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In this issue, the section is devoted to the Raising Public Awareness Committee and to the Ethics Committee.
Raising Public Awareness Committee
Workshops took place in Bilbao (November 2011) and in Kraków (July 2012).
Next meeting of the Committee in Berlin, November 2012.
"Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics", Ehrhard Behrends, Nuno Crato, José-Francisco Rodrigues, Eds., Springer, August 2012.
The book contains nearly thirty articles on various aspects concerning communication in mathematics.
Members of the committee have published a number of articles in the Newsletter of the EMS.
See two articles by E. Behrends in the electronic version of the EMS Newsletter http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2012-09-85.pdf, p. 20 and p. 25.
c1) "Mathematics in the streets of Kraków". Two days of public awareness activities in the center of the city of Kraków, during the 6ECM.
c2) ESOF2012, Dublin. A talk on "Mathematics and Music" by Ehrhard Behrends and Robin Wilson.
c3) XIII Meeting of Spanish students, Murcia, July 2012. Several lectures by members of the committee.
d) The website www.mathematics-in-europe.eu is the largest development of the committee.
e) The Committee participates in projects of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, http://mpe2013.org/
Chair, Raising Public Awareness Committee
Web page: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/comm-publicity.html
Established in 2010, the Committee was given the first task of writing a "Code of Practice".
A draft version of this Code was finished in April, 2012, and discussed at the EMS Council Meeting in Krakow in July.
We expect that the Code will be approved by the Executive Committee of the EMS soon. Once approved, it will be available at the EMS website.
The Code will provide a framework for dealing with alleged unethical behavior in the publication and dissemination of mathematical research, and will give guidelines for good practice in these areas.
The Code covers the following:
1. Responsibilities of authors
2. Responsibilities of editors and publishers
3. Responsibilities of referees
4. Responsibilities of users of bibliometric data
There is also a section describing the procedures the Committee will follow in dealing with cases submitted to the Ethics Committee. Submission of cases to the Committee must await the approval of the Code and the publication of the guidelines for submission of cases. Please do not submit cases until the Code and the guidelines are available at the EMS website.
A website for the Committee will be established in due course. Further information on the Code of Practice, including a section with `Frequently Asked Questions' and a section with examples of good and bad practice in publication will be available at this website.
Chair, Ethics Committee
Web page: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/comm_ethics.html
News from EMS Member Societies
Israel Mathematical Society
Irit Dinur, Weizmann Institute, Israel was awarded The Erdös Prize in Mathematics 2012.
See the prize committee citation at
Catalan Mathematical Society
The Catalan mathematical community is celebrating the centenary of the birth of the mathematician Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer with a series of activities organized by the foundation named after him.
Croatian Mathematical Society
On March 15th, the "Math Kangaroo" competition took place for the 14th time in Croatia. A total of 25532 pupils participated in this year's competition.
Royal Spanish Mathematical Society
Starting in 2011, on the occasion of the centennial of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española, the exhibition "Imaginary" started a journey through several cities in Spain. So far, the exhibition has reached nearly 170000 visitors. From its current site in Granada, the exhibition will move to Galicia in January 2013.
Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research
Activities to promote Statistics studies at high schools are organized.
In a number of Spanish universities, prizes for high school students were offered in contests called "Surveys Incubators".
See, for example http://www.ucm.es/info/eue/pagina/incubadora/
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