2016! Although not devoid of uncertainties, the new year has had a more auspicious start than the last. We take this opportunity to extend our warmest wishes for 2016 to all our partners.
As this new year unfolds, the mathematical planet is quite active on the international stage of large science conferences, from the huge Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle to the Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore. In France, the highest authorities of the State have just confirmed their support for Paris as a candidate to host the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians.
Mathematical sciences are also involved in some major societal debates, such as the evolution of climate or cybersecurity, the first topic submitted to the newly-created Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission. And in a world torn by conflict, their universality remains an inspiration.
The IHP will make the most of 2016, engaging in varied research (information theory, calculability, string theory, numerical simulations) and dialogue with society (Sophie Germain postage stamp, New Mathematical Horizons symposium, Claude Shannon centenary).
And for our institute and its supervising bodies (CNRS and UPMC), there will also be the launch of the IHP+ project, thanks to which in the next few years our House of Mathematics will double its floor area and will prepare to welcome several thousand visitors annually. The foundations of the project were laid in 2015 (public investment, creation of our Circle of Partners), and it will truly get underway now, with the launch of mixed steering committees that allow us to work side by side; the creation of our Fonds de dotation; and the first issue of this quarterly information letter in which you will find our news, provisional timetables and calls for contribution/participation.
Welcome on board this great venture of public interest, a venture that brings us – and will bring many more – together around a shared interest in mathematics.
Professor at University of Lyon
Head of the Henri Poincaré Institute
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