The good news was announced personally by Prof. Yuri Tschinkel, Director of Mathematics and Physical Sciences division of Simons Foundation, during his visit to Sofia. The Foundation funded a project of the International Center for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS-Sofia) at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics for a period of three years. The funds will be used to organize international scientific forums with the participation of world-renowned and established mathematicians, to open new positions for researchers and to support scientists from Ukraine and other countries.

During his meetings with the management body of the IMI, Prof. Tschinkel expressed confidence that after the successful completion of this project, the Simons Foundation will continue the collaboration and the support of the ICMS-Sofia.

Professor Tschinkel was a special guest at the conference Second Annual Meeting of Young Bulgarian Mathematicians, which was hosted at IMI–BAS from 13 to 14 June 2022. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together young Bulgarian mathematicians working around the world and to give them the opportunity to show some of their recent research.

As announced earlier, on June 13, 2022, Prof. Tschinkel gave a lecture entitled Building Scientific Institutes, in which he shared his experience of how private capital helps fund research in various fields. The event took place at the Intercontinental Hotel Sofia.

Yuri Tschinkel is a Director of Simons Foundation, Mathematics and Physical Sciences division. The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 by Marilyn and Jim Simons. The foundation is one of the largest charitable organizations in the USA. It makes grants in four areas: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, autism research (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) and Outreach, Education and Engagement.

The Foundation seeks to create strong collaborations and foster the cross-pollination of ideas between investigators, as these interactions often lead to unexpected breakthroughs. In an effort to promote such interaction between scientists, in 2012 the foundation launched a new collaborative funding model, the Simons Collaborations, which brings funded investigators — sometimes from different disciplines — together to work on a timely and important problem.

The Simons Foundation Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division support research in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science by providing funding for individuals, institutions and science infrastructure.

The Simons Foundation Life Sciences division seeks to advance basic research on fundamental questions in biology, with a focus on the origins of life, microbial oceanography and microbial ecology and evolution.

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)’s mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

The Simons Foundation’s Outreach, Education and Engagement programs seek to stimulate a deeper interest and understanding of science and mathematics among students, professionals and the interested public.