Recent News

Assaf Naor Receives 2019 Ostrowski Prize

Professor Assaf Naor, Princeton University, has been awarded the 2019 Ostrowski Prize in Higher Mathematics in recognition of his pioneering achievements at the interface of the geometry of Banach spaces, the structure of metric spaces and algorithms.

The Ostrowski Prize was established by Alexander Markovich Ostrowski (1893-1986), a former professor of mathematics at the University of Basel. Since 1989, the foundation awards every other year a prize for outstanding achievements in the field of pure mathematics and in the foundations of numerical mathematics.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019
Book Prize 2019

The Italian Mathematical Union (U.M.I) has established a Prize, sponsored by Springer-Verlag, of (gross) € 4000, to honour an excellent, original monograph in any field of mathematics. The applications must be sent to the U.M.I office (Piazza di Porta San Donato 5, I-40126 Bologna), and received not later than December 31, 2019. For further details, please visit the link below. For questions and clarifications:

Mon, 28 Oct 2019
#WomenInMaths Twitter contest

In line with its commitment to gender equality and the promotion of scientific vocations among young women, BCAM launches the Twitter contest #WomenInMaths. The aim of this competition is to choose the name of the center's seminar room, in honour of a woman in mathematics.

Would you like to help us decide?
You can win a limited edition Casio Scientific Calculator!

Below, we explain step by step how you can participate in the contest:
1. Follow @BCAMBilbao
2. Send your proposal by responding to the tweet about the contest
3. Use the hashtag #WomenInMaths

The contest will be open between September 25th, 2019 and October 9th, 2019.

Mon, 30 Sep 2019
EMS e-news 32, September 2019



Dear EMS members,


Let me welcome you all back after a hopefully relaxing summer, with hopefully also a lot of great scientific activities. A mathematical highlight this summer was definitely the ICIAM congress in Valencia, see , which had approximately 4000 participants and was opened by the King of Spain. The congress covered all areas of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and clearly showed the importance of mathematics in society.

The EMS publishing house has now moved to Berlin, see, and is still very busy with the legal and administrative tasks of this transition. At the same time a lot of discussions are underway to change current publishing models to ensure that academic publishing is of the highest quality, sustainable, openly available, and a joint endeavour of the mathematical community including the library associations. This initiative is also a reaction to Plan S of the European Commission, which threatens the existence of community publishing houses.

Fri, 27 Sep 2019
Open Letter to the European Commission


The European Mathematical Society is concerned that in the new European Commission the areas of "education" and "research" are no longer explicitly represented, but instead are subsumed into "innovation and youth".

We support this open letter to the Presidents of the European Commission & Parliament:

Thu, 19 Sep 2019
Luigi Ambrosio Awarded 2019 Balzan Prize

Prof. Luigi Ambrosio, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy), has been awarded the 2019 Balzan Prize for his astonishing capacity for synthesis that has made possible to create hitherto unimaginable bridges between partial differential equations and the calculus, of variation, aiming at finding optimal shapes. The amount of each prize is CHF 750.000.

Mon, 9 Sep 2019
EMS Mathematics Journalistic Article Competition 2020

The EMS announces the competition MJAC-2020 on writing a journalistic expository article of philosophical reflection, investigation and expression of ideas on the subject “Mathematics is Everywhere”, open to students in primary or secondary school. Minimum age by 1 December 2019 should be 10 years old and maximum age by 31 March 2020 should be 19 years old. Contestants may be citizens of any ERASMUS+ Programme or Partner country. The deadline for submitting articles is 15 December 2019. For any questions you may write to

Sat, 7 Sep 2019
2020 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics awarded to Alex Eskin

The 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics has been awarded to Prof. Alex Eskin, University of Chicago, for revolutionary discoveries in the dynamics and geometry of moduli spaces of Abelian differentials, including the proof of the “magic wand theorem” with Maryam Mirzakhani.

Sat, 7 Sep 2019
Call for Proposals for Special Sessions at the Joint AMS-SMF-EMS Conference, Grenoble 2021

The Call for Proposals for special sessions for the 2021 AMS-SMF-EMS Joint International Meeting to be held in Grenoble, France, in July 2021 is open. The deadline for special session proposals is April 15, 2020.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019
Update on the arrest of Tuna Altinel & report from the court

Tuna Altinel, EMS member and Professor at the Université Lyon 1 in France, was imprisoned in Turkey on 11th May. At the time, the EMS issued a statement condemning this attack on his human rights. Court hearings related to the case took place in Turkey on 26th and 30th of July, following the second of which Tuna Altinel was released after 81 days in prison. Although very welcome, this is not the end; at time of writing his passport has not been returned and nor has the case against him been dismissed, with a further hearing scheduled for 19th November. The EMS reiterates our demand that these infringements of Tuna Altinel's rights immediately cease, and he be allowed to return to France to resume his teaching and research.


The mathematician Gregory Cherlin attended the second court hearing as an an international observer on behalf of the American Mathematical Society, the Committee of Concerned Scientists, and the Association for Symbolic Logic. His very thorough report can be read here.


Mon, 19 Aug 2019