News from the EMS

Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.

Call for Nominations: Otto Neugebauer Prize for the History of Mathematics

Principal Guidelines
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 Abel Prize 2011 goes to John Milnor

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

Call for Nominations of Candidates for Ten EMS Prizes

Principal Guidelines

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

Earthquake and Japanese Mathematics

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

Michael Aschbacher is being awarded The Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics

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”.
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Decease of Anatoliy Skorokhod

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.

5th World Conference on 21st Century Mathematics, Lahore 2011: Declaration of support

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:
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:

Oberwolfach Prize 2010 and John Todd Award 2010

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).
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ESF to merge with EUROHORCs

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 .


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.

Funding crisis for scientific institutions in Bulgaria

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.

Inauguration of stable IMU office in Berlin at WIAS

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.

Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

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.

Call for Bids for the 7ECM

Outline bids from mathematicians to organize the 2016 European Congress of Mathematics are invited and should reach the EMS Secretariat ( by 28 February 2011.
More information: Newsletter of the EMS, Issue 77, September 2010, p. 5-6.