News from the EMS

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

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment posted

Scientists, journal editors and publishers, scholarly societies, and research funders across many scientific disciplines have posted an international declaration calling on the world scientific community to eliminate the dominant role of the journal impact factor (JIF) in evaluating research for funding, hiring, promotion, or institutional effectiveness. The EMS is among the signing organisations. Also individuals can sign.

National Academies Press publishes "The Mathematical Sciences in 2025"

A new report "The Mathematical Sciences in 2025" examines the current state of the mathematical sciences and explores the changes needed for the discipline to be in a strong position and able to maximize its contribution to the USA in 2025. The report has been published by National Academies Press; a PDF can be downloaded for free at

News from the ICIAM council

Two important decisions were taken at the council of ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) in Beijing (China) on May 11:
Maria J. Esteban has been chosen as new President-Elect. Among a number of other important duties (, Maria is presently the Chair of the EMS Committee on Applied Mathematics.
The city of Valencia (Spain) has been chosen as the site of the 2019 ICIAM Congress. The decision was taken after a very tight competition among three different (all excellent) proposals.

Science Europe appoints members of its Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee

Science Europe, the new association of European Research Funding and Research Performing Organizations based in Bruxelles, has appointed six scientific committees. The Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee will be chaired by Bengt Nordén, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden. It includes two mathematicians among its 15 members: Laszlo Lovasz, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; and Karl Sigmund, University of Vienna, Austria.

Kenneth Appel 1932-2013

Kenneth Appel, who proved the Four Color Theorem with Wolfgang Haken, died April 19 at the age of 80. Their proof, published in two parts in the Illinois Journal of Mathematics in 1977, was the first major proof that involved extensive computer calculations.

Update on ERC calls for proposals (2014)

Since the new programme 'Horizon 2020' has not been finally adopted by the EU, the ERC scientific council can only provide a schedule for the next ERC calls on an indicative basis, as described below:
Publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014), late in 2013;
Opening and submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014:
- Opening and submission deadline for Starting grants; first and second quarter of 2014
- Opening and submission deadline for Consolidator grants; second quarter of 2014

Euroscientist with an analysis of the impact of austerity on scientists in Southern Europe

Austerity has taken its toll on European research, and particularly on scientists from Southern Europe. An analysis of the impact of such conditions on scientists who stayed and on those who were forced to emigrate is the theme of a special issue of the Euroscientist, the journal of Euroscience, the European grassroots organisation of scientists across disciplines and countries.

Wallenberg foundation supports Swedish research in mathematics

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has decided in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to support Swedish research in mathematics. The Foundation is now investing up to SEK 200 million during a six-year period in order to further develop Swedish research in mathematics. In total, the program will provide funding for 24 Swedish postdoctoral researchers to go abroad. Additionally, by means of international recruitment, 35 foreign postdoctoral researchers and 25 guest professors will be given the opportunity to come to Swedish institutions.

Marie Curie Actions Research Fellowships: Call for applications

There is a recent call for applications from the European Commission for Marie Curie Actions Research Fellowships (both ingoing and outgoing) under the FP7 framework. The deadline for applications is 14 August 2013.

New Poincaré Chair at Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)

The IHP at Paris has started a new program called Poincaré chair, financed for the next five years by funds from the Clay Mathematics Institute that had been reserved for the solution of the Poincaré conjecture. The initiative will allow to undertake research programs of a 6 month or 1 year duration; it is open to all the research thematics in mathematics. The objective is to give young research workers on the edge of a promising international career the means to develop deep and audacious research projects, as well as to base their international recognition.

Lectures sponsored by the Bernoulli Society and the EMS

The Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability and the European Mathematical Society have agreed to sponsor lectures between the two societies with the running theme "What can statistics/mathematics do for mathematics/statistics?". They have appointed a selection committee consisting of Herbert Edelsbrunner, Yves Meyer, Benedikt M. Poetscher and Michael Sørensen.

Abel Prize 2013 goes to Pierre Deligne

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2013 to Pierre Deligne, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, “for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields”.
Pierre Deligne will receive the prize from his majesty, King Harald, in Oslo on May 21.

GeoLMI 2013 - Conference on Geometry and Algebra of Linear Matrix Inequalities

This is a conference organized by Didier Henrion and Monique Laurent, jointly with the 3rd official meeting of the GeoLMI project funded by the French National Research Agency. The aim is to bring together various researchers in pure and applied mathematics (real algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, functional analysis, continuous and discrete optimization) interested in linear matrix inequalities and their application areas (operations research, system control, performance analysis of dynamical systems).

LMS Minisymposium on Advanced Decomposition Methods for Partial Differential Equations

This workshop will take place from Monday 2 September to Wednesday 4 September at Kingston University. The objective of this minisymposium is to examine advanced decomposition methods with respect to discretisation for evolution equations with applications to transport phenomena, heat transfer models, micro heat transfer models, financial and economic problems and medical applications.

European-Nordic Congress in Lund (S): 2nd announcement

The 26th Nordic and 1st European-Nordic Congress of Mathematicians takes place on June 10-13, 2013 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. The Congress is dedicated to the memory of Lars Hörmander (1931 - 2012), who was a professor in Lund for many years.
The organizers have now published the 2nd announcement for the congress including lists of plenary speakers and of special sessions, as well as many details concerning the organization.