Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
The European Commission has appointed Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC), the EU's premier funding body for investigator-driven frontier research. Professor Bourguignon, a mathematician and French national, will take over in his new role as of 1 January 2014, replacing Professor Helga Nowotny. He will be the first ERC President to be based in Brussels, in a new reinforced role where he will devote most of his time to the job.
Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget. The first calls for proposals for Horizon 2020 have been issued on December 12, among them calls for proposals for ERC Grants and for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and Staff Exchange Programs.
On January 1, 2014, the international project “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (MPE2013) will continue as “Mathematics of Planet Earth” (MPE). The objectives remain unchanged – identify fundamental research questions about Planet Earth and reach out to the general public.
The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) announces the following 2013 awards for outstanding achievement in mathematics education research:
• The Felix Klein Award, honoring a lifetime achievement, is awarded to Michèle Artigue, professor emerita, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France, in recognition of her more than thirty years of sustained, consistent, and outstanding lifetime achievements in mathematics education research and development.
The second Stephen Smale Prize will be awarded during the meeting Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) in Montevideo in December 2014. Nominations are invited and should be sent to FoCM secretary Antonella Zanna at:
Deadline: 24:00 (GMT), March 10, 2014.
Information: http://focm-society.org/smale_prize.php http://www.fing.edu.uy/~jana/www2/smale.html
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) is looking for outstanding young mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world who would like to get the chance to personally meet distinguished experts from both disciplines and find out how to become a leading scientist in their field. Applications for the one of the sought-after spots at the Forum will be accepted until February 28, 2014. Applications must be submitted online at: http://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org.
For more information on the HLF, go to www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org.
Press release: Mathematics has become a key enabling technology in all areas of science and technology. The development of new products or production processes today is dominated by the use of simulation and optimization methods, that, based on a detailed mathematical modeling, support or even replace the costly production of prototypes and classical trial-and-error methods.
The first Heinz Hopf Lecture will be given by Helmut Hofer (Princeton) on December 3, 2013 at 17:15 in HG G 60 (Aula). The second Heinz Hopf Lecture will be given by Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford) on December 4, 2013 at 17:15 in HG F 1. The title of the lectures is "From dynamical systems to geometry and back".
The Prize ceremony will take place after the first lecture on December 3, 2013 at 18:15 in HG G 60 (Aula). The prize will be presented by Prof. Dr. R. Siegwart, Vice President of ETH, and the laudatio will be given by Prof. Dr. G. Wuestholz, Chair of the Heinz Hopf Committee.
The Fermat Prize awarded once every two years by the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse has been awarded jointly to Camillo De Lellis for his fundamental contributions (in collaboration with László Székelyhidi) to the conjecture of Onsager about dissipative solutions of the Euler-equations and for his work to the regularity of minimal surfaces; and to Martin Hairer for his contributions to the analysis of stochastic partial differential equations, especially for the regularity of their solutions and convergence to the equilibrium.
Horizon 2020, the EU's €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs on Thursday. Parliament amended it to improve support for small firms, attract more people into science and more scientists to join the programme, and earmark funding for non-fossil energy research.
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The Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries has been awarded annually since the first winner was announced in 2005. The 2014 Prize will be funded and administered jointly by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
The Prize winner must be less than 45 years of age on 31 December of the year of the award, and have conducted outstanding research in a developing country.
The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2014 Prize is 1 February 2014.
Twenty seven speakers were selected by the Scientific Programme Committee of ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) 2015 and then approved by an ICIAM board meeting in Beijing. Besides invited speakers, ICIAM 2015 (10-14 August 2015) will also feature prize lectures, public lectures, mini-symposia, contributed papers, and posters.
A call for nominations has been issued for the third Olga Taussky-Todd lecture, to be given by a female speaker at ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) in Beijing over 10-14 August 2015. A nomination will consist of
- an explanation of why the individual is being nominated, and a description of her work;
- a brief CV and contact information for the nominee.
Nominations should be sent by email to: hlopez@ im.ufrj.br. The deadline for submission of nominations is 30 November 2013.
The “Medienpreis Mathematik 2013” by the Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung (DMV) goes to Gert-Martin Greuel and Andreas Matt for their work on the project IMAGINARY. The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the communication and popularization of mathematics. The award comes with 4000 Euro prize money provided by the Walter de Gruyter Stiftung in Berlin.