Conferences, Outreach and Infrastructure

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Simons Symposia

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Cornell University Library has received a five-year funding commitment of $350,000 per year from the Simons Foundation to secure the sustainability of arXiv during 2013-2017. Combined with Cornell’s annual commitment, the foundation’s five-year grant will provide a strong financial basis for arXiv’s operation and build confidence in the durability of a community-supported business model. The grant will encourage long-term community support by lowering arXiv membership fees, making participation affordable to a broad range of institutions. Most importantly, the participation of the Simons Foundation in ensuring arXiv’s future will underscore the importance of the scholarly communication forum for the scientific community.

Math Encounters

Math Encounters is a new public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the Museum of Mathematics.

Please see the Museum of Mathematics website for further information:


In the spring of 2012, the Simons Foundation provided funding for the Gathering4Gardner 10 Conference to promote and broaden areas of mathematics recreation, illusions, magic, puzzles, math art and the like.

The Gathering4Gardner was conceived by friends of Martin Gardner as a celebration honoring the mathematician, puzzler, philosopher and polymath for his contributions to mathematical games, illusions and origami. The objectives of the biannual Gathering are to “encourage the work of amateurs and young people by bringing them in contact with professional scholars, world-class expositors and innovative performers in venues that promote the cross-discipline fertilization of ideas and participation with each other in their common interests.”

Canada/USA Mathcamp Alumni Network

In 2012, the Simons Foundation awarded a seed grant to support the Canada/USA Mathcamp Alumni Network at the Mathematics Foundation of America, to provide after-program support for alumni and build a source of sustainable funding for Mathcamp.

Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive five-week summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose them to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. Each year brings together 115 students to explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study. The camp location rotates among several college campuses; Mathcamp 2012 marked the 20th summer and was hosted at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Wash.

For current Mathcamp students, a strong alumni community provides valuable support and advice as they apply to college. For alumni, this network of peers and mentors provides connections to jobs and to a social community in every major North American city. To Mathcamp itself, the alumni are the backbone: donors, the strongest recruiters of new students, summer program staff, and the link to corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Click here to read a feature article about Mathcamp.

MPE2013-Simons Public Lecture Series

The Simons Foundation has provided funding to the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) to support the MPE2013-Simons Public Lecture Series. The foundation will support three out of the nine proposed lectures, each of which will involve a leading expert from academia or a high-profile public figure who will explain how the mathematical sciences play a significant role in understanding and solving planet Earth’s current important problems.

MPE2013 is an initiative that will showcase the essential relevance of mathematics in meeting the global challenges now facing our planet. These broadly interpreted challenges involve natural processes and biodiversity; human systems of great complexity such as economic and financial systems; frameworks for resource management, transportation, and energy production and utilization; health-care delivery; and social organizations. Coordinated activities will take place around the planet throughout 2013.

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