Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
The next summit of the EU heads of states and governments (22.11-23.11) will determine the EU research budget for the next seven years. The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) urges scientists and politicians all over Europe to act in order to protect research funding including that of the ERC from cuts, in particular in the following ways:
• to speak at events we may be attending to make the case for the ERC and the budget for Horizon2020
• to use contacts that we or our colleagues may have in political parties or in the media to inform and mobilise our communities and others
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary the EMS Publishing House is pleased to announce the EMS Monograph Award. It is awarded every two years to the author(s) of a monograph in any area of mathematics that is judged by the selection committee to be an outstanding contribution to its field. The prize is endowed with 10.000 Euro, and the winning monograph is published by the EMS Publishing House in the series EMS Tracts in Mathematics.
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: June 30, 2013.
Following up similar events in the years 2009-2012, the conference EUROMATH 2013 for students age 12-18 will be held at Gothenburg (Sweden) in the week 10 - 14 April, 2013. The conference will consist of several workshops and sessions covering multiple themes. Students are encouraged to present work or projects in mathematics.
The EMS is among the sponsors, along with, among others, the reinsurance company Munich Re.
The annual meeting of the DMV took place from September 17 to 20, 2012, at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken.
This year’s Cantor medal of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV) goes to Michael Struwe, professor of mathematics at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich. The Cantor medal is the most prestigious scientific award, handed out by the DMV. This year’s von Kaven-prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is granted to Eva Viehmann, mathematician at Technische Universität München (TUM).
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