Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
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.
38 Abel, Fields and Turing Laureates confirmed their attendance at the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which will take place from September 22 until 27, 2013. The laureates will meet 200 of the most talented young researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer science from 47 countries, selected out of almost 600 submitted applications. Lectures and workshops will offer plenty of opportunity for scientific exchange, while a rich variety of social events are set up to encourage the young researchers to engage in casual conversations with their scientific role models.
On 12 June the Royal Society hosted the first ever G8 joint Science Ministers and national science academies meeting in London. The Ministers approved a statement which proposes to the G8 for consideration new areas for collaboration and agreement on global challenges, global research infrastructure, open scientific research data, and increasing access to the peer-reviewed, published results of scientific research.
The Organizing Committee of ICM 2014 offers to invite 1,000 mathematicians from developing countries to Korea to participate in ICM 2014. The ICM 2014 Travel Fellowship Fund was set up and the Organizing Committee of ICM 2014 estimates the average cost to be approximately US$1,500~US$2,500 per person, making the total cost US$2 million. The application and selection procedures for the grant program "NANUM 2014" is supposed to be based on merit and with due regard for gender and geographical balance.
The 2013 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences, worth US$1 million dollars, is awarded to David L. Donoho (Stanford University) "for his profound contributions to modern mathematical statistics and in particular the development of optimal algorithms for statistical estimation in the presence of noise and of efficient techniques for sparse representation and recovery in large data-sets."
As a contribution to the year Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, the Royal Spanish Math Society (RSME) organizes two MPE activities:
Biomat 2013: Evolution and cooperation in social sciences and biomedicine.
RSME and Fisymat. Granada, Spain, June 17-21, 2013. http://www.ugr.es/~kinetic/biomat/
Lluis Santaló School 2013: Scientific challenges in a sustainable planet. RSME, UIMP and Fisymat. Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain, July, 15-19, 2013. http://www.ugr.es/~kinetic/santalo/
María Pe Pereira, visiting professor at Université de Lille, has been awarded the José Luis Rubio de Francia Prize for the year 2012. According to the jury statement supporting their decision: “María Pe Pereira (Burgos, 1981) has done some outstanding mathematical contributions to singularity theory, especially in connection with the celebrated Nash problem on arcs for surface singularities (posed by John Nash in 1968)."
As result of a restructuring plan published two years ago (cf information below), the Free University Amsterdam (VU) has now formally terminated the Geometry/Topology research programmes. The VU did not dismiss the members of the Geometry Section as originally planned, but the development has had serious consequences for several VU researchers:
Scientists, journal editors and publishers, scholarly societies, and research funders across many scientific disciplines have posted an international declaration calling on the world scientific community to eliminate the dominant role of the journal impact factor (JIF) in evaluating research for funding, hiring, promotion, or institutional effectiveness. The EMS is among the signing organisations. Also individuals can sign.
Information: http://am.ascb.org/dora/ http://am.ascb.org/dora/files/SFDeclarationFINAL.pdf
A new report "The Mathematical Sciences in 2025" examines the current state of the mathematical sciences and explores the changes needed for the discipline to be in a strong position and able to maximize its contribution to the USA in 2025. The report has been published by National Academies Press; a PDF can be downloaded for free at
Two important decisions were taken at the council of ICIAM (International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) in Beijing (China) on May 11:
Maria J. Esteban has been chosen as new President-Elect. Among a number of other important duties (https://www.ceremade.dauphine.fr/~esteban/), Maria is presently the Chair of the EMS Committee on Applied Mathematics.
The city of Valencia (Spain) has been chosen as the site of the 2019 ICIAM Congress. The decision was taken after a very tight competition among three different (all excellent) proposals.
Science Europe, the new association of European Research Funding and Research Performing Organizations based in Bruxelles, has appointed six scientific committees. The Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee will be chaired by Bengt Nordén, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden. It includes two mathematicians among its 15 members: Laszlo Lovasz, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; and Karl Sigmund, University of Vienna, Austria.
Kenneth Appel, who proved the Four Color Theorem with Wolfgang Haken, died April 19 at the age of 80. Their proof, published in two parts in the Illinois Journal of Mathematics in 1977, was the first major proof that involved extensive computer calculations.