Landim has worked at IMPA since 1994, and his research focusses on probability and its application to statistical physics. A math graduate from PUC Rio (Pontifícia Universidade Católica) in 1995, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris VII in 1990.  A member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 2000, his awards include the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (2004); Third World Academy of Science Prize in Mathematics (2006); Fellow of the Third World Academy of Science (2010), Comendador da Ordem National do’Merit Científico 2010.

As the ICM draws near an end, Landim shared his thoughts about the international math conference, held in the southern hemisphere for the first time this year.  “I’ve seen many mathematicians so you really have the impression that you belong to a community,” he said. “Here you have the opportunity to meet people you’ve never met before, doing things completely differently. If they make an effort to present to you what they are doing in a way that you can understand, it is very pleasant.”