The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the most influential meeting in pure and applied mathematics as well as one of the world’s oldest scientific congresses. The first ICM took place in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1897. ICMs are organized every four years by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in partnership with the host country’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The IMU considers the organization of the ICMs to be its most important focus.
The goal of the ICM is to present a panorama of mathematics, including all fields of study and different geographic regions, and thus point to future areas of progress for the science. The ICM plenary and invited speakers are mathematicians of the highest quality, able to present current research trends to a broad mathematical audience.
The ICM opening ceremony is always a festive event, attracting the attention of millions of people from around the world, mathematics professionals and enthusiasts alike. At the opening ceremony, the names of new IMU award winners are announced, including Fields Medal winners. The significance of this moment is traditionally recognized by the presence of the head of state. IMU prizes are the highest distinctions in the mathematical world.
The ICM program includes a broad spectrum of events, including plenary and invited lectures, panels, public lectures, outreach events, social events, short communications, and poster presentations. The calendar of events starts taking shape about a year prior to the opening of the ICM.