Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
The Russian mathematician Victor Vassiliev, member of the Russian academy of sciences and president of the Moscow Mathematical Society, famous for the invention of Vassiliev invariants in knot theory, was arrested in Moscow on February 21, 2014, as participant of a peaceful protest in support of the defendants of the Bolotnaya Square Case; he was released shortly afterwards. On March 5, Zamoskovoretsky Court in Moscow convicted him guilty of shouting slogans and resisting detention; he will have to pay a substantial fine. Prof. Vassiliev denies both charges.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Rolf Schock Prize 2014 in the field of mathematics, amounting to 600.000 SEK (almost 70.000 €), to Professor YITANG ZHANG, University of New Hampshire, USA, “for his spectacular breakthrough concerning the possibility of an infinite number of twin primes”.
Launched in January 2013 by the Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris) and the Clay Mathematics Institute, the Poincaré Chair offers exceptionally talented young mathematicians ideal working conditions to develop their scientific projects.
This 6 month or 1 year research program is open to all research thematic in mathematics. Without having to teach, the candidates whose research project meets the required conditions can count on the administrative team of the IHP to organize courses or any other activity of knowledge diffusion.
Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2014.
The Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (CIRM) at Luminy, France, invites submission for proposals of one-week mathematical conferences, workshops or thematic schools to take place in 2016. Deadline: 31 March 2014.
The German Mathematical Society DMV awards the Cantor medal every second year. The Cantor medal for 2014 goes to Herbert Spohn, professor for Applied Probability Theory at the Technical University in Munich. Spohn's insights have had a decisive impact on the development of stochastic analysis, the theory of kinetic equations and on mathematical physics.
Information: http://dmv.mathematik.de/index.php/component/content/article?id=2072 (in German)
Peter Sarnak has been awarded the 2014 Wolf Prize in Mathematics. A mathematician of extremely broad spectrum and far-reaching vision, Sarnak has influenced the development of several mathematical fields, often by uncovering deep and unsuspected connections. Sarnak is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Information: http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2138 http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Wolf-Prize-2014-in-sciences-and-arts-...
The Simons Foundation has chosen to approve funding to the CRM to establish a Simons Visiting Programme, aimed at enhancing the participation of senior researchers in the CRM Thematic Research Programmes.
ERME, the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, adresses congratulations both to Michèle Artigue and Frederick Leung for the citation of their ICMI awards, and acknowledges their important contributions to mathematics education and therefore to the mathematics education community.
Frederick Leung has received the ICMI Hans Freudenthal Award, named after the eighth president of ICMI (1967-1970), which recognizes a major cumulative program of research.
The Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SEMA), in cooperation with the Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SMAI), is pleased to announce the
XVI Jacques-Louis Lions Spanish-French School on Numerical Simulation in Physics and Engineering
to be held at the Public University of Navarre, Pamplona (Spain), on September 8-12, 2014.
The school is intended for Master's students, PhD students and early career researchers. It can also be of interest to technicians working in industry or academics in general willing to update their knowledge of numerical techniques.
The Oberwolfach Prize 2013 for excellent achievements in Stochastics and Statistics is awarded to Hugo Duminil-Copin (Genève).
The John Todd Award 2013 for excellent achievements in Numerical Analysis is awarded to Markus Bachmayr (Aachen).
Stefan Müller (Bonn) has been awarded the Heinz Gumin Preis of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung for his groundbreaking contributions to the calculus of variations and to elliptic regularity theory which were often motivated by innovative applications in the theory of solid mechanics.
The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 312 top scientists in its first Consolidator Grant competition. These mid-career scientists are awarded a total of nearly €575 million. Grants are worth up to €2.75 million each, with an average of €1.84 million per grant. Twelve of these grants went to European mathematicians.
Gerd Faltings, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn and Professor at the University of Bonn, was awarded the 2014 King Faisal International Prize for Science for his groundbreaking contributions to algebraic geometry and number theory. This was announced by the president of the King Faisal Foundation, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, on 14 January 2014. Previous prize-winners within mathematics are Michael Atiyah (1987), Dennis P. Sullivan (1994) Andrew J. Wiles (1998), Yuri I.
The General Prize Committee announced that the 2014 Balzan Prizes will be awarded in the following fields:
Classical Archaeology; Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind; Basic and/or applied Plant Ecology; Mathematics (pure or applied).
With deep regret we inform about the decease of Professor Marc Yor (24 July 1949 - 10 January 2014). Marc was a Professor at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and a member of the French Academy of Sciences. His very prolific scientific work constitutes a contribution to stochastic processes and its applications of the highest magnitude, and a source of study and inspiration for a whole generation of probabilists and for future researchers.
Call for travel grant applications and event funding requests:
The EMS Committee for European Solidarity calls for travel grant applications from young researchers and funding requests from organisers of conferences or advanced courses to be held in 2014 or 2015.
Decisions will be taken at two deadlines, normally in April and October. Further information and application forms can be found in the Committee's web page http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/comm-eur-solid.html.