9 March 2022

EMS Digest, Nr 42

Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel and Richard Elwes

Welcome to the 42nd edition of the European Mathematical Society Digest (formerly "e-news"), rounding up mathematical news from around Europe.

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Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EMS Executive Committee issued a statement expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and our colleagues there. The committee also called for academic cooperation with state institutions and business enterprises in Russia to be frozen. The full statement can be read here (link).

ICM2022 to go ahead as an online event

The International Mathematical Union has announced that the International Congress of Mathematicians July 2022 will be held fully (and freely) online, instead of in Russia. A full statement from the IMU can be read at this link.

The EMS is an affiliate member of the IMU, and the EMS Executive Committee welcomes this decision. Prior to this decision, the Executive Committee had put out a statement on this matter which can be read here (link).

EMS 30th Anniversary Celebration

The European Mathematical Society 30th Anniversary Meeting will be held at a special event on 31st March at ICMS in Edinburgh. More information and registration details here (link).

Abel Prize

The next Abel Prize Laureate(s) will be announced Wednesday March 23, at 12:00 CET (UTC/GMT+1). The announcement can be viewed on the Abel Prize YouTube channel (link).

Programme: The Abel Prize will be announced by the President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Lise Øvreås. The Chair of the Abel Prize Committee, Hans Munthe-Kaas, will present the citation. A popular presentation of the work of the Laureate(s) will be delivered by the science writer Alex Bellos. The orogramme will close with a short interview with the Laureate(s). More information here (link).

EMS Magazine

The latest EMS magazine (no. 123) is available to read online now (link). More details below.


Cyprus Mathematical Society

  • NEW DATE: The EUROMATH & EUROSCIENCE 2022. Conference for school students and teachers, planned in Thessaloniki, Greece is now moved to 27 June – 1 July 2022. More information on www.euromath.eu. Students can submit their abstracts for presentations. Professors and teachers are welcomed to offer workshops for the school students.

  • EMS Education Committee Summer School for School Students. Dates 25-30 July 2022 in Agros, Cyprus. Host organizations: THALES Foundation and Cyprus Mathematical Society, special announcement will be published in www.thalescyprus.com. Write email to greg [at] thalescyprus [dot] com.

  • European STEAME (“Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship") Education Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, on 27 June – 1 July, 2022. More information at www.steame.eu.

  • STEAME Training course for teachers is organized by the Cyprus Mathematical Society and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Session 1: 27-30 June 2022, Thessaloniki , Greece / Session 2: 26-29 July 2022, Agros, Cyprus. If interested write to courses@eaecnet.com or visit the site www.steame.eu. Eligible for ERASMUS+ mobility funding.

Danish Mathematical Society

29th Nordic Congress - call for session proposals. Celebrating 150 years of the Danish Mathematical Society, the 29th Nordic Congress of Mathematicians with the EMS will take place in Aalborg in the North of Jutland (Denmark) 3-7 July 2023. We now invite proposals for sessions. More information here (link).

Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), France

The main events organized at IHES during the first half of 2022 are as follows. Conferences and lecture series:

  • Workshop on quantum geometry: 25 - 29 April, 2022
  • Conference : 100 years of the Ising model - 30 May - 3 June, 2022
  • Hadamard Lectures by Carinna Ulcigrai - 1, 2, 3 June, 2022 at the Institut de mathématiques d'Orsay; 7, 8, 9 June, 2022 at IHES
  • Summer school on the Langlands program - 11-29 July, 2022

Public events:

  • Scientific breakfast with a conference by Sylvia Serfaty, at the Simons Foundation (New York) or online. More information to be published on the Institute's website (link).

Most events that take place at IHES are recorded and the videos are published on the Institute's YouTube channel (link).

Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP), France

The Institut Henri Poincaré is the home of mathematics and theoretical physics since 1928, promoting and hosting worldwide scientific interdisciplinarity and interactions at the heart of Paris. Webpage here (link).

  • Any plan for 2023, 2024 or even 2025? Please consider submitting a proposal by May 15th, 2022. Link here.

  • From September 5th to December 9th, 2022, the institute will host a three-month program entitled "Geometry and Statistics in Data Sciences". Registration is free but mandatory (link here). Please note that the deadline for financial support requests is March 15th, 2022.

  • [DATE CHANGE] 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 organise an in-person conference, from August 31th to September 2nd, 2022, at IHP in Paris. More information soon on www.matrix.imaginary.org/.

  • Since January 1st, 2022, the Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincaré C - Analyse non linéaire and the Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincaré D - have been published by EMS Press in the Subscribe To Open model. Thanks to libraries that have subscribed, including those subsidized by the association Publications de l'Institut Henri Poincaré in developing countries, the 2022 edition of both journals is open access for all readers.

Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics (MFO), Germany

Call for networking activities. MFO calls for proposals for Workshops with a distinguished networking character. This is a new category of Workshops whose aim is to enhance gender diversity, and to strengthen the impact of minorities in mathematics. Proposals are invited for such activities in the MFO Workshop program (which also includes half-workshops) and in the Mini-Workshop program. The proposals for such networking Workshops or networking Mini-Workshops should describe a specific research subject, while also providing a detailed concept for the proposed networking and possible mentoring activities. In particular, it should be specified in which way preference would be given to the selection of speakers and/or participants in terms of gender and diversity and a preliminary list of proposed participants should be indicated. The deadlines and submitting procedures are the same as for the traditional Workshops and Mini-Workshops. The Scientific Committee will decide on this new category based on scientific quality and the networking concept at the same time as, but separately from, the traditional formats. More information here (link).

János Bolyai Mathematical Society, Hungary

The János Bolyai Mathematical Society has received a prestigeous award from the Hungarian Association of Enterpreneurs. Every year the ceremony of handing over the Prima Primissima Awards in ten categories (from science to literature, from sports to folk art, etc.) is a televised event in Hungary. In 2021 the Bolyai Society received this award for its educational activities, that include organizing math contests (since 1894!), providing extracurricular activities for students interested in mathematics, publishing the math journal for high school students (Középiskolai Matematikai Lapok), and organizing a series of annual meetings for teachers at all levels. Laudation here (link).

Israel Mathematical Union

The Wolf Foundation announced on February 8 in Jerusalem that Professor George Lusztig from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the winner of the 2022 Wolf Prize in Mathematics for his groundbreaking contributions to representation theory and related areas. Laudation here (link).

Italian Mathematical Union (UMI)

  • 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 23rd- 27th, 2022. Registration to the conference is open and early bird reduced fees paid before March 14th, 2022. More information here (link).

  • During the International Conference 100 years UMI - 800 years UniPD (above) will take place the first UMI meeting of PhD students 2022. P.h.D. students from an Italian institution, graduating with a Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics in the years 2019-2022. More information here (link).

  • The Italian National Mathematical Olympiad are at the second phase of the competition with the district competitions that took place on February 16, 2022 and February 24, 2022 in about 100 locations throughout Italy. Based on their results, 300 students are selected to participate to the National Final Competition that will be in May 2022 in Cesenatico (link) which has a well established tradition of hosting the National Italian Mathematical Olympiad.

Committee of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

The Banach Center has announced the annual call for conference applications, with the deadline the 3rd of May 2022. More information here (link).

Mathematical Society of Serbia

On January 22-23, 2022 the Mathematical Society of Serbia organized an annual Seminar on teaching mathematics and informatics. The Seminar was held online, with three plenary talks and 44 lectures. Over 500 teachers of mathematics and informatics in primary and secondary schools attended. The focus was on important topics such as: analysis of existing final exam in mathematics at the end of primary education in Serbia, the preparation of the final exam (“Velika matura”) at the end of secondary education, innovations in teaching including the adequate use of ICT (of crucial importance during the Covid 19 pandemic), advanced topics in teaching informatics, forthocming state competitions in mathematics and informatics, etc.. The post-evaluation of the Seminar based showed high scores on the relevance of the topics, quality of lectures and discussion, as well as the applicability of the presented ideas and methodologies in practice. In addition, the Seminar was accredited by the State Institute for the Improvement of Education (founded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Devolopment), and all participants of the Seminar gained an official certificate on 16 accredited hours.

Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

  • Professor Eva A. Gallardo Gutiérrez (Complutense University of Madrid) has been elected as president of the RSME. More information here (link).

  • The RSME has elected Alicia Dickenstein (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Pavel Exner (Czech Academy of Sciences), Nalini Joshi (University of Sydney) y László Lovász (Eötvös Loránd University) to Honorary Membership of the RSME in 2022. More information here (link).

ICMAT (Institute of Mathematical Science), Spain

  1. David Pérez García, the Royal Academy of Sciences Ramón y Cajal Medal winner. The Royal Spanish Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences has awarded the Ramón y Cajal Medal to David Pérez García, ICMAT researcher and professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. This award has been conferred since 2017 on researchers younger than 50 for their scientific achievements, and this is the first time a mathematician has been distinguished with the medal. Pérez García's research is focused on the applications of mathematics to quantum information theory.

  2. Antonio Córdoba receives the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society medal. Every year, the RSME (see previous item) awards its medals to "people outstanding for their relevant, exceptional and continual contribution to any area of mathematical endeavour". Among the three distinguished with an award this year is Antonio Córdoba, ex-director (2016 - 2019) and now an associate member of ICMAT, as well as professor emeritus of mathematical analysis at the UAM. Together with him, Tomás Recio, professor at the University of Cantabria, and Olga Gil Medrano, professor at the University of Valencia, were also awarded a medal. Córdoba has conducted his research in different areas, ranging from number theory to the study of harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and mathematical physics.

More information here (link).

Spanish Society for Applied Mathematics (SeMA)

  • CEDYA2022. The XXVII Congress of Differential Equations and Applications /XVII Congress of Applied Mathematics (CEDYA/CMA) is the biennial congress of SeMA. In 2022, it will be celebrated at the Faculty of Sciences of Zaragoza (Spain), from July 18 to 22, 2022. More information here (link).

  • XXV SeMA Antonio Valle Award for Young Researchers. The call for 2022 candidates is now open. This award was established to give recognition to young researchers under 33 years of age who, having developed their work in a Spanish institution, have demonstrated an independent, creative and highly valued activity in the field of Applied Mathematics during the postdoctoral stage. Application submission deadline: March 31, 2022. More information here (link).

  • HYP2022. The XVIII International Conference on Hyperbolic Problems: Theory, Numerics and Applications (HYP2022) is an in person conference to be held in Málaga- Spain in June 20-24, 2022. The objective of this Conferences is to bring together scientists with interests in the theoretical, applied, and computational aspects of hyperbolic partial differential equations and of related mathematical models. More information here (link).

Institut Mittag-Leffler

The application deadline for summer conferences at Institut Mittag-Leffler has changed. The deadline for summer conferences 2023 is March 31, 2022. More information here (link).

European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology(ESMTB)

ECMTB (European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology) 2022 will take place September 19-23, 2022 in Heidelberg, Germany. It is a joint event organized by the ESMTB and the SMB (Society for Mathematical Biology). More information here (link).

Facebook link @ecmtb2022

Twitter link @ecmtb2022

European Women in Mathematics

The European Women in Mathematics General Meeting 2022 (EWM GM 2022) will be held August 22 - 26, 2022, in Aalto University, Espoo, Finland. Upcoming deadlines are:

March 31, 2022 – Application for Travel/Accommodation Grants

April 15, 2022 – Submission of Poster proposals

More information here (link).


Committee for Applications and Interdisciplinary Relations (CAIR)

The committee has undergone a significant overhaul. In November 2021, nine new members (50% of CAIR) accepted the invitation by the EMS Executive Committee to join CAIR. We would like to welcome Patrick Farrrell (University of Oxford), Thierry Horsin (CNAM, France), Veronique Maume-Deschamps (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1), Lorenzo Pareschi (University of Ferrara), Jesus Maria Sanz-Serna (University Carlos III de Madrid), Robert Scheichl (Heidelberg University), Otmar Scherzer (University of Vienna), Karen Veroy-Grepl (Eindhoven University of Technology), and Marie-Therese Wolfram (University of Warwick).

CAIR continues to foster interdisciplinary activities, promote the role of mathematics in applications, initiate and support outreach events in collaboration with the RPA committee, as well as nominate candidates for the EMS, SIAM and ICIAM prizes. In addition to these standard activities, CAIR has undertaken several initiatives. A recent focus has been on increasing efforts to strengthen collaborations with EU-MATHS-IN and ECMI. To foster this activity, EU-MATHS-IN president Zoltán Horváth and ECMI President Nataša Krejic have been elected as voting members of CAIR.

The main item on CAIR’s current agenda, however, is to increase the number of applications and funded projects within the ERC programme in the areas of Mathematics in Applications. The committee discussed activities to promote the ERC programme, to provide videos and interviews with successful current and past ERC Grant holders. In addition, the EMS Executive Committee welcomed and approved the CAIR initiative to facilitate a long-overdue modernisation of the Mathematics Subject Descriptors, to align them more with the current mathematical research in Europe and internationally. This activity is ongoing.

Education Committee

Summer School for School Students. Dates: 25-30 July 2022. Location: Agros, Cyprus. Host Organizations: THALES Foundation and Cyprus Mathematical Society. A special announcement will be circulated soon and published via www.thalescyprus.com. For further information write to the vice-chair of the EMS Education Committee at greg [at] thalescyprus.com. See also the news above from Cyprus Mathematical Society.

EMS Magazine

The latest version of the EMS Magzine is available to read now (link)!.

Highlights include:

Plus lots more (link)!

EMS Press

New book: An introduction to singular stochastic PDEs: Allen–Cahn equations, metastability and regularity structures, by Nils Berglund (Université d'Orléans, France). EMS Series of Lectures in Mathematics, xii+220 pages, softcover, March 2022.


International Day of Mathematics (IDM) 2022

  • The international day of mathematics (IDM) is nearly here: 14th March 2022. The 2022 IDM event map is 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 afterwards).

  • Launch of the UNESCO tool kit ‘’Mathematics for Action: Supporting Science-Based Decision Making’’. The Open Access tool kit consists in a collection of lively two-page briefs promoting mathematically-grounded solutions to global challenges and highlighting the role of mathematics in addressing the SDGs of the UN 2030 Agenda. It was produced by the following consortium of experts organizations: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) 
African Mathematical Union (AMU) 
Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) 
UNESCO Cat II centre CIMPA (Centre international de mathématiques pures et 
European Mathematical Society (EMS) 
Institut des Sciences mathématiques et de leurs interactions (INSMI) at CNRS 
Institut de valorisation des données (IVADO), Canada 
International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) 
International Mathematical Union (IMU) 
International Science Council (ISC). The tool kit will be launched virtually on March 14 2022, 11:00-12:00 Paris time. Details to be posted.

  • The MATHEMATICS UNITES Photo Challenge is now on line in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish, link here.

  • On March 14, 2022, there will be virtual global one-hour celebrations in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Each celebration will feature four ten minute talks. Provisional times are:

    • Arabic: 12:00-13:00 Paris time (Chair: Djamel Eddine Cheriet, Speakers: Tarig Abdelgadir, Jehad Abu Alkbash, Samia Achour, Taous Meriem Laleg-Kirati)

    • Portuguese: 13:00-14:00 Paris time (Chair: Maria de Natividade, Speakers: Humberto Bortolossi, Marcos Cherinda, Inês Guimarães, Samuel Freitas or substitute)

    • English: 15:00-16:00 Paris time (Chair: Sujatha Ramdorai, Speakers: Wilfred Ndifon, Katie Steckles, Steven Strogatz, Laura Wynter)

    • French: 16:30-17:30 Paris time (Chair: Raïssa Malu, Speakers: Moreno Andreatta, Christian Genest, Marie-Françoise Ouedraogo, Wendelin Werner)

    • Spanish: 18:00-19:00 Paris time (Chair: Jeanette Shakalli, Speakers: Alicia Dickenstein, Natalia Jonard, Bernardo Recamán, Eduardo Saenz de Cabezón)

The IDM Governing Board hopes to increase significantly the number of schools celebrating the IDM, either in the classroom, or through a larger event, and material for classroom activities is available (link).

  • 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 [at] idm314 [dot] org. IDM Ambassadors will be acknowledged on the IDM website.

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

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

  • 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2022. This September 18-23, some of the brightest minds in mathematics and computer science come together for unrestrained, interdisciplinary exchange at the 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). 200 young researchers connect with scientific pioneers through laureate lectures and discussions, plus various interactive program elements. All efforts will be made so that 9th HLF takes place in its traditional format onsite, in Heidelberg. More information (link).
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