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Latest report February 2014

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.

Call for nominations for 2014 Ramanujan Prize January 2014

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.

Announcement of forthcoming CIMPA school January 2014

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:

  • Mamadou Sangharé: mamadou.sanghare[at.nospam]aims-senegal.org
  • Daouda Niang Diatta: dndiatta[at.nospam]univ-zig.sn, or
  • Amadou Tall: amadou.tall[at.nospam]aims-senegal.org.

ICIAM Developing countries fellowships November 2013

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.

Recent reports November 2013

A number of reports have been uploaded recently to our Reports page. There is a

  • Report by Michel Jambu and Michel Waldschmidt on participation in the Second International Conference of Mathematics and its Applications, October 23 - 24, 2013, University of Basrah (Iraq).
  • Report by Michel Waldschmidt for the Executive Council of the EMS.
  • Report for the East African School on Applicable Algebraic Geometry, 8th to 26th of July 2013, Bandari College, Mombasa.
  • Report from the second African Women Mathematics workshop held at AIMS (South Africa) from 17th to 19th July 2013, and part funded by EMS-CDC.
  • Report presented by Giulia Di Nunno to the CDC AGM on Norwegian involvement in mathematics in developing countries.

Application period for NANUM 2014 is extended October 2013

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.

Recent news from the IMU October 2013

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.

NANUM 2014 September 2013

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.

PACOM 2013 September 2013

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.

African women in mathematics August 2013
We recently helped to fund the second African Women Mathematics workshop held at AIMS (South Africa) from 17th to 19th July 2013. A report is available here.
PhD student in Cambodia. July 2013

We are very pleased to receive news of the first PhD student in mathematics in Cambodia.

Latest call-out for ERCE programme. July 2013

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.

Supporting EMS-CDC with royalties. June 2013

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.

A request for support using this scheme has appeared in a recent EMS newsletter.


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