EMS e-News 26, March 2018

EMS e-News 26, March 2018




- The Executive Committee’s retreat

The EMS’s Executive Committee (EC) met on 5-7 January 2018 in the Finnish resort of Koli for a one-off retreat to discuss long-term strategy (without the pressure of the overflowing agenda that accompanies regular EC meetings).


- Heading towards the Council

The EMS’s highest body, the Council, will convene 23-24 June 2018 in Prague. By mid-March nominations for delegates, representing both the corporate and individual members are to be made. Among other tasks, the Council meeting will renew the Executive Committee, elect the new President and one Vice-President.


- Presidents meeting

The traditional meeting of the presidents of the EMS’s member societies will hosted by the Irish Mathematical Society in Maynooth, 14-15 April 2018.


- The Year of Mathematical Biology

2018 is the Year of Mathematical Biology, and the programme was opened with the EMS Joint Mathematical Weekend in Joensuu (Finland). There wil be many other activities devoted to mathematical biology over the the year. See next item.





European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB)

The 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2018) will be held in Lisbon, 23-27 July 2018. This conference is promoted by the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, the EMS, and the Portuguese Mathematical Society, who co-organizes and hosts the event. This will be the centrepiece event of the Year of Mathematical Biology 2018 http://euro-math-soc.eu/year-mathematical-biology-2018


Belgian Mathematical Society

PhD Day: The Belgian Mathematical Society will organize a PhD-day on Friday 25 May 2018 at Ghent University. It will bring together Belgian Mathematicians preparing their PhD or who obtained their PhD in the academic year 2017-2018. This new generation of mathematicians will show us and their fellow graduate students what they are working on. Also, the Godeaux lecture will be delivered by Laure Saint-Raymond (UPMC and ENS). This lecture-series honours the memory of Lucien Godeaux (1887-1975), one of the world’s most prolific mathematicians (with more than 1200 published papers, including 1214 in zbMATH and 681 in the AMS Math Reviews). He led many initiatives to encourage young mathematicians to communicate their research. He was the founder of the Belgian Center for Mathematical Studies in 1949.


Dutch Mathematical Society (KWG)

Dutch Mathematical Congress

This annual event will take place again 3-4 April 2018 in Veldhoven. The plenary speakers are Adriana Garroni, Yi Ma, Jean-François Le Gall, William Slofstra, Bruno Stoufflet, and Fernando Rodriguez Villegas. Registration is still possible at https://www.wiskgenoot.nl/congressen/nmc


Stieltjes prize winners

The Dutch mathematical society in cooperation with the foundation Compositio Mathematica have awarded the 2017 Stieltjes prize to Djordjo Milovic (Leiden University) and Richard Kraaij (Delft University of Technology). This prize is awarded for the best thesis in mathematics defended at a Dutch university.


Fred van der Blij RIP

Our honorary member Prof. dr. Fred van der Blij died on 27 January 2018 at the age of 94. He was a member of our society for more than 75 years.


French Mathematical Society (SMF)

SMF Congress

The 2nd congress of the French Mathematical Society will be held 4-8th June 2018 in Lille: https://smf2018.sciencesconf.org/  


Call for CIRM-SMF conferences at CIRM

The call has deadline 31st March 2018: https://www.fr-cirm-math.fr/proposer-un-eacuteveacutenement.html


Call for Prix d’Alembert and Prix Jacqueline Ferrand

These prizes will be awarded to original initiatives in outreach, diffusion and mathematical pedagogy and didactics. The deadline for nominations is 31 March 2018. http://smf.emath.fr/content/prix-dalembert-et-prix-jacqueline-ferrand


Georgian Mathematical Union (GMU)

The IX Annual International Conference of the GMU will be held 3-7 September 2018 at Shota Rustaveli State University in Batumi (a Black Sea resort in Georgia). The meeting is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.


The conference is multi-subject and the final list of sections will depend on the participants. For registration and abstract submission visit http://www.gmu.ge/Batumi2018 before 30 June 2018 or contact the organizers at batumi.conference@yahoo.com


Hellenic Mathematical Society

The Hellenic Mathematical Society (HMS) was founded on 8 April 1918, meaning it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. We have planned a series of events to highlight the value of Mathematics. Among them are:

1. The 1st Congress of Greek Mathematicians on 25-30 June 2018, which aims to make Athens a city of reunion for all Greek Mathematicians living in Greece and abroad.


2. The Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, on 19-24 June on the island of Rhodes, where teams from 11 countries of Southeastern Europe are expected, plus guest teams from Europe and Asia.


Italian Mathematical Union

Sixth edition of the Gold Medal «Guido Stampacchia» Prize

The Stampacchia Gold Medal is an international award to mathematicians aged 35 or under for studies in the field of the Variational Analysis and its applications. Nominations, which should include the motivation for the nomination and a curriculum vitae of the nominee, must be sent by 31st March. Further information:



Polish Mathematical Society

XIXth Conference on Analytic Functions and Related Topics: 24-29 June 2018 Rzeszów (Poland)

The conference is devoted to topics in complex analysis of one and several  variables, including complex analysis and potential theory, elliptic partial differential equations, geometrical aspects of complex analysis, complex approximation theory, harmonic and quasiconformal mappings, generalized complex analysis, complex dynamical systems and fractals.

The organizers are the University of Rzeszów, the Polish Mathematical Society, the Institute of Mathematics (Łódź University of Technology), and the State School of Higher Education in Chełm.

See: http://www.afrt.ur.edu.pl/


Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

II Joint Meeting of Mathematical Societies RSME-SEMA-SBM-SBMAC (Spain-Brazil):

The second meeting of mathematical societies from Brazil (SBM and SBMAC) and Spain (RSME and SEMA) will take place at the University of Cádiz, 11-14 December 2018. The main goal is to strengthen partnerships and collaborations between researchers and institutions in Brazil and Spain. http://spabrazmathcadiz18.uca.es/web/Congreso/?lang=en&page=inicio


Centenary Rey Pastor Prize awarded to Luis Caffarelli

On the occasion of the centenary of the arrival of Julio Rey Pastor to Argentina, RSME and the Unión Matemática Argentina have awarded the Centenary Rey Pastor prize to Luis Caffarelli (Texas University, Austin).




Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SEMA)

The 18th Spanish-French School Jacques-Louis Lions on Numerical Simulation in Physics and Engineering will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 25-29 June 2018. The school is intended as a meeting for researchers, teachers, industrial technicians and, especially, young professionals from France and Spain as an initiation in current research trends in Applied Mathematics, particularly mathematical modelling and numerical simulation. A series of talks by former students of Luis Ferragut is scheduled on Friday 29 June, in recognition of his influence on the applied mathematics community.



London Mathematical Society (LMS)

Society Meeting in Honour of Maryam Mirzakhani

This Society meeting commemorates the work of Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017), Fields Medallist and LMS Honorary Member.  It will take place on 22 March at Warwick University. Speakers: Anton Zorich (Paris) and Alex Wright (Stanford).


King Faisal International Prize 2018

Professor Sir John Ball, FRS (University of Oxford) past-President (1996-98) of the LMS has received the 2018 King Faisal International Prize (Science). https://www.lms.ac.uk


Alan Baker, RIP

Alan Baker, FRS, died on 4th February 2018.  He was elected member of the London Mathematical Society on 4 April 1966 and was awarded the Fields Medal in 1970.  For tributes see



Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

IMA-LMS David Crighton Medal: The Crighton Medal is awarded, jointly by the IMA and LMS, for services both to mathematics and the mathematics community. The 2017 Medal will be awarded to Professor David Abrahams, Director of the Isaac Newton Institute and former President of the IMA, on 15 March at the Royal Society. David's lecture will be on Mathematics, Metamaterials and Meteorites. https://ima.org.uk/7966/ima-lms-david-crighton-lecture-presentation-2018/





Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi (INdAM)

INdAM has published the second call for 10 PhD fellowships of the programme "INdAM Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and/or Applications Cofunded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions". These fellowships offer to researchers from all over the world the opportunity to enter a PhD School in Mathematics and/or applications in Italy. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018. https://cofund.altamatematica.it


Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT)

Quantum systems capable of detecting their size discovered

An international team of researchers, including David Pérez-García (Complutense University of Madrid - ICMAT), is designing a new quantum system able to modify its properties according to its size. This research work, which was published in the journal PNAS on December 20th 2017, has important implications for techniques employed in the study of quantum materials.


ICMAT researcher David Pérez wins 'Miguel Catalán' Prize 2017

For the second time, ICMAT has been distinguished with the Community of Madrid "Miguel Catalán" Prize. David Pérez García has been awarded this prize for his contributions to quantum technologies and associated mathematical problems.


Manuel de León becomes a numerary member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences

On November 29th, ICMAT’s director Manuel de León was presented with medal nº36 of the Spanish Royal Academy of Exact Physical and Natural Sciences in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the institution in Madrid.


Antonio Córdoba Barba (UAM-ICMAT) named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Murcia

In September, the University of Murcia conferred an honorary doctorate on Antonio Córdoba Barba, professor of Analysis at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and member and ex-director ICMAT.





Developing Countries Committee

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 Committee for Developing Countries of the EMS, with the support of the Simons Foundation, has opened a program of research visits to foster opportunities for young and established researchers. The aim is to promote individual career possibilities, resulting in improved international capacity in African academic institutions. The program is open to all areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics and it is directed to fellows based in Africa. For all applications there are three deadlines:

15th May, 15th September, 15th November. http://euro-math-soc.eu/ems-simons-africa




The December EMS Newsletter (N107) is out now! See http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2018-003-107.pdf


Highlights include:

- Annales Henri Lebesgue - X. Caruso et al.

- From Grothendieck to Naor: A Stroll Through the Metric Analysis of Banach Spaces - G. Godefroy

- Interview with Ragni Piene - U. A. Persson

- History of Mathematics in the Netherlands: Where to find it - D. Beckers

- Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017) - A. Zorich

- A Mathematical Polyglot - E. Strickland

- Pi Day: An International Festival of Mathematica - E. Berardini et al.

-  Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris (FSMP) - G. Octavia

- The Turkish Mathematical Society - B. Tanbay & A. Askar

- Mathematicians and Primary School Teachers Learning From Each Other - J. Cooper & A. Arcav


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Recent books:

- Kazuhiro Fujiwara and Fumiharu Kato, Foundations of Rigid Geometry I, http://www.ems-ph.org/books/book.php?proj_nr=227

- Schubert Varieties, Equivariant Cohomology and Characteristic Classes - Impanga 15 Jaros?aw Buczy?ski, Mateusz Micha?ek and Elisa Postinghel (eds) http://www.ems-ph.org/books/book.php?proj_nr=226


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Message to EMS members

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Towards an international day of mathematics

In spring 2017, the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) started exploring the possibility of UNESCO declaring an International Day of Mathematics, as an opportunity for mathematicians around the world to join forces and reach out to the general public. The consultation of IMU members revealed enthusiasm. One date stood out — March 14 — also known as Pi Day. A precise proposal received the support of the International Basic Science Program at UNESCO. IMU is presently contacting and securing the support of the Permanent Delegations and National Commissions of UNESCO, who can make a formal recommendation. If a country wants to help by contacting its Permanent Delegation and/or National Commission, please contact Helge Holden: secretary@mathunion.org .


6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, 23-28rd September 2018

Preparations for the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) are well underway. The young researcher application phase for the 6th HLF has come to a close and all submissions are currently under review. All applicants will be informed of the results by the end of April.




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

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