ISLAMABAD - The 14th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2013 was kicked off on Friday, providing a novel opportunity to researchers to meet and share their latest work with some outstanding and eminent mathematicians.

The theme of the conference is Algebra, Geometry and Analysis. In the three-day activity 76 speakers, 385 participants, 9 keynote speakers, 29 foreign delegates from Canada, France, UK, Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Africa, Finland, UAE, Egypt, Tajikistan, Algeria, Iran, Nepal, have been participating. A delegation of Indian mathematicians could not take part in the conference due to strained relations between both the neighbouring countries.

Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has organised the conference in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Pakistan Mathematical Society and Preston University.

The International Pure Mathematics Conference is an annual feature that has been held since 2000. So far 13 conferences have been held in which 85 foreign speakers, 379 Pakistani speakers, and 960 other participants participated. The 85 foreign delegates have come from some 26 countries.

Minister of State for Privatisation Khurram Dastgir Khan was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the "14th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2013". Acknowledging the importance of the discipline, the minister said that mathematics is playing a significant role in the development of technology all over the world and people are benefiting from its innovations. He urged the participants, students and mathematicians for setting new trends of research in all the branches of mathematics.

Earlier Quaid-i-Azam University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai in his welcome address said that primary aim of organising such activity is to enhance the understanding of mathematics and providing an opportunity to mathematicians for exchanging ideas with colleagues at a national, as well as international level.

He said that QAU is very conscious for translating its research into the socio-economic uplift of the country. Dr Masoom said that newly established office of Research Innovation & Commercialisation (ORIC) is assisting researchers towards a well-defined research framework to allow commercialisation of product from university to industry.

The vice chancellor lauded the efforts of the organisers, especially Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq and his team in the Algebra Forum, for arranging and sustaining such a valuable series of international conferences.

Prof Dr Qaiser Mushtaq in his speech briefed the participants about historical background, contribution and importance of the thematic mathematics conference (IPMCs) series.

He also thanked the Preston University, the Pakistan Science Foundation for supporting this valuable activity.