Recent News

Call for mini-symposia at ICIAM 2019

The call for organizing mini-symposia at the ICIAM 2019 congress is now open. Please visit the webpage for details and online submissions.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Abel Prize 2018 awarded to Robert P. Langlands

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2018 to Robert P. Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory”. Robert Langlands will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo on 22 May. Langlands’ insights were radical and serve to bridge the mathematical areas of number theory and harmonic analysis, which had previously been considered as unrelated. It led to a project named the Langlands program, whose depth and breadth have grown and are frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
EMS e-News 26, March 2018

EMS e-News 26, March 2018




- The Executive Committee’s retreat

The EMS’s Executive Committee (EC) met on 5-7 January 2018 in the Finnish resort of Koli for a one-off retreat to discuss long-term strategy (without the pressure of the overflowing agenda that accompanies regular EC meetings).


- Heading towards the Council

The EMS’s highest body, the Council, will convene 23-24 June 2018 in Prague. By mid-March nominations for delegates, representing both the corporate and individual members are to be made. Among other tasks, the Council meeting will renew the Executive Committee, elect the new President and one Vice-President.


- Presidents meeting

The traditional meeting of the presidents of the EMS’s member societies will hosted by the Irish Mathematical Society in Maynooth, 14-15 April 2018.


- The Year of Mathematical Biology

2018 is the Year of Mathematical Biology, and the programme was opened with the EMS Joint Mathematical Weekend in Joensuu (Finland). There wil be many other activities devoted to mathematical biology over the the year. See next item.





European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB)

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
Médailles awarded by CNRS

The CNRS (France) has awarded on 15 March 2018 the médailles d'argent, de bronze and de cristal. Among the 82 awardees there are mathematical winners: Grégory Miermont (UMPA), médaille d’argent, Anne-Laure Dalibard (LJLL), médaille de bronze, Elisabeth Kneller (Bibliothèque mathématique Jacques Hadamard), médaille de cristal.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018
Decease of Prof. Thomas Friedrich

Prof. Thomas Friedrich, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), has passed away on 27 February 2018, at the age of 68. Thomas Friedrich made significant contributions in differential geometry and global analysis.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018
Shelah and Coifman awarded Rolf Schock Prizes 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music have awarded this year’s Rolf Schock Prizes. The prize amounts to 400,000 Swedish krona. Rolf Schock Prizes 2018 have been awarded in the areas:

  • Logic and Philosophy. Saharon Shelah, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, “for his outstanding contributions to mathematical logic, in particular to model theory, in which his classification of theories in terms of so-called stability properties has fundamentally transformed the field of research of this discipline.”
  • Mathematics. Ronald Coifman, Yale University, USA, “for his fundamental contributions to pure and applied harmonic analysis”.
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
Stephen Hawking passed away

Stephen William Hawking, Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology of the University of Cambridge, died on 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. He worked on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and did the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He did very much to publicise scientific ideas, and to inspire future generations of scientists.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Berndtsson and Sibony awarded 2017 Bergman Prize

Bo Berndtsson, Chalmers University (US) and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and Nessim Sibony, Université Paris-Sud Orsay (France), have been awarded the 2017 Stefan Bergman Prize for their many fundamental contributions to several complex variables, complex potential theory, and complex geometry.

Fri, 9 Mar 2018
2018 Wolf Prize to Beilinson and Drinfeld

The 2018 Wolf Prize for Mathematics has been awarded to Alexander Beilinson and Vladimir Drinfeld, both of the University of Chicago, "for their groundbreaking work in algebraic geometry, representation theory, and mathematical physics".

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
An International Day of Mathematics

The International Mathematical Union has prepared a proporsal to have March 14 declared as the International Day of Mathematics (IDM) by UNESCO. Every year, all countries will be invited to celebrate the IDM in the schools and with the public, under a theme proposed by the Committee of the IDM. This initiative is supported by the EMS.

At this stage we are looking for support of countries: national commissions and permament delegations of countries at UNESCO. As the members of UNESCO are states (countries), only countries can propose an international day. The project is downloadable from the link below.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018