It is appointed by the VP for Programs, with advice from the current committee members.
It is a committee of 3, with staggered 3-year terms; the second-year member chairs the committee. Terms start in January. In year N the committee plans the program for the JMM which takes place in January of year N+1. Optimally the planning and inviting takes place in spring and early summer, with follow-up if necessary in the fall. The committee does its work by e-mail and telephone.
The participation in the Joint Math Meetings is as follows: SIAM gets a slot for one invited (50-minute) speaker, whose expenses are paid by SIAM, and slots for up to 8 minisymposia -- no budget for these. Because the places are reserved, you don't need to set the program up until the AMS's abstract deadline, which is in late summer or early fall. However, it's not a bad idea to work on it in the spring. Of course, it's helpful to have some information about the AMS/MAA part of the meeting -- who are the invited speakers -- when this is available. The committee has tried in the past to choose people who were geographically close, and people who might have some interest in the meeting.
The committee's responsibility is to choose, invite and confirm the invited speaker, and to choose, invite and confirm organizers for the special minisymposia. The Education Committee is charged with organizing one of the minisymposium at the JMM. The VP for Education provides the name of the organizer for this minisymposium. The names and contact information of the speaker and organizers should be sent to should be sent to the SIAM Executive Director, Executive Director of SIAM; SIAM VP for Programs; SIAM Director of Programs and Services; and also to the JMM meeting coordinator Melissa Colton, before the August deadline. However, anything that the group wants included in the Notices JMM program information needs to be to the AMS by about mid-May.
The AMS will take care of instructing minisymposia organizers to complete their abstracts and schedule their speakers, and of getting information from the invited speaker. Speakers will be expected to register for the meeting; members of any of the three societies qualify for the "member" rate. Committee members do not need to attend the meeting, but someone on the committee should make sure the invited speaker gets introduced.
To enable maximum movement of participants between sessions, it is recommended that organizers schedule session speakers for either (a) a 20‐minute talk with 5‐minute discussion and 5‐minute break or (b) a 45‐minute talk with 5‐minute discussion and 10‐minute break. Any combination of 20‐minute and 45‐minute talks is permitted, but all talks must begin and end at the scheduled time. The AMS Council has stated that no paper at a session can be as long as an Invited Address. Since Invited Addresses at the Joint Mathematics Meetings are usually fifty (50) minutes long, this means that a session talk cannot be longer than forty-five (45) minutes.
Lorena Bociu, North Carolina State University
January 31, 2021 – January 30, 2024
Ricardo Cortez, Tulane University
January 31, 2019 – January 30, 2022
Maria Emelianenko (Chair), George Mason University
January 31, 2020 – January 30, 2023