Keep It Local
SIAM Sections are regional subgroups of SIAM members. Sections should support SIAM's mission, but are not limited to the sub-specialties within it. A sectional region might be non-contiguous in order to include members in a geographically remote area.
Bring SIAM to You
Sections provide a convenient and inexpensive way for SIAM members to gather and take part in organized activities on a regional basis. They help give applied mathematics an identity locally, and attract people to the field through increased involvement in SIAM.
Members who are unable to attend main SIAM conferences, oftentimes students and those early in their career, can benefit from the exposure and experience SIAM meetings provide, without the added travel expense and time away from work!
Activities in a Digital Age
Section activities have traditionally involved face-to-face meetings, lectures, conferences, and social events. As Sections are formed in developing countries, where travel may be more difficult or expensive, and as methods of communication evolve, we will see the use of more virtual Section activities, in particular based on future networking capabilities of the SIAM website. Online activities may be of great use for those living in remote regions, and can help facilitate cross-sectional activities.