News from the EMS

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

Nobel laureates warn against cut of EU research budget

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.

Ramanujan Prize 2013: Call for nominations

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.

EMS Code of Practice approved

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.

New Marie Curie Multi-Partner International Training Network "STRIKE - Novel Methods in Computational Finance"

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.

Open Access and Author Page Charges

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.

Budget for Horizon 2020: ISE launches a petition

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

EMS Monograph Award: Call for submissions closed

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.

EUROMATH 2013 in Gothenburg

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.

German Mathematical Society DMV: Annunal Meeting, Prizes

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).

Centre Interfacultaire Bernoulli Lausanne: Call for Proposals

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.

IML summer 2013

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:

Call for a joint EMS-IML summer school 2013

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 - Call for proposals

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: - scientific programs - call for proposals

ERC Starting Grant results: €800 million for over 536 early-career researchers

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%.

5th Congress of Mathematics Teachers of the Republic of Croatia

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.