Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
Proposals are now invited for the new ICMS Research-In-Groups (RiGs) programme. RiGs will enable researchers to spend a short period in intensive research collaboration at ICMS, in Edinburgh, away from teaching and administration. The primary aim of this flexible programme is to support top-quality international research in the mathematical sciences. Therefore ICMS encourages adventurous proposals involving novel groupings of researchers, especially in interdisciplinary areas involving overseas collaborators.
Call for applications for the Grand Prix scientifique Simone and Cino del Duca 2009 (amount EUR 364 000) to be awarded to an internationally recognized French or European mathematician proposing an ambitious research project based on the collective work of a group under his/her direction.
Deadline for application : January 25, 2009.
Contact for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Renowned mathematician Beno Eckmann (1917-2008), ETH Zürich, recently passed away. For a recent interview with him, we refer to
The renowned mathematician and professor emeritus at Kyoto University, Kiyoshi Ito, passed away on November 10. He was 93. Ito received the Gauss Prize from the International Mathematics Union in 2006.
Oded Schramm died in a climbing accident in September, 2008.
Oded Schramm was a towering figure, an extraordinary mathematician, widely considered to be the most influential probabilist in the world. His revolutionary work completely transformed our understanding of critical processes in two dimensions, tying probability theory to analysis and topology like never before.
The André Lichnerowicz prize in Poisson geometry was established in 2008.
It will be awarded for notable contributions to Poisson geometry, every two
years at the “International Conference on Poisson Geometry in Mathematics
and Physics”, to researchers who completed their doctorates at most eight years
before the year of the Conference.
The prize was named in memory of André Lichnerowicz (1915-1998) whose
work was fundamental in establishing Poisson geometry as a branch of math-
ematics. It is awarded by a jury composed of the members of the scientiﬁc
One of the most influential mathematicians of our time, Henri Cartan, has
passed away at age 104. His contribution to modern Mathematics during his
long life has been enormous and invaluable. He was a remarkable teacher
and one of the founders and long term member of the Bourbaki group. He was
also passionately committed to a united Europe and Human Rights. Henri
Cartan will be remembered with great respect and gratitude by many
mathematicians of all generations.
On behalf of the European Mathematical Society I would like to express our
deepest condolences to his family.
The Committee for Developing Countries (CDC) of the European Mathematical Society wishes to introduce a "twinning"
scheme, whereby a department in the developed world "twins" with a department in the developing world, to help them in various ways.
The Shaw Laureates for 2008 have been announced. Please check the following web pages for further details:
The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Mathematical Society (EMS),
supported by the European Research Centres on Mathematics (ERCOM) have agreed to
co-sponsor a series of Scientific Conferences, within the framework of the ESF Research Conferences Scheme. The Series are called
ESF-EMS-ERCOM Mathematics Conferences.
Mathematicians are invited to submit proposals for high level conferences to be held in
2009 and 2010. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2008.
For the details about the Call, visit
Andrei Okounkov gave the LMS (London Mathematical Society) Invited Lectures from 7-11 April 2008, under the title "Random Surfaces".
There were also lectures by Simon Donaldson, Nikita Nekrasov and Balázs Szendrői.
The meeting was held in the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (map), Imperial College, London.
Videos at URL: http://www.ma.ic.ac.uk/~rpwt/LMS.html
2008 Schock Prize in mathematics
to ENDRE SZEMERÉDI (born in Hungary), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA and the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary,
“for his deep and pioneering work from 1975 on arithmetic progressions in subsets of the integers, which has led to great progress and discoveries in several branches of mathematics”.
The revision of the Mathematical Classification Scheme for the 2010 version (MSC2010) can be followed on web page http://msc2010.org/mscwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page where one can browse and make comments.
As you may have heard, the European Mathematical Society (EMS) recently started to design a new website. The result is now online available and has a lot more to offer than the previous web site. The most important features are: