all mathematicians who have preliminarily preregistered for the
International Congress of Mathematicians 2002 in Beijing.
Although preparations for ICM-2002 have just begun,
time has come to think of the International Congress of Mathematicians
Following the recommendation of the 1990 General
Assembly in Kobe, Japan, the Executive Committee has approved
the following guidelines for the operation of the Site Committee
1. Site Committee
The Site Committee will consist of the members of
the IMU Executive Committee and the President of the Organizing
Committee of the ICM-2002, see the IMU-server (URL: http://www.mathunion.org/)
for names and details.
2. Invitation of Bids, Deadlines
All Adhering Organizations (your National Adhering
Organization is also listed in the IMU-server) are now formally
invited to place bids to hold ICM-2006. To be considered by the
Site Committee, these bids must be received by the Secretary of
IMU by November 30, 2000; the address can be found below. The
Site Committee will then make its recommendation by May 31, 2001.
The recommendation of the Site Committee will immediately afterwards
be communicated to all Adhering Organizations.
3. Final Decision
The final decision will be taken by the General
Assembly to be held at the middle of August, 2002, just prior
to the ICM-2002 in Beijing. The General Assembly is free to consider
bids placed after November 30, 2000 but the E.C. considers most
advisable that the Adhering Organizations comply with the above
4. Selection Criteria
While it is impossible to spell out precisely all
factors that will influence the final recommendation of the Site
Committee, it will take into account the mathematical ambiance,
the infrastructure and the economic conditions offered by each
bidder, as well as the accessibility of the proposed site and
the broad geographical distribution of congresses. All countries
interested in making a bid are strongly encouraged to do so.
Notes on what information the Site Committee would
like to have for each bid are:
Among other relevant information that each potential host country
may want to supply, the Site Committee wishes to know about the
Clearly, costs may vary considerably from country to country.
However, according to the reports of the latest ICMS, a potential
host country may consider a budget of about 1.5 million US dollars,
of which about 0.5 or 0.6 million US dollars might be raised through
registration fees (such fees should be at most about 200 US dollars).
Again, these numbers may go up or down according to local costs
and facilities. In considering the budget, printing costs of the
Proceedings and other material (posters, announcements, summary
of invited lectures,...) as well as mailing, deserve special attention.
The host country should be prepared to lodge freely about 120
young research mathematicians from developing countries, selected
by IMU; they get their trips paid by IMU through its Special Development
Fund. Also, in special cases, invited speakers are expected to
receive some financial support for attending the meeting when
other funds to cover their expenses are not available. Registration
fees are waived for invited speakers and the above young research
mathematicians from developing countries. On the other hand, it
is to be noted that there is an IMU subvention to the ICM as well
as some provision in its budget to defray costs of the General
Assembly Meeting that takes place just before the Congress; for
1998, these sums amount to 106,000 Swiss Frs. and 16,000 Swiss
It is important that good facilities to hold the Congress are
available. All lectures should take place in sizable, well equipped,
pleasant and audible rooms. Special attention should be given
to the plenary talks.
The city and site of the Congress should be easily accessible.
That is, flight connections from all over the world should be
easily available, as well as transportation to the site of the
Congress. Lodging facilities constitute an important item.
Finally, it is expected that the local mathematical community
gets involved in the preparations of the Congress, so as to create
a nice ambiance during the meeting.
Griffiths Secretary of the International Mathematical
Secretariat Institute for Advanced Study Einstein Drive Princeton,
New Jersey 08540 USA
IMU web page: http://www.mathunion.org