Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
Daniel "Dan" Quillen died on April 30, 2011.
Quillen received a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Helsinki in 1978. He received the award as the principal architect of the higher algebraic K-theory in 1972, a new tool that successfully used geometric and topological methods and ideas to formulate and solve major problems in algebra, particularly ring theory and module theory.
From 1984 to 2006 he was the Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics at Magdalen College, Oxford.
More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Quillen
A committee at VU Amsterdam has put forward a proposal to close the Geometry Section, which consists of six tenured positions and focuses on algebraic K theory, algebraic topology, and general/geometric topology. This proposal has received the endorsement of the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and of the Executive Board of the university.
An online petition asking for a reconsideration of this plan is available online at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-pure-mathematics-at-the-vu-univ... .
Each year, ESF supports approximately 50 Exploratory Workshops across all scientific domains. These small, interactive output oriented meetings are aimed at opening up new directions in research to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. The workshops last usually 1-3 days, are of a relatively small scale (in terms of people involved) and provide a platform for focus on the topic and for participants to contribute to discussions and plan follow-up collaborative work.
Submission deadline: 26 May 2011.
June 27 - July 2, 2011: CIME-EMS Summer School in applied mathematics, Cetraro, Italy:
Current challenges in stability issues for numerical differential equations,
July 24 - July30, 2011: ESMTB-EMS Summer School, Evora, Portugal:
Dynamical models in life sciences, http://c3.glocos.org/ssmtb/
Sept 5-Sept 9, 2011: Fourth European summer school in financial mathematics, Zurich, Switzerland.
The aim of the International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics ICPAM-CIMPA is to promote international cooperation in higher education and research in mathematics and their interactions, as well as related subjects, particularly computer science, for the benefit of developing countries.
ICPAM-CIMPA is a UNESCO centre located in Nice, with financial support from the French Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherché (France), the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion (Spain) and UNESCO.
The Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) has confirmed the election of Professors Carl-Henrik Heldin and Pavel Exner as new ERC Vice Presidents. Their term of office runs until the end of the seventh Framework Programme for Research (December 2013).
Both Vice Presidents are founding members of the ERC Scientific Council. Pavel Exner, a Czech national, is the scientific director and a professor at the Doppler Institute for Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics, Prague. He served as Vice President of the EMS in the period 2005-2010.
The Prize is to be awarded for highly original and influential work in the field of history of mathematics that enhances our understanding of either the development of mathematics or a particular mathematical subject in any period and in any geographical region. The prize may be shared by two or more researchers if the work justifying it is the fruit of collaboration between them.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2011 to John Milnor, Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Stony Brook University, New York «for pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry and algebra.»
The citation: All of Milnor’s works display marks of great research: profound insights, vivid imagination,elements of surprise, and supreme beauty.
Call for Nominations of Candidates for Ten EMS Prizes
Any European mathematician who has not reached his/her 35th birthday
on 30 June 2012, and who has not previously received the prize, is
eligible for an EMS Prize at 6ecm. Up to 10 prizes will be
awarded. The maximum age may be increased by up to three years in
the case of an individual with a broken career pattern.
Mathematicians are defined to be European if they are of European
nationality or their normal place of work is within Europe. Europe
Excerpt of a letter from Takashi Tsuboi, President of the Mathematical Society of Japan:
The earthquake occurred on March 11th has caused considerable damage to
the Tohoku District, the northeastern Japan, and the Mathematical
Society of Japan has decided to cancel the MSJ Spring Meeting 2011
scheduled from March 20th to 23rd at Waseda University. The worst-hit
area of the quake and the tsunami is devastating and the nuclear power
plant is not yet under control but our colleagues near the area are
starting to work for getting back to their daily lives, including
The Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics 2011 is being awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to Michael Aschbacher “for his fundamental contributions to one of the largest mathematical projects ever, the classification of finite simple groups, notably his contribution to the quasi-thin case”.
Read more: http://www.rolfschockprizes.se/ http://www.rolfschockprizes.se/download/18.30d262d512eb48eb39480001924/P...
Anatoliy Skorokhod, Professor of Michigan State University and an academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, died on January 3, 2011, in Lansing, Michigan, USA. Skorokhod is famous for his work on the theory of stochastic differential equations, on limit theorems of random processes, on distributions in infinite-dimensional spaces, and on statistics of random processes and Markov processes.
The 5th World conference on 21st century mathematics took place at the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) at Lahore (Pakistan) in the period 9-13 February 2011. Info: http://wc2011.sms.edu.pk/doku.php?id=home
The following declaration asking for international support of the Pakistani mathematical community was signed by many of the international participants, among them EMS-president Marta Sanz-Solé:
The Oberwolfach Foundation and the MFO are pleased to award the Oberwolfach Prize 2010 for excellent achievements in Analysis and Applied Mathematics jointly to Nicola Gigli (Nice) and Laszlo Szekelyhidi (Bonn) and to award the John Todd Fellowship 2010 for excellent achievements in Numerical Analysis to Daniel Kressner (Zuerich).
Further information: http://www.mfo.de/math-in-public/prizes/oberwolfach-prize
EUROHORCs (European Heads of Research Councils), a European association of the heads of research funding organisations and research performing organisations, and ESF (European Science Foundation) have overlapping memberships and are discussing a merger. In April there will be a EUROHORCs General Assembly and a decision will be taken at the Special ESF Assembly in May 2011 regarding the proposed new organisation. The overarching objective is to increase the global competitiveness of Europe.