What are Associate Members?
At its 15th General Assembly in August 2006 at Santiago de Compostela, Spain the IMU introduced Associate Members as new type of IMU membership. In contrast to ordinary membership an Associate Member does not need independent scientific activity. It is assumed that an Associate Member is determined to develop its mathematical landscape and has the will to become an IMU Member after four to eight years of associate membership.
The International Mathematical Union welcomed its first Associate Members
in October 2007. Their Associate Membership was extended in 2011 and ended in September 2015. Ecuador successfully applied for IMU Membership, Ecuador is a full IMU Member since June 2014. Two further countries
were admitted by postal ballot as IMU Associate Members as of October 2008 and August 2009, respectively. Kenya’s Associate Membership ended in September 2016. Kenya successfully applied for IMU Membership, Kenya is a full IMU Member since October 2016. Thailand's Associate Membership was meanwhile extended until July 2017.
became IMU Associate Members as a result of the 16th General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union which took place in Bangalore, India, on August 16-17, 2010. The Associate Membership of Cambodia, Moldova, Nepal and Oman was extended until August 2018.
were admitted by postal ballot as IMU Associate Members as of August 2012. Malaysia successfully applied for IMU Membership, Malaysia is a full IMU Member since July 2016. Madagascar's Associate Membership was extended until July 2020.
was admitted by postal ballot as IMU Associate Member as of June 2014. The 17th General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union, which took place inGyeongju, Republic of Korea, decided to admit
as new Associate Members (until August 2018).
was admitted by postal ballot as IMU Associate Member as of November 2016.
The IMU asks countries interested in Associate Membership to read the IMU Membership Guidelines and to contact the IMU Secretary <secretary(at)mathunion.org> concerning the application procedure.
The IMU Statutes describe this type of membership as follows:
III. Associate Membership
- To encourage a country to become a Member of IMU, a country may adhere to the Union as an Associate Member through an Adhering Organization as described in article 3.
- The Adhering Organization of an Associate Member shall form a Committee for Mathematics as described in article 5.
- When an application is made for Associate Membership of the Union, the Executive Committee shall examine the application and make a recommendation thereon to the Members of the Union by correspondence or at a meeting of the General Assembly. The Members shall accept or reject the application in the light of this recommendation and of any other considerations before them either by postal ballot or at a meeting of the General Assembly.
- A country that has previously been a Member of the Union is not eligible to apply for Associate Membership.
- Associate Membership is for a period of four years from the date of election, renewable for one further period of four years on request to the Secretary of the Union. Associate Members are normally expected to apply for membership of the Union beginning no later than eight years from the date of election.
- Extensions of Associate Membership beyond a period of eight years from the date of election may be granted for further periods of four years at a time. A request for such a four-year extension must be made to the Secretary of the Union. The Executive Committee shall examine the request and make a recommendation thereon to the Members of the Union by correspondence, by e-mail, or at a meeting of the General Assembly. The Members shall accept or reject the application in the light of this recommendation and of any other considerations before them either by postal or at a meeting of the General Assembly.