The symposium will explore the distribution of mathematical talent and the opportunities to develop that talent as well as the intellectual and economic consequences arising from this distribution. It is postulated that mathematical talent is spread more or less equally between all nations and peoples, but the opportunities to develop this talent is concentrated in developed nations. The MENAO symposium will highlight countries and regions that have, within a relatively short period of time, seen immense improvements in economic development and societal well-being and explore the relationship between this development and the mathematical understanding of the nations in question.
The event, hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), will bring potential sponsors and cooperation partners together with projects and organizations related to mathematics in developing countries. Highlighting past achievements and identifying future opportunities will also be part of the program.
The day-long symposium will include an overview of the development of mathematics in Korea and Chile, and its relationship with economic development, talks from senior economists from Stanford and Cambridge and Fields medallists and mathematicians from a variety of developing countries.
Participants will include international organisations like UNESCO and ICSU, foundations like Simons Foundation, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation and Klaus Tschira Foundation, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM, India), German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (AvH), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW), ministers, ambassadors and other interested parties.
More information can be found at: http://www.mathunion.org/cdc/menao/