Call for Proposals for the 2020 AMS Short Courses

The AMS Short Course Subcommittee (SHORTCOURS) invites submissions of preliminary proposals for Short Courses to be offered on January 13-14, 2020, in coordination with the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver, Colorado. Members of the mathematical community are also welcome to suggest names of colleagues who are potential organizers.

A short course typically incorporates a sequence of survey lectures and other activities focused on a single theme of applied mathematics during the two days immediately preceding the JMM. Its goal is to provide professional and in-training mathematicians an introduction that can:

  • satisfy the curiosity of those new to the subject
  • provide an entrée to new research topics
  • inspire new methods of problem solving
  • be part of the participants' professional development and continuing education

Usually there are about six lectures, and it is anticipated that the proceedings of the Short Course will be published in the AMS series Proceedings of Symposia in Applied Mathematics. A list of past short courses is available on our website.

Preliminary proposals may be as short as one page, and suggestions and questions are welcome. More detailed guidance is available in the Short Course Manual. Proposals should be sent via email to the Associate Executive Director ( with a cc to Robin Hagan Aguiar ( For full consideration for the 2020 Short Courses, proposals should be submitted by December 18, 2018.

Audience, Methodology, and Focus

The mathematical background, knowledge, and experience of the participants vary greatly: from novice to specialist, from graduate student (or even undergraduate or high school student) to senior professor, from college (two-year or four-year) teacher to researcher or industrial practitioner. That said, a short course targeted on individuals with a solid background in undergraduate mathematics is most likely to draw interest and satisfy participants. Lectures overall should be coherent in terms of theme, terminology, and notation; the speakers need to keep in mind that their audience consists of non-specialists, and each talk should begin with ideas that are readily accessible to everyone. Ideally, lectures lead to an indication of the "state of the art," but in a way that acknowledges challenging aspects without placing too many technical or conceptual roadblocks in the way of the participants.

The Short Course Committee is also interested in proposals that go beyond the traditional course in methodology and subject matter. Proposers might be interested in a webinar format or other mechanisms for reaching an audience that extends beyond those at the JMM site. Or they may want to appeal to mathematicians who are considering careers in business, industry, government, and nonprofit sectors that utilize mathematical training and experience. The committee would welcome fresh ideas for ways to continue the opportunities for the mathematical community that the Short Course represents.

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