ESTABLISHED IN 1981 BY THE FRENCH MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY,
CIRM IS MEETING NEW CHALLENGES AND STRENGTHENING
ITS ALREADY SOLID FOUNDATIONS
The Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (CIRM) is quite a unique place. Situated on the doorstep of the Calanques National Park, a famous nature reserve in the South of France, the aim of this Centre is to offer the best welcome to researchers from around the world. Scientists can work together, exchange ideas, share their knowledge and advance the key issues of their discipline. They can also develop ambitious projects with the other sciences and pass on their knowledge and findings to young researchers and doctoral students.
CIRM, often known as ‘Luminy’, the campus where it is situated, is a nursery for talent, a mathematical melting pot. A particular feature of the centre is its residential quality. With CIRM’s dedicated team on hand to take care of their needs, researchers can focus exclusively on their scientific projects.
Combining excellence with a quality venue
Jointly managed by the SMF French Mathematical Society and by the CNRS National Center for Scientific Research, CIRM works in partnership with Aix-Marseille University and with the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. It is one of the leading mathematics centres in terms of visitors. An international
scientific board monitors the quality of the events organized and selects the recipients of the Jean-Morlet Chair, created in 2013. CIRM is also a key partner in two Research Departments
of Excellence in France: Carmin and Archimède and an active member of international networks such as the European Research Centres On Mathematics (ERCOM).
Increasing its capacity and enhancing its scientific policy
As a well-known centre for worldwide mathematicians, CIRM welcomes over 3,500 visitors annually. The number
of excellent proposals received each year is very high and, in order to respond to this growing popularity, the centre is embarking on new building developments (new conference hall,
larger seminar room and additional bedrooms) so as to accommodate several events simultaneously by late
2018. Our scientific policy is also evolving to welcome new types of