News from the EMS

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

Mathematician new Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science in Portugal

Nuno Crato, professor of mathematics and statistics at the Technical University of Lisbon, took office as Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science as an independent in the cabinet of the Portuguese Government led by Pedro Passos Coelho on June 21, 2011.

Ramanujan prize 2011 awarded to Yuguang Shi

The International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (Italy) hosted the 2010 Ramanujan Prize ceremony on 10 May 2011, honouring the work of award recipient Yuguang Shi, School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, China.
The prize recognizes Shi's "outstanding contributions to the geometry of complete (noncompact) Riemannian manifolds, specifically the positivity of quasi-local mass and rigidity of asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds."
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EMS-RSME Joint Mathematical Weekend. Bilbao, October 7-9

As part of the commemorations of its centennial, the Royal Spanish Society of Mathematics (RSME) is organizing jointly with the European Mathematical Society (EMS) a Mathematical Weekend that will be held in Bilbao from October 7 to 9, 2011. The meeting will begin on Friday afternoon and will end on Sunday at lunch time.

Professor Manfredo P. Do Carmo appointed as Dr. honoris causa

The University of Murcia, Spain, yesterday approved the appointment of Professor Manfredo P. Do Carmo ( as Dr. honoris causa. The ceremony will be held next October in a date that will be announced in due course.

Shaw Prize 2011 awarded to Christodoulou and Hamilton

The Shaw Prize in the Mathematical Sciences 2011 is awarded in equal shares to Demetrios Christodoulou (ETH Zurich) and to Richard S Hamilton (Columbia Univ., NY) for their highly innovative works on nonlinear partial differential equations in Lorentzian and Riemannian geometry and their applications to general relativity and topology.
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The CIEM (International Center for Mathematical Meetings, is a joint initiative of the University of Cantabria and the Municipality of Castro Urdiales, Spain, whose goal is to promote quality mathematical research, be it in its more basic or its more applied and computational aspects, with special emphasis to multidisciplinar ventures. It has been organizing some 10 to 15 events every year since its foundation, in 2006.

Karen Vogtmann EMS-lecturer 2011

Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University, has been appointed as EMS-lecturer for the year 2011. She will give a series of lectures on " The topology and geometry of automorphism groups of free groups" at three occasions; two of them in 2012:
- during the conference "European Women in Mathematics" at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM), Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain, September 5-9, 2011;
- at Oxford University, February 10, 13, 14, 2012;
- at Stockholm, Sweden, in spring 2012 (dates to be fixed).

Call for proposals at the Newton Institute

The Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, UK, invites proposals for research programmes in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. The deadline for submission is 31 July 2011, for consideration at the meeting of the Scientific Committee in October.
A Special Call for Proposals for the period September - December 2013 has been issued with a deadline of 31 July 2011. This call is particularly aimed at attracting cross-disciplinary proposals which could form part of the international initiative Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013.

Felix Klein Prize 2012: Call for Nominations

The Felix Klein Prize, established by the EMS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern is to be awarded during the 6th European Congress at Krakow in 2012 to a young scientist or a small group of young scientists (normally under the age of 38) for using sophisticated methods to give an outstanding solution, which meets with the complete satisfaction of industry, to a concrete and difficult industrial problem.

Daniel Quillen 1940 - 2011

Daniel "Dan" Quillen died on April 30, 2011.
Quillen received a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Helsinki in 1978. He received the award as the principal architect of the higher algebraic K-theory in 1972, a new tool that successfully used geometric and topological methods and ideas to formulate and solve major problems in algebra, particularly ring theory and module theory.
From 1984 to 2006 he was the Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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Geometry Section at VU Amsterdam soon to be closed down?

A committee at VU Amsterdam has put forward a proposal to close the Geometry Section, which consists of six tenured positions and focuses on algebraic K theory, algebraic topology, and general/geometric topology. This proposal has received the endorsement of the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and of the Executive Board of the university.
An online petition asking for a reconsideration of this plan is available online at .

ESF: Call for Exploratory Workshops Proposals

Each year, ESF supports approximately 50 Exploratory Workshops across all scientific domains. These small, interactive output oriented meetings are aimed at opening up new directions in research to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. The workshops last usually 1-3 days, are of a relatively small scale (in terms of people involved) and provide a platform for focus on the topic and for participants to contribute to discussions and plan follow-up collaborative work.
Submission deadline: 26 May 2011.

EMS Summer Schools in Applied Mathematics

June 27 - July 2, 2011: CIME-EMS Summer School in applied mathematics, Cetraro, Italy:
Current challenges in stability issues for numerical differential equations,
July 24 - July30, 2011: ESMTB-EMS Summer School, Evora, Portugal:
Dynamical models in life sciences,
Sept 5-Sept 9, 2011: Fourth European summer school in financial mathematics, Zurich, Switzerland.

2013 ICPAM-CIMPA research schools: Call for projects open

The aim of the International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics ICPAM-CIMPA is to promote international cooperation in higher education and research in mathematics and their interactions, as well as related subjects, particularly computer science, for the benefit of developing countries.
ICPAM-CIMPA is a UNESCO centre located in Nice, with financial support from the French Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherché (France), the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion (Spain) and UNESCO.

Pavel Exner new vice-president of the European Research Council ERC

The Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) has confirmed the election of Professors Carl-Henrik Heldin and Pavel Exner as new ERC Vice Presidents. Their term of office runs until the end of the seventh Framework Programme for Research (December 2013).
Both Vice Presidents are founding members of the ERC Scientific Council. Pavel Exner, a Czech national, is the scientific director and a professor at the Doppler Institute for Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics, Prague. He served as Vice President of the EMS in the period 2005-2010.