Recent News

Call for Proposals for Special Sessions at the Joint EMS-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
Shaw Prize 2019 awarded to Michel Talagrand

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences 2019 has been awarded to Michel Talagrand, Sorbonne University, France, for his work on concentration inequalities, on suprema of stochastic processes and on rigorous results for spin glasses.

Tue, 21 May 2019
EMS Statement on the Arrest of Prof Tuna Altinel

Last week the mathematician Tuna Altinel, member of the European Mathematical Society and professor at the Université Lyon 1 in France, was arrested in Turkey after he had his passport extracted by the police. Tuna Altinel was one of the signatories of the peace petition supported by more than 2000 scientists and intellectuals against military actions towards civilians.

The European Mathematical Society condemns this violation of Prof Altinel’s human rights and demands that he is immediately released and allowed to return to France to resume his teaching and research.

Tue, 14 May 2019
Diderot Mathematical Forum

A Diderot Mathematical Forum on "Mathematics & Architecture" will be held on 8th June in 3 cities simultaneously: Helsinki, Porto, & Prague.

Tue, 7 May 2019
Reports on Impact of MathematicsFri, 19 Apr 2019