News from the EMS

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

Robert Phelps 1926-2013

Robert Ralph Phelps, an American mathematician who was known for his outstanding contributions to analysis, particularly to functional analysis and measure theory, passed away on January 4. He had been a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington since 1962. The best known result of Bob Phelps is probably the celebrated Bishop-Phelps theorem obtained in collaboration with Errett Bishop.

IMA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics and its applications, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2014. A programme of celebratory events – including a 50th ‘birthday party’ at the Royal Society, London, on the afternoon and evening of 14 May 2014, and a ‘Festival of Mathematics’ beginning on the evening of 2 July 2014 and continuing during 3 and 4 July 2014 at the University of Manchester, England – are planned to mark this significant milestone.

Joint Meeting of the AMS and the Romanian Mathematical Society

The Joint International Meeting of the AMS and the Romanian Mathematical Society is organized in partnership with the Simion Stoilow Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy (IMAR) and will take place at "1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, from June 27 to June 30, 2013.

Invited Addresses: Viorel Barbu (Iasi), Sergiu Klainerman (Princeton), George Lusztig (MIT), Stefan Papadima (IMAR), Mihnea Popa (Chicago), Dan Timotin (IMAR).

In the pipeline: Springer Book Archives

The Springer Book Archives (SBA) project is an effort to breathe new life into older books published between 1842 and 2005 by making them available electronically and, if appropriate, in print. Authors will have free access to their electronic version. They will receive royalties on both print and electronic sales.

EMS Distinguished Speakers

The EMS is a co-organizer of two mathematical conferences in the first half of 2013, the EMS-DMF Joint Mathematical Weekend in Aarhus (Denmark), April 5-7 and the 1st European-Nordic Congress of Mathematicians in Lund (Sweden), June 10-13. The EMS meeting committee has selected one of the plenary speakers at every event as EMS Distinguished Speaker. These prestigious honorary appointments go to
Prof. Jeremy Gray, Open University, UK (speaker in Aarhus) and to
Prof. Adrian Constantin, King's College, London, UK and Universität Wien, Austria (speaker in Lund).

The first ERC Advanced Grant for mathematics in the Czech Republic

The proposal of the project MATHEF - Mathematical Thermodynamics of Fluids succeded in the competition for ERC Advanced Grants and will be funded in the period 2013-2018. This is the first ERC Advanced Grant in mathematics in the Czech Republic ever and the only one assigned to a Czech scientist this year. The principal investigator Eduard Feireisl from the Instutite of Mathematics AS CR in Prague was the chair of the Scientific Committee of the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow.

ICM 2014: Pre-registration open

The 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014) will take place in Seoul, Korea, August 13-21. The organizers invite individuals to pre-register online in order to receive email updates regarding the program, travel grants, local information and more.

EU research budget: ERT and ERC share concerns

The European Council will agree on the EU budget for 2014-2020 in the next days. The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and the European Research Council (ERC) share the strong concerns about cuts to the EU research budget expressed by Nobel laureates in their letter that was published across Europe last October. In a joint open letter, the two organisations call on Europe's leaders to approve the €80 billion funding programme for research and innovation.

W.K. Clifford Prize 2014 - Call for nominations

The next W. K. Clifford Prize, an international scientific prize for young researchers, which intends to encourage them to compete for excellence in theoretical and applied Clifford algebras, their analysis and geometry, will be awarded at the 10th Conference on Clifford Algebras and Their Applications in Mathematical Physics (ICCA10) at Tartu (Estonia) in 2014.
Send nominations to the Secretary at . Nominations are due by 30 September 2013.
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Nominations for next President of the European Research Council solicited

The independent search committee set up by the European Commission for the selection of the future President of the European Research Council (ERC) is consulting the scientific community on potential candidates. The ERC President will chair the ERC Scientific Council and will be the voice and public face of the ERC. As such, s/he is expected to be a prominent advocate of frontier research and ambassador of European science within and beyond Europe, with the aim of strengthening further the ERC's performance and prestige and Europe's science base in frontier research.

Episciences Project to launch series of community-run, open-access journals.

Mathematicians plan to launch a series of free open-access journals that will host their peer-reviewed articles on the preprint server arXiv. The project was publicly revealed yesterday in a blog post by Tim Gowers. The initiative, called the Episciences Project, hopes to show that researchers can organize the peer review and publication of their work at minimal cost, without involving commercial publishers.

European Launch of MPE 2013, March 5, Paris

The International Year Mathematics of Planet Earth will be officially launched at the UNESCO buildings in Paris on March 5. There will be brief speeches by, among others, Wendelin Werner representing the IMU and by Marta Sanz-Solé, the president of the EMS. Gert-Martin Greuel will present the Open Source platform of IMAGINARY. Awards will be presented to the winners of the MPE competition during a session chaired by Ehrhard Behrends. Another issue on the agenda is a panel discussion on "What can mathematics do for the planet?"

21st Century Mathematics "What should students learn in the 21st Century?"

A conference with this title will be organized by the CENTER FOR CURRICULUM REDESIGN in collaboration with the CONFEDERATION OF SWEDISH ENTERPRISE and the OECD CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (CERI) in Stockholm, Sweden, April 22-24, 2013.
The programme features a selection of presentations and panels on many diverse aspects of mathematics curriculum development at all stages of the education sector.

Experts for Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups: Call for expressions of interest

The European Commission has recently issued a call for experts who may be appointed members of Horizon 2020 advisory groups. Individuals can apply as acting in personal capacity, as representing a common interest or as representing an organisation. Some of the advisory groups will certainly have an impact on European mathematics, e.g. Future and Emerging Technologies, Marie-Curie actions and Research infrastructures, including e-infrastructures.

ERC advanced grants announced. 17 grants to mathematicians

The European Research Council ERC awarded €680 million to 302 senior research leaders in 24 countries across Europe in the latest competition for its prestigious advanced grants. Among the grant holders are 17 mathematicians from 9 European countries.