UNESCO proclaimed March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics

Logo of the International Day of Mathematics

To celebrate the beauty and importance of mathematics and its essential role in everyone’s life the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has led the project to have UNESCO proclaim March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics (IDM). On November 26th 2019, the 40th General Conference of UNESCO approved the Proclamation of March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics.

March 14 is already known as Pi Day and celebrated in many countries around the world. The IDM celebration expands Pi Day to include the whole spectrum of mathematics. Every year a new theme will be announced to flavor the celebration, spark creativity and bring light to connections between mathematics and all sorts of fields, concepts and ideas. The theme for 2020 is "Mathematics is Everywhere". 

The IDM website is the main hub for the International Day of Mathematics, online at www.idm314.org. It will host information material as well as proposals for activities related to the theme for everyone interested in hosting an event. All the official material provided through the website will be under an open license, which means it can be freely shared, translated and adapted.

The official IDM website is hosted by IMAGINARY, a non-profit organization for the communication of mathematics which was initiated at the MFO in the year 2008 leading to a successful spin-off in 2016. The website and the communication are financed by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, which supports natural sciences, mathematics and computer science in Germany.

The complete press release with more information on the IDM can be found on the website of IMAGINARY.