Recognizing the Department of Mathematics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) for its outstanding dedication to advancing mathematics in the region, it has been honored with the title of Emerging Regional Centre of Excellence (ERCE) by the Commission of Developing Countries of the European Mathematical Society (EMS). This distinction underscores LUMS’ pivotal role in nurturing mathematical education and research, solidifying its status as a premier institution in the field.

Leveraging its international reputation, the Department of Mathematics is presently hosting the esteemed CIMPA Research School on Algebra and Algebraic Geometry for Applications, running from February 26 to March 8, 2024. This event, organized in collaboration with the Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA), founded in France in 1978, aims to empower participants with contemporary algebraic and geometric methodologies and their practical implications.

The CIMPA School brings together distinguished mathematicians from across the globe to share their insights. Among the esteemed speakers are Dr. Thomas Kahle from Otto-von-Guericke Universitat Magdeburg, Germany; Ms. Sara Saeedi Madani from Amirkabir University of Technology and IPM, Iran; Dr. Carlos Amendola from Technical University of Berlin, Germany; Dr. Aida Maraj from the University of Michigan, USA; Dr. Beatriz Pascual Escudero from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain; Dr. Miruna-Stefana Sorea from “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania; alongside local luminaries Dr. Imran Anwar and Dr. Shaheen Nazir from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Enthusiasts from various nations including Iran, Vietnam, Canada, Germany, and Spain have convened at LUMS for this intellectually enriching event, with many others participating remotely. The CIMPA School is co-hosted by IBA Karachi, drawing participants from Karachi and Sindh to partake in lectures at the IBA premises. Throughout the event, speakers will deliver talks from both LUMS and IBA venues.

Dr. Imran Anwar, Associate Professor at LUMS, expressed his enthusiasm during the CIMPA launch ceremony, stating, “In a world propelled by data and innovation, grasping the practical applications of algebra and geometry is paramount. We are delighted to host the CIMPA Research School, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among mathematicians globally.”

By assembling experts and enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds and regions, the CIMPA School facilitates the exchange of ideas, collaborative initiatives, and enduring partnerships. It signifies a significant step forward in the realm of mathematical research and education. The success of this endeavor is indebted to the unwavering support of esteemed partners and contributors, including CIMPA, ICTP (Italy), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the European Mathematical Society (EMS), and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The CIMPA School epitomizes the spirit of collaboration and inclusivity, nurturing a cohesive global community in pursuit of mathematical excellence.

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