About the International Day of Mathematics
The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on March 14 all countries will be invited to participate through activities for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries and other spaces.
March 14 was chosen as the date for the IDM because it was already celebrated in many countries as Pi Day, based on the fact that some countries write it as 3/14 and the mathematical constant Pi is approximately 3.14.
The International Day of Mathematics project is led by the International Mathematical Union with the support of numerous international and regional organizations from all over the world. It was proclamated by UNESCO on the 40th session of the General Conference, November 26, 2019. The first celebration was held on March 14, 2020.
Goals of the IDM
The International Day of Mathematics is the opportunity the explain and celebrate the essential role that mathematics and mathematics education play in breakthroughs in science and technology, improving the quality of life, empowering women and girls, and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda (SDG1-17) of the United Nations.
The major goals of an International Day of Mathematics, with expected benefits for students, for teachers, for women and girls and for society at large are to:
- Improve understanding among the general public, decision makers and in schools, of the importance of mathematics in education;
- Contribute to capacity building in mathematical and scientific education, with special focus on girls and children from developing countries (SDG4);
- Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in mathematics (SDG5);
- Improve understanding among the general public, with decision makers and in schools of the importance of mathematics as a tool for developments which lead to more prosperous economy circumstances (SDG9);
- Emphasize the importance of basic research in mathematical sciences as the seed to breakthroughs in technology and the management of society (SDG8);
- Highlight the role of mathematics in the organization of modern society, including economic, financial, health and transport systems, telecommunications in the quest for human well-being, etc. (SDG3);
- Raise awareness of the role of mathematics in fighting disasters, epidemics, emerging diseases, invasive species (SDG11);
- Highlight the role of mathematics in moving to a circular economy of sustainability compatible with preservation of biodiversity (SDG14 and 15);
- Equip the general public and young people with tools for understanding the planetary challenges and the capacity to respond as knowledgeable citizens;
- Increase international networking and collaborations in public awareness of mathematics;
- Increase the access to information, providing a simple way to give citizens a choice in all aspects of their daily life.
The Klaus Tschira Stiftung supports the IDM’s websites, communication, digital tools, and content from the first edition in 2019. Since 2021 the Simons Foundation has supported IDM activities in Africa and Latin America.
Other organizations supported various IDM activities:
The Proclamation of the IDM
The International Day of Mathematics project was initiated by the International Mathematical Union with the support of the following organizations:
- The International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM),
- The Committee for Women in Mathematics of IMU (CWM),
- The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI),
- The African Mathematical Union (AMU),
- The European Mathematical Society (EMS),
- The Mathematical Council of the Americas (MCA)
- The Unión Matemática de América Latina y el Caribe (UMALCA),
- The Southeast Asian Mathematical Society (SEAMS)
- The Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA)
- The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
- The Centre international de mathématiques pures et appliquées (CIMPA)
- The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
- The African Women in Mathematics Association (AWMA)
- The African Mathematical Union Commission of African Women in Mathematics (AMU-CAWM)
- The European Women in Mathematics (EWM)
- The International Science Council (ISC)
It was proclaimed by UNESCO on the 40th session of the General Conference, November 26, 2019. The first celebration was held on March 14, 2020.
National IDM Ambassadors help us spread the celebration in their countries, act as a link with school networks, local math organizations and the press. Also, they often take part in organizing events in their countries.
If your country doesn’t have an ambassador and you want to be considered, please contact us.
Rachid Bebbouchi, IDM Governing Board.
Djamel Eddine Cheriet, Société mathématique d'Algérie.
Maria de Natividade, Universidade Agostinho Neto.
Antonio Cafure, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento.
Joseph Khoury, University of Ottawa and Canadian Mathematical Society.
Christiane Rousseau, IDM Governing Board.
Laura Gomez Borneo, IDM Governing Board.
Rafael Zamora Calero, Univerdidad de Costa Rica.
Rosa Alicia Cardenas, Cuban Society of Mathematics and Computing.
Lydie El-Halougi, Collège Eugène Delacroix (Roissy-en-Brie), Les Maths en Scène.
Houria Lafrance, Les Maths en scène.
Nathalie France Braun, Lycée Rosa Parks, Thionville.
Andreas Matt, IMAGINARY, IDM Governing Board.
Anita Rampal, IDM Governing Board.
Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Alice Hachem, Collège de la Sagesse.
Christiane Jeitani, Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.
Aubin Arroyo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
António Batel Anjo, Higher Institute of Science and Technology.
Martin Lukarevski, Univerzitet Goce Delcev.
Imran Anwar, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Jeanette Shakalli, FUNDAPROMAT.
Hernán Neciosup Puican, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Carlota Simões, IDM Governing Board.
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Hong-Bin Chen (陳宏賓), National Chung Hsing University (NCHU).
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Juvenal Espirito Santo, Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe.
Oh Nam Kwon, IDM Governing Board.
Samia Achour, Université de Tunis.
Betül Tanbay, IDM Governing Board.