News from the EMS

Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.

ISE conference: Strengthening the European Research Area

The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) organizes a conference under this title in Barcelona on 3rd - 4th May 2012. ISE proposes a forum for representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission, member states and stakeholders to discuss with participants from science and learned societies which measures should be taken to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA). The sessions will focus on topics such as how to involve scientists in the governance of ERA and organise cross-border research collaboration.

EMS-IAMP Summer school on Quantum Chaos

A summer school held at the Erwin Schrödinger Institute, Vienna, in the period 30 July - 3 August 2012, will present the research field of "quantum chaos" to an audience of graduate students, postdocs and young researchers. It is supported by the European Mathematical Society, the International Association of Mathematical Physics and the Erwin Schrödinger Institute, where it will take place. It will also benefit from some funding from the National Science Foundation.

Abel Prize announcement on March 21

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Christian Stenseth, will announce the winner of the 2012 Abel Prize on the 21st of March. The chair of the Abel committee, Ragni Piene, will then state the reasons for the awarding of the prize.
This will be followed by a popular science presentation of the prize winners’ work by Timothy Gowers, Professor at Trinity College, Cambridge. The announcement will be transmitted as a live webcast at 12 noon (GMT + 1) from the Academy in Oslo. To view the webcast, go to

French consortium Cap'Math calls for French projects

This call concerns popularization of mathematics, particularly around school activities and also for scientific subjects that involve or lead to knowing mathematics (computer science).

The call emanates from the French association animath which promotes mathematical activities for youth by means of workshops, competitions, clubs, in schools, high-schools, colleges, universities.

More informations can be found on (in French).

Call for CIMPA research schools in 2014

CIMPA is a UNESCO centre located in Nice, France, with financial support from France, the
Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, Switzerland, Norway, Spain and UNESCO. Its aim is to promote
international cooperation in higher education and research in mathematics and their
interactions, as well as related subjects, for the benefit of developing countries.
CIMPA organizes research schools of about two weeks in developing countries. The purpose of
these schools is to contribute to the research training of the new generation of
mathematicians, women and men.

Humboldt Research Awards to several renowned mathematicians

Several Humboldt Research Awards have been given to well-known mathematicians. Every award is valued at 60,000 EUR. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.
A list of recent prize recipients, including a description of their research interests, and their host institutions in Germany can be found at .

2011 ICMI medalists

Alan Schoenfeld (UC Berkeley, CA, USA) received the Felix Klein Medal for lifetime achievemnet.
Luis Radford (Université Laurentienne, Canada) received the Hans Freudenthal Medal for a major cumulative programme of research.
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1st Joint Conference of the Belgian, Royal Spanish and Luxembourg Mathematical Societies

The Joint meeting of the Belgian, Royal Spanish and Luxembourg mathematical societies will take place at the University of Liege, Belgium, from June 6 to June 8. It will gather mathematicians around 7 plenary speakers and in 8 special sessions (Algebra, Algebraic and Symplectic geometry, Discrete
Mathematics, Functional and Harmonic Analysis, Mathematical Logic, Numerical Analysis, Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions, Statistics and Probability Theory).
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Institut Mittag-Leffler Summer School "Discrete Morse Theory and Commutative Algebra", July 18 – August 1, 2012

This summer school will focus on recent developments in combinatorial topology and discrete geometry, with an emphasis on the interaction with toric geometry and commutative algebra. A promising contemporary method for getting simple explicit descriptions of topological spaces is discrete Morse theory. Its applications range from real world problems, such as shape recognition, to theoretical studies of topological spaces, which encode important invariants from algebra, geometry and topology.

Professor Manfredo P. Do Carmo will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad de Murcia

Professor Manfredo P. Do Carmo (IMPA, Brasil) will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad de Murcia on the 10th of May 2012. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon in the Salón de Actos Facultad de Quimica in the Espinardo campus of the university.

29th European meeting of Statisticians, Budapest 2013

The European Regional Committee of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability, the community of Hungarian statisticians and probabilists and the organisers cordially invite their colleagues to participate in the 29th European Meeting of Statisticians, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 20 to 25 July 2013.
Individual members of the European are offered a discount on the registration fee.
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ICERM Announces Academic Sponsorship Program

The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) endeavors to support and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation: specifically to expand the use of computational and experimental methods in mathematics, to support theoretical advances related to computation, and address problems posed by the existence and use of the computer through mathematical tools, research and innovation. This is done through a variety of semester programs, semester workshops, and summer programs.

Abel symposium and Ramanujan prize ceremony in Mumbai, India

On the 23rd of February the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India, will host an Abel symposium with all the Abel committee members as speakers. Professor M. S. Raghunathan has invited his fellow Abel Committee members to give lectures at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research ahead of the final committee meeting in Mumbai.The event will start with the Ramanujan Prize being presented to Professor Philibert Nang (44) from Gabon followed by his prize lecture.
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Mathematicians organize boycott of Elsevier

More than 5,700 researchers have joined a boycott of Elsevier, a leading publisher of science journals. The protest grew out of a provocative blog post by the mathematician Timothy Gowers of Cambridge University, who announced on Jan. 21 that he would no longer publish papers in any of Elsevier’s journals or serve as a referee or editor for them.

EMS Applied Mathematics Schools 2012

Four summer schools presenting topics in different areas of applied mathematics will be run in 2012 under the auspices of the EMS Applied Mathematics Committee. Announcements of the first three are now available, the fourth will be held at the conference center in Bedlewo, Poland.
1. ESMTB-EMS Summer School : The Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution 2012 (Turku, Finland; August 19-26)
2. 5th European Summer School in Financial Mathematics (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France; August 27-31)