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The latest news from the EMS-CDC...
At the EMS AGM in Oslo in April, we held a roundtable discussion on Strategies for developing mathematical research in less developed countries The discussion started with a presentation by Wandera Ogana, President of the IMU CDC. A report of the discussion can now be found here.
We've set up a new page setting out all the information on how people in developing countries can access the reviewing service zbMATH. You can see it here.
The international research community AuthorAID have announced an upcoming online course in research writing and proposal writing.
Main topics covered in the course: (1) Writing research papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, (2) Writing grant proposals to seek funding for research.
Who the course is for: Researchers living and working in eligible developing countries. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is 20 May and more info is here.
Amongst much other business we heard a report of ZbMATH's recent activity. Of particular relevance to this committee is the updated list of developing countries with free access to ZbMATH.
Please send requests for free access to: editor[at]zentralblatt-math[dot]org.
The latest report from our chair is now available. The report will be presented to the EMS Council in Prague this month. It details the activities of the EMS-CDC over the last year.
The ALGANT consortium offers a two-year world-class integrated master course and a joint doctorate program in Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory. Both programs are now open for registration.
Selected Master and Doctorate students will study at 2 consortium universities and be awarded a double degree. Partners to the consortium are: the universities of Bordeaux (France), Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Leiden (Netherlands), Milan (Italy), Concordia (Montreal, Canada), Padova (Italy), Paris-Sud (France), Regensburg (Germany), Stellenbosch (South Africa) and the Chennai Mathematical Institute (India).
The deadline for registration to the Master program is 10 February 2015.
We have just received news that the nomination period for the prestigious Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" has been extended. Nominations will now be accepted up until 31st December 2014. More information on the nomination process can be found here.
Some background: The Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" is awarded annually. It allows a student of an institution of Central Africa or West Africa, in mathematical sciences, at the graduate or post-graduate level, to benefit from scientific training in a country other than his/her own. Full details here.
The IMU-Simons Travel Fellowship Program supports collaborative research visits of mathematicians working in the developing world to a center of excellence in any part of the world for collaborative research in mathematics. Information on the application procedure can be found here.
A number of positions in mathematics are being advertised at ICTP, Trieste. Applications for short visits as well as various postdoctoral positions are now being advertised. In addition a faculty position is being advertised.
Our sister Committee for Developing Countries at the IMU has recently produced a number of interesting reports on the state of mathematics in various parts of the world. The reports can be found here.
Members of the EMS Committee for Developing Countries have been participating at the recent ICM2014 in Seoul, South Korea. Our focus was raising awareness in the mathematical community about the needs of mathematicians in developing countries. Michel Waldschmidt gave a presentation on the work of the EMS-CDC; while a poster and leaflet were created describing the work of the committee.
A joint meeting was also held with members of EMS-CDC and the EMS Committee for European Solidarity.
The first Caucasian Mathematics Conference (CMC I) will be organized in Tbilisi, Georgia, on September 5 and 6, 2014, under the auspices of the European Mathematical Society and the cooperation of the Armenian, Azerbaijan, Georgian, Iranian, Russian and Turkish Mathematical Societies. The scope of the Caucasian Mathematical Conference (CMC) is to bring together mathematicians from Caucasian and neighbouring countries annually in one of these countries. The CMC is partially supported by the EMS and is welcoming mathematicians from all over the world. For more information, see the announcement by the EMS, as well as the home page of the conference.
The EMS-CDC annual general meeting was held in Berlin at the end of April 2014. You can read individual reports from our members on the reports page. The same page also contains a report of the round table discussion held at the AGM on the subject How to coordinate efforts for mathematics in developing countries?
Zentralblatt have sent us a list of those developing countries that are eligible to receive free access to their review service. The list is here. Details of how to receive this free access can be found on this poster.
The recent activities of the EMS-CDC are summarised in the latest report by the chair, Michel Waldschmidt, for the Executive Council of the EMS.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Ramanujan Prize. 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. Researchers working in any branch of the mathematical sciences are eligible. The Prize carries a $15,000 cash award. The winner will be invited to the 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.
More details can be found here.
A poster is now available for the forthcoming CIMPA school Methodes algorithmiques et applications en géometrie algebrique réele et en theorie des nombres from June 16th to 29th, 2014 at AIMS-Senegal in Mbour (Senegal).
To apply: For the person not resident in Senegal, register on the CIMPA website. For persons residing in Senegal, please contact one of the local organisers:
The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) has adopted the policy that in non-Congress years it will give support to existing conferences (typically to three conferences per year), with the support used to fund a number of ICIAM Fellowships for participants from developing countries and regions. Full details on how these fellowships will be distributed can be found on page 6 of this document.
A number of reports have been uploaded recently to our Reports page. There is a
The next International Congress of Mathematicians will take place in Seoul, Korea, from Wednesday August 13, through Thursday August 21, 2014. 1,000 mathematicians from developing countries will be invited to Korea during ICM 2014 under the ICM 2014 signature travel grant program, called NANUM 2014. Travel grants awarded will be in the range of approximately USD1500 -USD2500 per person.
The first deadline for NANUM applications has passed. However, by popular demand, the submission site will be re-opened on Oct. 16, 2013 and will remain open until Oct. 31, 2013. We hope that this grace period may enable the people who missed the deadline to submit their applications. To submit an application, or to find out me, visit the NANUM 2014 homepage.
The latest newsletter of the International Mathematical Union has a number of interesting announcements, of which we mention two:
Establishment of AMMSI regional office in North Africa
The African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) is a distributed network of mathematics research, training and promotion in Africa. Initially the network operated only in Sub-Saharan Africa but, in August 2013, it was extended to North Africa.
By joining AMMSI, North Africa will now benefit from a number of activities and projects which include: (a) Annual postgraduate scholarships, funded by IMU/CDC (b) MARM, a project which promotes mentorship and linkages and is implemented in collaboration with IMU and the London Mathematical Society (LMS) (c) Conference grants to enable postgraduate students attend conferences in Africa, funded by LMS. Envisaged future activities include visiting and postdoctoral fellowships, research funding, and support for organization of scientific meetings.
TWAS: Free access to mathematical literature for developing countries
TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countriesoffers access to a lot of scientific resources (including mathematics), which are either 1. "Open Access", 2. freely accessible for developing countries, or 3. accessible at reduced price for developing countries.
The special access to scientific literature for developing countries is through research4life.org, which consists of the four networks HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI. The ARDI network is the most relevant for mathematicians. On their website one can click in the left column on "Journals" and find the list of journals concerned by this program. These journals are either freely accessible or accessible at reduced price to the scientists in approved countries.
For researchers who cannot easily download material, the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) offers to send articles in mathematics and physics as email attachments. This is offered through the electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) which requires registration and is cost-free.
The Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 is inviting 1000 mathematicians in developing countries to Korea to participate in ICM 2014. This scheme is known as NANUM 2014 and more information can be found by following the link.
Note that the official deadline for applications has passed! However it is still possible for people to apply - in particular the organisers of this scheme are committed to sending at least 100 women from developing countries to ICM 2014. Any interested women can contact NANUM 2014 direct, or communicate with members of the EMS-CDC.
In July, EMS-CDC associate member Andreas Griewank spoke at the 8th Pan African Congress of Mathematicians in Abuja, Nigeria. Andreas was representing several organisations including the German Mathematical Society and the EMS-CDC. You can read Andreas' report from the conference, as well as the text of the speech he gave.
We are very pleased to receive news of the first PhD student in mathematics in Cambodia.
Expressions of Interest in the ERCE programme are now requested. Each interested institute is asked to send us a brief description of its activities, and its suitability, together with a covering letter and supporting material. The preliminary deadline for application or expression of interest is 28th February 2014. Further information can be found here.
Springer Verlag has launched an initiative called Springer Book Archives where each author of a book published by Springer is requested to give his or her consent for the book to be included in this database. The forms to be filled include the following option:
You will receive royalties, or can choose to waive them in support of charitable organizations such as INASP or Research4Life, that help provide the developing world with access to scientific research.
We invite all authors who wish to do so to send a message to Springer requesting that Springer support the European Mathematical Society and its Committee for Developing Countries. At present the only regular income for the EMS-CDC is via reviewers' donations of their honoraria through Zentralblatt. Support through the Springer scheme would greatly aid the committee's ongoing work facilitating access to mathematical education and knowledge in the developing world.