The European Mathematical Society
Aims and ObjectivesWe aim to assist developing countries in all possible ways. Some examples:
- the development of mathematics curricula;
- cooperation with local staff in conducting M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs;
- helping to build up libraries;
- helping to build up regional centres and networks;
- providing information about further studies for students from developing regions;
- sourcing funds for junior and senior researchers to attend conferences.
Our activities (past, present and future)We started work in earnest in 2002. Since then we have expanded our aims and been involved in a number of projects.
- Book donation scheme: More details are here. New donors and recipients are always welcome. We have already moved tens of tonnes of books and journals, from Europe, USA, Canada, to Africa, South East Asia, and South and Central America.
- Funding conferences: We have funded participants to ICM06 in Madrid, a speaker to Mongolia, a (part) CIMPA school, conferences, etc.
- Cambodian students: We have supported a number of Cambodian students through their M.Sc. studies.
- Conference discussions We held a roundtable at 5ECM and a discussion group at ICM10.
- Electronic access: One member of the committee, Anders Wandahl, has run two workshops on electronic access. The first was facilitated with a grant from the
International Mathematical Union (IMU) and attracted 47 participants. The second took place in Bamako, Mail in November 2010 during a
Members of Electronic access subcommittee: Lars Dovling Andersen, Anna Fino, Michel Waldschmidt, Anders Wandahl (Chair of the subcommittee), Bernd Wegner.
- Agreement with Zentralblatt: free access for Developing Countries.
- Emerging Regional Centres of Excellence (ERCE): More details are here.
Members of ERCE Subcommittee: Georg Bock, Anna Fino, Giulia di Nunno, Michel Jambu, Michel Thera, Ramadas Ramakrishnan Trivandrum, Paul Vaderlind, Begoña Vitoriano, Michel Waldschmidt.
- Mentoring: We have a new project under the title Mentoring African Research Mathematics (MARM).
- Twinning: Until 2012 we had a twinning scheme under which we could provide a starting seed grant of around 500 Euros to facilitate the twinning of departments in developed and developing regions. Since this program was not active for many months, it is is not continued, but we could revive it in case of need.
The committee consists of about ten members, most of whom are engaged in development work in their capacity as heads of various such projects, e.g.
- Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA) (France and Spain),
- The International Science Programme at Uppsala University (ISP) (Sweden),
- The Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)! (Germany).
- The International Mathematical Union (IMU),
- International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), ICIAM Conference Support for Applied and Industrial Mathematics in Developing Countries
- The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),
- The London Mathematical Society (LMS),
- Hungarian Academy, etc.
In addition to committee members we have associates who help us in our work, in many ways. We are full of ideas, and there is lots of work to be done. We do not receive regular funding from our parent society EMS, and so desperately need help from all mathematicians!
We regularly receive donations from reviewers of Zentralblatt. In 2010, we had an donation of 578.29 Euros from one Japanese reviewer, which was wonderful.
- Les Amis d'Artur Besse
- Swiss Mathematical Society
- ZentralblattMATH and their reviewers
- Donations to EMS
A particular reduced fee of 5€ for mathematicians who reside in a developing country from this list established by our Committee. This possibility is announced in the section "membership", "Individual members" on the website of the EMS.
Last modified: 8 August 2012