Details on how to apply, including a list of eligible countries, can be found at the link at the end of the text.

The Brazilian mathematical community is excited to promote inclusiveness through the Open Arms program. Recipients of the travel grants will bring back the full ICM experience to their home countries, sharing and celebrating the main recent achievements in their fields. Our own experience as beneficiaries of such aid makes us confident in the long-lasting impact of this initiative.

Meanwhile, feel free to browse our other news items. A list of accommodation options is now available, featuring several hotels with special rates for ICM 2018. We also have new articles on the Brazilian Mathematics Festival, on ICM mascot Aramat, and on Brazilian mathematical pioneer Otto de Alencar Silva. Last, but not least, we remind readers of important ICM 2018 deadlines for abstract submissions and support.

Henrique Bursztyn
ICM 2018 Head for Participant Support

Useful Links

Open Arms Financial Support Program –

Also in ICM News

Accommodation information – official hotels
The ICM 2018 Organization has a list of suggested accommodation options with promotional rates. Follow the link for more information.

A celebration of Math for all to see
The “Festival da Matemática” will be celebrated in Rio and throughout Brazil on April/2017.

The story of Aramat
The mascot for ICM and the Biennium of Math in Brazil is the brainchild of high school students in Minas Gerais.

Otto de Alencar Silva, pioneer educator in higher Mathematics
A biographical sketch of a transitional figure in Brazilian higher Mathematics, by professor Gervasio Gurgel Bastos from Ceará.


Remain up to date with our deadlines for early registration, abstract submission and financial support.

Satellite Conferences: Proposal Submission Timeframes

March 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.

Travel Grants Program

Open April 15, 2017
Close October 15, 2017
The list of grantees will be published by November 30, 2017

Pre-registration and registration

Open September 04, 2017
Early Advance April 27, 2018 (reduced registration fee)
Advance July 13, 2018 (less – reduced registration fee)
On site GA (General Assembly participants only) July 26 through 28, 2018
On site ICM July 29 through August 09, 2018

Submission of Short Communications & Posters

Open September 04, 2017
Close January 05, 2018
The selection results will be published by February 28, 2018