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EMS e-News 24, September 2017


 - Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017)

Shortly after her fortieth birthday, the first ever female Fields Medal laureate tragically lost her fight against cancer. She leaves a lasting mathematical legacy as well as her husband and six-year old daughter. The EMS expressed its condolences to her family and colleagues. An obituary appears in the latest edition of the EMS Newsletter:

 - 8ECM

 The Eighth European Congress of Mathematics will be held in Portoroz, Slovenia, 5-11 July 2020. The Executive Committee reminds EMS member societies who have not yet done so to come with proposals for members of the next congress scientific and prize committees.

 - PACOM 2017

 The EMS strives to keep in contact with our colleagues on other continents. This time, the society was represented at the Pan-African Congress of Mathematicians which convened in Rabat, Morocco, 3-7 July.


After a year’s delay caused by political problems, the EMS was happy to support the Second Caucasian Conference convening at Lake Van in Turkey, 22-24 August. This meeting helped build contacts and understanding between mathematicians in this troubled region. More details below.


Mon, 25 Sep 2017
BIRS-CMO running despite earthquakes in Mexico

Despite of the tragic and devastating earthquakes that hit Mexico, all current BIRS (Banff International Research Station) workshops hosted by Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) have not been affected, and that all future workshops will be proceeding on schedule. The September 28, 2017 deadline for the submission of proposals for the 2019 BIRS-CMO program remains in effect.

For aiding the people of the State of Oaxaca, here are some of the foundations accepting donations:
Francisco Toledo’s Foundation, IAGO (Instituto Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca)
International Community Foundation(ICF)
Global Giving
Red Cross Mexico
Unicef Mexico

Sun, 24 Sep 2017
Open Call for Director of IHP

The Institut Henri Poincaré is looking for candidates to the position of Director. The deadline for applications is 12 October 2017. For more information write to: Patrice Le Calvez, directeur par interim de l’IHP, or Gérard Besson, président du comité de recherche.

Fri, 8 Sep 2017
Deadline for submitting projects to CIMPA close October 1

The deadline to submit a project for CIMPA Research School for 2019 is October 1, 2017. Visit the CIMPA website for further information.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Decease of Prof. Cathleen Morawetz

Cathleen Synge Morawetz, professor emerita at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, US, passed away on 8th of August 2017, at the age of 94. She was the second woman to serve as president of the AMS (1995-1996) and the first to receive the National Medal of Science (1998) for work in mathematics.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Decease of Landon Clay, founder of the Clay Mathematics Institute

Landon Clay, Founder of the Clay Mathematics Institute has passed away on 29 July 2017, at the age of 91.

He was responsible for the creation of the Millennium Prize Problems, that offer a million dollars for the solution of seven problems, which serve as reference points that allow mathematicians and non-mathematicians to glimpse that the frontiers of mathematics are alive and that challenge each generation to do great things.

Thu, 3 Aug 2017
ERC plan for 2018

The European Research Council (ERC) announces its 2018 grant competitions with a total budget of around €1.86 billion, most of which earmarked for early- to mid-career researchers. In addition, the ERC is reintroducing Synergy Grants, the funding scheme for groups of two to four scientists who jointly address ambitious research problems. Two grant competitions – for Starting Grants and for Synergy Grants – open today.

Thu, 3 Aug 2017
The Women in Mathematics Committee expresses their condolences for the death of Maryam Mirzakhani.

Maryam Mirzakhani (1977 - 2017)

The Women in Mathematics Committee of the EMS is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani on July 14. Her work was recognized  worldwide by the international mathematical community, in particular through the award of the Fields medal in 2014 "for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". She was the first female mathematician and the first scientist from Iran to win the Fields medal. We have lost a great mathematician and a woman who was able to achieve the highest peaks through her stunning mathematical works. Maryam Mirzakhani illuminated the community of women mathematicians and her memory will always live with us. Her life was too short, but it is a flash of light that will last forever.

The Women in Mathematics Committee sends its deep condolences to her daughter and her husband, and to all her family, friends and collaborators.

Sun, 30 Jul 2017
Decease of Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford University, US, passed away on 14th of July, 2017, at the age of 40. She has been the first woman and the first iranian mathematician to receive the Fields Medal, awarded in 2014.

Sat, 15 Jul 2017
Sir Andrew Wiles awarded Copley Medal by Royal Society

Sir Andrew Wiles has been awarded the Royal Society's Copley Medal, the world’s oldest scientific prize, "for proving Fermat's Last Theorem, a major mathematical breakthrough of the 20th century."

Fri, 23 Jun 2017