Recent News

Decease of Louis Nirenberg

Prof. Louis Nirenberg, who was awarded the 2015 Abel Prize, died on 26 January 2020 at the age of 94. He made fundamental contributions to linear and nonlinear partial differential equations and their application to complex analysis and geometry.

Tue, 28 Jan 2020
Legatiuk Awarded W.K. Clifford Prize

Dmitrii Legatiuk of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 W. K. Clifford Prize for his “significant contributions in Clifford analysis, including interpolation of monogenic functions, quaternionic operator calculus, and construction of advanced numerical methods.”  Dr. Legatiuk earned his Ph.D. from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, where his doctoral research earned him the 2015 University Prize for Young Scientists.   

Dr. Legatiuk’s interest in Clifford analysis, particularly its potential to solve difficult applied problems, has led him to such advances as using quaternionic operator calculus to construct representation formulas for solutions of boundary value problems in advanced elasticity theories, interpolation of monogenic functions by various tools, and developing a finite element exterior calculus based on script geometry.   His interests “span mathematics, computer science, and engineering, reflecting the broad applicability of Clifford algebras and echoing the wide-ranging interests of W. K. Clifford himself.”

The W. K. Clifford Prize is an international scientific prize intended to encourage young researchers to compete for excellence in research in theoretical and applied Clifford algebras and their analysis and geometry. Awarded every three years at ICCA (International Conference on Clifford Algebras and their Applications in Mathematical Physics), the 2020 W.K. Clifford Prize will be awarded to Dr. Legatiuk at the 12th ICCA in Hefei, China.  

Mon, 27 Jan 2020
Decease of Prof. John Tate

Prof. John T. Tate, the 2010 Abel Prize winner who made fundamental contributions to algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry, died on 16 October 2019 at the age of 94.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020
MSC2020 available now

The revision of the Mathematical Sciences Classification System (MSC2020) has been now completed, by the editors of Zentralblatt MATH and American Mathematical Society's Mathematical Reviews. The revised classification is available here.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020
Message from the President, 1 January 2020

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.

Mon, 30 Dec 2019
ERC Farewell from J-P. Bourguignon

In 1998 Jean-Pierre Bourguignon stood down as President of the European Mathematical Society. 21 years later he is stepping down as President of the European Research Council. We offer him our profound thanks for these years of service to European Science.

Fri, 27 Dec 2019
Jacob Bedrossian awarded 2020 Peter Lax Award

The Scientific Committee of the XVIII International Conference on Hyperbolic Problems: Theory, Numerics, Applications (HYP2020) to be held in Málaga in June 22-26, 2020 has decided to institute the "Peter Lax Award" in honour of Lax's seminal contributions, which laid the foundations of modern theory and computation in the area of hyperbolic conservation laws. This distinction will be awarded to a young researcher (10 years within the PhD) in every future HYP Conference. The first Lax Award Prize will be Jacob Bedrossian, University of Maryland, US, for his brilliant achievements in mathematical theory of fluid dynamics.

The Scientific Committee of HYP2020 has decided as well to institute a special lecture to be held as part of every future HYP conference, named the "James Glimm Lecture" in honour of Glimm's fundamental and original ideas, which revolutionized research in the area of hyperbolic conservation laws. The first James Glimm Lecturer will be Constantine M. Dafermos, Brown University, US.

Wed, 18 Dec 2019
zbMATH to become Open Access

Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH) is the world’s most comprehensive and longest-running abstracting and reviewing service in pure and applied mathematics. It is edited by the EMS, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure. The Federal Republic of Germany has now agreed to support FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute in transforming zbMATH into an open access platform.

EMS President Volker Mehrmann says of this major strategic development: “Open interfaces enable the mathematical community to build on existing research results and to contribute its own developments to the scientific value-added process. This helps to tap new innovation potential and to sustainably strengthen the development of science.”

Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Abel Prize increased by 1.5 million NOK

The board of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to increase the prize amount for the Abel Prize from 6 to 7.5 million NOK.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019
EMS e-news 33, December 2019



Dear EMS members,


The world is in a period of fast transition which also affects societies like the EMS. This concerns not only the impact on our research of digitalization and artificial intelligence, but also on the ways that scientific societies interact and communicate with their members.

To react to this transition, during its recent meeting in Yerevan, the EMS Executive Committee decided to change the format of the 'EMS Newsletter' from summer 2020 to become the 'EMS Magazine', and to combine the different news platforms of EMS to become purely online, fast, and real time. The articles of EMS Magazine will appear online first, and will then be joined together in a quarterly issue, that will be available in a print-on-demand-and-request format for EMS members (and open access for everybody).

The new EMS publishing house is now publishing under the name EMS Press ( ) with a young and energetic team that wants to bring scientific publishing into a new era (see the latest issue 114 of the EMS Newsletter), by serving the mathematical community and giving it immediate and sustainable access to scientific publications of the highest standards.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019