Scientific Advisory Committee


Carolina Araujo, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carolina Araujo is a Professor in Mathematics at IMPA. She is a leading expert in algebraic geometry, with a main focus on birational geometry. She won the L’Oreal Award for Women in Science in Brazil in 2008, was an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences from 2010 to 2014, a Simons Associate at ICTP from 2015 to 2020, and an invited speaker at the ICM 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. She is vice-chair of the Committee for Women in Mathematics of the International Mathematical Union, and was the main organizer of the first World Meeting for Women in Mathematics - (WM)² - in 2018.



Moira Chas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Stony Brook University
Moira Chas is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Stony Brook University. Her area of expertise is low dimensional topology and she is the co-discoverer of string topology, the study of algebraic structures on the homology of free loop spaces. The field was started by Moira Chas and Dennis Sullivan  in 1999. She is a leading advocate for the advancement of women in mathematics, and one of the leading mathematicians in Latin America. Her lectures on the role of women in mathematics have had a profound influence in Latin America.




Phillip Griffiths, Ph.D.

Director Emeritus
Institute for Advanced Study
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar in Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
University of Miami

Phillip Griffiths is one of the most influential geometers of the past half century who has had a singular impact on mathematics and science at large through his service in numerous capacities. Among them, he was Provost at Duke from 1983 to 1991, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1991 to 2003, Secretary of the International Mathematical Union from 1999 to 2006, and member of the National Science Board from 1991 to 1996. He was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at IAS and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami.


maxim-kontsevichMaxime Kontsevich, Ph.D.

AXA Chair of Mathematics
L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
Distinguished Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Miami

Maxime Kontsevich is a 1998 Fields Medalist, a 2008 Crafoord Prize winner in 2008, and a 2012 recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize, and an inaugural 2014 recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. He was elected to the National Academy of Science in 2015 as a Foreign Associate. His work draws from modern theoretical physics to make fundamental and revolutionary advances in mathematics. He is Professor of Mathematics at IHES and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Miami.

 simon levinSimon A. Levin, Ph.D.

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolution
Director of the Center for BioComplexity
Princeton University

Simon Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and Director of the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University. His work centers on how macroscopic patterns in ecosystems are maintained in terms of dispersive and demographic mechanisms that act the level of individual organisms. He is the recipient of the Robert H. MacArthur Award from the Ecological Society of America in 1988, the Kyoto Prize in Basic Science in 2005, and the National Medal of Science in 2016. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2000.


lupercioErnesto Lupercio, Ph.D.

Department of Mathematics
Cinvestav Researcher 3-B
Institute for Geometry and Physics Miami-Cinvestav-Campinas

Ernesto Lupercio is internationally known for his contributions to algebraic topology, geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the ICTP Ramanujan Prize and the TWAS Rolac Young Scholar Prize in 2009. He is currently Researcher at CINVESTAV in Mexico City.




Gabriela Olmedo-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato

Gabriela Olmedo-Alvarez is the director of Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato, a high-level research institute in Mexico. She is also PI of the Laboratory for Molecular Biology and Microbial Ecology in the Department of Genetic Engineering. She is the leader of the Taller Ciencia Viva, a group that organizes scientific workshops, with the participation of top scientists, to inspire young people interested in pursuing scientific careers ( She is the current ambassador of Mexico to the American Association for Microbiology, seeking to spread knowledge on current microbiology research.


Rrichard-stanleyichard Stanley, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Mathematics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar in Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
University of Miami

Richard Stanley is one of the world’s foremost experts in combinatorics and its applications. He was the Norman Levinson Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT and is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received the 2001 Steele Prize for mathematical exposition from the American Mathematical Society in 2001 and Schock Prize from the Swedish Royal Academy in 2003. 



Mina Teicher, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics
Gonda Brain Research Center
Bar-Ilan University

Emmy Noether Institute for Mathematics

Mina Teicher, is Professor of Mathematics and Neural-Computation, with an international reputation in algebraic geometry, computer vision, cryptography and cyber security, computational neuroscience, complex systems and mathematical education.  She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Tel Aviv University in 1974, 1976 and 1981, respectively.  Her dissertation, Birational Transformation Between 4-folds, was supervised by Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro.  She has been the Director of the Emmy Noether Research Institute for Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University since 1999.  During 2001–2002 she was the inaugural Emmy Noether Visiting Professor at the University of Göttingen, where she lectured on braid groups.

From 2001 to 2005, Professor Teicher was the the Vice President for Research and Development of Bar-Ilan University. As Vice-President for Research, she was in charge of commercialization of patents and credited for establishing numerous spinoff companies. She raised the funds and established the biggest Brain Research Center in Israel. Then from 2005 to 2007, she served as Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology.  Subsequently, she was the Chair of the Board of Governors of the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation from 2012 to 2013.  Professor Teicher was also a co-chair of FETAG of the European Commission.  She has also served in many additional capacities including as the Chair of the Israel National Committee for International R&D, Vice President and Founding member of the UNESCO Digital Campus for Complex Systems, member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Study of Gottingen University in Germany and of the Brain Center of the Abu Dhabi University in the UAE and as an Israeli delegate to the International Mathematical Union.  Currently, she is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas and a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami where she is leading the initiative “Advancing Women in Mathematics Across the Americas” (WIMSA). 



Bernardo Uribe, Ph.D.

Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department
Universidad del Norte 
Barranquilla, Columbia

Bernardo Uribe has served as the Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department of the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia since 2018. His main field of expertise is algebraic topology and his main focus has been understanding equivariant properties of spaces. He is recipient of the TWAS prize for young Colombian researchers in mathematics in 2012 and was elected to the Colombian Academy of Sciences in 2015. He was an invited speaker in the Topology Session of the 2018 ICM and has been the President of the Colombian Mathematical Society since 2017.




Marcelo Miranda Viana da Silva, Ph.D.

Instituto National de Matematica Pura e Aplicada
Rio De Janeiro

Marcelo Viana is the Director of IMPA and is a world renowned expert in dynamical systems theory. He received the TWAS prize in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient of the ICTP Ramanujan Prize in 2005. He was the vice-president of the International Mathematical Union from 2011 to 2014 and president of the Brazilian Mathematical Society from 2013 to 2015. He served as chair of the executive committee for the 2018 Rio ICM.