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: http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2017-09-105.pdf

 - 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.


 News from EMS Member Societies

 * Second Caucasian Conference

To what extent can mathematicians contribute to peace and harmony in the world? This question was posed when the first Caucasian Mathematics Conference (CMC) was announced in the EMS e-News in 2014. The region was surrounded by old and new tensions, and unfortunately since then the situation has worsened almost by the day. Despite the difficulties, and after needing to postpone the conference for one year, the second CMC was held in Turkey, at the Yüzüncü Yıl University of Van, 22-24 August 2017. It was held under the auspices of the European Mathematical Society, with the cooperation of the Armenian, Azerbaijan, Georgian, Iranian, Russian and Turkish Mathematical Societies. Although it welcomes mathematicians from all over the world, the CMC’s primary aim is to bring together mathematicians from Caucasian and neighbouring countries biannually in one of these countries. For more details see: www.euro-math-soc.eu/cmc/

* Armenian Mathematical Union (AMU)

- The Congress of the AMU took place on 31 May 2017, at Yerevan State University, which elected the new AMU Council. Dr.Sc. Professor Yuri Movsisyan was elected new President of the Union.

- "Emil Artin International Conference" dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Emil Artin will be held in Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia, 27 May – 1 June 2018.


* Catalan Mathematical Society

The second joint meeting of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the Catalan Mathematical Society is to be held in Edinburgh, September 27-29, 2017.



* German Mathematical Society (DMV)

Gerd Faltings was awarded the Cantor Medal of the German Mathematical Society, and Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was awarded an Honorary Membership of the DMV. The award ceremonies took place on 11 September 2017, during the opening session of the joint "Jahrestagung" of the Austrian Mathematical Society (ÖMG) and the DMV in Salzburg.


* Israel Mathematical Union (UMI)

The Israel Mathematical Union has awarded Nir Lev of Bar Ilan University the 2017 Anna and Lajos Erdős Prize in Mathematics. The prize, founded by Paul Erdős, is awarded annually to an Israeli mathematician (pure, applied, or from computer science) with preference to candidates up to the age of 40.


* Italian Mathematical Union (UMI)

- Mario Baldassarri Prize 2017

To honour the memory of Mario Baldassarri, this prize will be awarded to a young mathematician who published an article contributing to the study of algebra, geometry, number theory within the year 2014. Application forms and nominations must be sent to the UMI President exclusively by electronic means by 30th October 2017.

See http://umi.dm.unibo.it/en/prizes/maria-baldassarri-prize/ and http://umi.dm.unibo.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BandoPremioBaldassarri2017.pdf.


* Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI)

SIMAI will organize the workshop Mathematics For Industry 4.0, on the 7th November 2017, at the International CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) Conference and Exhibition in Vicenza, Italy. Registration is free. For more details see, http://www.caeconference.com/simai.html


* Polish Mathematical Society

The jury of the 9th edition of “The International Stefan Banach Prize for a Doctoral Dissertation in the Mathematical Sciences” has been awarded Anna Szymusiak (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland). This prize is a joint venture of Ericsson and the Polish Mathematical Society. Its aim is to promote and financially support the most talented young researchers in mathematical sciences from central and north Europe For more details see, http://banachprize.org/


* Portuguese Mathematical Society

- Portuguese Mathematical Society Wins Gulbenkian Prize – Knowledge

Awarded this year for the first time, the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize – Knowledge for the Promotion of Educational Success, with a value of €50,000, was awarded last July to the Portuguese Mathematical Society for its creation and organization of the Portuguese Mathematics Olympiad, which this year celebrated its 35th edition. The jury praised the Olympiad as an "educational initiative of reference and great national impact, which for more than three decades promotes the enjoyment of the discipline", and for connecting tens of thousands of students from primary and secondary schools with Mathematics "in a stimulating and creative environment".


* Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

- José Luis Rubio de Francia (JLFR) Prize 2016

The JLRF prize is awarded by the RSME under the patronage of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad de Zaragoza. Its aim is to recognize and encourage young mathematicians under the age of 32. This edition has been awarded to Xavier Ros-Oton (University of Texas at Austin) for his contributions to the study of Partial Differential Equations: http://www.rsme.es/content/view/2317/73/

- Mathematics Research Awards Vicent Caselles RSME-BBVA 2017

 The RSME and BBVA Foundation have awarded six prizes to young researchers in mathematics: http://www.rsme.es/content/view/2341/135/


* Spanish Society for Applied Mathematics (SeMA)

- The Second Joint Mathematical Meeting Spain-Brazil organized by RSME, SeMA, SBM and SBMAC will take place in Cádiz, Spain, from 11-14 December, 2018. Those interested in organizing a special session are invited to email their proposal by 15 December 2017 as a PDF file to spa-braz-math-cadiz2018@uca.es. For more information see: http://spabrazmathcadiz18.uca.es


- ICIAM 2019
ICIAM 2019 will be held in Valencia, 15-19 July 2019. Those interested in organizing an embedded or satellite meeting should follow the instructions available at http://iciam2019.com/~josepr23/2019/ICIAM2019/index.php/satellite-meetings. The deadline to submit proposals is October 1st, 2018.


 EMS Newsletter

 The September 2017 issue (N105) is online now at http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2017-09-105.pdf and will be arriving in the post soon! Highlights include:

 – Writing positive polynomials as sums of (few)squares, by O. Benoist.

– Interview with Yves Meyer, by B. Dundasand and Ch.Skau.

– Interview with Laure Saint-Raymond, by R. Natalini.

– About trace of operators (from Grothendieck to Lidskii), by D. Robert.

– The Archives of American Mathematics, by C. Mead and A.C. Lewis.

– Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017): Her Work and Legacy

– La Maison des Mathématiques et de l’Informatique (The House of Mathematics and Computer Science in Lyon) by R. Goiffon.

– La Real Sociedad Matemática Española, by V.Muñoz and A. Rojas.

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 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Over 24-29 September, some of the greatest minds in mathematics and computer science will come together at the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). For the weeklong networking conference, 200 selected young researchers from over 50 different countries will have the chance to discuss and exchange ideas with 27 laureates of the disciplines' most prestigious prizes: the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize. In addition to laureate lectures, a panel of experts will discuss the future of quantum computing. Parallel to the Forum, there will be an exhibition of mathematical artwork by Aldo Spizzichino entitled MathArt that is open to the public: www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org.



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e-mail: Mireille.Chaleyat-Maurel@math-info.univ-paris5.fr

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