News from the EMS

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

European parliament approves Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020, the EU's €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs on Thursday. Parliament amended it to improve support for small firms, attract more people into science and more scientists to join the programme, and earmark funding for non-fossil energy research.

Zentralblatt: New Interface - freely available until the end of the year

Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH) features a completely new and user-friendly interface. To advertise it, the database can be searched by everybody for free until the end of the year. Try it!

Ramanujan prize 2014: Call for nominations

The Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries has been awarded annually since the first winner was announced in 2005. The 2014 Prize will be funded and administered jointly by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
The Prize winner must be less than 45 years of age on 31 December of the year of the award, and have conducted outstanding research in a developing country.
The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2014 Prize is 1 February 2014.

ICIAM 2015: Invited speakers

Twenty seven speakers were selected by the Scientific Programme Committee of ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) 2015 and then approved by an ICIAM board meeting in Beijing. Besides invited speakers, ICIAM 2015 (10-14 August 2015) will also feature prize lectures, public lectures, mini-symposia, contributed papers, and posters.

ICIAM 2015, Call for nominations, Olga Taussky-Todd lecture

A call for nominations has been issued for the third Olga Taussky-Todd lecture, to be given by a female speaker at ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) in Beijing over 10-14 August 2015. A nomination will consist of
- an explanation of why the individual is being nominated, and a description of her work;
- a brief CV and contact information for the nominee.
Nominations should be sent by email to: hlopez@ The deadline for submission of nominations is 30 November 2013.

DMV-Medienpreis 2013 goes to Gert-Martin Greuel and Andreas Matt

The “Medienpreis Mathematik 2013” by the Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung (DMV) goes to Gert-Martin Greuel and Andreas Matt for their work on the project IMAGINARY. The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the communication and popularization of mathematics. The award comes with 4000 Euro prize money provided by the Walter de Gruyter Stiftung in Berlin.

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon new president of the European Research Council

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, the 2nd president of the European Mathematical Society (1995-98), will be the next president of the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Bourguignon was nominated for this position by the EMS to a search committee set up by the European Commission.

Scholze to Receive 2013 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

Peter Scholze (University of Bonn) will receive the 2013 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize for "his pathbreaking contributions that lie at the interface of arithmetic algebraic geometry and the theory of automorphic forms, and especially in the area of Galois representations." Scholze will receive the award in late December at the International Conference on Number Theory and Galois Representations at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, Ramanujan's hometown. The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize is awarded annually for outstanding contributions by young mathematicians to areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan.

President Putin signs controversial Academy of Sciences Reform Bill

Despite numerous protests from scientists in Russia and abroad, President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill to reform the Academy of Sciences, the country’s leading scientific research establishment comprising about 50,000 researchers in its 434 affiliated institutions.

New ERC Advanced Grant results

In its sixth and last Advanced Grant competition under the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), the European Research Council
(ERC) is awarding over €660 million to 284 senior research leaders, among them 11 mathematicians. They will carry out their research in 18
different countries across the European Research Area. Funding is up to €3.5 million per grant. The next Advanced Grants call will fall under the
'excellence pillar' of the new Framework Programme 'Horizon 2020.

ERC joins arXiv

The European Research Council (ERC) announced that it has joined an international partnership supporting arXiv, one of the major scientific repositories in the areas of physics and mathematics
which is operated by Cornell University Library (New York, US). The ERC is the first European research funding organisation to join the arXiv initiative. By doing so, the ERC reaffirms its commitment to open access and to ensuring that the fruits of the research it funds can be freely accessed, read and used,
both by scientists working in relevant areas and by the public.

Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM)

The London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in association with the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) are seeking applications for grants to support mathematics and its teaching in universities in Africa. Four mentoring partnerships are to be awarded, each for a duration of two years.

Future of the Russian Academy of Sciences at stake

The Russian Duma will take up its work on September, 9. It will have to discuss and finally pass a law on a reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) that was originally launched by the Russian government without consultations with the scientific community. The RAS plans to adopt a declaration summarizing key requests from the scientists to be presented to the Duma in due time.
Russian colleagues have formulated a petition to the Russian president Putin asking him to make sure that the future law will come in place after a thorough consultation with the scientific community.

Asian Mathematical Conference 2013 in Busan opts to work for a Mathematical Union in Asia

The Asian Mathematical Conference 2013 took place in Busan, Korea, from June 30, Sunday through July 4, Thursday, 2013. At the closing of the congress, a declaration was approved resolving to:
lay the ground for the formation of Mathematical Union in Asia (tentative) that will aim to promote and strengthen mathematics in our region, facilitate exchanges and serve as the voice of the mathematics community in the Asian region, and toward this end