Recent News

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
Open call for Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics

The National Academy of Sciences has established a newly named Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics (formerly the NAS Award in Mathematics, which was established in 1988 by the American Mathematical Society in honor of its centennial). The prize will be awarded biennially for exceptional contributions to the mathematical sciences by a mid-career mathematician. Nominations for the inaugural Mirzakhani Prize are due by October 7, 2019.

Sun, 21 Jul 2019
The EMS Publishing House is moving to Berlin

The EMS Publishing House is now moving to Berlin. Its headquarters will be located in the TU Berlin mathematics building and will be headed by André Gaul (CEO) and Vera Spillner (Editorial Director). The new EMS Publishing House leadership team comes with broad and innovative publishing experience and will focus on community and Open Access publishing.

Tue, 16 Jul 2019
ICM2020 website

The website of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2022, July 6-14, in Saint Petersburg, is now operational.

Thu, 4 Jul 2019
EMS e-News 31, June 2019


Dear EMS members,

The last months have been full of activities. Here I would like to mention a few.
A highlight was the award of the Abel Prize to Karen Uhlenbeck, the first female recipient, on May 21. This was followed by a day of talks related to her work. These can be viewed here:
The restructuring of the EMS publishing house is underway. The new organization, in the form of a limited company owned by the EMS, was established at the end of March. The hiring process for the new management is in progress. The new publishing house will immediately face a major challenge, with the increasing importance of open access publishing, in particular Plan S of the European Commission. The EMS has reacted to this plan, pointing the possible consequences for small publishers and the mathematics community. See
Another major concern is research funding for mathematics in Europe, which is constantly decreasing even within the ERC. See item “FUNDING FOR MATHEMATICAL RESEARCH” below, appealing to EMS members to become more active on all levels.

Volker Mehrmann
EMS President



Wed, 12 Jun 2019