The Capricorn Mathematics Congress, COMCA, has been held since 1991 to promote the development of the different areas of mathematics and statistics in the North of Chile. Thus, Universidad de Tarapacá, U. Arturo Prat, U. Católica del Norte, U. de Antofagasta, U. de Atacama and U. de La Serena, which alternately organize and host the congress, maintain their commitment and dedication to offer to the national and international mathematical community the COMCA, which celebrates thirty-one years of successful development.
On this occasion, the Department of Mathematics of the Universidad Católica del Norte, will be hosting the “XXXI Capricorn Mathematics Congress 2023”, which will take place on August 2, 3 and 4, in the city of Antofagasta. The whole mathematical and statistical community is welcome to participate in this important event.
ABOUT COMCA 2023
This year, the congress will once again be held in person, given that our country’s health network has managed to contain the crisis generated by the pandemic during the years 2020 and 2021.
The organizing institutions wish to recognize the contribution of women to the development of mathematical science at COMCA 2023.
Since the beginnings of mathematics, women have contributed brilliant ideas from anonymity. Only in the last few decades is the work of women beginning to be recognized by their peers and the community. The most notable example is the awarding of the Fields Medal to two women mathematicians in a span of less than 10 years. They are the Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, in 2014, and the Ukrainian Maryna Viazovska, in 2022. Although in our country there have been important advances in public policies that facilitate women’s access to scholarships and funds for scientific research, there is still a great gap regarding the number of female researchers in STEM areas (only 35%). This year, the Capricorn Mathematics Congress emphasizes the contribution of women to mathematics and the need to make way for more female talent in the development of the discipline.