The announcements and prize ceremonies for the IMU Awards, Prizes, and Special Lecture form a very important part of an ICM program. In particular the Fields medals, which recognize outstanding mathematical achievement, and are considered by many to be the highest honors in mathematics and the very
first IMU Abacus Medal,
honoring groundbreaking contributions in scientific computing and mathematical aspects of computer science, will be awarded at the ICM Opening Ceremony. Of no lesser importance are the
Chern Medal, Leelavati Prize, and the
Emmy Noether Lecture.