# About us

The newly established **International Center for Mathematical Sciences – Sofia** is a dynamic research unit for developing and dissemination of cutting edge new directions in Mathematics. It is affiliated with the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences which is providing the infrastructure for the activities of the Center. The Center is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Activities of the ICMS – Sofia are carried out in collaboration with the Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas at the University of Miami (IMSA) and Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow (HSE University). The ICMS-Sofia is also working in collaboration with Bulgarian universities and institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The Center was created following inspirational discussions with many members of the mathematical community in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian mathematical diaspora. In July 2019, ICMS-Sofia initiated its full-scale presence on the European mathematical scene with the full support of Acad. Julian Revalski, President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The first director of ICMS-Sofia was Acad. Blagovest Sendov.

# Simons Foundation

Grant 2022-2025

The Simons Foundation International, Ltd., (SFI) is funding a project of the International Center for Mathematical Sciences for the period 2022 – 2025.

The grant is aimed at supporting displaced scientists from Ukraine and other countries, organizing international scientific events with the participation of world-renowned and established mathematicians, and opening new research positions for young scientists.

# Events and activities

The mission of the initiative * Women in Mathematics in South-Eastern Europe *is to promote the role of female mathematicians.

The mission will be achieved through series of annual conferences with the main goal to celebrate women in Mathematics, to disseminate new results and create new long-term collaborations among scientists in South-Eastern Europe. We hope Women in Mathematics of South-Eastern Europe will attract the attention of young researchers and researchers from less-favoured countries.

The inaugural conference of the initiative Women in Mathematics in South-Eastern Europe took place in Dec 2020. A special distinguished guest of the inaugural conference was **prof. Mina Teicher** from the Department of Mathematics and Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Prof Teicher is also Director of Emmy Noether Institute for Mathematics.

This meeting has as its main objective bringing together young Bulgarian mathematicians working all over the world.

We envision two main outcomes:

- enriching relations between young mathematicians working in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian mathematical diaspora;
- enhancing the professional development of young Bulgarian mathematicians by presenting new opportunities using the national and European scientific programmes.

The inaugural event of the series was held May 19-20 2021 and commemorated the brightest Bulgarian holiday the Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture and the Slavоnic Alphabet May 24.

# News and Announcements

#### Numerical Calabi-Yau Metrics: An Informal Lecture by Michael R. Douglas

We look forward to welcoming you to ICMS-Sofia on June 29, 2023, at 13:00 (EEST, Sofia time) for an enlightening exploration of Numerical Calabi-Yau Metrics.

#### Introduction to tensor triangular geometry

In a series of four talks, I will try to give a brief introduction to the subject and look at examples and applications following the exposition of universality, functoriality and localization, and triangulated categories and localization. The main references on the subject are the tensor triangulated categories and the Balmer spectrum and some examples and applications.

#### Arc spaces and partition identities

An integer partition of an integer number n is simply a decreasing sequence of integers whose sum is equal to n. Naturally, integer partitions and their theory are ubiquitous in mathematics. I will report on a link between an algebro-geometric invariant of singularities and the theory of integer partitions in the spirit of Ramanujan. The talk is aimed at a wide audience of mathematicians.

#### Consortium Distinguished Lecture Series presents Michael R. Douglas

Michael R. Douglas received his PhD in Physics in 1988 under the supervision of John Schwarz, one of the developers and leading researchers in superstring theory. Douglas is best known for his work in string theory, for the development of matrix models (the first nonperturbative formulations of string theory), for his work on Dirichlet branes and on noncommutative geometry in string theory, and for the development of the statistical approach to string phenomenology. He has influenced the developments of modern mathematics by finding interpretations of branes on the language of derived categories and introducing the theory of stability conditions for categories.