The European Mathematical Society is a learned society representing mathematicians throughout Europe. It promotes the development of all aspects of mathematics in Europe, in particular mathematical research, relations of mathematics to society, relations to European institutions, and mathematical education. The EMS has as its members around 60 national mathematical societies in Europe, 40 mathematical research centres and departments, and 3000 individuals.

## Welcome message from EMS president Pavel Exner

Pavel Exner from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague has taken over as president of the European Mathematical Society from Marta Sanz-Solé.

In his welcome message, he addresses several of the challenges that the society (and with it, European mathematicians) will meet in the future, and he introduces some of the events that are planned during this and the next year.

At the start of 2015, Sjoerd Verduyn Lunel (Utrecht) has taken over the position as secretary of the EMS from Stephen Huggett. Mats Gyllenberg (Helsinki) is the new EMS treasurer taking over from Jouko Väänänen.

### Nominations for prizes of the EMS solicited

The European Mathematical Society asks for nominations for the prizes to be awarded at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics in Berlin in July 2016. These are the ten EMS prizes for young mathematicians, the Felix Klein Prize in applied mathematics... (Full article)

### Call for bids for the 8ECM in 2020

Outline bids from mathematicians to organize the 2020 European Congress of Mathematics are invited and should reach the EMS Secretariat (ems-office@helsinki.fi) by 28 February 2015.

More information: Newsletter of the EMS, Issue 94, December 2014... (Full article)