International Centre for Mathematics in Ukraine will be established

A new international centre for mathematics is being founded in Ukraine, with the involvement of some of the world’s top mathematicians and the support of the Ukrainian government. The mission of the Centre will be to support top-level research in mathematics, with special emphasis on training younger generations of mathematicians and the development of mathematics in Ukraine.


Building on a strong mathematical tradition in Ukraine, the new Centre will be driven by excellence and freedom in research. It will become a place where mathematicians from all over the world can exchange new ideas, collaborate and share their knowledge with researchers.

The Centre is proudly supported by XTX Markets, its Founding and Principal Donor.

Companies, other research centres, institutes, funding agencies and foundations are invited to become partners of the Centre.

The location of the centre is yet to be determined. With the intention of running thematic programmes and fellowships, researchers will be invited to attend the centre physically only once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, events will be arranged with partner institutions worldwide.

As an independent foundation, the Centre will be governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of leading figures from its partner organisations and donors. A Scientific Board will oversee its mathematical programmes and activities. The setup phase is being led by the Centre’s Coordination Committee and an international Advisory Board consisting of outstanding mathematicians. Among these are four Fields Medal winners: 

  • Vladimir Drinfeld (University of Chicago), 
  • Peter Scholze (University of Bonn and Director of the Max Planck Institute),
  • Maryna Viazovska (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and 
  • Efim Zelmanov (University of California in San Diego).

The first support meeting for the creation of the ICMU was held on 12 January at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Paris.

Following the meeting, French mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, former president of the European Research Council, said he was “very honoured” to have been elected as the first member of the ICMU’s board of trustees.