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EMS protest against the detention of Betül Tanbay

The European Mathematical Society is outraged at the news that the Turkish police have detained, in Istanbul on the morning of 16th November 2018, Professor Betül Tanbay, a member of the EMS Executive Committee. We are incredulous at the subsequent Press Release from the Istanbul Security Directorate accusing her of links to organized crime and attempts to topple the Turkish government.

Professor Tanbay is a distinguished mathematician and a Vice President Elect of the European Mathematical Society, due to assume that role from January 2019. We have known her for many years as a talented scientist and teacher, a former President of the Turkish Mathematical Society, an open-minded citizen, and a true democrat. She may not hesitate to exercise her freedom of speech, a lawful right that any decent country guarantees its citizens, but it is preposterous to suggest that she could be involved in violent or criminal activities.

We demand that Professor Tanbay is immediately freed from detention, and we call on the whole European research community to raise its voice against this shameful mistreatment of our colleague, so frighteningly reminiscent of our continent's darkest times.

Update 17/11/18: We can confirm that Betül Tanbay has now been released from custody. However, we continue to have grave concerns about her situation. We will release an updated statement when we have more details. Thank you to everyone who has expressed support and solidarity!

Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Call for Nominations for Prizes to be awarded at ECM2020

The following calls are open:

  1. Call for Nominations of Candidates for The Felix Klein Prize, deadline December 31, 2019.
  2. Call for Nominations of Candidates for Ten EMS Prizes, deadline November 1, 2019.
  3. Call for Nominations of Candidates for The Otto Neugebauer Prize for the History of Mathematics, deadline December 31, 2019.
Sat, 10 Nov 2018
Call for Bids for the 9ECM

Outline bids from mathematicians to organize the 2024 Congress are now invited, and should reach the EMS Secretariat by 28 February 2019.

These bids need only be outline bids giving a clear idea of the proposal and possible sources of financial and local support. The Executive Committee of the EMS will consider the bids received, and it will invite one or more of the bids to be set out in greater detail so that it can decide which bids are sufficiently serious options to be considered further. The deadline for such "worked up" bids, which will include a draft budget and a commitment to follow the conditions set up by the Executive Committee, is 31 July 2019. In 2020, at the EMS Council held at Bled prior to 8ECM, a decision will be reached.

Sat, 10 Nov 2018
2019 Breakthrough Prize awarded to Lafforgue

Prof. Vincent Lafforgue, CNRS and Institut Fourier, Université Grenoble Alpes, has been awarded the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics "for ground breaking contributions to several areas of mathematics, in particular to the Langlands program in the function field case."

Fri, 9 Nov 2018
Call for bids to host the International Day of Mathematics website

The IMU is leading the project to declare an International Day of Mathematics (IDM) on March 14 ("Pi Day"). If UNESCO decides to proclaim the IDM, the first celebration is expected to be on March 14 in 2020. Now the IMU is inviting bids to host the website of the IDM.

The bid should be drafted according to the guidelines given here. The URL of the IDM website will be The deadline for the submission of bids is 15 January 2019. IMU’s decision is expected by April 2019. Please submit your bid to

Fri, 12 Oct 2018
International Day of Mathematics logo competition

The IMU is leading the project to declare an International Day of Mathematics (IDM) on March 14 ("Pi Day"). If UNESCO decides to proclaim the IDM, the first celebration is expected to be on March 14 in 2020. Now the IMU is inviting bids for the logo of the IDM.

Logos together with artist information (full name, date of birth, career or profession, personal webpage if any, and email) must be sent by email at The deadline for submission of logos to the competition is 31 December 2018. IMU’s decision is expected by April 2019.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018
ICIAM 2019: Calls for Minisymposia, Contributed Presentations and Financial Aid

Important announcements for the ICIAM 2019 Congress (Valencia, Spain, 15-19 July 2019):

  • Deadline for submission of mini-symposia: December 10th, 2018 (Extended).
  • Contributed papers: January 7th, 2019.
  • Contributed posters: April 1st, 2019.
  • Application for financial support to attend the ICIAM 2019 congress: February 25, 2019.

More information here.

Mon, 1 Oct 2018
EMS on new developments concerning Open Access

Two months ago the EMS reiterated its position on open access, see here.

While scientific publishing may move in this direction, any change of the system must be done in a balanced way taking into account the interests of all parties involved, in particular that of the scientific community.

However, at the moment we are witnessing several disturbing developments. The European Commission (EC) announced its "Plan S" which would make so-called “Gold Open Access” de facto obligatory from 2020 within the EU. The participation of big commercial publishers in formulating this plan was explicitly mentioned. Furthermore, the EC has selected Elsevier as a subcontractor responsible for monitoring the plan through the Open Science Monitor. In our view this is an obvious conflict of interests. We are surprised that the EC, with its manifest willingness to fight big internet companies, should turn a blind eye to such a serious problem in its own backyard.

This decision will have a serious and lasting impact on the future of Open Science and innovation in Europe, the livelihoods of European citizens, and even the legitimacy of the European Commission. A number of people have accordingly supported a complaint to the European Ombudsman, requesting that this decision be revoked.

Mon, 1 Oct 2018
Announcement of 2019 ICIAM Prizes

The 2019 ICIAM Prize winners are:

  • ICIAM Collatz Prize: Siddharta Mishra (ETH, Switzerland)
  • ICIAM Lagrange Prize: George Papanicolau (Stanford University, USA)
  • ICIAM Maxwell Prize: Claude Bardos (Université Paris Diderot, France)
  • ICIAM Pioneer Prize: Yvon Maday (Sorbonne Université, Paris, France)
  • ICIAM Su Buchin Prize: Giulia di Nunno (University of Oslo, Norway)

These prizes will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the ICIAM 2019 Congress that will take place in Valencia (Spain) on 15-19 July, 2019.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018
EMS e-News 28, September 2018



- The Council meeting

The EMS Council (our society’s highest authority) convened 23-24 June in Prague. It elected Volker Mehrmann as the new EMS President for 2019-2022. Betül Tanbay was elected as new Vice-President, and Jorge Buescu joins the Executive Committee as a member-at-large. The council approved the EMS budget and made a number of decisions, in particular, introduced a system of lifetime membership.


- The Gordin Prize

This EMS Gordin Prize (honouring a mathematician from an Eastern European country not older than 35 years working in the areas where late Mikhail Gordin made contributions) was awarded for the first time at the International Vilnius Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics in July; the laureate is Mateusz Kwaśnicki from the Technical University of Wrocław.


- The IMU General Assembly

According to tradition, the IMU had its highest meeting before ICM2018. From the two remaining bids for ICM 2022, the delegates chose Saint Petersburg. Carlos Kenig was elected new IMU President, and Helge Holden will serve his second term as Secretary General.


- Fields Medals

Wed, 5 Sep 2018