Mathematics for Action
Published on March 14 to mark International Mathematics Day, Mathematics for Action: Supporting Science-Based Decision Making is a series of policy briefs produced by UNESCO, the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) of Canada, the International Mathematical Union, the International Science Council and their partners.
Christiane Rousseau with CRM’s assistance was the manager of the toolkit project, which was produced by a consortium composed of the:
- African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
- African Mathematical Union (AMU)
- Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM)
- UNESCO Cat II centre CIMPA (Centre international de mathématiques pures et appliquées)
- European Mathematical Society (EMS)
- Institut des Sciences mathématiques et de leurs interactions (INSMI) of CNRS
- Institut de valorisation des données (IVADO), Canada
- International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
- International Mathematical Union (IMU)
- International Science Council (ISC)
Mathematics for Action: Supporting Science-Based Decision-Making focuses on engaging stories of mathematics in action. Written by mathematicians and thought leaders from across the globe, the collection of briefs provides a fascinating demonstration of the role of maths in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges in the face of accelerating global change. They cover a wide spectrum of topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals, from drawing maps of poverty to measuring the gender gap, modeling a pandemic and food systems, forecasting climate change, and measuring biodiversity. These issues are complex and multi-faceted and call for diverse perspectives and interdisciplinary solutions.