IMCS Emblem and Flag

In the oval shield, on blue, under the silver radiant star with six rays there is a lying sphinx, of Or. The motto is written on a silver ribbon with blue capital letters: "NON MULTA, SED MULTUM" (Not many, but much).

The oval shield in contemporary heraldry is known as a shape close to the academic spirit, this is why it was specifically chosen for the emblem of Academy of Sciences of Moldova and its affiliated institutions.

The blue color is, primarily, a symbol of fidelity and perseverance. At the same time blue azure is the color of sky, of infinite, of dream, of free and peaceful life. Also blue is the identity color of European civilization, the color of United Europe. Thus, the blue field of emblem shield and flag suggests fidelity and perseverance in scientific research, freedom of thought, academysm in clash of scientific ideas, European vocation.

The central element of the emblem is a sphinx – a mythological monster having a head and breasts of a woman, the rest being the body of a lion and the wings of an eagle – which often symbolizes the unity of mind and body, divine wisdom and power. In Greek tradition sphinx became a symbol of questions related to human existence, the existential questions that humanity is challenged to respond. The sphinx is the symbol of an all-knowing and keeping secrets enigma. For the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science this symbol of enigmatic things is closely related because one of the first computers (electro-mechanical) was named "Enigma".

The Or of the sphinx accentuates intelligence, prestige, virtue and grandeur of this element.

The second used heraldic element – the silver radiant star with six rays – as any star is, a symbol of light that pierces the darkness, being a star of science and knowledge.

The motto "NON MULTA, SED MULTUM" (Not many, but much) expresses the idea that matters not quantity of knowledge, but its quality; and that one should say much just with few words. In this emblem the chosen motto emphasizes that mathematics by means of very laconic formula is able to express laws of profound, perhaps universal, character.

The flag was designed using the method of expansion of the heraldic field in vexillar field, analogously to the flag of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, heraldic elements being surrounded by a heraldic oval wreath suggesting oval shield and consisting of two branches of olive – the tree of Athena goddess, the patron of all sciences.