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Major Math Conference Will Not Be Held in Russia

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The ceremony for the Fields Medal and other ICM 2022 awards will be held at an undecided location outside of Russia.

Organizers of The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), a prominent mathematical conference that was set to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in July, announced on Saturday (February 26) that the event would be fully virtual and hosted outside of Russia this year.

"We strongly condemn the actions by Russia. Our deepest sympathy goes to our Ukrainian colleagues and the Ukrainian people. Given this situation, it is impossible for the IMU to host the ICM and the GA [general assembly] as traditional in-person events in Russia," the meeting's executive committee said in a statement. 

Concerns about the location began shortly after it was announced at the 2018 ICM held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which drew 10,506 attendees.

Some questioned why it took the International Mathematical Union, which runs the meeting, so long to change course. "We welcome the decision of the IMU to pull the International Congress of Mathematicians from Russia," a group of Ukrainian mathematicians said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this right call was not made before the full scale invasion of the Russian troops to our country."

From Scientific American
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