Latest news for mathematicians and members of the European Mathematical Society.
The European Science Foundation (ESF) has awarded this year’s European Latsis Prize to Professor Uffe Haagerup, an eminent mathematician at the University of Copenhagen. The theme for this year’s prize was “Mathematics” and Professor Haagerup was awarded the prize for his ground-breaking and important contributions to operator algebra, in addition to other new and challenging areas of mathematics. Funded by the Geneva-based Latsis Foundation, the European Latsis Prize is valued at 100,000 Swiss francs (€83,000).
A delegation led by Nobel laureates met the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, to urge EU leaders to secure the future budget for research and innovation Horizon 2020. They handed in an open letter, signed by 44 Nobel laureates and 6 Fields medallists, warning against the dramatic consequences of possible budget cuts in research and innovation.
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) calls for nominations for the 2013 Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians from developing countries. The Prize winner must be less than 45 years of age on 31 December of the year of the award, and have conducted outstanding research in a developing country. The Prize carries a $15,000 cash award. The winner will be invited to ICTP to receive the Prize and deliver a lecture. The Prize is usually awarded to one person, but may be shared equally among recipients who have contributed to the same body of work.
At its October meeting in Helsinki, the executive committee of the EMS approved the Code of Practice that is the result of year-long efforts of the Ethics Committee of the society. The document lists strong recommendations to authors of mathematical papers, to editors and publishers, to referees and to users of bibliometric data. The EMS Ethics Committee offers its services to investigate cases of claims of unethical behaviour and it describes procedures for verification, for mediation, and for communication of its findings.
In recent years the computational complexity of mathematical models employed in financial mathematics has witnessed a tremendous growth. Advanced numerical techniques are imperative for most present-day applications in the financial industry. The motivation for this training network is the need for a network of highly educated European scientists in the field of financial mathematics and computational science, so as to exchange and discuss current insights and ideas, and to lay groundwork for future collaborations.
In summer 2012, the three French Mathematical Societies (SMF, SMAI, SFDS) publicized a declaration on Open access : A warning on the inherent flaws of the « author pay » model.
The next summit of the EU heads of states and governments (22.11-23.11) will determine the EU research budget for the next seven years. The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) urges scientists and politicians all over Europe to act in order to protect research funding including that of the ERC from cuts, in particular in the following ways:
• to speak at events we may be attending to make the case for the ERC and the budget for Horizon2020
• to use contacts that we or our colleagues may have in political parties or in the media to inform and mobilise our communities and others
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary the EMS Publishing House is pleased to announce the EMS Monograph Award. It is awarded every two years to the author(s) of a monograph in any area of mathematics that is judged by the selection committee to be an outstanding contribution to its field. The prize is endowed with 10.000 Euro, and the winning monograph is published by the EMS Publishing House in the series EMS Tracts in Mathematics.
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: June 30, 2013.
Following up similar events in the years 2009-2012, the conference EUROMATH 2013 for students age 12-18 will be held at Gothenburg (Sweden) in the week 10 - 14 April, 2013. The conference will consist of several workshops and sessions covering multiple themes. Students are encouraged to present work or projects in mathematics.
The EMS is among the sponsors, along with, among others, the reinsurance company Munich Re.
The annual meeting of the DMV took place from September 17 to 20, 2012, at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken.
This year’s Cantor medal of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV) goes to Michael Struwe, professor of mathematics at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich. The Cantor medal is the most prestigious scientific award, handed out by the DMV. This year’s von Kaven-prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is granted to Eva Viehmann, mathematician at Technische Universität München (TUM).
The Bernoulli Center (CIB), funded jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, launches a call for proposals of four one-semester programs during the period July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016. A thematic program consists of a six months period (January 1 - June 30 or July 1 - December 31) of concentrated activity in a specific area of current research interest in the mathematical sciences.
Institut Mittag-Leffler invites you to organize mathematical conferences, workshop, or summer school during the period
22 May - 19 July 2013.
Deadline to submit proposals is 1 November 2012.
Further information: www.mittag-leffler.se
The European Mathematical Society and Institut Mittag-Leffler (Djursholm, Sweden) advertise the possibility of organizing a one week mathematical summer school with at most 20 participants during the period 22 May – 19 July 2013.
The Institute provides a seminar room, accommodation, and an allowance partially covering meals. Travel expenses are covered only in exceptional cases. The EMS contributes with the expenses of the lecturers.
Institut Mittag-Leffler issues a Call for proposals for programs in the mathematical sciences for the academic year 2015/16.
The deadline to submit proposals is 4 February 2013.
Further information: www.mittag-leffler.se - scientific programs - call for proposals
The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 536 early-career top researchers across Europe in the latest 'Starting Grant' competition, with a budget of almost €800 million. In this Starting Grant competition, 4741 applications were received, which is a 16% rise from last year (4080). Also, the budget, nearly €800 million, saw an increase of over 17% from 2011, as planned at the beginning of the Seventh Research Framework Programme. The number of researchers selected for funding rose by around 12%. The success rate, 11.3%, dropped slightly compared to last year's 12%.