EMS Large Events

To promote mathematics across the board, across geographic boundaries, and across discipline boundaries, the EMS calls for large, inclusive and cross-institutional events that complement or extend existing infrastructure for such meetings.

Supported events can range from special semesters, to interdisciplinary study groups and large showcase events and should

(i) target topical mathematical subjects involving new theories or emerging problems, the interaction of more than one mathematical area, or the discussion between mathematics and other disciplines,

(ii) spread, in a suitable sense, over the whole of Europe, that is the supported events should not be localized,

(iii) focus on the involvement of the young generation of mathematicians to help developing mathematics of tomorrow,

(iv) complement existing infrastructure for mathematical meetings and, in particular, are not meant to provide funding for programmes and workshops organized in well‑established institutions such as the Isaac Newton Institute, MFO, CIRM and the like.

Proposals are required to utilize a significant amount of funding supporting regions and communities that do not have the infrastructure or the finances to organise any such large-scale event. Applicants from low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will collaborate with the EMS to publicize their events and share their outcomes with the EMS.

This call has four deadlines per year, which are 1st February, 1st May, 1st September, 1st December. Proposals can apply for up to EUR 25K of funding, with one such proposal being funded per quarter.

Applicants should apply at least one year before the start of their programmes.

Examples for desired proposals:

  • Special semesters on an emerging mathematical topic such as the mathematical aspects of quantum information and quantum computation, mathematical foundations of data science, or partial differential equations in high dimensions. Special semesters could include several types of events, e.g. tutorial weeks / graduate schools, themed work­shops, interdisciplinary and public engagement events, etc. Such events should be spread geographically. They can include events at established institutions such as CIRM but use the EMS funding to complement those.
  • Interdisciplinary engagement programmes on new mathematical problems that reside at the interface between mathematics and another / or other discipline(s), and that require a substantial networking, and extensive dialogue and engagement, to establish a mathematical research programme that poses interesting mathematical challenges and at the same time targets the most relevant questions in the other discipline(s).
  • Showcase events for summarizing exciting new developments in a growing mathematical area, or mathematical problems related to applications, to advertise exciting mathematical developments within Europe.

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