Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
The Wolf prize for mathematics was awarded to Prof. George Mostow of Yale University for his fundamental and pioneering contribution to geometry and Lie group theory. He will share the prize with Prof. Michael Artin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was awarded the prize for his fundamental contributions to algebraic geometry, both commutative and non-commutative.
The Nash problem was formulated in the sixties in the attempt to understand the relation between the structure of resolution of a singularities of an algebraic variety over a field of characteristic 0 and the space of arcs (germs of parametrized curves) in the variety. In 2003, two scientists from the United States and Japan (J. Kollar and S. Ishii) showed that this relation does not apply to objects with four or more dimensions.
The International Center of Mathematics CIM is a partner institution of the International Program Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013). CIM plans to organize and support several activities in the scope of International Program Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE 2013).
To this extent, CIM is organizing the following CIM International Conferences and CIM Advanced schools Planet Earth:
MECC 2013 - International Conference and Advanced School Planet Earth, Mathematics of Energy and Climate Change, 18-28 March 2013.
The International Year of Statistics launch video is now available for you to view, use and distribute.
Created by SAS, the video does an excellent job portraying the many and varied ways that statistics impacts our lives.
Titled Improving Human Welfare in 2013 International Year of Statistics, the video is accessible via the SAS YouTube channel at: http://youtu.be/nTBZuQR7dRc.
More than 100 academic institutions and scholarly societies have joined in a major world-wide initiative: Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013. This year-long effort will highlight the contributions made by mathematics in tackling global problems, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis; climate change; sustainability; and pandemics. MPE2013 partners will sponsor workshops, research conferences, public lectures, outreach events, and educational opportunities for all ages. The initiative will be officially launched on December, 7.
Lars Hörmander, who received a Fields Medal in 1962, died November 25 at the age of 81. Hörmander was a powerful analyst who revolutionized the modern theory of partial differential equations. Among many other contributions, his theories of pseudodifferential operators and Fourier integral operators will have lasting value. He was a professor at Lund University from 1968 until his retirement in 1996 and served as director of the Mittag-Leffler Institute from 1984 to 1986.
A chance for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in mathematics and computer science to meet Abel Laureates, Fields Medallists and Turing Prize Winners! See http://heidelberg-laureate-forum.org and attachment.
The 26th Nordic Congress of Mathematicians will be held in Lund from 10 to 13 June 2013. In the tradition of the previous three meetings, the congress will be organised jointly with a partner society. In 2013, the partner will be the European Mathematical Society, thus making the congress the 1st European-Nordic Congress of Mathematicians.
Information, including the list of plenary speakers and a call for special sessions (Deadline: December 31, 2012): http://www2.maths.lth.se/nordic26/
The European Science Foundation (ESF) has awarded this year’s European Latsis Prize to Professor Uffe Haagerup, an eminent mathematician at the University of Copenhagen. The theme for this year’s prize was “Mathematics” and Professor Haagerup was awarded the prize for his ground-breaking and important contributions to operator algebra, in addition to other new and challenging areas of mathematics. Funded by the Geneva-based Latsis Foundation, the European Latsis Prize is valued at 100,000 Swiss francs (€83,000).
A delegation led by Nobel laureates met the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, to urge EU leaders to secure the future budget for research and innovation Horizon 2020. They handed in an open letter, signed by 44 Nobel laureates and 6 Fields medallists, warning against the dramatic consequences of possible budget cuts in research and innovation.
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) calls for nominations for the 2013 Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries. 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 Prize carries a $15,000 cash award. The winner will be invited to ICTP to receive the Prize and deliver a lecture. The Prize is usually awarded to one person, but may be shared equally among recipients who have contributed to the same body of work.
At its October meeting in Helsinki, the executive committee of the EMS approved the Code of Practice that is the result of year-long efforts of the Ethics Committee of the society. The document lists strong recommendations to authors of mathematical papers, to editors and publishers, to referees and to users of bibliometric data. The EMS Ethics Committee offers its services to investigate cases of claims of unethical behaviour and it describes procedures for verification, for mediation, and for communication of its findings.
In recent years the computational complexity of mathematical models employed in financial mathematics has witnessed a tremendous growth. Advanced numerical techniques are imperative for most present-day applications in the financial industry. The motivation for this training network is the need for a network of highly educated European scientists in the field of financial mathematics and computational science, so as to exchange and discuss current insights and ideas, and to lay groundwork for future collaborations.
In summer 2012, the three French Mathematical Societies (SMF, SMAI, SFDS) publicized a declaration on Open access : A warning on the inherent flaws of the « author pay » model.