Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
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.
The Felix Klein Prize, established by the EMS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern is to be awarded during the 6th European Congress at Krakow in 2012 to a young scientist or a small group of young scientists (normally under the age of 38) for using sophisticated methods to give an outstanding solution, which meets with the complete satisfaction of industry, to a concrete and difficult industrial problem.
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...