News from the EMS

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

5th Croatian Mathematical Congress

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.

Ramiro Melendreras prize for young researchers

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 1946 - 2012

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

Kontsevich, Witten, and Seiberg Win Three-Million-Dollar Prize

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...

Henri Poincaré Prize awarded at ICMP 2012

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
Alessandro Giuliani.

Report on the Symposium on The Future World Heritage Digital Mathematics Library

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.

2013 Abel Prize - Call for Nominations

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; by mail to The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, NO-0271, Oslo, Norway; or using the online submission form at

Stefan Dodunekov 1945-2012

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).

Last Calls under the FP 7 programme

A series of calls under the FP 7 programme has recently been issued: .
The following might be of particular relevance to mathematicians:

ERC calls 2013

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!)

Horizon 2020 to boost open access publishing

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:

Deadline for qualifying to the french procedure of recruitment

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

Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize

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: and press The Prize.

6ECM opened. Prizes awarded.

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:

2. day of EMS council in Krakow

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.