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Joint Meeting of the AMS and Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática

The First Joint International Meeting of the AMS and the Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática (SBM) was held at Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 4-7, 2008. The meeting drew over 400 participants.

"I think this was a very special occasion in the scientific relation between the two mathematical communities." --- Jorge P. Zubelli (IMPA), co-organizer of the joint AMS-SMB meeting


Photographs courtesy of IMPA, which has posted more photographs of the meeting.

The scientific program, organized by representatives of both societies, included plenary speakers from each society. The invited speakers were:

  • Ruy Exel, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Noncommutative dynamics
  • Velimir Jurdjevic, University of Toronto, Integrable Hamiltonian systems on symmetric spaces
  • Andre Nachbin, IMPA, Wave dynamics: Asymptotics with differential operators and solutions
  • Richard M. Schoen, Stanford University, Riemannian manifolds of positive curvature
  • Ivan P. Shestakov, University of Sao Paulo, Automorphisms of free algebras
  • Amie Wilkinson, Northwestern University, Partially hyperbolic dynamics

There were 15 special sessions on the program.

Since the AMS's first joint international meeting with the London Mathematical Society in 1992, the AMS has co-sponsored 23 meetings with sister societies in their host countries, and upcoming in 2008 is the first Joint Meeting of the AMS and the Shanghai Mathematical Society, to be held in Shanghai, China (December 17-21). International meetings are a valuable addition to the Society's programs that foster contacts and collaborations.



--- Annette Emerson, AMS Public Awareness Officer