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 has left us so abruptly. He had given presentations during the Abel lectures in Oslo on May 20 and then in Bergen on May 21. 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.
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From the President
Dear members of the EMS,
let me start by wishing you happy new year marked by good health and humour, as well as by some inspirative ideas. Opening a new four-year cycle in the life of our society, I have the opportunity to greet all of you when assuming the EMS presidency. It was your decision, through the Council delegates, which put me into this role, and I feel a deep gratitude for your trust and at the same time a grave responsibility thinking of what the job requires.
By the end of this year, my term as President of the European Mathematical Society will come to an end. This is therefore my last traditional annual message, and I would like to start it by sending you all my belated best wishes for a very prosperous and peaceful year 2014. A great deal of our activity in the forthcoming months will be focused on the organization of the Council meeting.