The central objective of the SAC network is to create a platform on which the various activities of Symbolic and Algebraic Computation can be successfully integrated. The potentials of the new algorithms and theories are to be realized by implementing them on the computer for concrete applications, thus bridging the gap between mathematical knowledge, software development and applications. Different aspects of this objective are:

- to train young scientists to the interdisciplinary skills needed for such an integration;
- to make Symbolic and Algebraic Computation more useful for applications;
- to integrate theoretical research and software development;
- to disseminate in an efficient manner knowledge and results, to be attained via a distributed information system and workshops;
- to encourage and stimulate applications;
- to stimulate new research in mathematics, computer science, and applications.