About EMS

The European Mathematical Society is the learned society for mathematicians throughout Europe. It promotes the development of all aspects of mathematics in Europe, in particular mathematical research, relations of mathematics to society, relations to European institutions, and mathematical education. The EMS has as its members around 60 national mathematical societies in Europe, 50 mathematical research centres and departments, and 3000 individuals.


The purpose of the Society is to further the development of all aspects of mathematics in the countries of Europe. In particular, the Society aims to promote research in mathematics and its applications. It will assist and advise on problems of mathematical education. It concerns itself with the broader relation of mathematics to society. In short, it seeks to establish a sense of identity amongst European mathematicians. Created by and for the European mathematical community, the EMS is an effective intermediary between mathematicians and those in charge of politics and funds in Brussels.


Today, the members of EMS consist of corporate members (about 60 mathematical societies in Europe, about 50 institutional members, three associate members, four reciprocity members) and about 3000 individual members who have joined the EMS directly or through their national societies.

Membership in other societies

The EMS is an affiliate member of the International Mathematical Union and an associate member of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.


The European Mathematical Society (EMS) was founded in 1990 in Madralin near Warsaw (Poland). Discussions to constitute such a society started in Helsinki in 1978 on the occasion of the International Mathematical Congress. The discussions were conducted within the European Mathematical Council, an initiative of Sir Michael Atiyah.

The history of the EMS 1990-1998
The gallery of past EMS Presidents
Berlingen Declaration
EMS-30 booklet