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EMS e-News 27, June 2018



- The Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee met 23-25 March in Rome, on the kind invitation of the Italian Mathematical Union. The extensive discussion included the committees for the 2020 European Congress and preparations for the Council (see next item).


- Heading towards the Council

The EMS Council (the society’s governing body) will convene 23-24 June in Prague. It will approve the society’s budget and renew the Executive Committee, electing, in particular, the new President and one Vice-President. The delegates of the individual and corporate members have beem nominated and the council papers have been distributed.


- Presidents Meeting

The traditional meeting of Presidents of EMS member societies was generously hosted by the Irish Mathematical Society in Maynooth, 14-15 April. It included an interesting exchange of opinions, in particular, on relations between the EMS and national societies.


- Abel Prize 2018

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2018 to Robert P. Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA "for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory". He received the prize from His Majesty King Harald V at a ceremony in Oslo on 22 May 2018.


- June Newsletter

The June edition of the EMS Newsletter is out now, and is available at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2018-06-108.pdf (also see item below).





Catalan Mathematical Society

- The Joint Meeting of the Czech, Slovenian, Austrian, Slovak and Catalan Mathematical Societies is to be held in Bratislava (Slovakia), 11-14 September 2018.



- Under the framework IRP Recent progress in Mathematical Biology, the conference "New Trends in Mathematical Biology" took place at the CRM in Bellaterra, 4-8 June.



- The “Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer" Prize 2018 has been awarded to Michael Ruzhansky (Imperial College) and Durvudkhan Suragan (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan) for the monograph: "Hardy inequalities on homogeneous groups (100 years of Hardy inequalities)".



Cyprus Mathematical Society

The Cyprus Mathematical Society will host MICOM 2018 on 18-23 September 2018, in Nicosia (Cyprus).

(MICOM = MASSEE International Conference on Mathematics, where MASSEE = Mathematical Society of South-Eastern Europe)



Czech Mathematical Society

In February, a regular Conference of Czech Mathematicians took place in Prague. The programme included the Czech Mathematical Society’s general assembly, which elected the new Committee. The new president of the Czech Mathematical Society (for 2018-2022) is Professor Luboš Pick from the Charles University in Prague, who replaces Professor Bohdan Maslowski from the same institution. The Society is involved in various activities to improve mathematical literacy and awareness in society, with a special focus on the young population. In particular, popular lectures are held, mathematical competitions for young people are organized, mathematically-oriented activities of various kinds are supported, a newsletter is distributed, and much more.


French Mathematical Society (SMF)

- The SMF Prix d’Alembert for the diffusion of Mathematics has been awarded to Mickael Launay, for his extraordinary activities in the popularization of Mathematics towards all audiences.


- The first SMF Prix Jacqueline Ferrand for innovative methods in pedagogy in Mathematics has been awarded to the project « Mathématiques en vie », created by Carole Cortay and Christophe Gilger. Their work on the first eduction cycles, with a very efficient but parsimonious use of numerical tools, is remarkable.


- The 2nd congress of the SMF was held in Lille, 4-6 June, with many events and ceremonies organized around the event.


- The CIRM (Marseille) is expanding! (See item below.)


Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI)

- The 2018 SIMAI Congress will be held in Rome 2-6 July.



- Recent Advances in Applied and Computational Mathematics:  A Workshop in Memory of Professor Peter Smereka witll be held 19-20 July 2018, at the Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)



- NuMA 2018 – The International Workshop on Numerical Mathematics and its Applications, will be held 19 – 21 September 2018, Torino (Italy)



- International workshop MASCOT2018

15th Meeting on Applied Scientific Computing and Tools (MASCOT) will be held 2-5 October 2018 at University Sapienza, Civil and Engineering Faculty San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome.




Lithuanian Mathematical Society

The 12th International Vilnius Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics, and the 2018 IMS Annual Meeting on Probability and Statistics, will be held in Vilnius (Lithuania), 2-6 July 2018. The conference is jointly organized by the Lithuanian Mathematical Society, the Vilnius University, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. There will be over 180 invited speakers from around the world. Plenary speakers include Luc Devroye (Wald lectures), Ruth Williams (Le Cam lecture), Peter Bühlmann (Neuman lecture), Yuval Peres (Schramm lecture), Liudas Giraitis (Vilnius lecture) and the medallion lectures by Jan Bertoin, Svante Janson, Thomas Mikosh, Sonia Petrone, Allan Sly and Richard Samworth. The event is supported by the EMS. During the conference, the EMS Gordin Prize, established to honor the memory of Mikhail Gordin, will be awarded to a junior mathematician from an Eastern European country working in probability or dynamical systems.



Polish Mathematical Society

- The Polish Mathematical Society’s Great Prizes 2017 have been awarded:

1) The Stefan Banach Prize has been awarded to Krzysztof Bogdan (Wrocław University of Science and Technology). He received the prize for his breakthrough results in the theory of stochastic processes and non-local operators.

2) The Hugo Steinhaus Prize has has been awarded to Rafał Weron (Wrocław University of Science and Technology). He received the prize for his lifetime achievements and deep contributions to modelling and forecasting electricity prices.


- Ceremony for Hugo Steinhaus

On the 2 June 2018 a ceremony in honour of Hugo Steinhaus, the famous Polish mathematician, took place in Göttingen (Germany) where he studied for his PhD in 1906-1911 (alongside David Hilbert). The Polish-German Society of Göttingen and the town of Göttingen unveiled a commemorative plaque at the house (Planckstrasse 1), where Steinhaus lived. Such plaques are a Göttingen tradition for eminent scientists. Representatives of the town and the university participated, with the former president of the German Mathematical Society Volker Bach, the president of the Polish Mathematical Society Waclaw Marzantowicz, and the director of the Hugo Steinhaus Center in Wrocław (Poland) Aleksander Weron.



Romanian Mathematical Society

- The 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) returns this year to Romania. The IMO will take place 3-14 July 2018 in Cluj-Napoca and will bring together teams from 116 countries. The IMO is organized by the Ministry of National Education, along with the Romanian Mathematical Society and Cluj County School Inspectorate. The IMO was initiated by the Romanian Mathematical Society in 1959. Romania holds the record for organizing IMOs, having also acted as hosts in 1969, 1979 and 1999.


- The webpage www.gazetamatematica.ro is mainly devoted to our beloved 120 years old Gazeta Matematica, the main elementary journal for school mathematics in Romania. It has appeared constantly even in war-time.


Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

- VII Iberian Mathematical Meeting:

The seventh edition of the joint meeting between Real Sociedad Matemática Española and Sociedad Portuguesa de Matemática will take place in Évora (Portugal), 12-14 October 2018. Special sessions will be devoted to Harmonic and Complex Analysis, Mathematical Biology, and Big Data.



- RSME 2019 Conference:

The biannual RSME conference will be held 4-8 February 2019 in Santander. This is the RSME’s main meeting which aims to bring together specialists in all areas of mathematics which belong, or are in some way connected, to the Spanish mathematical community.




Ukrainian Mathematical Society

The Ukrainian Mathematical Society announces with deep sadness that on 16 May 2018, the well-known Ukrainian mathematician Sergiy Kolyada passed away.


London Mathematical Society (LMS)

- Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics behind William De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs. This exhibition is at the Guildhall Art Gallery until 28 October, and includes a display about Augustus De Morgan and the LMS.



- LMS Society Meeting at ICM 2018 on 7 August.

This will be open to all, including non-LMS members, and will include the chance to sign the Members’ Book. Marta Sanz-Solé (Barcelona University) will give a talk on "From Gambling to Random Modelling", and the LMS Reception for Members and guests will take place after the Meeting. Register for a ticket at https://tinyurl.com/y93fxj3z


- The Society’s most recent ex-President, Prof Simon Tavaré FRS, has been elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.



- Royal Society Research Professorships

Six world class scientists have been awarded Royal Society Research Professorships including LMS member Prof Nicholas Higham FRS (University of Manchester).



- Euler Medal

The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications has recently awarded LMS member Prof James Hirschfeld (University of Sussex) its Euler Medal.  www.the-ica.org





International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)

- The call for mini-symposia for the ICIAM 2019 Congress is now open. The deadline for submissions is 5 November 2018.



- Professor Françoise Tisseur (University of Manchester) will give the 2019 Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture at the ICIAM 2019 congress which will take place in Valencia (Spain) 15-19 July 2019.







CIRM-Luminy has just launched two real estate developments. The aim is to extend scientific and hotel reception capacities and upgrade the whole centre by 2020. Brand new conference and seminar rooms will be built, as well as new bedrooms and a larger restaurant. This physical expansion is accompanied by academic growth, with new programmes being launched, one of them with industry, another one focusing on pluri-disciplinary approaches. In 2018, CIRM-Luminy's flagship programme, the Jean-Morlet Chair, is led by Prof. Genevieve Walsh (Tufts University) for a semester on Geometry, Topology and Group Theory in Low Dimensions and will also welcome a second woman, Prof. Kerrie Mengersen (QUT Brisbane) in the second semester, with a focus on Bayesian Modelling and Analysis of Big Data.







Education Committee

The EMS Education Committee met for this year’s meeting at Nicosia (Cyprus), 20-21 April. EMS President Pavel Exner also attended. The major points of discussion included:

- Possibilities for support of mathematically interested and talented high school students

- Mathematics competitions for school students

- The mathematical competence of students at the transition from high school to university across Europe

- The matter of in-service training of mathematics teachers in Europe.

The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for 30 May - 1 June, 2019.


Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee met 12–13 May 2018 in Berlin. Members of the Committee took part in the consultation to develop a Research Integrity and Research Ethics platform organized by the EnTIRE project, http://entireconsortium.eu/stakeholder. (The outcome is not known at time of writing.) There was communication with the organizers of a meeting on Ethics in Mathematics in Cambridge (UK) 20–21 April 2018, as part of a project to investigate, develop, and teach ethics to mathematicians, http://www.ethics.maths.cam.ac.uk/.  Unfortunately, we could not take part as we learned about it too late. The EMS Policy on Conflicts of Interests prepared by the Committee in 2017 has been published on the EMS web site, see http://euro-math-soc.eu/governance.


Women in Mathematics Committee

Welcome to the Global Survey of Scientists! The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists was launched on 1 May and will be open for answers until 31 October 2018. The survey is conducted by the Gender Gap in Science project, funded by the International Council for Science (ICSU), with the collaboration of many different organizations (including IMU and ICIAM). We are looking for respondents, men and women, in all fields represented by the partnering Unions and in all regions of the world. The link to the survey is http://statisticalresearchcenter.org/global18.


Invitation letters to participate in the survey are available in 7 languages at https://icsugendergapinscience.org/2018-global-survey-of-mathematical-computing-and-natural-scientists/ (scroll down). Thank you in advance for helping us disseminate this important survey!





The EMS Newsletter N 108 (June 2018) is out now, and is online at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2018-06-108.pdf. Highlights include:

  • Editorial – On the Road to MSC 2020 - A. Bannister et al.
  • EMS Secretariat - E. Hyvönen
  • Tensor Product and Semi-stability: Four Variations on a Theme - M.  Maculan
  • Interview with Peter Sarnak - M. Th. Rassias
  • Mathematics as a Positive Mental Place, An Interview with Gigliola Staffilani - R. Natalini
  • Robert Adol’fovich Minlos (1931–2018), His Work and Legacy - C.  Boldrighini et al.
  • Supporting Young Researcher Families in Switzerland - M. Podkopaeva & O. Chekeres
  • The Floer Center of Geometry - A. Abbondandolo
  • The Mathematical Society of Serbia - V. Mićić & Z. Kadelburg
  • Is the System of Scientific Publications on the Eve of a Revolution? And if so, Toward What? - M. Farge & F. Hélein
  • Can Statistics Predict the Fields Medal Winners? - A. Bannister & O.  Teschke
  • ICMI Column: The Mathematical Legacy of Jean-Pierre Kahane - J. Barral, J. Peyrière, & H. Queffélec
  • Our Missing Teachers - J. Ewing
  • News on the zbMATH Interface - O. Paniagua Taboada


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Addition to the announcement (from the Belgian Mathematical Society) about the Godeaux lecture in EMS e-News 26, March 2018

We add that the EMS-edited database zbMATH provides access to the full scope of L. Godeaux's works. Please find references to all his 1214 papers and biographic references at https://zbmath.org/?q=ai%3Agodeaux.lucien|bi%3Agodeaux.lucien

We apologize for this oversight.

The Editor of the EMS e-news


A new mathematical website for the general public

Under the framework of the French Bid to host ICM 2022 in Paris, a new website devoted to the popularization of Mathematics has been launched. Its name is "Florilège de la popularisation des mathématiques" (Anthology of popularization in mathematics). This site collects information on more than 1300 pieces from France or in French directed towards the general public, including books, magazines, comics, lectures, exhibitions, competitions, movies, videos, etc.. It should be of interest to journalists, high-school students and teachers, university students, professional mathematicians, and (of course) members of the public.




6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)

The next HLF will take place 23-28 September 2018. Embedded once again into the program is a Hot Topic session on a theme that is highly consequential, not only for science, but society. On 25 September, a panel of experts from various specializations will discuss blockchain technologies, the potential of cryptocurrencies, and future impact of the secure distributed ledger. The panel will debate the implications of new technology, how bundled competencies may lead to safer and more decentralized blockchain technology in future, and how this technology will change our everyday lives.






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