The Institute was invited by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute to cosponsor and promote the country’s first National Math Festival, a three-day celebration held April 16–18 in Washington, D.C., to encourage and support the math of today and tomorrow.
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank and Institute Trustee since 1998, opened the weekend by discussing the importance of longterm investments in education and basic research:
To believe in basic research is to believe in the future. . . . It is difficult to foresee where the next big and small wave of technological innovation will come from. What we know is that it will spring out of an environment where there is a burning desire to expand knowledge, both at the theoretical and experimental levels—an environment where fundamental research in math, and more generally science, is the highest priority of program design.READ MORE>