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EMS e-News 15, May 2015


John Forbes Nash, Jr.

With great sadness the European Mathematical Society has learned of the tragic deaths of John Nash and his wife Alicia, in a car accident, on May 23, 2015. This came a mere four days after Nash received the Abel Prize from the hands of the Norwegian King, bestowed upon him, together with Louis Nirenberg, “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis”. It is hard to believe that this great mathematician, whose presentation we enjoyed during the Abel lectures in Oslo, has left us so abruptly. The memory of John Nash will live on in the diverse and deep results with which he has so enriched our subject. We send our condolences to all of his and Alicia’s family and friends.

EC meeting

At its spring meeting in March in Prague, the EMS Executive Committee approved applications for institutional membership from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Aalborg University and the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies at the University of Primorska. It also welcomed 80 new individual members.

Speakers for the Boole Lecture and the EMS-Bernoulli Society Joint Lecture were nominated.

The Executive Committee appointed Roberto Natalini as Chair of the Committee for Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics and Patrick Foulon as Vicechair of the ERCOM (European Research Centres on Mathematics) Committee.

Presidents meeting

Following a tradition introduced by Ari Laptev, presidents of the EMS member societies met in Innsbruck at the end of March, with an attendance of around 40 people. A major topic of discussion was strategy for political lobbying for mathematics, at both the national and European levels.

The EMS anniversary event

The EMS will celebrate its 25th birthday with a one day meeting on October 22, 2015, in the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. The programme will include lectures from Hedrik Lenstra, Laure Saint-Raymond, Laszlo Lovasz and Andrew Stuart, as well as panel discussion with Peter Buhlmann, Maria Esteban, Ari Laptev and Roberto Natalini, moderated by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

Bids for the 8th ECM

The Executive Committee has received two bids to organize the eighth ECM in 2020, from the Universities of Sevilla in Spain and Primorska in Slovenia. Both have now been invited to submit full and detailed bids. The final decision will be taken at the EMS council meeting in Berlin 2016, before the opening of the seventh ECM.

7ECM, 7th European Congress of Mathematics

The Congress will be held on July 18-22, 2016 at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

The Congress is co-organised with the German Mathematical Society (DMV), the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM), the Research Center MATHEON, the Einstein Center (ECMath) and the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS).

The programme will cover all areas of theoretical and applied mathematics. Mathematicians from all over the world are warmly invited to participate.

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CIME-EMS Summer School in Applied Mathematics:
“Exploiting Hidden Structure in Matrix Computations. Algorithms and Applications”, June 22 - June 26, 2015, Cetraro (Italy).
Course Directors: Michele Benzi (Emory Univ., USA), Valeria Simoncini (Univ. di Bologna, Italy).

Lectures by: Michele Benzi (Emory Univ., USA), Dario A. Bini (Univ. di Pisa, Italy), Daniel Kressner (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), Hans Munthe-Kaas (Univ. Bergen, Norway), Charles Van Loan (Cornell Univ., USA)

Eight European Summer School in Financial Mathematics
August 31 - September 4 2015, Le Mans (France).
Organizers: Anis Matoussi and Stefano De Marco (University of Le Mans, France).

Mini-courses by: Thomas Hurd, Stphane Gaiffas, Emmanuel Bacry.

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Electronic Publishing Committee

A Skype meeting was held on 29 April with the agenda including:

A possible session on Open Access at the ECM7 in Berlin, to be organized in cooperation with the Publications Committee and the American Mathematical Society
Recent developments in the World Digital Mathematics Library initiative
An update on the work of zbMATH
The current status of the European Digital Mathematics Library and the Encyclopedia of Mathematics
Discussion of events organized by the DG CNECT (Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology) in which members of the EMS have actively participated to promote mathematics within the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. These include a public consultation in September and a workshop in Brussels in November. The next opportunity is a large event: “ICT 2015 - Innovate, Connect, Transform”, Lisbon, 20-22 October 2015. For more information see:


Catalan Mathematical Society

∙ The Barcelona Dynamical Systems Prize 2015

This new international prize is offered by the Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques, under the patronage of Prof. Carles Simó, to the author or authors of a research paper or work in the area of Dynamical Systems published or accepted for publication between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2015.

Deadline: May 30, 2015.

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∙ Joint meeting with the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, Barcelona (Spain), 28-30 May 2015

The plenary speakers will be Roberto Emparan, Istvan Gyongy, Carles Simó, Enric Ventura and Jim Wright. There will also be themed sessions in Analysis, Geometric Group Theory, Geometry and Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Biology, Stochastics, and Topology.

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Royal Dutch Mathematical Society

∙ Van Dantzig Award

Bert Zwart (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam) has been awarded the Van Dantzig Award (presented to a researcher under 40, who during the past 5 years has made an exceptional contribution to the field of statistics and operations research).

Bert, a member of the Royal Dutch Mathematical Society, received the award at the Annual Meeting of the Dutch Society for Statistics and Operations Research, March 26, 2015.

∙ KWG Prize

At the Dutch Mathematical Congress in Leiden, April 15 2015, Djordjo Milovic received the KWG-prize for PhD students. Djordjo is working on his thesis under the supervision of Peter Stevenhagen and Étienne Fouvry at Leiden University. The KWG Prize, funded by the Royal Dutch Mathematical Society, is awarded annually to one out of six selected PhD students who present their work at the congress, based on the presentations.

∙ On March 22 and 23, 2016, a joint conference organized by the Belgian, Luxembourgish and Dutch Mathematical Societies will be held in Amsterdam. Chair of the scientific committee of BeNeLuxMC’16 is Lenny Taelman. More information to follow.

French Mathematical Society (SMF)

∙ “Szolem Mandelbrojt” Prize

The first “Szolem Mandelbrojt” Prize has been awarded to Prof. Adrian Langer (Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa). The recipient will be invited for month to the J.A. Dieudonné Laboratory, Sophia Antipolis.

The purpose of this prize, co-managed by The French Institute of Poland, the French Embassy in Poland and the French mathematical Society (SMF), is to reward a young Polish mathematician who has demonstrated excellence in her/his work and proposed a promising research program in collaboration with a French partner.

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Italian Mathematical Union (UMI)


The twentieth UMI Congress will take place in Siena from 7th to 12th September 2015. Registration is now open and the program is available.

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∙ Joint Meeting Brazil - Italy

The first Joint Brazil - Italy Mathematics Meeting will take place August 29 – September 02, 2016 in Búzios, Brazil. The program will include both plenary lectures and special sessions (symposia), in any field of current research in Mathematics and its applications.

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Polish Mathematical Society

The Vice-President of the Polish Mathematical Society, Professor Sławomir Kołodziej (Institute of Mathematics of Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland) was named Laureate of the 2014 Stefan Bergman Prize, for his contributions to the theory of the complex Monge-Ampère equation and pluripotential theory.

Since 1989, the Stefan Bergman Prize has been awarded every year or two by the AMS for work in complex analysis. For more information, see:


Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

∙ 1st Joint meeting Brazil-Spain in Mathematics

The first joint meeting of the Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática, the Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática Aplicada e Computacional and the Real Sociedad Matemática Española will be held at Universidade Federal do Ceará (Fortaleza, Brazil), December 7-10, 2015. The main goal is to strengthen partnerships and collaborations between researchers and institutions in Brazil and Spain. For more information, see:


∙ RSME Young Researchers Conference

The next Young Researchers Conference of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española will take place at Universidad de Murcia, September 7-11, 2015. This will be the third edition of this conference organized by and for young researchers. For more information, see:


Turkish Mathematical Society (TMD)

Cem Y. Yildirim (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey) is one of the recipients of the 2014 Cole prize in Number Theory. He and his collaborators Daniel Goldston and János Pintzon were awarded the prize, along with Yitang Zhang, for their work on small gaps between primes.



International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM)

The Richard von Mises Prize 2015 (for young scientists whose research represents a major advancement in the field of applied mathematics and mechanics) has been awarded to:

– Prof. Dr. Siddhartha Mishra (Zurich, Switzerland)

– Prof. Dr. Dominik Schillinger (Minneapolis, USA)

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EMS NEWSLETTER, No. 96 - June 2015

The editorial of the June issue of the Newsletter officially announces the 7ECM, its scientific program, but also the many cultural satellite activities.

Three new articles continue the series about the EMS’s 25th anniversary: A. Lahtinen and J.-P. Bourguignon tell us about the Society’s first eight years, while the movie maker F. Tisseyre delivers some souvenirs from the 1st ECM, on which he made a film.

You will find articles about the 100th anniversary of the Mittag-Leffler Institute, an interview with Jacob Murre about A. Grothendieck, plus, of course, mathematical surveys, and lots more news from your European neighbours. The first edition of the brand new Young Mathematicians’ Column (YMCo) also appears.

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Recent books

∙ Olivier Lablée, ‘Spectral Theory in Riemannian Geometry’


∙ Sylvia Serfaty, ‘Coulomb Gases and Ginzburg-Landau Vortices’


∙ Della Dumbaugh, Joachim Schwermer, ‘Emil Artin and Beyond - Class Field Theory and L-Functions’


∙ Ivan Netuka, Martina Bečvářová, ‘Karl Löwner and His Student Lipman Bers - Pre-war Prague Mathematicians’


∙ ‘Sophus Lie and Felix Klein: The Erlangen Program and Its Impact in Mathematics and Physics.’ Editors: Lizhen Ji, Athanase Papadopoulos


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∙ MATHESIA – A crowdsourcing platform dedicated to mathematics

A unique new social/crowdsourcing network has just been launched. Mathesia is dedicated to mathematics and to maths specialists. Its aim is to provide a place where “mathematics meets industry to create innovation”.

To know more, discover the opportunities created by Mathesia for the mathematics community at large, and to register, see:

∙ The World of Statistics

The World of Statistics is the successor to the International Year of Statistics, 2013. It comprises a global network of more 2,350 organizations worldwide committed to:

– Increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society

– Nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people

– Promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics.

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