The Macau 2000 Conference

Organizing Committee


Location and Accommdation



Tentative Sponsors

The Program

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An international conference on the general subject of the scientific and cultural role of Mathematics in the history of civilization, and in the future development of mankind, will take place in Macau, China, January 11-14, 2000, in the framework of World Mathematical Year 2000.

The conference will consist of invited lectures, round tables and communications in mini-symposia on the topics:

Invited Speakers

E.R.Arantes e Oliveira (Portugal) D. Mumford (USA)
D. G.Crighton (UK) M. S. Narasimhan (India)
C. Dafermos (USA) J. Palis (Brazil)
I. Fonseca (Portugal/USA) QI Min-You (China)
Wu-Yi HSIANG (Hong-Kong) A. Quarteroni (Italy)
G. Kahn (France) M. Rabin (Israel)
J. Mawhin (Belgium) L. Saraiva (Portugal)
S. Mori (Japan) WU Wen-Jun (China)

Round Tables

Focusing on various topics, the following round tables with the participation of invited speakers are being arranged:

Mathematics, History and Culture
(organized by J. F. Queiró, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Mathematics, Technology and Development
(organized by A. Damlamian, University of Paris XII & Ecole Polytechnique, France)

Mathematics, Computer and Information Society
(organized by ZHOU Chao Chen, International Institute for Software Technology, United Nations University, Macau)

Mini-Symposia and Individual Contributions

The Conference now invites proposals for mini-symposia. A mini-symposium is a session of 3-5 speakers focusing on a topic and lasting for two hours. The organizer of a mini-symposium invites the speakers and decides on the topics to be addressed. Those interested in organizing a mini-symposium should submit a proposal to the Organizing Committee (Email by no later than 15 Nov. 99. A proposal (preferably prepared in Latex, and submitted through email) should include information on the organizer, title and summary (about 100 words) of the mini-symposium, the speakers and the titles of their presentations. Formal notification of acceptance will be given. Individual contributed presentations will also be considered and gathered in mini-symposia by the Conference.

Organizing Committee

The conference is a joint Portuguese-Chinese initiative, and it will be held under the advice of an international Scientific Committee, composed by

E. R.Arantes e Oliveira (Lisboa)
D. G.Crighton (Cambridge)
C. Dafermos (Providence, RI)
GU Chaohao (Shanghai)
G. Kahn (Paris)
LI Ta-tsien (Shanghai)
J-L. Lions (Chairman, Paris)
J. Palis (Rio de Janeiro)
J. F. Rodrigues (Lisboa)

Organizing Committee:

Graciano Neves de Oliveira, Department of Mathematics, University of Coimbra, president of the Portuguese Mathematical Society;
João Filipe Queiró, Department of Mathematics, University of Coimbra, representing the Centro Internacional de Matemática.

YU Chong-hua, Department of Mathematics, Fudan University, Shanghai;
ZHANG Wen-ling, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing.

IU Vai Pan, Rector of University of Macau;
Raymond CHENG, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau;
ZHOU Chao Chen, Director of UNU/IIST, International Institute for Software Technology, United Nations University.


The working language of the Conference is English, which will be used for all printed materials, presentations and discussion.

Location and Accommodation

The city of Macau, in the South of China, with its University, good hotel facilities and an international airport, in addition to being close to Hong Kong, is an ideal location for such a meeting. In particular, Macau has strong historical significance as a bridge of commercial and cultural exchanges between East and West. After a long period of European presence (Portuguese administration since 1557), it will return to Chinese administration in December 1999.
(Macau Web Servers and Sites)

The Conference will be held at the University of Macau. Information about accommodation in a range of hotels will be available in the registration brochure or upon request.


The registration fee is US$200, which will cover banquet, lunches, tea breaks, and local tour. Deadline for registration is 30 Nov. 99. Registration brochure, including accommodation information, will be distributed upon registration. Online registration is available, or you can send your printed registration to:

Dr. Raymond C. M. Cheng
Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Macau

Fax (853) 838 314
* Registration fee will be collected during the Conference.

Further information can be obtained from Macau 2000 Secretariat:

c/o Prof. YU Chong-hua
Department of Mathematics
Fudan University
Shanghai 200433, China
Tel: (86)-21-65642342
Fax: (86)-21-65648274

c/o Prof. IU Vai Pan
Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Macau
P.O. Box 3001, Macau
Tel: (853) 3974363    Fax: (853) 838314

c/o Prof. João Filipe Queiró
Centro Internacional Matemática
Complexo do Observatório Astronómico
Almas de Freire, 3040 Coimbra, Portugal
Tel: (351) 39-445371     (Fax) (351) 39-445380


The Conference intends to produce a book under its theme with the invited and selected written contributions.

Tentative sponsors

CHINA: Fudan University; Insitiut Sino-Français de Mathématiques Appliquées; Mathematical Center of the Ministry of Education of China; National Natural Science Foundation of China; Shanghai Association for Science and Technology; Chinese mathematical Society; Chinese SIAM; Shanghai Mathematical Society.

MACAU: Foundation for the Cooperation and Development of Macau; Fundação Macau; International Institute for Software Technology, United Nations University; University of Macau.

PORTUGAL: Centro Internacional de Matemática; Comissão Nacional da UNESCO; Fundação Oriente; Instituto de Cooperação Científica e Tecnológica Internacional; Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática; Universidade de Coimbra; Universidade de Lisboa.

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Last updated on 25 November, 1999