Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
The Bernoulli Center (CIB), funded jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, launches a call for proposals of four one-semester programs during the period July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016. A thematic program consists of a six months period (January 1 - June 30 or July 1 - December 31) of concentrated activity in a specific area of current research interest in the mathematical sciences.
Institut Mittag-Leffler invites you to organize mathematical conferences, workshop, or summer school during the period
22 May - 19 July 2013.
Deadline to submit proposals is 1 November 2012.
Further information: www.mittag-leffler.se
The European Mathematical Society and Institut Mittag-Leffler (Djursholm, Sweden) advertise the possibility of organizing a one week mathematical summer school with at most 20 participants during the period 22 May – 19 July 2013.
The Institute provides a seminar room, accommodation, and an allowance partially covering meals. Travel expenses are covered only in exceptional cases. The EMS contributes with the expenses of the lecturers.
Institut Mittag-Leffler issues a Call for proposals for programs in the mathematical sciences for the academic year 2015/16.
The deadline to submit proposals is 4 February 2013.
Further information: www.mittag-leffler.se - scientific programs - call for proposals
The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 536 early-career top researchers across Europe in the latest 'Starting Grant' competition, with a budget of almost €800 million. In this Starting Grant competition, 4741 applications were received, which is a 16% rise from last year (4080). Also, the budget, nearly €800 million, saw an increase of over 17% from 2011, as planned at the beginning of the Seventh Research Framework Programme. The number of researchers selected for funding rose by around 12%. The success rate, 11.3%, dropped slightly compared to last year's 12%.
In Zagreb the 5th Congress of Mathematics Teachers of the Republic of Croatia was held July 2nd to 5th, 2012. About 700 teachers of mathematics from primary and secondary level schools took part in the congress, and the lectures and workshops were conducted by eminent university professors and mathematics teachers. Two guest speakers from abroad also gave their lectures: Michael de Villiers, School of Science, Mathematics & Technology Education, Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa, and Izidor Hafner, Faculty of electrotechnics, Univ. of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The 5th Croatian Mathematical Congress, organized by the Croatian Mathematical Society (CMS) and the Department of Mathematics, University of Rijeka, was held in Rijeka from 18th to 21th June 2012. The scientific part of the Congress consisted of plenary lectures, invited lectures, short communications and poster presentation. Further, there were 102 short communications and 15 poster presentations.
F. Javier Martín received this year the Ramiro Melendreras prize for research papers presented at the Spanish Statistics and Operations Research Conference by a young Statistician. The title of the paper was “On solving the collision avoidance problem by mixed 0–1 nonlinear optimization and an approximate sequential mixed 0–1 linear optimization”.
William P. Thurston died August 21 at the age of 65. After many groundbreaking results in foliation theory, Thurston became a pioneer in the field of low-dimensional topology. Thurston's geometric ideas developed initially in connection with three-dimensional topology have been extremely influential in the last few decades, both in topology and geometry, and in other fields such as group theory and complexity. His geometrization conjecture for 3-manifolds, implying the Poincaré conjecture, was proved by Perelman in 2003. Thurston is
Maxim Kontsevich, Nathan Seiberg, and Edward Witten have each won the US$3 million dollar Fundamental Physics Prize, a new prize that acknowledges accomplishments in fundamental physics and advances in closely related fields. The prize recognizes Kontsevich for his "contributions which have taken the fruitful interaction between modern theoretical physics and mathematics to new heights," Seiberg for "major contributions to our understanding of quantum field theory and string theory, ... with fundamental applications in physics and mathematics," and Witten's "contributions to physics...
At the International Congress on Mathematical Physics held in Aalborg, Denmark in the week August 6 - 11, 2012, a Henri Poincaré Prize was awarded to Nalini Anantharaman, Freeman Dyson, Sylvia Serfaty, and to Barry Simon.
Further prizes: The IAMP Early Career Award to Artur Avila and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize to Ivan Corwin, Wojciech De Roeck, and to
The World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library symposium was held at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC, on June 1-3, 2012, sponsored by the the International Mathematical Union (IMU)'s Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC). The purpose of the symposium was to bring together a select group of experts to consult on the ongoing goal of a World Digital Mathematics Library (WDML), assess the requirements for its realization, discuss the progress made to date, and pinpoint significant challenges that remain to be overcome.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters invites nominations for the 2013 Abel Prize. Nominations must include a description of the nominee's work and impact of the nominee/nominees, together with the names of distinguished specialists in the field of the nominee/nominees who can be contacted for an independent opinion. Letters of nomination are due September 15, 2012 by email to email@example.com; by mail to The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, NO-0271, Oslo, Norway; or using the online submission form at http://forum.abelprisen.no/en/_nom/index.html.
Professor Stefan Dodunekov passed away on August 5.
Dodunekov, a specialist in coding theory, was the president of the Union of Bulgarian mathematicians and the director of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He had recently been elected president of the Academy of Sciences. Dodunekov played a very important role in the development of the Mathematical Society of South-Eastern Europe (MASSEE).
A series of calls under the FP 7 programme has recently been issued:
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