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Report on the
Fifth International Joint Meeting of the AMS and the Sociedad Matemática Mexicana (SMM)

May 23-26, 2001

Morelia, Mexico

John Bryant, AMS Associate Secretary

Report on the 5th Joint Meeting of the
American Mathematical Society and the Sociedad Matemática Mexicana

Morelia Michoacán, México, May 23-26, 2001

The 5th joint meeting of the AMS and SMM was a great success both for the scientific quality of its program and in reinforcing the ties between the Mexican and American mathematical communities. The excellent relationships developed between mathematicians from Mexico and the US during past joint meetings was further enhanced by the 2001 meeting in Morelia. There were a total number of 442 participants. In addition to the 6 invited addresses (3 Mexican and 3 from the US), there were 17 special sessions with 313 invited talks (162 Mexican and 152 others, mostly from the US).

The Mexican hosts did an outstanding job of organizing the meeting and dealing with local arrangements. Opening ceremonies and the first invited address were followed by a reception, all of which were held at the Centro Cultural Universitario de la UMSNH. Registration and the remaining five invited addresses took place at the Hotel Fiesta Inn, the conference hotel. Special sessions were held at the Instituto de Matemáticas UNAM. In addition, there were two cultural events, a purépecha dance and music show and an organ recital in the cathedral, and two tours, one of Morelia and one to Pátzcuaro. The meeting closed with a banquet, complete with mariachis and dancing. Although the various venues were separated from each other by some distance, the organizers arranged ample transportation for the participants for all events.

Organizing committees were as follows:
Executive Committee: Robert J. Daverman and Emilio Lluis Puebla
Program Committee: Alejandro Adem, John Bryant, Fernando Galaz, Jesús Muciño, John Neuberger, Pablo Padilla, Carlos Signoret, Ronnie Wells
Central Committee: Raymundo Bautista, Andrea Casillas, Emilio Lluis Puebla, Jesús Muciño, Pablo Padilla, Gerardo Raggi, Sevin Recillas, Lino Resendis, Isidro Romero, Leonardo Salmerón, Carlos Signoret, Gerardo Tinoco, Petr Zhevandrov

Sponsors for the meeting included Sociedad Matemática Mexicana, American Mathematical Society, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Instituto de Física y Matemáticas de la Universidad Michoacana, Escuela de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas de la Universidad Michoacana, Instituto de Matemáticas de la UNAM Coordinación del Campus de la UNAM en Morelia, Coordinación de la Investigación Científica UNAM, Instituto Michoacano de Cultura, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Subsecretaría de Educación Superior e Investigación Científica Universidad Latina de América, and Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.

It was agreed that the next joint AMS-SMM meeting should be held somewhere in the US in 2004.

Respectfully submitted,
John Bryant

02-Oct-2001 ,


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