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The Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM) invites proposals for Research Programmes for the
academic year 2013-2014.
CRM Research Programmes consist of periods ranging between two to five months of intensive
research in a given area of mathematics and its applications. Researchers from different institutions
are brought together to work on open problems and to analyse the state and perspectives of their area.
Guidelines and application instructions can be found at
The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has joined iTunes U, the iTunes Store area that offers free, downloadable educational content from leading educational institutions. ICTP on iTunes U features over 240 videos of lectures, conferences, video interviews, documentary films, and important historical video footage of prominent 20th century physicists, as well as physics and mathematics courses offered by ICTP through its Postgraduate Diploma Program. Most content is available in English. Access is via http://itunes.ictp.tv .
The European Research Council (ERC) is supporting some 480 early-career researchers over the coming five years with grants worth up to €2 million each. In this fourth 'ERC Starting Grant' competition, just over €670 million is allocated to top talent to carry out their pioneering research in any domain throughout Europe. The number of applications increased by 42% compared to last year. Press release: http://erc.europa.eu/pdf/press_release_stg2011_results.pdf
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...