Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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:
The following might be of particular relevance to mathematicians:
The European Research Council has issued calls for grant proposals for the year 2013. These comprise calls for Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants (new!), Advanced Grants, Synergy Grants and Proof of Concept Grants (for grantees only, new!)
The EU Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020, the EU's Research & Innovation funding programme for 2014-2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible:
The application is made on the server ANTARES of the french ministry of education and research and is required to apply for a position of "maître de conférences" or "Professeur".
The session of "qualification" will start the 11 septembre 2012 at 1pm and stop the 25 october 2012 at 4 pm.
Informations (in french) can be found on
The Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Foundation announces the call for the 21st edition of the Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize.
The Prize is offered to a monograph, which presents the latest developments in an active area of research in
Mathematics. It amounts to 15.000 € and the winning monograph is published by Birkhäuser Verlag in the series
"Progress in Mathematics".
For further information: http://www.ffsb.cat/EN and press The Prize.
At the opening ceremony of the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow, 12 prizes have been awarded:
- 10 EMS-prizes for young mathematicians (under the age of 35);
- the Felix Klein Prize for an ouststanding solution of a difficult problem in industrial mathematics; and
- the newly installed Otto Neugebauer Prize in the History of Mathematics.
Detailed information including the list of laureates: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/prizewinners.html
The second day of the EMS council in Krakow started with elections with the following results:
Vice-presidents (2013-16): Franco Brezzi, Martin Raussen
New members-at-large of the executive committee (2013-16): Laurence Halpern, Gert-Martin Greuel, Alice Fialowski, Armen Sergeev.
Council concluded with a panel discussion on changes in publishing procedures and financing and on a proposal of a code of practice presented by the EMS ethics committees.
Council had to make two important decisions on its first meeting day in Krakow:
1. The Kosovar Mathematical Society was accepted (by secret ballot) as new corporate member of the society.
2. Council decided that the 7th European Congress of Mathematics in 2016 will take place in Berlin.
Among other items, council approved the treasurer's report and accepted the budget proposal for the years 2013-2014. Fees, that had been stable since 2008, will raise by 4-5%.
Ieke Moerdijk, professor of Algebra and Topology at Radboud University Nijmegen, has won the Spinoza Prize, the highest award in science in the Netherlands. The award consists in the amount of 2.5 million euros intended to fund research and is awarded annually by NWO, the Dutch National Science Foundation.
Every two years, the EMS organizes a meeting of its governing body, the council. Delegates of mathematical societies, mathematical institutes and of the individual members meet to discuss recent and future activities of the society, conditions of mathematicians all over Europe, and initiatives to be taken in the future. The meeting in 2012 takes place in the weekend June 30 - July 1 in Krakow (Poland), just before the opening of the 6th European Congress of Mathematics; around 100 mathematicians will participate.
Fernando Codá Marques (32) of Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is named the winner of the 2012 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries. Marques has made several major contributions to differential geometry, solving and yielding results from numerous problems mathematicians have been working on for decades. He will receive the prize at an award ceremony at ICTP in Trieste, Italy later this year.
June 23, 2012, is the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability.
2012 will be a celebration of Turing’s life and scientific impact, with a number of major events taking place throughout the year. Most of these will be linked to places with special significance in Turing’s life, such as Cambridge, Manchester and Bletchley Park.