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EMS e-News 25, December 2017

EMS e-News 25, December 2017




- 8ECM

Having collected proposals from member societies, the Executive Committee (EC) has started the process of composing the scientific and prize committees for the 8th European Congress of Mathematics (Portoroz, Slovenia, 5 - 11 July 2020). The local organizers updated the EC on their preparations at the recent November EC meeting.


- The Executive Committee meeting

The EC met in November, in Portoroz in Slovenia (at the site of 8ECM). A number of EMS scientific events were approved for 2018 (see below). Most of the EMS standing committees have also been renewed, some substantially, as members came to the end of their terms.


- The Year of Mathematical Biology

The EMS in collaboration with European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology has declared 2018 the Year of Mathematical Biology. (See below).


- EMS Newsletter

The Latest Edition of the EMS Newsletter is available now at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2017-12-106.pdf (see below)


- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the EMS!

Best wishes to all our members and friends around Europe, and beyond. Keep an eye out for the 2018 New Year message from EMS President Pavel Exner, which will appear on the EMS news webpage at the start of the year: http://euro-math-soc.eu/news






Ems events in 2018

The Executive committee has approved the following EMS Scientific Events for 2018:


  • EMS Distinguished Speaker: Andre Neves, at the Seventh Iberoamerican Congress on Geometry, in Valladolid, January 22-26, 2018
  • EMS Lecturer: Gigliola Staffilani will give lectures at Universita do Roma Tor Vergata, KTH Stockholm and the EWM meeting in Graz
  • EMS Special Activities:
  • Seventh Iberoamerican Congress on Geometry, in Valladolid, January 22-26, 2018
  • 12th International Vilnius Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics July 2-6, 2018
  • Emil Artin International Conference in Yerevan, May 27 - June 2, 2018
  • EMS Summer Schools in Mathematics:
  • New Results in Combinatorial & Discrete Geometry at CRM on May 7-11, 2018
  • IAMP-EMS Summer School, Universality in probability theory and statistical mechanics in Naples, June 11-15, 2018
  • 4rd Barcelona Summer School on Stochastic Analysis in CRM, July 9-13, 2018
  • EWM Summer School on Nonlocal interactions in Partial Differential Equations and Geometry in Mittag-Leffler Institute, August 13-1, 2018


One further EMS Distinguished Speaker and five further EMS Summer Schools in Mathematics have also been approved, but not yet finally confirmed.


Year of Mathematical Biology 2018

Together with the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB), the EMS will organize the Year of Mathematical Biology 2018. The programme starts with a Joint Mathematical Weekend in Joensuu, Finland, at the beginning of January. It will feature events related to mathematical biology at the European level, including the European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB) 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal from 23 to 27 July, 2018, a thematic program at the Mittag-Leffler institute, and other initiatives and events. The Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) has also joined this initiative transforming it into a worldwide event. The list of activities and the list of members of the organizing committee, chaired by Jose Antonio Carrillo (Chair of the EMS Applied Mathematics Committee), is maintained at:



8ECM and EWM

At the end of October, Elena Resmerita (Deputy-Convenor of the European Women in Mathematics network (EWM)) met the Chair and members of the Organizing committee (OC) for 8ECM, and were joined via the internet by Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Convenor of EWM, Alessandra Celletti, Chair of the EMS Committee for Women in Mathematics, and Marie-Françoise Roy, Chair of the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics. The OC for the 8ECM has recognized the importance of non-discrimination issues by forming an Equal Opportunity Sub-Committee, chaired by Karin Cvetko Vah. It is expected that the format of the engagement of the EWM with 8ECM will be finalized at the next general meeting of the EWM, which will take place in Graz (Austria) in September 2018.






European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB).

- Postdoctoral Fellowships for Institut Mittag Leffler

Institut Mittag-Leffler announces a number of grants for the academic year 2018/2019, including those for the scientific program “Mathematical Biology", 3 September - 14 December 2018, organized within the framework of the Year of Mathematical Biology 2018.



- 4th International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS 2018), to be held at the Congress Center in Juan-les-Pins, on the French Riviera.

Tutorials will be held on June 10, and the main conference is June 11- June 13. The abstract submission deadline is January 23, 2018. Student Awards are offered. To apply, students must submit an abstract and include a current CV as part of their submitted document in Easychair. https://icmns2018.inria.fr


Austrian Mathematical Society

The Austrian Mathematical Society has awarded its 2017 Promotion Prize for Young Scientists, together with the Inzinger Medal, to Michael Eichmair for outstanding achievements in differential geometry and general relativity.


Belgium Mathematical Society

Cedric Villani was awarded the title of doctor honoris causa at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium on the 10th of October 2017.



Royal Dutch Mathematical Society

The 54th Dutch Mathematical Congress (NMC) will be held in the Koningshof in Veldhoven, on 3-4 April 2018. The program includes plenary lectures by Adriana Garroni, Yi Ma, Jean-François Le Gall, William Slofstra, Bruno Stoufflet, and Fernando Rodriguez Villegas (Beeger lecture). There will be many minisymposia, and talks from the laureates of the KWG-PhD prize and the Stieltjesprijs. Early bird registration until December 27th at https://www.wiskgenoot.nl/congressen/nmc/registration-nmc-2018.


French Mathematical Society (SMF)

- The 2nd SMF congress will be held in Lille (France), 4-8 June 2018 https://smf2018.sciencesconf.org/

- The first "Marc Yor Prize" of the French Academy of Sciences was awarded to Charles Bordenave (Mathematical Institute, Toulouse, France).



Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI)

- (Re)Foundation of FIMA (the Italian Federation of Applied Mathematics)

On 27th October 2017, SIMAI, AIRO (Italian Association of Operations Research), AMASES (Italian Association for Mathematics Applied to Economic and Social Sciences), AIMETA (Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) and AILA (Italian Association of Logic and its Applications) signed an agreement to form the Italian Federation of Applied Mathematics, with the aim of fostering common initiatives in the field of applied mathematics and increasing the awareness of the role of applied mathematics for innovation and social needs.


- M4I4 Workshop on Mathematics of Industry 4.0.

On 7th November 2017, within the International CAE Conference held in Vicenza, Italy, SIMAI organised a workshop focusing on industrial mathematics, and challenges posed by the so-called fourth industrial revolution. The workshop was followed by a round table with experts on technological transfer and project financing, as well as a company and an association devoted to facilitating match-making between industry and applied mathematicians http://www.caeconference.com/simai.html


Polish Mathematical Society

- UMI-SIMAI-PTM Mathematical Meeting

A Joint Meeting of the Italian Mathematical Union (UMI), the Italian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIMAI) and the Polish Mathematical Society (PIM) will be held 17-20 September 2018, Wroclaw, Poland. This continues the tradition of bilateral meetings held by the Polish Mathematical Society with other national societies. Mathematicians from other countries are also cordially invited to participate. The guest plenary speaker will be Professor Maria Esteban (Université Paris-Dauphine). http://umi-simai.ptm.org.pl/


St. Petersburg Mathematical Society

- Aleksandr Logunov and Eugenia Malinnikova have been awarded the Clay Research Award "In recognition of their introduction of a novel geometric combinatorial method to study doubling properties of solutions to elliptic eigenvalue problems." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Research_Award.

- Aleksandr Logubov has also won the Young Mathematician Prize (2017) of the St. Petersburg Mathematical Society. http://www.mathsoc.spb.ru/mol_mat.html.


Swiss Mathematical Society (SMS)

- The new steering committee of the SMS (beginning 2018) is Urs Lang (President), Jérémy Blanc (Vice-President), Alain Valette (Secretary).

- Shrishti D. Chatterji passed away on September 28, 2017. He was past president and honorary member of the SMS.







Ethics Committee

The EMS Ethics Committee met in Madrid on 22 and 23 September, 2017. 

This meeting, which was kindly hosted by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Real Sociedad Matemática Española, was the last one before the terms of the three remaining original members (who wrote the EMS Code of Practice) come to an end, and thus the Committee will have been completely renewed from 1 January 2018. As a consequence the Committee dedicated much of the time to reflection on future work. The "Comments by the Committee on the Code of Practice" were updated and the new version has been published on the Committee's web page (http://euro-math-soc.eu/committee/ethics), together with the "Internal policy on conflicts of interest of the EMS Ethics Committee". Raising public awareness on ethical issues in Mathematics is one important task for the Committee. The next issue of the EMS Newsletter will include a note explaining, in anonymized form, the experience of two young European mathematicians who submitted a manuscript to an open-access journal that, after a reputable start, is now published by a large commercial online-only publisher involved in dubious practices. Moreover, Committee member Norbert Schappacher has written an article for the "Gazette des Mathématiciens" with some reflections based on the Committee's work. Finally, we have provided information on the Committee's activities to the Perpetual Secretary of the European Academy of Sciences, who had been asked by UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States to prepare a report on ethical issues in scientific research for the World Science Forum that met in Jordan in early November.



European Solidarity Committee

- Solidarity travel grants

These grants are reserved for European based researchers, with special priority for countries where travel support can be more difficult to obtain. A  total of 10 grants were awarded this year. There are two application periods with deadline: 31 March and 30 September. More information can be found on






 The December EMS Newsletter (N106) is out now! It can be read online at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2017-12-106.pdf

Highlights include:


- The EMS Website – V. Muñoz & A. Sergeev

- Feedback Following the Creation of Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique – P.-E. Chaput et al

- European Prize in Combinatorics 2017

- Maryna Viazovska to Receive the 2017 Sastra Ramanujan Prize – K. Alladi

- Tell Me a Pseudo-Anosov – E. Lanneau

- The Art of Counting – Interview with Mireille Bousquet-Mélou – J. Rué

- “Liberté aux professeurs associés!” Interview with Alexandre Aleksandrovich Kirillov – A. Fialowski et al

- Vladimir Voevodsky. Work and Destiny – M. Bickford et al

- The Icelandic Mathematical Society – S. F. Hafstein

- An Exchange of Messages Between Two Authors and a Journal - A.Quirós

- Open Problems in Mathematics with John Nash – M. Th. Rassias



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The World Meeting for Women in Mathematic 2018

The World Meeting for Women in Mathematics (WM2) will take place on 31st July 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just before ICM18. https://www.worldwomeninmaths.org/


6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Calling Outstanding Young Researchers! Apply Now for the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), September 23-28, 2018!

We encourage young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world to apply for one of the 200 spots. The HLF offers the opportunity to interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. In the last week in September 2017, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize, engaged in cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org


Winners of the second Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) competition announced

The winners of the second MPE competition for modules for the Open Source MPE Exhibition organized by MPE, IMAGINARY, ICMI, IMU and UNESCO were announced by the Chair of the jury, Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, during an MPE Exhibition taking place at Imperial College (London, UK) on October 21st 2017. An international jury awarded a total of $8000 of prize money to the three winners:

1. "Simulating the melting of ice caps" (software by M. Nodet and J. Erhel)

2. "Powergrid Dynamics Simulation" (software by F. Hellmann and P. Schultz)

3. "EUHFORIA: modeling the dangers of the sun" (film by C. Verbeke)

Eight additional submissions received a special honourable mention. All the winning modules can be downloaded under an open license from http://imaginary.org/mpe. More details at: http://www.mathofplanetearth.org.






For questions, comments or suggestions about the e-News, please contact Professor Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, Université Paris Descartes, Editor of the EMS E-News. e-mail: Mireille.Chaleyat-Maurel@math-info.univ-paris5.fr