6 December 2021

EMS Digest, Nr 41

Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel and Richard Elwes

Welcome to the 41st edition of the European Mathematical Society Digest (formerly "e-news"), rounding up mathematical news from around Europe.

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HEADLINE: Call for nominations for membership of the EMS Executive Committee

At the meeting of the Council of the European Mathematical Society to be held in Bled in summer 2022 there will be elections to the following positions in the Executive Committee:

  • President;
  • One Vice President;
  • Treasurer;
  • A possible election of Members-at-Large may follow, if the above positions are filled with candidates from the current EC.

Those elected will take office on the 1st of January 2023.

According to statutes, member societies and also representatives of individual members can make suggestions for these positions. Please send your nominations (nomination letter, candidate's CV and statement in PDF format) by December 31, 2021 to the EMS Office (ems-office@helsinki.fi).


Catalan Mathematical Society

Different activities have been organised this year by the Catalan Society of Mathematics. We particulalry mention the "Prova Cangur", an adaptation to Catalan of the Kangaroo Mathematics Game Contest, running since 1995. You can find the details of this activity and two others at this link.

Centro Internacional de Matemática (CIM)

The Workshop CIM & Entreprises was held online on 26 November 2021. It was promoted by CIM in collaboration with PT-MATHS-IN (Portuguese Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation). It had the participation of seven invited Enterprises: Bluepharma, Defined.ai, Feedzai, INDUCTIVA Research Labs, NOVA IMS, Philips Research Europe, SISCOG. More infomation here (link).

Croatian Mathematical Society

Professor Vesna Županović is the new president of the Croatian Mathematical Society, since May 2021. The former president Professor Hrvoje Kraljević is now Vice President.

Cyprus Mathematical Society

  1. The Cyprus Mathematical Society hosted the European STEAME Conference during 29-30 October 2021 in Cyprus. All presentations including the “STEAME School of the future presentation”, which is made by Dr Gregoris Makrides, professor of STEAME Education, are published online at www.steame.eu

  2. Call for abstracts by and for school students is published in the site if the EUROMATH & EUROSCIENCE 2022 Conference, planned in Thessaloniki, Greece, 11-16 March 2022. More information in www.euromath.eu. Professors and teachers are invited to offer workshops.

  3. INNOMATH Training course for teachers is organized by the Cyprus Mathematical Society and the Pedagogical University of Krakow during 1-3 February 2022 in Krakow, Poland. If interested write to courses@eaecnet.com or visit the site www.innomath.eu

  4. STEAME Training course for teachers is organized by the Cyprus Mathematical Society and the Pedagogical University of Krakow during 1-3 February 2022 in Krakow, Poland. If interested write to courses@eaecnet.com or visit the site www.steame.eu

European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB)

ESMTB will continue, 2022, its monthly online seminar on mathematical biology. It will be held the last wednesday of the month 1 to 2pm. More information here (link)

French Mathematical Society (SMF)

In 2022 the SMF will be 150 years old. Celebration days will take place on 16, 17 and 18 March 2022. The programme can be found online at https://smf.emath.fr/150-ans-smf.

The SMF has a YouTube channel (link) where you can find all our conference cycles.

French Statistical Society (SFdS)

We are pleased to announce the official birth of Computo, the new English-language journal of the French Statistical Society, which focuses on computational and algorithmic methodological contributions to the field of statistics and machine learning. Computo differs from other journals in the centrality given to the issues of replicability and open science. Please do not hesitate to contact us at computo@sfds.asso.fr for pre-submission enquiries. Given the innovative nature of the format, the editorial board will be happy to assist you with your first contributions. Submissions are now open!

Institiut Henri Poincaré (IHP)

  • Together with CIRM, CIMPA, and IHES, IHP inaugurates on December 10th, 2021, Carmin.tv, a dedicated platform to disseminate and preserve maths video recordings. Visit https://www.carmin.tv/en/
  • Three three-month thematic programs will take place at IHP in 2022:
  • MATRIX x IMAGINARY – on the future of mathematics engagement. After a successful online gathering in September 2021, the Institut Henri Poincaré, MoMath (New York) and Imaginary (Berlin) join again to organize an in-person conference, from April 4-6, 2022, at IHP in Paris. More information soon online (link).
  • The exhibition on the founder of IHP, Émile Borel is visible at the library until February 25th, 2022. More information here (link).

Italian Mathematical Union (UMI)

  • The new Executive Board and Scientific Committee of UMI for the years 2021-2024 has been elected. See here (link)

  • International Conference: 100 years UMI - 800 years UniPD. The year 2022 marks two great anniversaries for the Italian mathematical community: 100 years of the Unione Matematica Italiana and 800 years of the University of Padova. On this unique occasion, UMI and the Department of Mathematics "Tullio Levi-Civita" of the University of Padova will organize an international conference in Padova, May 23-27, 2022. Registration to the conference is now open. Early bird reduced fees paid before March 14th, 2022. Details on the website (link.)

  • UMI has selected 40 early career researcher for the Kovalevskaya Grants which provide local support for the participation to the ICM. Among them 20 have been selected to receive a grant funded by INDAM (link) to cover the travel costs.

  • First edition of the SISM prize. The Italian Mathematical Society of History (SISM), in collaboration with UMI, has established this prize with the aim of understanding the deep historical, cultural and social value of mathematics, enhance the links between the mathematics and other disciplines, contribute to the dissemination of the history of mathematics among young people. The competition is addressed to Italian High Schools. Deadline: April 30, 2022. More details here (link)

  • UMI opens a call for a selection for a position of Visiting Students in Mathematics for the year 2022 at the following institutions: École Polytechnique (France), Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (Bonn, Germany), Istituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), Korea Institute of Advances Studeis (Seoul, South Korea), King's College (London, UK), Massachussets Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA), Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), Universidade Federal de Ceará (Fortaleza, Brazil), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). The call is addressed to PHD students with a high scientific profile, at an Italian institution, who have obtained a Master's degree from an Italian University. UMI will select a maximum of two students and will assign to them a grant of € 2,500. The application deadline is January, 2022.

Luxembourg Mathematical Society (SML)

On Nevember 13, Anton Thalmaier, Professor at the University of Luxembourg and Member of the Executive Board of the SML, received the "Grand Prix en Mathematiques de l'Institut Grand-ducal/Prix de la Bourse de Luxembourg".

Polish Mathematical Society

In September this year, two Polish mathematicians became Presidents of prestigious statistical societies. On 8th September 2021, Krzysztof Burdzy (University of Washington, USA) became the President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). The next day professor Adam Jakubowski (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland) obtained the "Bernoulli Book" — the symbol of the Presidency of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability (BS). Both presidents of the sister societies grew up in Poland and graduated from university in the 1970s, majoring in mathematics. Later, their career paths were completely different but each one was representative of a large segment of the Polish scientific community in their generation. In 2011 Krzysztof Burdzy became a laureate of „Wacław Sierpiński Medal and Distinguished Lecture", given by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Mathematical Society with cooperation of Warsaw University. Professor Adam Jakubowski for many years is a member of the Toruń Branch of the Polish Mathematical Society. The interview with both professors is available online here (link).

Committee of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Jonatan Gutman of the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences received the 2021 National Science Center Prize for physical sciences and engineering (the Prize is a distinction for young scientists up to 40 years of age for significant scientific achievements made as part of basic research conducted in Poland). The Prize was awarded for a collection of six extensive papers published between 2019 and 2021, addressing a series of problems regarding the borderline between dynamical systems theory, ergodic theory and classical topology.

St. Petersburg Mathematical Society

The recipients of the Young Mathematitian Prize of the St. Petersburg Mathematical Society for 2021 are Andrey Alpeev (for a series of works on the entropy of groupactions) and Nikita Ustinov (for a series of works on semilinear equations with fractional Laplacians).

Royal Spanish Mathematical Society, RSME)

  • Call for applications 2021 José Luis Rubio de Francia (JLRF) prize: The JLRF prize is awarded by the RSME and sponsored by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universidad de Zaragoza. The prize is intended to recognize and encourage young mathematicians (under the age of 32). The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021, 18:00 CET. More information here (link).

  • 2022 RSME Conference, 17-21 February in Ciudad Real. The updated list of plenary speakers, organizing and scientific committees, as well as detailed information about the biennial conference of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española, which will be held 17-21 January 2022 at the Campus in Ciudad Real of the University of Castilla-La Mancha are available at the website of the conference (link). Along with the usual academic activities, several further scientific actions have been announced, as e.g. 5 round-tables on modern themes around Mathematics.

  • Prof. Elena Fernández, University of Cádiz, is (one of) the 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Location Analysis triennial award recipients, for her significant lifetime contributions to location analysis research.

  • Prof. Wenceslao González, Universidad de Santiago (USC), is the 2021 recipient of the National Prize in Statistics awarded by the National Institute of Statistics.

Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SeMA)

  • Luis Vega González has received the Julio Rey Pastor National Award in the area of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies. Luis Vega, full professor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of the Basque Country, Scientific Director of the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, and member of SeMA has received this award granted by the government of Spain. The jury recognizes the excellent of his research work in the field of the harmonic analysis for dispersive differential equations, and their scientific impact in the area of Mathematics. More information here (link).

  • The prizes of the IV Mathematical Modeling Contest of the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute (IMI)-(CMM-IMI 2021) were awarded on November 16 2021, in collaboration with SeMA. This contest aims to stimulate students to carry out mathematical modeling tasks, and students of Degrees and Double Degrees in Mathematics from different universities in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil participate. More information here (link).

European Women in Mathematics (EWM)

The EWM's General Meeting 2022 (EWM GM 2022) will be held August 22-26, 2022, in Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.

  • The European Mathematical Society lecturer will be Claire Voisin (CNRS, Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris, France).
  • The plenary speakers will be: Kathrin Bringmann (Cologne), Maria Bruna (Cambridge), Nina Holden (ETH Zürich and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences), Kaisa Miettinen (Jyväskylä), Ilaria Perugia (Vienna).
  • The Gender speaker will be Jessica Wade (Imperial College London).


  • February 28, 2022 - Submission of Minisymposium Proposals
  • March 31, 2022 – Application for Travel/Accommodation Grants
  • May 31, 2022 - Submission of Abstracts

The conference is supported by Aalto Science Institute, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and Foundation Compositio. More information here (link).

EWM is supportedby G-Research and Smith Institute.


EMS Committee on Developing Countries (CDC)

The EMS-CDC's ERCE label (Emerging Regional Centres of Excellence) is awarded to Institutes in the mathematical sciences in the Global South that are outstanding in their area of influence in research and education, and which attract students from nearby regions and countries. The ERCE label is granted for 4 years with the possibility of renewal. To train mathematicians from the Global South to Masters level, it is no longer necessary to send them to Northern institutions, as there are more and more emerging regional centres of excellence; the focus of this award is to highlight institutions at the forefront of this development.

The next call for ERCE Proposals is open now with a deadline of February 15th, 2022. More information here (link).

EMS Education Committee

  1. The EMS Education Committee has released a document: “Joint Statement by the Education Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the Association Kangourou sans Frontières (AKSF) 2021”. Read the statement here (link).

  2. The EMS Education Committee announces the EMS Mathematics Journalistic Article Competition MJAC-2022 “The Role of Mathematics in STEAME Education” for school students aged 10-19 (STEAME: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship). The deadline for submitting articles is 15 January 2022. More information here (link)

ERCOM (European Research Centres in the Mathematical Sciences)

Survey: We strongly encourage mathematicians to complete this survey (link).

The survey was created by a group of volunteers from ERCOM led by Sylvie Benzoni (director of Institut Henri Poincaré). It targets global communities of researchers in mathematics, especially those using - or intending to use - the services of any of the ERCOM institutes. In the context of sanitary, economic, ecological crisis, the goal of this survey is to learn about the experience of researchers - in particular during the Covid-19 pandemic - and their expectations and needs for the future in terms of international exchange. The outcome will be used by ERCOM members to adapt their services and/or implement new ones. This is why the widest possible participation is most valuable. The survey will be available until the December 31st, 2021.

EMS Meetings Committee

The meetings committee worked in october on the 2022 call for EMS Activities. There were a lot of good applications, which were evaluated and passed on to the Executive Committee.

EMS Summer Schools on the following topics will take place: International School on Tropical Geometry; Elliptic Curves; Combinatorial Commutative Algebra; Spectral Theory; Control and Inverse Problems; Unimod 2022 – Applications of Model Theory; Summer School on Mathematical Biology; Domain Decomposition for Optimal Control Problems; Mathematical Advances in Geophysical Flows.

The following Special Activities will also receive EMS support: Young group theorists workshop; Women in Mathematics in South-Eastern Europe; BMS-BGS Math Junior Meeting 2022; Robustness and Resilience in Stochastic Optimization and Statistical Learning (Mathematical Foundations); Energy-Based Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Complex Constrained Multiphysical Systems

Some EMS Distinguished Speakers have also been invited to speak at conferences during 2022.


The next issue (Nr 122) will be online soon (link) will contain the following articles:

  • From Hilbert's 13th Problem to essential dimension and back, Z. Reichstein
  • Abel interview 2021: László Lovász and Avi Wigderson, B. Dundas, C. Skau
  • Mudumbai Seshachalu Narasimhan (1932–2021), O. Garcia-Prada
  • Teaching school mathematics prospective teachers, Hung-Hsi Wu
  • RICAM, the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, P. Grohs et al.
  • The Bosnian Mathematical Society and the mathematical life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, M. Avdispahić
  • The "Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik" as a part of zbMATH Open, O. Teschke


New books:

  • Dynamic Optimization for Beginners, With Prerequisites and Applications, by Piermarco Cannarsa (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy) and Filippo Gazzola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy). EMS Textbooks in Mathematics, 360 pages, hardcover, published October 2021. More information here (link).

  • Homogenized Models of Suspension Dynamics, by Evgen Ya. Khruslov (B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences, Kharkiv, Ukraine).EMS Tracts in Mathematics Vol. 34, 288 pages, hardcover, November 2021.More information here (link).


International Day of Mathematics 2022 (IDM)

  • The 2022 IDM event map is now online (link). Anyone planning an IDM celebration in 2022 is invited to make a pre-announcement on the IDM website; details on the planned event can be added later.

  • The IDM Governing Board hopes to increase significantly the number of schools celebrating the IDM, either in the classroom, or through a larger event. One way to interpret the 2022 IDM theme ''Mathematics Unites'' is the fact the whole planet shares the same mathematical language. To illustrate this through a school activity, some proofs without words have been added to the material proposed for classroom activities. The IDM Governing Board needs your help for reaching the schools and school networks of your country: invite them to celebrate and to joint the IDM community be registering to the IDM newsletter.

  • The IDM Governing Board is looking for IDM Ambassadors in all countries of the world to help increase celebrating the IDM. If you are interested to become an IDM Ambassador, please contact: info@idm314.org.

  • If you have not yet done so, register to the IDM Newsletter on the IDM website to learn of all announcements.

Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)

Calling Outstanding Young Researchers - Apply now for the 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 18–23, 2022! Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world are encouraged to apply for one of the 200 coveted spots. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science: the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. More information here (link).

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