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The European Research Council ERC has launched a new type of granting scheme that will fund small excellent research teams. ERC Synergy Grants are intended to enable a small group of Principal Investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address research problems.The aim is to promote substantial advances in the frontiers of knowledge, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques. ERC Synergy Grants can amount up to € 15 mio per grant; each grant for up to 6 years.
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The history of the European Mathematical Society (founded in 1990) becomes alive on the new Gallery of Past Presidents established by former EMS publicity officer David Salinger, Leeds, UK.
The Institute of Mathematical Statistics has selected 18 new fellows named at the Joint Statistical Meetings/IMS Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, USA: http://bulletin.imstat.org/2011/06/ims-announces-new-fellows/
One of the new fellows is EMS-president Marta Sanz-Solé, who received the award for influential work in a variety of branches of stochastic analysis, including anticipating calculus, large deviations and especially the application of Malliavin calculus to stochastic partial differential equations; and for leadership within the European Mathematical Society.
A working group formed jointly by the IMU and ICIAM has put forward a report with suggestions on how to counteract negative aspects of assessment of mathematical research by bibliometric data alone. The group has considered how the IMU and ICIAM could undertake an honest, careful rating of journals based on the judgement of expert mathematicians.
The report is available at http://www.iciam2011.com/images/stories/ICIAM2011/wg_jrp_report.pdf .
The ﬁrst Stephen Smale Prize was awarded at the FoCM'11 meeting in Budapest on July 14th, 2011 to Prof. Snorre H. Christiansen, University of Oslo. Christiansen received the Smale prize for his pioneering work on the foundation of computational mathematics. Most of his work is motivated by the design of numerical methods for various equations arising in physics, and he has made substantial contributions to a number of key areas related to modern scientific computing.
Raul Ibañez (Department of Mathematics, Universidad País Vasco, Spain) has received the Prize for Dissemination of Science 2011, awarded by COSCE (Confederation of National Associations of Spain). This initiative intends to encourage scientists to disseminate their work and knowledge to society in general.
Nuno Crato, professor of mathematics and statistics at the Technical University of Lisbon, took office as Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science as an independent in the cabinet of the Portuguese Government led by Pedro Passos Coelho on June 21, 2011.
The International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (Italy) hosted the 2010 Ramanujan Prize ceremony on 10 May 2011, honouring the work of award recipient Yuguang Shi, School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, China.
The prize recognizes Shi's "outstanding contributions to the geometry of complete (noncompact) Riemannian manifolds, specifically the positivity of quasi-local mass and rigidity of asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds."
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As part of the commemorations of its centennial, the Royal Spanish Society of Mathematics (RSME) is organizing jointly with the European Mathematical Society (EMS) a Mathematical Weekend that will be held in Bilbao from October 7 to 9, 2011. The meeting will begin on Friday afternoon and will end on Sunday at lunch time.
The University of Murcia, Spain, yesterday approved the appointment of Professor Manfredo P. Do Carmo (http://www.impa.br/opencms/pt/pesquisa/pesquisa_pesquisadores/pesquisado...) as Dr. honoris causa. The ceremony will be held next October in a date that will be announced in due course.
The Shaw Prize in the Mathematical Sciences 2011 is awarded in equal shares to Demetrios Christodoulou (ETH Zurich) and to Richard S Hamilton (Columbia Univ., NY) for their highly innovative works on nonlinear partial differential equations in Lorentzian and Riemannian geometry and their applications to general relativity and topology.
Further information: http://www.shawprize.org/en/shaw.php?tmp=1&twoid=1 ; http://www.shawprize.org/en/shaw.php?tmp=3&twoid=90&threeid=181&fourid=3...
The CIEM (International Center for Mathematical Meetings, http://www.ciem.unican.es) is a joint initiative of the University of Cantabria and the Municipality of Castro Urdiales, Spain, whose goal is to promote quality mathematical research, be it in its more basic or its more applied and computational aspects, with special emphasis to multidisciplinar ventures. It has been organizing some 10 to 15 events every year since its foundation, in 2006.
Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University, http://www.math.cornell.edu/~vogtmann/) has been appointed as EMS-lecturer for the year 2011. She will give a series of lectures on " The topology and geometry of automorphism groups of free groups" at three occasions; two of them in 2012:
- during the conference "European Women in Mathematics" at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM), Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain, September 5-9, 2011; http://www.crm.cat/ewm/
- at Oxford University, February 10, 13, 14, 2012;
- at Stockholm, Sweden, in spring 2012 (dates to be fixed).
The Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, UK, invites proposals for research programmes in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. The deadline for submission is 31 July 2011, for consideration at the meeting of the Scientific Committee in October.
A Special Call for Proposals for the period September - December 2013 has been issued with a deadline of 31 July 2011. This call is particularly aimed at attracting cross-disciplinary proposals which could form part of the international initiative Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013.