Dear EMS members, dear friends,
With the EMS turning 30 and the ‘golden twenties’ just about to start, we are looking forward to a decade that will undoubtedly see tremendous changes and trials. I call upon the whole mathematical community to join us in tackling these challenges head-on.
The European Congress of Mathematics (8ECM, July 5-11, 2020, Portorož, Slovenia) is approaching, with its accompanying EMS council meeting. These, and many other upcoming events, will provide opportunities to meet and discuss how to move the European mathematical community into the future.
With artificial intelligence and machine learning now entering everyday life at high velocity, it is essential that Mathematics contributes to the wider understanding of these inherently mathematical techniques, including discouraging their use when a high risk of failure (or disaster) can be anticipated. The EMS and its members must take some responsibility in this regard.
Unfortunately, research funding for Mathematics has declined in many parts of Europe, including at the ERC. This is partly our own fault, by not applying for enough grants, and by not stressing to decision makers at every level that research...