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EMS e-News 23, June 2017


* 8ECM Preparation
As a part of preparation for the 8th European Congress of Mathematics in 2020, member societies have been asked to propose candidates for members of the congress scientific and prize committees.

* Presidents’ Meeting
The traditional annual meeting of the Presidents of EMS member societies convened in April in Lisbon on the kind invitation of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática. As usual it was an opportunity for useful discussions, focused this year on open access and on EMS policies in our increasingly turbulent world.

* Abel Prize 2017
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the  2017 Abel Prize to Yves Meyer of the École Normale Supérieure  Paris-Saclay (France) “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets. Yves Meyer was the visionary leader in the modern development of this theory, at the intersection of mathematics, information technology and computational science”. Yves Meyer received the prize from His Majesty King Harald V in Oslo on 23 May. Pictures can be found at:



* ICIAM board meeting
The Board of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) recently met in Valencia (Spain), the site of its forthcoming congress (15-19 July, 2019). One important decision made there was the venue for the the choice of the 2023 congress, which will be held 20-25 August 2023, at Waseda University in Tokyo.

* ICIAM Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture 2019: call for nomination
The Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture is delivered every four years at the ICIAM congress, by a woman who has made outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and/or scientific computation. Nominations are sought for the 2019 talk in Valencia (see previous item), and should be made at https://iciamprizes.org/. The deadline is 30th September 2017.


News from EMS Member Societies

* Italian Mathematical Union (UMI)

- Joint Meeting UMI-SIMAI and PTM
UMI and the Italian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIMAI) are pleased to announce their first joint meeting with the Polskie Towarzystwo Matematyczne, in Wrocław (Poland), 17-20 September, 2018. The program will be available soon on UMI website:


- Book Prize of the Unione Matematica Italiana
UMI is pleased to announce the second edition of the UMI Book Prize sponsored by Springer-Verlag, of (gross) € 4000. The Prize is awarded for an excellent monograph on the latest developments in an active research area of mathematics, to which the author(s) made important recent contributions. The monograph must be original, unpublished, not subject to copyright restrictions, written in English (except in exceptional cases), and of between 100 and 300 pages. Applications and nomination letters must be arrive at the UMI office (Piazza di Porta San Donato 5, I-40126 Bologna) by October 31, 2017.

* Association for Mathematics Applied to Social and Economic Sciences (AMASES)

The 41st Annual Meeting of AMASES, will take place in Cagliari (Italy), on September 14-16, 2017. The invited plenary speakers are:
Didier Aussel  (Universitè de Perpignan, France)
Laura Gardini (Università di Urbino, Italy)
Chris Rogers (University of Cambridge, UK)
Mogens Steffensen  (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

* Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI)

We congratulate SIMAI member Nicola Mastronardi who received the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize 2016  (https://www.siam.org/prizes/sponsored/outstanding_paper.php) for the paper:
Nicola Mastronardi and Paul Van Dooren, The Antitriangular Factorization of Symmetric Matrices, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, Vol. 34,  Issue 1 (2013), pp. 173-196

* Portuguese Mathematical Society

Mathematical Stamps website
The Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática and the British Society for the History of Mathematics have created a website showcasing hundreds of Mathematical Postage Stamps from around the world. This beautiful site is intended for use by teachers and others.

* Slovak Mathematical Society


The Slovak Mathematical Society, in cooperation with the Czech,  Slovenian, Austrian and Catalan Mathematical Societies, are organising the 5th CSASC conference in Bratislava (Slovak Republic), 11-14 September 2018. The conference will consist of several mini-symposia and 5-6 plenary talks.

* Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

- RSME-UMA joint meeting
The first joint meeting between Real Sociedad Matemática Española and Unión Matemática Argentina will take place in Buenos Aires, 11-15 December 2017.

- Open call for the 2018 Luis Santaló School
The call for proposals for the Luis Santaló Summer School to be held in Santander in 2018 is open until 12 June. The school is devoted to introducing recent developments in any area of mathematics to young 
researchers, Masters and PhD students.

* Ukrainian Mathematical Society

The General Meeting of the Ukrainian Mathematical Society took place on April 12, 2017. Yuriy Drozd from the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine was elected the President of the Society and Anatoliy Samoilenko, Maria Shcherbina, Nina Virchenko, Sergiy Maksimenko and Taras Banakh were elected Vice-Presidents.

* Institute of Mathematics and Application, UK (IMA)

IMA Lighthill-Thwaites Prize
Congratulations to Doireann O'Kiely who was awarded the IMA Lighthill-Thwaites Prize at the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium  (BAMC). The Prize is made to an early-career researcher, based on the candidate’s original research in any area of the application of mathematics that is suitable for presentation at the BAMC. The certificate and £1,000 prize were presented by Sir Bryan Thwaites on  11 April 2017 at the University of Surrey.  The finalists’ essays are available on the BAMC 2017 webpage. “Mathematics for Glass Manufacture”, a magazine article based on the winner’s research will also be available on the Mathematics Today webpage.


News from EMS Committees

* Applied Mathematics

- 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. This 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, and various other initiatives and events. The Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) has also joined this etnerprise, 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:

* Education
The Education Committee will meet for the first time under the chairmanship of Jürg Kramer in Berlin on 30 June/1 July, 2017.


News from Corporate Members

* CIRM (Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques)

CIRM is keeping its Audiovisual Mathematics Library updated by granting each video its own Digital Object Identifier (DOI). DOIs are in wide use mainly to identify academic, professional, and government information, such as journal articles, data sets, and official publications though they also have been used to identify other types of information resources, such as videos. Stable links have also been added to facilitate citation. 800 high quality films can be watched online, downloaded and shared. Connect to CIRM's AV library by clicking on : 
Also on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CIRMchannel


EMS Newsletter

The June 2017 issue will be appearing soon! Highlights will include:

–- Andrew Wiles’ marvelous proof - H.Darmon

–- How has one, and how could one, approach the diversity of mathematical cultures - Karine Chemla

–- Banach and Nikodym again on the bench in Kraków - D. Ciesielska & K. Ciesielski

- The Institut Mittag-Leffler and its Archives: A Mathematician and his Legacy - E. Kaufholz-Soldat

- Professor Ludwig Faddeev (1934-2017). His Work and Legacy - I. Aref’eva, M.Semenov-Tian-Shansk & L. Takhtajan

- Mathematics and Music - Ch. Krattenthaler

–- ICMI - Column - J.-L.Dorier

–- Results of the 2016 EMS user survey for zbMATH - K. Hulek, O. Teschke & I. Brüggemann

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EMS Publishing House

Recent books:
Hans Triebel, PDE Models for Chemotaxis and Hydrodynamics in Supercritical Function Spaces

Functional Analysis and Operator Theory for Quantum Physics - Pavel Exner Anniversary Volume, Jaroslav Dittrich, Hynek Kovařík and Ari Laptev (eds)

Andrzej Skowroński and Kunio Yamagata, Frobenius Algebras II - Tilted and Hochschild Extension Algebras

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* Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF): New premises

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum has established itself as a fixture in the worlds of mathematics and computer science. The new premises of the HLFF will provide the opportunity to expand and enhance its activities. Even more than before, it will engage the public with exhibitions, science slams and other formats to further the dialogue about the social relevance of mathematics and computer science. As part of the dedication of the new premises, the exhibition “Masters of Abstraction” by the renowned photographer Peter Badge and the international exhibition “Experiencing Mathematics”, initiated and funded by the UNESCO, were opened.

* News from Mathdoc (Grenoble, France)
The Numdam platform has been updated! For about 15 years, Numdam has been serving the mathematical community, initially through the digitisation of French academic journals, now also by archiving a variety of documents from a number of cooperating publishers. New content types have been added along the way (books, proceedings, doctoral theses, etc.). Time was ripe for a full rewrite of the system. The new Numdam website is now online at www.numdam.org. The whole interface has been redesigned, as has the search engine. During the process, many corrections were made, and some collections were updated (for instance, the Mémoires de la SMF are now indexed up to 2014, and open access after a 10 years moving wall). The whole Astérisque collection is currently being digitised and will appear before the end of this year.



* EU Commission Report on Open Science Metrics


The EU Commission’s Expert Group on Altmetrics has released a report on next-generation metrics in the context of Open Science. The report can be read at:




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