News from the EMS

Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.

ISE contributes to consultation on the ERA Framework

The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE, a platform of European learned societies and scientific organizations, amongst them the European Mathematical Society, has formulated its contribution to the European Research Area Framework.

European Commission releases Horizon 2020

The European Commission has released a proposal for the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020.

Norwegian Academy and seismic company PGS support mathematics in Norway and in Africa

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters have signed a cooperation agreement regarding support for measures to increase interest in mathematics in general and to improve competence in mathematics both in Norway and in developing countries. The agreement has an annual budget of NOK 3 million (almost 400.000€) over a period of 5 years, starting in 2012.

European Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics

At a recent event held in Dublin, Ireland, the significant contribution of mathematics to the solving of problems in industry across Europe was highlighted with the launch of the book ‘European Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics’.
The book came about as a result of a foresight initiative of the European Science Foundation and the European Mathematical Society on the importance of mathematics in research and innovation for the European industry.
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Report and blog on mathematical journals

In implementation of Resolution 18 adopted by the IMU General Assembly in 2010, the IMU and the ICIAM have created a joint working group to study the issue. The working group which was composed of N. Joshi, D. N. Arnold, C. Hutchins, J. D. S. Jones, M. MacCallum, P. Michor, S. Mueller, and T. Tang has finished its work and come up with a report that can be found on IMU's Web page at the following URL:

The working group examined the issue of why a rating of mathematical journals is desirable and submitted a detailed

EMS committee Raising Public Awareness Committee present at ESOF 2012.

Dublin will host the next European Science Open Forum ESOF 2012, July 11-15.
One of the keynote speakers is Marcus du Sautoy.
The present and the previous head of the RPA committee of the EMS, Ehrhard Behrends and Robin Wilson, will chair a session devoted to "Mathematics and Music."
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Changes in European Research organisation: EUROHORCS dissolved, ESF downsized, ScienceEurope founded

The organization of European funding agencies has undergone important changes recently:
The assembly of heads of European research funding organizations EUROHORCS has been dissolved by October, 20.
The range of activities of the European Science Foundation will be dramatically reduced during the coming years, in particular Research Networking Programmes will no longer be funded via the ESF.

Research Groups from Spain join to create The Spanish Network for Mathematics and Industry (

Along with the main objective of increasing the presence of mathematical techniques in industry, pursue three specific objectives: to increase the number and quality of strategic relations between groups and industry, to ensure competitive advantage for groups involved through the registration and exploitation of their research results, and to strengthen the technological image of the mathematical community in Spain.
Initially, there are 30 research groups from almost all of Spain´s regions. These groups bring together nearly 300 researchers and support staff.

International exhibition on Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture to open in Israel

The exhibition "Transcending Tradition" explores the working lives and activities of Jewish mathematicians in German-speaking countries during the period between the legal and political emancipation of the Jews in the 19th century and their persecution in Nazi Germany. It highlights the important role Jewish mathematicians played in all areas of mathematical culture during the German Empire and the Weimar Republic, and recalls their emigration, flight or death after 1933.


The Simons Foundation announces the Africa Mathematics Project, a program that will focus on mathematicians and their graduate students at institutions of higher learning in sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation will make competitive awards that will total approximately US$400,000 per year for each of the next 10 years.
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This competition is part of the world initiative “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (MPE2013) : .
The typical modules submitted to this competition can be of four forms and should have some scientific explanations for the public:
- A module explaining how to realize a physical module in a museum.
- An interactive exhibit to be watched either on the web or in a museum.
- A film.
- Image(s)

Memorial Meeting for Dan Quillen (1940-2011)

Oxford, Saturday 19 November 2011
Dan Quillen died on 30 April this year. He was the Waynflete Professor in Oxford from 1984 to 2006. The memorial meeting will be held in Magdalen College starting at 2pm. In addition to lectures there will be also musical contributions.
Speakers: Sir Michael Atiyah, Michael Hopkins, Graeme Segal
Musical director: Kobi Kremnizer
Organizers: Martin Bridson, Frances Kirwan, Glenys Luke, Graeme Segal, Ulrike Tillmann

Prize Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh: Call for nominations

The Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" is awarded each year to a young mathematician from Central Africa or West Africa. Applications are evaluated by a scientific committee set up by ICPAM. The prize funds a scientific visit.
The 2011 call for nominations is on the website
Applications must be sent before November 15, 2011.
The winners of the Ibni Prize 2009 and 2010 have been Oumarou Abdou Arbi (for a scientific visit at Rennes, France) and Amadou Tall (for a scientific visit at Strasbourg, France).

Spanish National Award for Research 2011 awarded to Antonio Córdoba Barba

Prof. Antonio Córdoba Barba has been awarded the Spanish National Award for Research 2011
"Julio Rey Pastor", in the area of Mathematics and Information Technologies. The objective of the National Awards, awarded by the Spanish Government since 2001, and endowed with 100,000 euros each, is to give credit to the work of Spanish researchers and their contribution to the advancement of science, knowledge and progress of humanity.

Princeton University goes open access

Prestigious Princeton University goes open access to stop staff handing all copyright to journals – unless waiver granted. It will thus prevent researchers from giving the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain cases where a waiver may be granted. The new rule is part of an Open Access policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive copyright as a condition of publication.