Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
In its sixth and last Advanced Grant competition under the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), the European Research Council
(ERC) is awarding over €660 million to 284 senior research leaders, among them 11 mathematicians. They will carry out their research in 18
different countries across the European Research Area. Funding is up to €3.5 million per grant. The next Advanced Grants call will fall under the
'excellence pillar' of the new Framework Programme 'Horizon 2020.
The European Research Council (ERC) announced that it has joined an international partnership supporting arXiv, one of the major scientific repositories in the areas of physics and mathematics
which is operated by Cornell University Library (New York, US). The ERC is the first European research funding organisation to join the arXiv initiative. By doing so, the ERC reaffirms its commitment to open access and to ensuring that the fruits of the research it funds can be freely accessed, read and used,
both by scientists working in relevant areas and by the public.
The London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in association with the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) are seeking applications for grants to support mathematics and its teaching in universities in Africa. Four mentoring partnerships are to be awarded, each for a duration of two years.
The Russian Duma will take up its work on September, 9. It will have to discuss and finally pass a law on a reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) that was originally launched by the Russian government without consultations with the scientific community. The RAS plans to adopt a declaration summarizing key requests from the scientists to be presented to the Duma in due time.
Russian colleagues have formulated a petition to the Russian president Putin asking him to make sure that the future law will come in place after a thorough consultation with the scientific community.
The Asian Mathematical Conference 2013 took place in Busan, Korea, from June 30, Sunday through July 4, Thursday, 2013. At the closing of the congress, a declaration was approved resolving to:
lay the ground for the formation of Mathematical Union in Asia (tentative) that will aim to promote and strengthen mathematics in our region, facilitate exchanges and serve as the voice of the mathematics community in the Asian region, and toward this end
In honour of the memory of Professor Friedrich Hirzebruch, an outstanding German mathematician and the first President of the European Mathematical Society (EMS), the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV) and the EMS have jointly agreed to establish a "Hirzebruch Lecture" to be given as part of the European Congresses of Mathematics, beginning with the 7th ECM in Berlin in 2016.
At a meeting in Paris on June 1, 2013, four international mathematical centers agreed to cooperate. The starting member institutions of NIM consist of the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences in Lahore (Pakistan), the Centro de Investigacion en Matematicas in Guanajuato (Mexico), the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Studies in Mathematics in Hanoi (Vietnam) and the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Rio de Janeiro, Bresil).
On the 15th of August, Professor Vicent Caselles passed away at the age of 53 in Barcelona. Vicent was the leader of the research group on Image Processing at the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona), a landmark in the World on this multidisciplinary field. His outstanding and numerous mathematical contributions have been recognized with important awards and invitations. He was an invited speaker at the ICM 2006 and at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics (Krakow, 2012). In 2012, he got an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.
The Council of the London Mathematical Society announced the prize winners at the Society Meeting held at De Morgan house on 5 July:
De Morgan Medal – Professor John Thompson FRS, University of Cambridge
Naylor Prize and Lectureship – Professor Nick Trefethen FRS, University of Oxford
Senior Whitehead Prize – Professor Frances Kirwan FRS, University of Oxford
Whitehead Prize – Professor Luis Alday, University of Oxford
Whitehead Prize – Dr Andre Neves of Imperial College London
During the academic year 2014-15, the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University will focus on semester programs on High-dimensional Approximation (http://icerm.brown.edu/sp-f14) and Phase Transitions and Emergent Properties (http://icerm.brown.edu/sp-s15). Applications for postdoctoral fellowships are invited: https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/4818, https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/4819, https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/4820.
The Gran Saaso Science Institute (GSSI) is a newly established international PhD school and a center foradvanced studies in physics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences. The School is located in the historical area of the city centre of L'Aquila (Italy). PhD degrees will be issued jointly important international institutions:
SISSA-ISAS Trieste (Physics and Mathematics), IMT Lucca (Computer Sciences), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa (Social Sciences/Urban Studies).
GSSI will provide students of free housing plus the standard three years PhD grant (gross yr € 16.160,00).
The Russian government, at a meeting last week, launched a bill proposing fundamental changes to the Russian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1724 by Peter the Great. According to the bill, dated 28 June, the academy is to merge with two minor societies — the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The responsibility for the more than 400 research institutes now under the academy’s auspices would be transferred to a new government-run agency. On July 1, the Academy has been granted a temporary reprieve.
The Chair is intended for an outstanding, innovative researcher from a non-French institution who will work closely with a Local project leader based at Aix-Marseille Université. The idea is not only to collaborate at an international level but also to develop strong synergies with laboratories, researchers, doctoral students and with the local mathematical sciences community at large.
The Royal Society of London has elected its new fellows for 2013. Professor Keith Ball (Warwick University), the current chair of ERCOM, is among the newly elected FRS. Other fellows whose work involves the mathematical sciences are: Raymond Goldstein, University of Cambridge; Gareth Roberts, University of Warwick; Alan Turnbull, National Physical Laboratory; and Julia Yeomans, University of Oxford. Elected as a foreign member was Elliott Lieb, Princeton University.