Recent News

IDM Global Launch

The first International Day of Mathematics (IDM) has been celebrated all over the world despite the cancellations due to the corona virus. You are all welcome to the global launch of the International Day of Mathematics! where you will find live updates of celebrations taking place all over the world.

Thu, 19 Mar 2020
2020 Abel Prize to Furstenberg and Margulis

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2020 to Hillel Furstenberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel​ and Gregory Margulis, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, “for pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics”.

Due to the corona pandemic there will not be a physical Laureate ceremony on May 19 this year. The honoring of the Abel Prize Laureates will be announced later.

Wed, 18 Mar 2020
PI Day 2020 at PI, featuring mathematicians around the world

Most events for March 14 = PI Day = The International Day of Mathematics had to be cancelled due to the corona crisis. At the Wolfgang Pauli Institute in Vienna, an online event in form of a 24 minutes video happened, where WPI director Norbert J. Mauser introduces the "thumb times PI" Day and where 7 mathematicians in quarantaine in 7 different cities present short messages for "PI day in the year of corona":

  • Alfio Quarteroni, from Lodi,
  • Doron Levy, from Washington D.C.,
  • Peter A. Markowich, from Jeddah/Vienna,
  • Shi Jin, from Shanghai,
  • Zhennan Zhou, from Beijing,
  • Edriss Titi, from Cambridge,
  • Claude Bardos, from Paris.
Wed, 18 Mar 2020
Wolf Prize 2020 awarded to Donaldson and Eliashberg

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson, Imperial College London and Simons Center, Stony Brook, and Yakov Eliashberg, Stanford University, “for their contributions to differential geometry and topology.”

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory. Yakov Eliashberg is one of the founders of symplectic and contact topology, a discipline originated as mathematical language for qualitative problems of classical mechanics, and having deep connections with modern physics.

Fri, 13 Mar 2020
EMS e-news 34, March 2020



Dear members of the EMS,
As mentioned in my last editorial, the world is changing very fast, in particular where open access publishing and new media is concerned. The great news is that Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH), the world’s most comprehensive and longest-running abstracting and reviewing service in pure and applied mathematics is becoming open access by the beginning of 2021. zbMath is edited by the EMS, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and FIZ Karlsruhe. See the item under Miscellanea below.

The second item is that EMS has initiated a short movie about the impact of mathematics in the digital age, the era of mathematics, which we hope will help to get more support for mathematics education and research funding in mathematics.  Go ahead, watch and distribute! .
Also, it is good that public recognition for mathematics has been strengthened by naming March 14 the International Day of Mathematics by the executive council of UNESCO. Its first celebration is this month (see below). Let’s also celebrate the 30th anniversary of EMS in 2020, and let our visions for the future become reality.

Volker Mehrmann
EMS President



Fri, 13 Mar 2020
Preliminary report of the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?

The preliminary report of the interdisciplinary and international project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?", associating the International Mathematical Union to ten other scientific unions or international organizations is now available.

Recommendations for instructors and parents, for organizations and for international unions are included.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020
The Era of Mathematics

We live in the Era of Mathematics. The EMS has made a short video on the profound impact maths has on life and business in the 21st century. Please watch & share.

Fri, 21 Feb 2020
Applications for Ibni Prize 2020

The French Society of Statistics (SFdS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SMAI) and the Mathematical Society of France (SMF) initiated in 2009 an award in the memory of Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh, professor and former rector of the University of N'Djamena (Chad).

The Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" is awarded every two years. The candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences obtained after January 1, 2015. They must reside in West Africa or Central Africa at the time of application. Documents sould be sent to Marie-Francoise Roy and Aline Bonami before March 30, 2020. The results of the Ibni Prize will be announced on or before June 30, 2020.

Fri, 7 Feb 2020
IMU Abacus Medal

The IMU has decided to accept the joint bid from the University of Helsinki and the Simons Foundation for the funding of the IMU Abacus Medal, that will be awarded once every 4 years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, for outstanding contributions in Mathematical Aspects of Information Sciences. The IMU Abacus Medal is a continuation of the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize that was awarded from 1982 to 2018.

Wed, 5 Feb 2020
Call for Proposals of two Thematic Programs 2021

Leonhard Euler International Mathematical Institute (EIMI) in Saint Petersburg opens a call for programs 2021. We expect to host two such programs during the calendar year 2021. Proposals should be sent to by May 15, 2020. Decisions will be made before the end of May 2020.

Wed, 29 Jan 2020