Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
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.
The Math in Moscow program invites applications for scholarships to attend the Independent University of Moscow for the Fall 2011 semester.
Undergraduate students registered in a mathematics or computer science program are eligible. The Math in Moscow program provides a 15-week-long research experience for students, with some of the world's leading mathematicians. The deadline for applications is MARCH 30, 2011. Full details about the program and how to submit an application can be found at http://www.mccme.ru/mathinmoscow/ .
The W. K. Clifford Prize is a new international scientific prize for young researchers, which intends to encourage young researchers to compete for excellence in theoretical and applied Clifford algebras, their analysis and geometry. The award consists of a written certificate and 1000 Euros. The first prize will be awarded at the 9th Conference on Clifford Algebras and their Applications in Mathematical Physics (ICCA), which takes place July 15-20 in Weimar, Germany.
Bulgarian science is mainly concentrated at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at Sofia University. The government has announced that it plans to transfer many of the institutes of the academy to other institutions and, at the same time, to cut down its support to Bulgarian Science in a very substantial manner. This has drastic negative effects also for the Bulgarian mathematical community.
The International Mathematical Union (IMU) opens its permanent office at the Weierstrass Institute in Berlin on February 1. The opening ceremony is presided by IMU President Prof. Ingrid Daubechies from Duke University (USA), Dr. Georg Schütte, Deputy Federal Minister of Education and Research, and the Senator for Science of the German capital, Prof. Jürgen Zöllner.
The North American Mathematical Sciences Institutes announce a special year of emphasis on the Mathematics of Planet Earth in 2013, interpreted as broadly as possible. Earth is a planet with dynamic processes in the mantle, oceans and atmosphere creating climate, causing natural disasters, and influencing fundamental aspects of life and life-supporting systems.
Outline bids from mathematicians to organize the 2016 European Congress of Mathematics are invited and should reach the EMS Secretariat (email@example.com) by 28 February 2011.
More information: Newsletter of the EMS, Issue 77, September 2010, p. 5-6.
The following prizes and awards were given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans:
* AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement to John W. Milnor, Stony Brook University
* AMS Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition to Henryk Iwaniec, Rutgers University
* AMS Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research to Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University
* AMS Bocher Prize to Assaf Naor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University
* AMS Bocher Prize to Gunther Uhlmann, University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington
The Meetings Committee of the EMS seeks:
1. Nominations for EMS Lecturers: An EMS Lecturer,
typically appointed once a year, is an honorary
post, bestowed on an internationally renowned researcher.
An EMS Lecturer is asked to deliver several lectures
in various places, where one of the lectures is tied
to an international conference in Europe.
2. Nominations for EMS Distinguished Speakers: An
EMS Distinguished Speaker is a prestigious appointment,
awarded to an internationally renowned researcher.
An EMS Distinguished Speaker is asked to deliver
Professor Benoit Mandelbrot passed away on the 14th of October in Cambridge, Mass.
Mandelbrot is known for his outstanding contributions to fractal geometry and applications to many scientific
fields, like physics, biology and finance.
More information at
Dr. Lázló Lovász, Director of the Mathematical Institute of the Eövtös Loránd University of Budapest and President of the International Mathematical Union will receive the 26th annual Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences from the Inamori Foundation. The laureate will be presented with a diploma, a 20-karat-gold Kyoto Prize medal, and a cash gift totaling 50 million yen (approximately US$550,000) during a week of ceremonies beginning November 9, 2010, in Kyoto. For further information see http://www.kyotoprize.org/news/pressrel/pressrel_040810_lovasz.htm
Institut Mittag-Leffler in Stockholm, Sweden, invites program proposals for the academic year 2013 – 2014.
Further information: http://www.mittag-leffler.se/programs/1314/proposals.php
ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) announced their 2011 prizes on Sep 20, 2010. The prizes will be awarded at the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICIAM Congress in Vancouver, Canada. For details about the winners, please see http://www.iciam.org/prizes2011.html
One million Swiss Francs (around EUR 760.000, USD 980.000, GBP 640.000) for Mathematics (pure or applied). Half of the amount must be destined by the winner to research projects.
Milan, 6 September 2010 - The names of the 2010 Balzan Prizewinners were announced today in a public event:
Jacob Palis (Brazil), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, National Institute of pure and applied Mathematics (IMPA), for Mathematics (pure or applied)
Shinya Yamanaka (Japan/USA), Kyoto University, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, for Stem Cells: Biology and Potential Applications
The International Mathematical Union (IMU) has issued a document providing best practice guidelines for the running of mathematical journals. The document can be found at http://www.mathunion.org/fileadmin/CEIC/bestpractice/bpfinal.pdf . The document was endorsed by the IMU General Assembly held August 16-17, 2010 in Bangalore, India.