FoCM Conferences

A major FoCM activity are FoCM conferences, which are held once every three years in different corners of the globe. Indeed, historically FoCM started its existence as an outcome of such a conference!


FoCM conferences follow a set pattern: mornings are devoted to plenary talks, while in the afternoon the conference divides into a number of workshops, each devoted to a different theme within the broad theme of foundations of computational mathematics. This structure allows for a very high standard of presentation, while affording endless opportunities for cross-fertilization and communication across subject boundaries.


FoCM 2023 conference
Paris, France

12-21 June, 2023
Main local organiser: Albert Cohen

Conference website


The conference took place at the International Conference Center of Sorbonne Université at the Jussieu Campus in central Paris.

Plenary Speakers
Ben Adcock (Simon Fraser University)
Gérard Ben Arous (NYU)
Carina Curto (Penn State)
Bettina Eick (TU Braunschweig)
Daniel Kressner (EPFL)
Eva Miranda (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
Yuri Nesterov (UC Louvain)
Richard Nickl (Cambridge University)
Kavita Ramanan (Brown University)
Angelika Steger (ETH)
Katharina Schratz (Sorbonne Université)
Rob Stevenson (University of Amsterdam)
John Sullivan (TU Berlin)
Walter Van Assche (KU Leuven)
Maryna Viazovska (EPFL)
Rachel Ward (UT Austin)
Avi Wigderson (IAS)
Period I (June 12-14, 2023)
  • Multiresolution and Adaptivity in Numerical PDEs (Lars Diening, Michael Feischl, Andreas Veeser)
  • Computational Number Theory (Nils Bruin, Natalia García-Fritz, Elisa Lorenzo García)
  • Graph Theory and Combinatorics (Tibor Szabo, Juanjo Rue, Natasha Morrison)
  • Computational Geometry and Topology (Joel Hass, Herbert Edelsbrunner, Gunnar Carlsson)
  • Geometric Integration and Computational Mechanics (Elena Celledoni, Melvin Leok, David Martín de Diego)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems (Omar Ghattas, John Harlim, Youssef Marzouk)
  • Stochastic Computation (Arnulf Jentzen, Klaus Ritter, David Cohen)
Period II (June 15-17, 2023)
  • Computational Dynamics (Àngel Jorba, Konstantin Mischaikov)
  • Continuous Optimization (Stephen J. Wright, Zhaosong Lu, Jane Ye)
  • Real-Number Complexity (Carlos Beltran, Saugata Basu, Pascal Koiran)
  • Foundations of Data Science and Machine Learning (Afonso Bandeira, Soledad Villar, Boris Hanin)
  • Random Matrices (Ioana Dumitriu, Sheehan Olver)
  • Computational Algebraic Geometry (Martín Sombra, Seth Sullivant, Cynthia Vinzant)
  • Computational Harmonic Analysis and Data Science (Holger Rauhut, Gitta Kutyniok)
Period III (June 19-21, 2023)
  • Numerical Linear Algebra (Vanni Noferini, Yuji Nakatsukasa, Raf Vandebril)
  • Approximation Theory (Albert Cohen, Peter Binev, Guergana Petrova)
  • Computational Optimal Transport (Jean-David Benamou, Lenaic Chizat, Young-Heon Kim)
  • Foundations of Numerical PDEs (Annalisa Buffa, Randy LeVeque, Eitan Tadmor)
  • Information-Based Complexity (Christoph Aistleitner, Frances Kuo, David Krieg)
  • Symbolic Analysis (Jaques-Arthur Weil, Irina Kogan, Georg Regensburger)
  • Special Functions and Orthogonal Polynomials (Ana Loureiro, Paco Marcellan, Andrei Martinez-Finkelshtein)


FoCM 2020 conference

15-24 June, 2020 - This conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Main local organiser: Ben Adcock
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FoCM 2017 conference

10-19 July, 2017
Main local organiser: Martin Sombra
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FoCM 2014 conference

11-20 December 2014.
Main local organiser: Alejandra Rodriguez Hertz
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FoCM 2011 conference

4-14 July 2011.
Main local organiser: Agnes Szanto
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FoCM 2008 conference
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
16-26 June 2008.
Main local organiser: Felipe Cucker
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FoCM 2005 conference
Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
30 June - 9 July 2005.
Main local organiser: Luis Pardo
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FoCM 2002 conference
University of Minnesota as guests of Institute for
Mathematics and its Applications, Minneapolis
5-14 August 2002.
Main local organisers: Willard Miller and Peter Olver
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FoCM'99 conference
18-28 July 1999
Organising committee
Plenary speakers

Rio de Janeiro
5-12 January 1997
International Organising Committee
Local Organising Committee
Group photograph

AMS-SIAM Summer Seminar
Park City, Utah
17 July - 11 August 1995
Preliminary announcement
Panel discussion


FoCM PostersClick below to download a pdf of the poster PDF

FoCM 1999 FoCM 2002 FoCM 2005 FoCM 2008 FoCM 2011
FoCM 1999 FoCM 2002 FoCM 2005 FoCM 2008 FoCM 2011