MPE2013 in Portugal has been a great success due to a major interest from the media and to a huge involvement from several institutions and the population. Past activities include scientific conferences and workshops, initiatives for schools and general public, and several exhibitions. An impressive number of finds in the media are collected here.
Several future initiatives and partnerships between MPE and other institutions are now being prepared, some of them involving the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), namely with ICMI-
1. CIM Series in Mathematical Sciences (CIM-
A new CIM Series in Mathematical Sciences (CIM-
The first two volumes of the CIM series in Mathematical Sciences will consist of review articles mainly selected from the works presented in the CIM Mathematics of Planet Earth conferences:
Editorial board (of both volumes):
§ Jean Pierre Bourguignon
§ Rolf Jeltsch
§ Alberto Pinto
§ Marcelo Viana
2. MPE and the ICMI-
The EMeLP (Espaço Matemático em Lingua Portuguesa / Mathematical space in Portuguese Language) of ICMI (International Commission on Mathematical Instruction) has been recently approved by ICMI. It will be a network for Mathematics and Mathematical Education involving Portuguese Language Countries. MPE is establishing contacts in order to support and cooperate with ICMI-
3. MPE and the LEC-
The Language Expertise Center (LEC) of the International Astronomy Union (IAU) aims to create a collaborative framework within OAD (Office of Astronomy for Development) to promote scientific and technological literacy among the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) based on Astronomy knowledge.
This network focuses on the strong connection between the different Portuguese speaking countries and the need for the promotion of scientific literacy in these communities. Since Astronomy is a science related with several different scientific areas, having strong cultural and historical ties, through this science it is possible to create a modern and common bond that allows one to go beyond borders, establishing solid foundations for collaboration.
The LEC is planning to create a platform of resources and activities in Astronomy in Portuguese language, promoting and conducting workshops to train teachers and to facilitate the exchange of university students in different countries with Portuguese as the official language, being these objectives in accordance with the criteria and the main lines of the strategic plan of the IAU.
MPE is establishing contacts in order to support and cooperate with LEC-
4. MPE and the International Year of Crystallography 2014
The traditional pavement of several Portuguese cities is made of black and white stones of basalt and limestone producing different patterns (the Portuguese "Calçada"), which can be mathematically classified, using the plane symmetry groups. A survey of mathematical patterns in the sidewalks of Lisbon and several cities in the Azores Islands has been produced throughout 2013, leading to cultural touristic tours. Our next goal is to create the 17 possible symmetries of the plane in Portuguese Calçada at charismatic locations in Lisbon, linking the MPE2013 with the International Year of Crystallography 2014.
5. Lusophone Mathematical Games
The project Lusophone Mathematical Games aims to create a network, involving Portuguese Language Countries, in order to recover and rediscover old and traditional mathematical games.