Inaugural Ceremony of the International Research School On Dynamical Systems and its Applications to Biology, set up by the Local Organizing Committee of CIMPA
Speech by H. E. Mrs Marie-Annick Bourdin, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh
Honorable Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, Dr Md Akhtaruzzman
Honorable Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury,
Mr Nurul Alam, Trustee, AF Mujibur Rahman Foundation,
Prof Dr Amal Krishna Halder, Chairman Department of Mathematics of Dhaka University Dr Shahidul Islam, Director of the Department of Mathematics of Dhaka University,
CIMPA Representatives : Pr Dr Lidia Fernandez Rodriguez and Pr Dr Renaud Leplaideur, and your colleagues from Brazil, France, India, Indonesia, present here today,
Dear invited Deans, Professors, Faculty members of Mathematics and applied Mathematics,
I am very honored and happy to be with you today to inaugurate the first Research School jointly organized by the Department of Mathematics of the University of Dhaka and the CIMPA, the International Centre of Pure and Applied Mathematics.
In 2021, when Bangladesh will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Liberation War, the Department of Mathematics of Dhaka University will appear as a “venerable” institution, as it will mark its centenary, 100 years dedicated to “pure and applied mathematics”.
CIMPA isn’t that old yet, but well established. This non-profit organization was created in 1978, from an UNESCO recommendation, and it works for the promotion of research in Mathematics in developing countries. In 2019, it is organizing 19 research schools around the world, four of them in Asia. While in Dhaka, you’ll be working on “dynamics and applications in biology”, in Hanoi the subject is “hyperplanes arrangements”, in Kathmandu “mathematical biology” and in Varanasi “Finsler geometry”. These subjects are a perfect illustration of the transversal and universal role of mathematics in our modern world. There isn’t a single field of research that doesn’t require mathematics to progress: physics, chemistry, biology, economy…
It’s not by chance that the CIMPA was created in France. Indeed, our country is a land of renowned mathematicians such as René Descartes, Pierre de Fermat and many others. French mathematicians have gathered numerous prestigious international awards in the last 50 years. About 25% of the recipients of the Fields Medal since its creation in 1936 are either French or have studied in France. I am proud that our Embassy could bring a modest support to the participation of French brilliant mathematicians to this year CIMPA Research School in Dhaka.
For the first time in 2018, a Bangladeshi mathematician, Hasibun Naher, won an international prize for her work on the application of mathematics to tsunamis in order to improve predictions of how they develop. Her achievement was recognized by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World and the Elsevier Foundation, and sets an example of which you can all be proud. I am sure that the success of this research school will underline again this year the quality of the mathematicians from Bangladesh.
And I personally hope that, further to this Research School Session, Mathematicians from our 2 countries, Bangladesh and France, along with their colleagues and friends from all CIMPA countries, will join hands and combine their efforts in the field of combating climate change. This is a huge threat and challenge for Bangladesh, for all our countries, altogether for humanity. There is still a lot of work to do in order to drastically mitigate emissions as well as in order to help our countries and people to adapt to the impacts of climate change, in a global / holistic demarche, that transversal Mathematics do indeed allow.
I wish you all a very fruitful Research School, a mutually enriching brainstorming session among highly skilled professionals.
Merci à tous, Shobaike Dhonnobad.