Recent News

Decease of Prof. Jean-Louis Koszul

The french mathematician Jean-Louis Koszul died on 12 January 2018, at the age of 97. Jean-Louis Koszul was one of the founders of CIRM and president of SMF in 1978.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018
Message from the President, 1 January 2018

Dear EMS members, dear friends,

Another calendar page turns, and another year heads for the history books. We may have to wait a decade for the next prime numbered year, but many mathematical and mathematics-related events will occur much sooner. To begin with, the year we are entering has been declared The Year of Mathematical Biology, and I think this is a good omen. We are all now convinced that mathematics is omnipresent, but this truth has dawned in different ways in different fields. It took over two centuries from its first successful marriage with physics, before mathematics started to be applied seriously to biological and social systems. The explosive growth, over the last six or seven decades, of our knowledge of biological mechanisms provides strong motivation to focus on questions which mathematicians and biologists could address together.
There will be many events over the year, such as the European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology in Lisbon (the programme of which includes the annual lecture jointly organized by the EMS and the Bernoulli Society), the EMS Joint Mathematical Weekend in Joensuu, summer schools, and a great deal more.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Open calls from EMS Committee for Developing Countries

ERCE call 5 opens. ERCE (Emerging Regional Centres of Excellence) is a label awarded by the EMS to centres showing an outstanding level in its area of influence in research and education. ERCE centres are selected among those which play an important role in training students in their region particularly coming from less developed areas and countries. The EMS Committee for Developing Countries is now opening a new call for applications. The application has to be sent to and the deadline for this application is February 15th, 2018.

EMS Simons for Africa. The African Continent is very diversified and the development of a career in mathematics faces different and sometimes difficult progression. The EMS Committee for Developing Countries, with the support of the Simons Foundation, has opened a program of research visits to foster research opportunities for young and established researchers, open to all areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics and directed to fellows based in Africa. For all applications there are four deadlines: February 15th, May 15th, September 15th, November 15th.

Fri, 29 Dec 2017
EMS e-News 25, December 2017

EMS e-News 25, December 2017




- 8ECM

Having collected proposals from member societies, the Executive Committee (EC) has started the process of composing the scientific and prize committees for the 8th European Congress of Mathematics (Portoroz, Slovenia, 5 - 11 July 2020). The local organizers updated the EC on their preparations at the recent November EC meeting.


- The Executive Committee meeting

The EC met in November, in Portoroz in Slovenia (at the site of 8ECM). A number of EMS scientific events were approved for 2018 (see below). Most of the EMS standing committees have also been renewed, some substantially, as members came to the end of their terms.


- The Year of Mathematical Biology

The EMS in collaboration with European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology has declared 2018 the Year of Mathematical Biology. (See below).


- EMS Newsletter

The Latest Edition of the EMS Newsletter is available now at (see below)


- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the EMS!

Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Chang and Atiyah to give the Noether and Abel Lectures at ICM 2018

The 2018 ICM Noether Lecturer is Sun-Yung Alice Chang, Princeton University, for her leading contributions to harmonic analysis, geometric analysis, differential geometry and partial differential equations.

The 2018 ICM Abel Lecturer is Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, University of Edinburgh, for his fundamental work bringing together topology, geometry and analysis, and his outstanding contribution to building new bridges between mathematics and theoretical physics.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
ICM 2018 Satellite Meetings

The ICM 2018 Satellite Events Subcommittee has approved a great variety of conferences and workshops of the highest scientific level as official ICM Satellite Meetings. There will be satellite events all over the Brazilian territory, as well as in nearby countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Sylvie Benzoni new Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré

Sylvie Benzoni will start as the new Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris on 1st January. Founded in 1928, the IHP is a highly prestigious centre of mathematics, an institutional member of the EMS, and an ERCOM Centre (European Research Centres in the Mathematical Sciences).

Sylvie Benzoni is an internationally recognised expert in partial differential equations as they relate to fluid dynamics and phase transitions. She has been a professor at the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon since 2003, and director the of the Institut Camille Jordan since 2016. She is also a serving member of the EMS's Committee for Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Hacon and McKernan awarded 2018 Breakthrough Prize

The 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics was awarded to Christopher Hacon, University of Utah, and James McKernan, University of California San Diego, for transformational contributions to birational algebraic geometry, especially to the minimal model program in all dimensions.

Wed, 6 Dec 2017
AMS Prizes awarded
  • Robert Guralnick, University of Southern California, will receive the 2018 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra for his groundbreaking research on representation theory, cohomology, and subgroup structure of finite quasi-simple groups, and the wide-ranging applications of this work to other areas of mathematics.
  • Bernd Sturmfels, University of California, Berkeley, will receive the 2018 George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics for his instrumental role in creating the field of applied algebraic geometry.
  • Christiane Rousseau, Université de Montréal, will receive the inaugural Bertrand Russell Prize of the AMS in recognition of her many contributions furthering human values and the common good through mathematics.
  • The 2018 Levi L. Conant Prize will be awarded to Henry Cohn for his article "A Conceptual Breakthrough in Sphere Packing," published in the February 2017 issue of the Notices of the AMS.
  • The 2018 Chevalley Prize will be awarded to Dennis Gaitsgory, Harvard University, for his work on the geometric Langlands program, especially his fundamental contributions to the categorical Langlands conjecture and its extension in his recent work with Dima Arinkin.
Wed, 6 Dec 2017
D. Pérez García awarded Prize Miguel Catalán 2017

David Pérez García (Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) has been awarded the Prize “Miguel Catalán 2017”, in the area of Sience, in recognition for his contributions in the area of quantum technologies.

Mon, 4 Dec 2017