About CBMS

Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences
Vassar College, Box 720
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) is an umbrella organization consisting of nineteen professional societies all of which have as one of their primary objectives the increase or diffusion of knowledge in one or more of the mathematical sciences. Its purpose is to promote understanding and cooperation among these national organizations so that they work together and support each other in their efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics. Formally incorporated in the nation’s capital in 1960, CBMS traces its roots back to a War Policy Committee formed in 1942 by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America and its post-war successor, the Policy Committee for Mathematics which included six mathematics organizations. This committee became the Conference Organization of the Mathematical Sciences in 1958, and finally incorporated as CBMS in 1960 with seven member societies, growing over the years to include its present eighteen members. To foster the purpose of CBMS, the CBMS officers and the presidents of its eighteen member organizations convene twice annually as the CBMS Council at meetings in the Washington DC area. It is the policy of the CBMS Council to engage primarily in the following types of activities.

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of issues of broad concern to the mathematical sciences community.
  • To provide a focus for cooperative actions and for mutual support among the member societies.
  • To organize and nucleate new functions for the mathematical sciences community.
  • To serve as an organization to which government, industry, other disciplines, and private foundations can turn for leadership and participation by the mathematical sciences and, in the spirit described here, for advice and counsel.
  • To serve as a point of representation for the mathematical sciences to government agencies, other professional societies, and private foundations.

In carrying out these activities, the CBMS Council seeks to minimize its engagement in the long-term management of projects. Rather, long-term activities started by CBMS are normally continued and managed by one or more of its member societies, usually under the auspices of CBMS even though not administered by CBMS.

CBMS Constitution

CBMS Bylaws


Director: Charles Steinhorn steinhorn@vassar.edu

Administrative Assistant: Dayle Rebelein darebelein@vassar.edu


Chair: Joan Ferrini-Mundy joan.ferrinimundy@maine.edu

Past Chair:  C. David Levermore lvrmr@math.umd.edu

Treasurer: Ted Coe ted.coe@gmail.com

Secretary:  Joleigh Honey Joleighhoney@gmail.com

Member-at-Large: Shelly Jones jonessem@mail.ccsu.edu

Member-at-Large: Jennifer Quinn jjquinn@uw.edu

Council Members

CBMS Welcoming Environment Statement:

It is the policy of CBMS that all participants in CBMS activities will enjoy a welcoming, inclusive environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a coalition of professional societies, CBMS is committed to fostering an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, CBMS is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants in CBMS-sponsored events and to fostering discussions among its member organizations to encourage the development of policies and practices that promote broader participation in the mathematical sciences, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, immigration status, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.  Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of CBMS activities and that of its member societies.