The governing body of the European Mathematical Society is its Council which meets once every two years. The work of the Society is mainly done through committees set up by the Executive Committee to cover all areas of mathematics.

The normal practice is that membership of the committees of the European Mathematical Society is subject to the following rules:

  1. Each member serves a four year term, with the possibility of one more term of four years.
  2. Each committee chair serves a four year term, with the possibility of one more term of two years.
  3. Cases in which a member becomes a chair will be handled individually, with the intention that no one should serve more than eight years in total in whatever role.

Developing Countries

Assisting developing countries to develop curricula, training, libraries, centres of excellence and information for PhD programmes.


To report, and where appropriate to act, on educational issues that are, or should be, of concern to EMS members, while not replicating work that is the responsibility of national mathematics societies.

Electronic Publishing

Responsible for keeping the EMS abreast with the development of electronic tools of doing mathematics such as electronic publishing, archiving and communication. 


A forum of Scientific Directors of European Research Centres in the Mathematical Sciences, to foster advanced research training.


Addressing unethical behaviour in mathematical publications. This includes, for example, plagiarism, duplicate publication, inadequate citations, inflated self citations, dishonest refereeing, and other violations of the professional code. 

European Solidarity

Undertaking actions to foster the development of mathematics in economically less-favoured regions within the geographical area of EMS membership.


Offers advice to the Executive Committee in all questions related to meetings and summer school activities, proposals for EMS Weekends, as well as manage nominations for EMS Lecturers and EMS Distinguished Speakers.


The committee takes up relevant questions related to scientific publications and in particular, mathematical publications. It acts as advisory group of the Executive Committee on publication matters and on publication strategies.

Raising Public Awareness

Raising public awareness of the importance of mathematics for contemporary society in a cultural and historical perspective.


Addressing issues relating to the involvement, retention and progression of women in mathematics, and supporting and promoting the recognition of the achievements of women mathematicians.