EMS e-News 4, September 2012


News from EMS

  • EMS Council 2012, Krakow (Poland)
    Results of the elections:
    Vice-presidents (2013-16): Franco Brezzi, Martin Raussen
    New members-at-large of the executive committee (2013-16): Alice Fialowski, Gert-Martin Greuel, Laurence Halpern, Armen Sergeev.
  • 6ECM, Krakow, Poland, July 2012
    The congress was a great success
  • EMS Newsletter
    A new online system for submission of articles is available at
    Alternatively, go to
    and then Instructions for authors > Online article submission
    Latest electronic issue:
  • The 6th Meeting of Presidents of EMS member societies will take place in Aarhus, Denmark, April 6-7, 2013, by invitation of the Danish Mathematical Society.
  • By decision of the EMS Council, the 7ECM will be held in Berlin, July 18-22, 2016.
  • The Kosovar Mathematical Society is new full member of the EMS
  • News from EMS Committees

    In this issue, the section is devoted to the Raising Public Awareness Committee and to the Ethics Committee.

    Raising Public Awareness Committee

    a) Meetings
    Workshops took place in Bilbao (November 2011) and in Kraków (July 2012).
    Next meeting of the Committee in Berlin, November 2012.

    b) Publications
    "Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics", Ehrhard Behrends, Nuno Crato, José-Francisco Rodrigues, Eds., Springer, August 2012.
    The book contains nearly thirty articles on various aspects concerning communication in mathematics.
    Members of the committee have published a number of articles in the Newsletter of the EMS.
    See two articles by E. Behrends in the electronic version of the EMS Newsletter http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2012-09-85.pdf, p. 20 and p. 25.

    c) Actitivies
    c1) "Mathematics in the streets of Kraków". Two days of public awareness activities in the center of the city of Kraków, during the 6ECM.
    c2) ESOF2012, Dublin. A talk on "Mathematics and Music" by Ehrhard Behrends and Robin Wilson.
    c3) XIII Meeting of Spanish students, Murcia, July 2012. Several lectures by members of the committee.

    d) The website www.mathematics-in-europe.eu is the largest development of the committee.

    e) The Committee participates in projects of Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, http://mpe2013.org/

    Ehrhard Behrends,
    Chair, Raising Public Awareness Committee
    Web page: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/comm-publicity.html

    Ethics Committee

    Established in 2010, the Committee was given the first task of writing a "Code of Practice".
    A draft version of this Code was finished in April, 2012, and discussed at the EMS Council Meeting in Krakow in July.
    We expect that the Code will be approved by the Executive Committee of the EMS soon. Once approved, it will be available at the EMS website.

    The Code will provide a framework for dealing with alleged unethical behavior in the publication and dissemination of mathematical research, and will give guidelines for good practice in these areas.
    The Code covers the following:

    1. Responsibilities of authors
    2. Responsibilities of editors and publishers
    3. Responsibilities of referees
    4. Responsibilities of users of bibliometric data

    There is also a section describing the procedures the Committee will follow in dealing with cases submitted to the Ethics Committee. Submission of cases to the Committee must await the approval of the Code and the publication of the guidelines for submission of cases. Please do not submit cases until the Code and the guidelines are available at the EMS website.

    A website for the Committee will be established in due course. Further information on the Code of Practice, including a section with `Frequently Asked Questions' and a section with examples of good and bad practice in publication will be available at this website.

    Arne Jensen
    Chair, Ethics Committee
    Web page: http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/comm_ethics.html

    News from EMS Member Societies

    Israel Mathematical Society
    Irit Dinur, Weizmann Institute, Israel was awarded The Erdös Prize in Mathematics 2012.
    See the prize committee citation at
    Catalan Mathematical Society
    The Catalan mathematical community is celebrating the centenary of the birth of the mathematician Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer with a series of activities organized by the foundation named after him.
    Croatian Mathematical Society
    On March 15th, the "Math Kangaroo" competition took place for the 14th time in Croatia. A total of 25532 pupils participated in this year's competition.
    Royal Spanish Mathematical Society
    Starting in 2011, on the occasion of the centennial of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española, the exhibition "Imaginary" started a journey through several cities in Spain. So far, the exhibition has reached nearly 170000 visitors. From its current site in Granada, the exhibition will move to Galicia in January 2013.
    Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research
    Activities to promote Statistics studies at high schools are organized.
    In a number of Spanish universities, prizes for high school students were offered in contests called "Surveys Incubators".
    See, for example http://www.ucm.es/info/eue/pagina/incubadora/


    Most recent Books

    • Piotr Pragacz (Editor), Contributions to Algebraic Geometry, August 2012
    • Koen Thas, A Course on Elation Quadrangles, June 2012
    • Athanase Papadopoulos (Editor), Handbook of Teichmüller Theory, Volume III, June 2012
    • Alain-Sol Sznitman, Topics in Occupation Times and Gaussian Free Fields, May 2012

    More information available on:


    • ICMP 2012 and Henri Poincaré Prizes
      At the International Congress on Mathematical Physics held in Aalborg, Denmark in August 2012, a Henri Poincaré Prize was awarded to Nalini Anantharaman, Freeman Dyson, Sylvia Serfaty, and to Barry Simon.
      http://www.icmp12.com/ http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/node/2872
    • Mathematics of Planet Earth Competition
      As part of the initiative "Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013", we encourage active participation in the "Mathematics of Planet Earth Competition for an open source exhibition of virtual modules" (museum-quality exhibits).
      The modules submitted will be part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth Open Source Exhibition. Examples of modules or themes to be covered are available on the website.
      Deadline: December 20, 2012. The winners will be announced on March 5, 2013 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
      Your help is also welcome to spread the news and encourage participation of students, colleagues, teachers, etc.

    For questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Professor Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, Université Paris Descartes, Editor of the EMS E-News
    e-mail: Mireille.Chaleyat-Maurel@math-info.univ-paris5.fr

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