Friday, 25 February 2022 18:59

LMS Statement: ICM 2022

The London Mathematical Society notes with great concern the military situation in Ukraine and the likely impact on the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), which is planned to take place in July in St Petersburg, Russia.

One of the core aims of the Society is to advance the development of mathematical knowledge, both nationally and internationally. Participation in events such as the ICM is an important means of achieving that aim. However, developments in Ukraine greatly diminish the opportunity for effective international collaboration in St Petersburg.

The Society, as the Adhering Organisation to the International Mathematical Union (IMU) for the UK, therefore no longer plans to send delegates to the ICM. The Society strongly recommends that the IMU not hold the ICM in Russia in July 2022.

The Society has been involved in the award of grants to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for the ICM. The Society will be in touch with those awarded these grants in due course to advise on next steps.