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EMS e-news 20, September 2016


- ECM7

The 7th European Congress of Mathematics convened in Berlin, July 18-22. The programme offered a rich menu of plenary and invited talks, minisymposia, and other presentations, including the Hirzebruch and Abel lectures. There were also lectures for students, lectures on mathematical history, accompanied by an exciting social programme.


- EMS Prizes

As ever, the ECM was an opportunity to recognise great recent achievements in mathematics. Ten EMS Prizes for young mathematicians went to Mark Bravermann, Vincent Calvez, Hugo Duminil-Copin, Guido De Philippis, James Maynard, Peter Scholze, Peter Varjú, Geordie Williamson, Thomas Willwacher, and Sara Zahedi. The Felix Klein Prize was awarded to Patrice Hauret and the Otto Neugebauer Prize went to Jeremy Gray.


- The Council Meeting

On 16-17 July, the EMS highest authority, the Council, met in Berlin prior to the Congress. Among other things it elected two new vice-presidents (Volker Mehrmann and Armen Sergeev) and five new members of the Executive Committee: Nicol Fusco, Stefan Jackowski, Vicente Munoz, Beatrice Pelloni, and Betul Tanbay.


- ECM8

The Council selected the site of the next EMS congress in 2020. The winning bid was that of the University of Primorska in Slovenia. The congress will take place on July 5-11 in Portorož on the Adriatic coast, preceded by the Council meeting at Bled.


- Changes to Bylaws

The Council introduced changes to Society Rules 6, 23, and 30. Most notably, Rule 30 now provides for free EMS membership for students: "Anyone who is a student at the time of becoming an individual EMS member, whether PhD or in a more junior category, shall enjoy a three-year introductory period with membership fees waived. All the standard benefits will be granted during this time, except printed copies of the Newsletter."

The bylaws can be read here: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/laws


- The EMS position on political issues

The EMS expressed its solidarity with our colleagues in Turkey, where thousands of academics are facing harassment following the would-be military coup.

Concern was also expressed about the status of science in the UK following the Brexit vote (see “London Mathematical Society” below).




         News from EMS Member Societies


* CSASC 2016

This conference will take place 20-23 September 2016 at Institut d'Estudis Catalans in Barcelona (Spain).

CSASC is a joint meeting of the Czech, Slovenian, Austrian, Slovak and Catalan mathematical societies which started in Prague in 2010, and was held in Krems (Austria) in 2011 and Koper (Slovenia) in 2013.



* Catalan Mathematical Society

- On September 15, 2016 we will open the period for participating in the Barcelona Dynamical Systems Prize 2017:



- On 27-28 April 2017 we are organizing the second of the Barcelona Mathematical Days to be held in Barcelona (Catalonia) at the Institute of Catalan Studies. This international meeting covers different areas of mathematics:



- On the 12-15 June 2017 we will organize a joint meeting between the Catalan, Spanish and Swedish Mathematical Societies in Umea, Sweden: http://liu.se/mai/catspsw.math?l=en


- On September 2017 we will organize a joint meeting between the Edinburgh and Catalan Mathematical Societies in Edinburgh, UK. Details to follow.



* Croatian Mathematica Society

In June 2016 two conferences were held in Zagreb, Croatia

- 6th Croatian Mathematical Congress, June 14-17 2016.

Every four years, it is the biggest Croatian mathematical event, where Croatian and international mathematicians meet. This year the Congress also celebrated 50 years of publication of the Croatian mathematical research journal "Glasnik Matematički".


- 7th Congress of Mathematics Teachers of Croatia, June 29-July 1st, 2016

The topic was "Contemporary trends in mathematical education", and about 900 teachers and scientists took part.

For the first time, sections on pre-school and University education were included.


* Cyprus Mathematical Society

Upcoming International Conferences:

- EUROMATH 2017: European Student Conference in Mathematics

29 March – 2 April, 2017, Bucharest, Romania for pupils aged 9-18

www.euromath.org, info@euromath.org


- ASTUCON 2017

2nd Academic University Student Conference 2017

15-19 November 2017, Larnaca, Cyprus

www.astucon.eu, info@eaec.eu.com


* Czech Mathematical Society

Emil Jeřábek of the Institute of Mathematics CAS in Prague received The Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists. The Award is for Czech scientists under the age of 40, to recognise their excellent scientific achievements and to promote their future progress. Each year the private Neuron Fund for Support of Science makes awards to top scientists in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine and social sciences.


* Royal Dutch Mathematical Society (KWG)

- BeNeLux mathematical congress

On March 22-23rd 2016 a BeNeLux mathematical congress was held in Amsterdam, under the auspices of the Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg mathematical societies. Highlights included the Beeger lecture by James Maynard (University of Oxford), the first De Bruijn Prize, which was awarded to Marius Crainic (University of Utrecht), the PhD prize awarded to Geoffrey Janssens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and public lectures by Marcus du Sautoy (University of Oxford) and Ionica Smeets (University of Leiden).


- The next Netherlands Mathematical Congress (NMC) will be held in Utrecht, April 11-12 2017.


- New chair

Prof. Dr. Erik van den Ban (University of Utrecht) was appointed chair of the KWG, taking over from Prof. Dr. Geurt Jongbloed (TU Delft).


- Brouwer year

On December 2nd 2016 it will be exactly 50 years since the famous Dutch mathematician L.E.J. (Bertus) Brouwer passed away. A special issue of Indagationes Mathematicae is being prepared for this occasion by guest editors Dirk van Dalen, Jan Willem Klop and Jan van Mill. In addition, an afternoon dedicated to the life and work of L.E.J. Brouwer will be held on September 2nd in Haarlem. Finally, there will be a Brouwer Symposium on December 9th in Amsterdam.

For more information see: wiskgenoot.nl


* Israel Mathematical Society

- The Erdős Prize in Mathematics was awarded to Emanuel Milman (The Technion)

- Nessyahu Prizes (for excellent Ph.D. dissertations in mathematical sciences) were awarded to Omer Ben-Neria (Tel Aviv University) and Yoel Groman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

- The 2016 Rothschild Prize in Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering was awarded to Nathan (Nati) Linial (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): http://www.yadhanadiv.org.il/recipient/nathan-nati-linial


* Italian Mathematical Union

- First Joint Meeting Brazil-Italy

The complete scientific program of the First Joint Meeting Brazil - Italy (Rio de Janeiro, 26 August - 2 September 2016) is now available at http://www.sbm.org.br/jointmeeting-italy/


- Letter against persecution in Turkey

The Scientific Committee of the Italian Mathematical Union delivered a letter to the Turkish Embassy in Rome a letter expressing its concern about the repressive and restrictive measures recently  

introduced after the military coup attempt of July (http://umi.dm.unibo.it/2016/07/22/the-situation-turkey-after-the-military-coup-attempt-of-last-week/). The letter, while expresses support for the democratically elected government of Turkey, at the same time strongly condemns any action against universities, and expresses support for the higher education community in Turkey and in particular to our fellow mathematicians.


* London Mathematical Society (LMS)

The Council for Mathematical Sciences (a body of which the LMS, the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and other UK mathematical organisations are members) has issued a press release on the outcome of the UK’s recent EU Referendum:

“Following the results of the UK Referendum on membership of the EU, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences (CMS) takes the following view:
· The focus will remain on collaboration in the mathematical sciences as currently exists.
· All academic/research/professional mathematical societies will continue to work with their counterparts in other countries as closely and respectfully as possible, regardless of the political arrangements in place.
· Currently all EU arrangements remain in force as the UK has not yet left the EU and current arrangements are being kept in place during any transition phase eg. access to student loans for EU students will continue for those in receipt of such loans and for those currently applying for a loan.
· Whatever the final arrangements, the aim will be to sustain collaboration in the mathematical sciences with EU and international partners on an equally open and reciprocal basis.”



* Polish Mathematical Society

- The 8th “International Stefan Banach Prize for a Doctoral Dissertation in the Mathematical Sciences” was awarded to Adam Kanigowski (Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences) for his PhD dissertation titled “Ergodic properties of smooth flows on surfaces”: http://banachprize.org/en/


- Polish Women in Mathematics

A new mathematical association, Polish Women in Mathematic (PWM), was founded on April 2nd, 2016 in Rzeszów, Poland. It is organized by women working in mathematics in Poland. PWM’s main goals are:

- promoting scientific contacts between women in maths in Poland

- supporting women through their careers

- cooperating with similar organizations from other countries.

Webpage: http://ptkwm.org.pl/pl/


* Portuguese Mathematical Society

Recreational Mathematics Colloquium V (2017)· G4G Europe.

Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Lisbon, January 28-31 2017 Ludus Association, the Portuguese Mathematical Society, Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia will organize Recreational Mathematics Colloquium V - Gathering for Gardner (Europe).



* Slovak Mathematical Society

The Equadiff is a series of biannual conferences on mathematical analysis, numerical approximation, and applications of differential equations, held in rotation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Western Europe.

The next edition (Equadiff 14 in the Czecho-Slovak series) will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, 24-28 July 2017 and is organized by the Slovak University of Technology, with Comenius University, Union of Slovak Mathematicians and Physicists, and the Slovak Mathematical Society: www.math.sk/equadiff.


* Slovenian Mathematical Society

- DMFA Slovenije (The Society of Mathematicians Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia) hosts the Slovenian Committee for Mathematics. The president of this committee acts as the President of the Mathematical Society of Slovenia. Recently Boštjan Kuzman was elected to this post, replacing Tomaž Pisanski. Kuzman will represent DMFA Slovenije in the EMS and IMU. Earlier this year, DMFA Slovenije appointed Jasna Prezelj to be the Slovenian delegate to the EMS Council for the four year term.


- Tomaž Pisanski as been appointed as the Chair of the Organising Committee of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics, which will be hosted by the University of Primorska and will take place in Portorož, Slovenia, in the week 5-11 July 2020.


* Spanish Society of Statistics and Operational Research (SEIO)

The XXXVI Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research Meeting will take place in Toledo (Spain), 5-7 September. The official language of the conference is Spanish, but there will be some speakers from abroad (Gilbert Laporte will give a plenary session and there will be joint sessions with the German, Italian and Ecuadorian Societies of Statistics and Operations Research) and English is encouraged for the slides.

More information: http://seio2016.com/es/


* Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

- The José Luis Rubio de Francia Prize 2015 was awarded to Roger Casals (MIT) for his contributions in Contact and Symplectic Topology. The JLRF prize is awarded by Real Sociedad Matemática Española, under the patronage of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad de Zaragoza, to recognize and encourage mathematicians under the age of 32: http://www.rsme.es/content/view/2033/73/


- Mathematics Research Awards Vicent Caselles RSME-BBVA 2016:

Real Sociedad Matemática Española, together with BBVA Foundation, has awarded six prizes to young researchers in mathematics. More information: http://www.rsme.es/content/view/2034/135/


- 6th Iberian Mathematical Meeting:

A joint event of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española and the Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática, will be held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on October 6-8, 2016. The meeting is structured around three main scientific areas: Algebra and Combinatorics, Applied Partial Differential Equations in Fluids and Materials, and Theoretical Informatics/Computer Science. More information: 



* European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB)

- The Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology of the University of Nottingham (nottingham.ac.uk/cmmb) hosted the 10th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB,

ecmtb2016.org) from 11-15 June 2016. This joint meeting of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB, esmtb.org) and the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB, smb.org) brought together researchers from around the world to discuss topics from predictive & personalised medicine to ecosystems and a sustainable society.

Full details: ecmtb2016.org. (A number of participants posted on Twitter - take a look at @ecmtb2016 and #ecmtb2016.)


- The ESMTB and the EMS jointly organized two of their annual EMS-ESMTB summer schools on mathematical biology in 2016. See (http://www.esmtb.org/schools).


- Year of Mathematical Biology 2018

The EMS and ESMTB will organize the Year of Mathematical Biology 2018. This year will feature events related to mathematical biology at the European level, including the ECMTB 2018 conference in Lisbon, Portugal, a thematic program at the Mittag-Leffler institute and various other initiatives and events. The Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) has also joined this initiative transforming it into a worldwide event. The list of activities and the list of members of the organizing committee, chaired by Jose Antonio Carrillo (Chair of the EMS Applied Mathematics Committee), is maintained at:  http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/year-mathematical-biology-2018/





News from Corporate Members


* Mathematical Institute of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

- PhD School of Mathematics of Serbia is a joint PhD program in mathematics realised by the following institutions:

Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics University of Nis, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics of State University of Novi Paza. The program will be in English, including all courses and the PhD theses.  The first generation of students is expected to enrol in 2016/17. Instructions for applications will be announced in September or October 2016. The program description can be found on http://operator.pmf.ni.ac.rs/doktorskaskola/PhD


- Serbian Scientific Mathematical Society SNMD  is a non-profit association, founded in 2014 in order to  achieve many objectives in the field of mathematics as a scientific discipline.

The  objectives of the Association are: • raising the level of mathematical research in Serbia • directing research towards areas of modern mathematics • cooperation with Serbian mathematicians abroad • preparing and organizing international projects • encouraging the mobility of researchers from different centres in the country and mobility with the world's mathematical centres • improving the quality of joint doctoral studies in mathematics • connecting with global and regional mathematical organisations • establishing scientific criteria for evaluating scientific work • raising the level of scientific journals by fostering cooperation between editorial boards • establishing a database of mathematicians in Serbia • making contact with the media.




        News from EMS Committees


* Meetings Committee

The Meeting Committee met in Berlin, and decided to improve the visibility of EMS calls. Current calls can be viewed at: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/news/13/01/10/call-proposals-scientific-activities-2017


* European Solidarity

- As reported at the EMS Council's meeting on 17 July, the Solidarity Committee offered 6,500 euros to organisers of conferences in 2015 to support travel and accommodation costs of young participants from economically less-favoured European regions. Other travel grants were awarded to individual applicants up to 1,500 euros, and the rest of the 2015 budget was reserved for the 7ECM and the Second Caucasian Mathematics Conference. In 2016, travel grants have been given up to 4,500 euros for participation in the 7ECM and 6,600 euros for other scientific events. In addition 3,200 euros have been awarded to individual applicants in the first half of the year. A last round of online applications will be evaluated in November.


- Regrettably, the Second Caucasian Mathematics Conference, which was to be held in Van (Turkey) in August 2016, has had to be postponed until 2017 due to the declaration of a state of emergency in Turkey. Already paid conference fees will remain valid for 2017. This conference series started in 2014 in Tbilisi (Georgia) under the auspices of the EMS and thanks to the cooperation of the Armenian, Azerbaijan, Georgian, Iranian, Russian, and Turkish Mathematical Societies.




*EMS Newsletter


The 101st edition of the Newsletter is available online now at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2016-09-101.pdf and will be coming through your letterboxes soon. It includes: an Editorial by new Editor-in-Chief Valentin Zagrebnov, an Interview with Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles, features on “Elliptic Functions According to Eisenstein and Kronecker: An Update” by P. Charollois & R. Sczech, “Wrinkles: From the Sea to Mathematics” by F. Laudenbach, “Kardar–Parisi–Zhang Universality” by I. Corwin, and much, much more!



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         News from  zbMATH


* New Editor-in-Chief

The editors and partners of zbMATH (formerly “Zentralblatt für Mathematik”), FIZ Karlsruhe: Leibniz-Institute for Information Infrastructure, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the EMS, and Springer, have appointed Prof. Klaus Hulek as new editor-in-chief, succeeding Prof. Dr. h. c. Gert-Martin Greuel. Professor Greuel significantly contributed to turning zbMATH into a world-class information service for mathematical research and to firmly anchoring it within the mathematical community.




Mathematical Reviews (MR) and zbMATH cooperate in maintaining the Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC), which is used by many organisations to categorize items in the mathematical sciences literature. The current version, MSC2010, consists of 63 areas classified with two digits refined into over 5000 three- and five-digit classifications.  See www.msc2010.org, and www.ams.org/msc/msc2010.html, and zbmath.org/classification.


Based in part on thoughtful suggestions from the community, the editors of MR and zbMATH have given preliminary consideration to the revision of the MSC. We do not foresee any changes at the two-digit level; however, it is anticipated that there will be refinement of the three- and five-digit levels.


zbMATH and MR welcome additional community input into the process. Comments should be submitted at msc2020.org or by email to feedback@msc2020.org. All information about the MSC revision is jointly shared by MR and zbMATH.  This input will be of great value as the process moves forward. - Edward Dunne, Executive Editor, Mathematical Reviews Klaus Hulek, Editor-in-Chief, zbMATH


* EMS 2016 questionnaire on zbMATH

The editors of zbMATH would be glad to receive your feedback on the developments in the zbMATH database during the last four years. It would be great if you would spend about 5-10 minutes to answer the EMS questionnaire on zbMATH at: https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/zbMATH-survey




ICM 2018


* Chairs of Prize Committees

At every ICM (International Congress of Mathematicians), a number of prestigious prizes are awarded. In preparation for the ICM in Rio de Janeiro in 2018, the Chairs of the prize committees have been named:


- Fields Medal: Shigefumi Mori (chair@fm18.mathunion.org)

- Rolf Nevanlinna Prize: Tony F. Chan (chair@nevanlinna18.mathunion.org)

- Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize: Björn Engquist (chair@gauss18.mathunion.org)

- Chern Medal Award: Caroline Series (chair@chern18.mathunion.org)

- Leelavati Prize: Gert-Martin Greuel (chair@leelavati18.mathunion.org)

- ICM Emmy Noether Lecture: Irene Fonseca (chair@noether18.mathunion.org)








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