31 May 2022

EMS Digest, Nr 43

Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel and Richard Elwes

Welcome to the 43rd edition of the European Mathematical Society Digest (formerly "e-news"), rounding up mathematical news from around Europe.

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Dennis Parnell Sullivan (Stony Brook University, USA, and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, USA) was awarded the 2022 Abel Prize “for his groundbreaking contributions to topology in its broadest sense, and in particular its algebraic, geometric and dynamical aspects”. The prize is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The Abel Prize was presented to Dennis Parnell Sullivan at a ceremony in Oslo, May 24 2022. A video of the ceremony can be watched at abelprize.no/ or on the Abel Prize's Youtube channel (link).

ICM 2022: vICM Satellite Events

Since the ICM was moved online, a number of initiatives were set up to try to replicate some aspects of a "real" ICM. These include several "overlay events" where ICM speakers present their lecture in front of a live audience. You are all invited to register for the event closest to your interests, which include Applied Mathematics (London), Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry (Zurich), Geometry and Topology (Copenhagen), Probability and Mathematical Physics (Helsinki), Dynamics (Jerusalem), and Representation Theory (Singapore). A full list of events and links to their homepages is available at www.hairer.org/ICMSCG/.

Memoirs of the European Mathematical Society

The EMS has recently launched a new publication, the Memoirs of the European Mathematical Society (link). The Memoirs publish outstanding research contributions in individual volumes, in all areas of mathematics and with a particular focus on works that are longer and more comprehensive than usual research articles. For information about the first volume, see the EMS Press item below.


Cyprus Mathematical Society

  1. The EUROMATH & EUROSCIENCE 2022 Conference for school students and teachers, will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece during 27 June – 1 July 2022. See www.euromath.org for more information (link).

  2. EMS Education Committee Summer School for School Students, 25-30 July 2022 in Agros, Cyprus. (See the report of the EMS Education Committee below.)

  3. European STEAME Education Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, on 27 June – 1 July, 2022. More information on steame.eu (link)

  4. STEAME Training course for school 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 [AT] eaecnet [DOT] com or visit www.steame.eu (link). Eligible for ERASMUS+ mobility funding.

  5. New projects

Czech Mathematical Society

  • We are deeply saddened to announce that Jaroslav Kurzweil, one of the eminent Czech mathematicians of the 20th century, passed away on 17th March, 2022, aged 95. He significantly contributed to the qualitative theory of differential equations, developed the theory of generalized ordinary differential equations and of generalized integration.

  • The Czech Mathematical Society Prize 2022 has been awarded to Jana Hantáková and Samuel Roth (Silesian University) for their work in dynamical systems, to Michal Hrbek (Czech Academy of Sciences) for his work in algebra, to Stanislav Nagy (Charles University) for his work in mathematical statistics and to Lenka Slavíková (Charles University) for her work in harmonic analysis. The prize is awarded by the Czech Mathematical Society once in four years to young researchers under 35 years.

  • The Czech Mathematical Society has awarded Honorary Medals to Radim Blaheta (Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences) for his lifelong contribution to applied mathematics and to Josef Polák (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen) for his lifelong contribution to the development of mathematics and its education.

  • The quadrennial Conference of Czech Mathematicians was held April 4-6, hosted by VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava. The scientific programme consisted of 7 plenary talks and 4 talks delivered by young mathematicians, laureates of Czech Mathematical Society Prize.

  • A new Board of the Czech Mathematical Society was elected for the period 2022-2026 with the President Luboš Pick from Charles University.

Société Mathématique de France (SMF)

  1. The SMF, supported by UNESCO, has launched a campaign for free membership to all its journals for institutions developing an advanced mathematics programme. Eighteen institutions from twelve African countries have responded to this offer and will benefit from free subscriptions for three years.

  2. The 9th of june, Timothy Gowers, 1998 Fields Medalist, professor at the Collège de France, will give a lecture in French for the general public at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne as part of the SMF's "Un Texte, Un Mathématicien" series, entitled: "Comment découvrir une démonstration pourtant longue et complexe : les leçons de Polya". You can register here (link)

  3. The AMS-SMF-EMS Joint International Meeting will take place at the Université de Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France, from the 18th to the 22nd of july 2022. More information here (link)

  4. Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, former President of the European Mathematical Society, and of the European Research Council, and former Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France, was awarded "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star" for his contribution to the promotion of academic exchanges and the strengthening of bilateral and Japan-Europe relations.

Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach ,Germany (MFO)

Oberwolfach Prize and John Todd Award for Junior Mathematicians: Call for Proposals. The Oberwolfach Foundation in cooperation with MFO awards two prizes for junior mathematicians and requests senior scientists to make proposals before 1 September 2022. The Oberwolfach Prize is awarded approximately every three years in changing fields of mathematics. In 2022 it is awarded for achievements in Algebra and Number Theory. The prize is endowed with €10,000. The John Todd Award is given approximately every three years for achievements in Numerical Analysis and is endowed with €1000. Candidates for both the Oberwolfach Prize and the John Todd Award should be mathematicians with a PhD or doctorate received not more than 10 years ago. Proposals should contain a description of the nominee's scientific achievements, curriculum vitae and publication list. The Scientific Committee of the Gesellschaft für mathematische Forschung e.V. is involved in selecting the winners from the nominations. Proposals should be sent before 1 September 2022 to: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken, Director, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, Schwarzwaldstraße 9-11,77709 Oberwolfach, Email: director [at] mfo [dot] de.

Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (Hungary)

Alfréd Rényi was born on the 20th March 1921. To celebrate this occasion, the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are organising a high-profile conference, representing modern probability, graph theory and networks, information theory, dynamical systems, number theory and other fields in Rényi's spirit (i.e. not respecting strictly the borders between these and possibly incorporating other areas of pure and applied mathematics). Date: 20-23 June 2022 (postponed from 2021 due to the pandemic). More information here (link).

Italian Mathematical Union (UMI)

  • UMI Scientific Meetings: to celebrate the 100th Anniversory of the Italian Mathematical Union that occurred on March 31, 2022, UMI has organized a series of Scientific Meetings to be held in different places in Italy covering different mathematical topics. The first one was held in Bologna on March 31st, 2022, the next one will be in Naples on June 23rd, 2022. More information here (link).

  • To celebrate the May 12th, the International Day of Women in Mathematics, the Italian Mathematical Union in collaboration with the National Research Council of Italy and the UMI commissions for equal opportunities and for communication, has created a special issue of the Cnr Edizioni series Comics & Science with a comic story about Maryam Mirzakhani. Click here to read it (link)!

  • The XXXVI Congress UMI-CIIM will take place on October 6-8, 2022 in L'Aquila Italy. The CIIM ( Italian Commission for Teaching Mathematics) is a permanent commission of UMI. During the Congress there will be 6 plenary talks and 4 Round Tables on different aspects of Mathematics Teaching, and many laboratories on mathematics.

Lithuanian Mathematical Society

The 2022 Lithuanian Mathematical Society Young mathematicians' prize has been awarded to Vidas Regelskiss (Vilnius University, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy) for the cycle of works " Theory of orthogonal and symplectic quantum groups and their representations ". The biennial Young mathematicians' prize is awarded to Lithuanian young scientists, not older than 40 years, for significant individual mathematical research. More information here (link).

Polish Mathematical Society (PTM)

  • Damian Osajda (Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences & University of Wrocław) is the winner of The Stefan Banach Main Prize 2021 for a cycle of works on geometric group theory.

  • Irena Lasiecka (University of Memphis, USA) is a recipient of The Hugo Steinhaus Main Prize 2021 for contributions to the development of mathematical foundations of control theory for models with distributed parameters and their applications in continuum mechanics and technology.

  • The PTM Prize for Young Mathematicians 2021 was awarded to Klaudiusz Czudek (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) for research achievements on random iterations of systems of functions and to Jakub Skrzeczkowski (Warsaw Doctoral School of Mathematics and Computer Science) for research in the field of abstract methods of analysis of partial differential equations and results in the field of numerical methods, statistical Bayesian methods and data analysis.

  • The Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Mathematical Society jointly award the Kazimierz Kuratowski Prize. The laureate of the prize in 2022 was Jakub Skrzeczkowski (Warsaw Doctoral School of Mathematics and Computer Science) for works on partial differential equations concerning the description of fast reactions in diffusion reaction systems.

CIM (Centro International de Matemática, Portugal)

Royal Spanish Society of Mathematics (RSME)

  • Prof. Eva Miranda (ICREA Academia Professor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and member of the scientific committee of the RSME) has been granted one of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards 2022. More information (link)

  • Prof. María de los Ángeles Hernández Cifre (University of Murcia) has been elected general editor of the RSME. More information (link)

  • The Hypathia Graduate Summer School 2022 will be held at the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM)/Barcelona on June 20-23, 2022. The lecturers will be María Ángeles García-Ferrero (Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow BCAM), Javier Gómez-Serrano (Universitat de Barcelona-CRM), and Xavier Ros Oton (ICREA-Universitat de Barcelona-CRM). More information (link).

  • The XXI Lluís Santaló School: Random and Deterministic Point Configurations will take place at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander on July 11-15, 2022. More information (link).

  • The 8th Iberian Mathematical Meeting RSME-SPM will be held on October 5-7, 2022 at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Seville, Spain. More information (link).

  • 2nd Joint Meeting RSME-UMA will be held on December 12-16, 2022 in Ronda, Málaga. More information (link).

Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SeMA)

  • CEDYA2022 Zaragoza, July 18 to 22, 2022. Information about XXVII Congress of Differential Equations and Applications /XVII Congress of Applied Mathematics (CEDYA/CMA) has been updated. Plenary speakers are Roberto Barrio, Albert Cohen, Emmanuil Georgoulis, Volker Mehrmann, Julia Novo, Francisco Periago, Carmen Rodrigo and Giovanni Russo. More information (link).

  • The SeMA "Antonio Valle" Award for Young Researchers 2022 has been awarded to David Gómez Castro and Marc Jornet Sanz. More information (link).

  • The XVIII International Conference on Hyperbolic Problems: Theory, Numerics and Applications (HYP2022) will be held in person in Málaga- Spain in June 20-24, 2022. The conference will include the talks of the second James Glimm Lecturer and Peter Lax Awardee as well recognized researchers in the field of hyperbolic PDEs. More information (link).

Spanish Statistics and Operations Research Society (SEIO)

The folllowing SEIO-FBBVA awards were presented at an exciting ceremony in central Madrid:

  1. Methodological contribution in Statistics: "Nonparametric Incidence Estimation and Bootstrap Bandwidth Selection In Mixture Cure Models" by Ana López-Cheda, Ricardo Cao, M. Amalia Jácome, Ingrid Van Keilegom

  2. Methodological contribution in Operation Research: "Construct, Merge, Solve & Adapt: A New General Algorithm for Combinatorial Optimization" by Christian Blum, Pedro Pinacho, Manuel López-Ibáñez, José A.Lozano

  3. Applied contribution in Statistics: "Crime Against Women in India: Unveiling Spatial Patterns and Temporal Trends of Dowry Deaths in Thedistricts of Uttar Pradesh" by G. Vicente, T. Goicoa, P. Fernandez-Rasines, Mª D. Ugarte

  4. Applied contribution in Operations Research: "Solving A Large Cutting Problem In The Glass Manufacturing Industry" by F. Parreño, M. T. Alonso, R. Álvarez-Valdés

  5. Best contribution in Statistics And Operations Research applied to Data Science and Big Data: "Clustering Time Series by Linear Dependency" by Andrés M. Alonso, Daniel Peña

Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM)

Luis Vega González (Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of the Basque Country and coordinator of the Analysis of Partial Differential Equations area and principal investigator of the Severo Ochoa accreditation of the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics) received the National Research Award "Julio Rey Pastor" 2021, in a ceremony held in Barcelona on 5 May 2022.

Catalan Society of Mathematics (SCM)

The Catalan Society of Mathematics held a conference on May 12 to commemorate International Women's Day in Mathematics. The conference "Jornada SCM: Matemàtiques Catalanes" featured a presentation by Guadalupe Gómez Mellis titled "Florence Nightingale: Una referent al segle XXI" and a documentary in which eight mathematicians of various disciplines explained what it means to be a mathematician and their experiences. Watch recordings of the talks at this link. In addition a memory card game was created, which will be available shortly in the same section of the SCM website, and which we invite you to print and use with elementary and secondary kids (or anybody else!). Players will learn about some of history's most famous mathematics through the game (and does not require knowledge of any specific language).

London Mathematical Society (LMS)

  • Solidarity for Mathematicians. As part of its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the LMS has launched two new grant schemes for mathematicians seeking refuge in the UK, which are co-ordinated with the Isaac Newton Institute's substantial solidarity programme, see next item. More information here (link).

  • Collaborations with Developing Countries. The LMS offers grants to support a visit for collaborative research either by the grant holder to a developing country, or by a named mathematician to the home base of the grant holder. 'Developing countries' include those as defined by the IMU Commission for Developing Countries, where mathematics could be considered to be in a disadvantaged position. The deadline for the next round of grants under this scheme is 15 September 2022. More information here (link).

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI)

The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is enjoying a period of exceptional growth and activity during 2022.

  • There are currently four ongoing programmes, on topics including kinetic theory, turbulence, group theory and k-theory, with half a dozen more to follow at various points over the next six months. These are hybrid events with both physical and virtual participation possible.

  • There are more than 25 three-to-five-day workshops due to be held in that same period, many of which are open for applications. More information here (link).

  • The newly created programme "Solidarity for mathematicians" (link), aims give refuge to researchers in the mathematical sciences who have had to leave their country of residence. It is a direct response to the war in Ukraine, however applications are open for researchers of all nationalities and backgrounds.

  • INI is welcoming proposals for future programmes. The next deadline is 31 July 2022. More information here (link).

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications' (IMA, UK)

  • Professor Paul Glendinning (Manchester) started his two-year Presidency of the IMA on 1 January 2022. An interview with Paul was published in the IMA's membership magazine Mathematics Today.

  • In January Rosalind Azouzi became Executive Director of the IMA, following the retirement of David Youdan after a 19-year tenure.

  • On 10 April, at a lecture event at the Royal Society, London, UK, Professor Ken Brown (Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Series (Warwick) were presented with their IMA-LMS David Crighton Medals, which were awarded in 2019 and 2021 respectively.

More information at www.ima.org.uk (link)

International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS), Edinburgh

  • We are continuing to run our busy schedule of week-long workshops over the summer, as well as some excellent public lectures. More information at www.icms.org.uk (link).

  • We are inviting applications for our workshop programme for 2024 delivery. If you have an idea for a workshop, please get in touch with the ICMS Centre Manager Jane Walker (jane.walker [AT] icms [DOT] org [DOT] uk) , or the Director, Minhyong Kim (minhyong [DOT] kim [AT] icms [DOT] org [DOT] uk). More information here (link).

  • Research in Groups. If you are interested in the opportunity to gather a small (<6) group of people to research a specific topic, you might be interested in our Research In Groups programme. More information here (link). The next application deadline is 1st September.

  • We also have an open call for funding for public engagement activities. This can range from support to participate in a local (or national) maths festival/public event, to a public lecture, to training for early career researchers. More information here (link). Or get in touch with the Communications and Engagement Manager, Lauren Hockenhull (lauren [DOT] hockenhull [AT] icms [DOT] org [DOT] uk).

European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology ( ESMTB)

The 12th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology will take place in Heidelberg, Germany, 19-23 September 2022 and is a joint event organized by the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology and the Society for Mathematical Biology. More information here (link).


Education Committee

  • EMS Education Committee Meeting in Lyon from 28 to 30 April 2022. The Education Committee had its latest physical meeting hosted by the Université de Lyon 1 and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, locally coordinated by Christian Mercat, a member of the committee. The meeting was very productive with some development plans being completed while some new activities being initiated. The members of the committee discussed the preparation of the report of the committee for the years 2018-22 to be submitted to the EMS Executive Committee.

  • EMS Summer School for School Students. The EMS Education Committee has developed a five day Summer School addressed to gifted/talented high school students. Objectives and criteria were developed and in late February 2022; the first announcement was circulated with the aim of attracting 20 students. Funding was secured to cover expenses of the students. Professors from Europe volunteer to participate in this Summer School to introduce the students into various fields of mathematics not being taught at schools. The Summer School will be hosted in Agros, Cyprus, from 25 to 30 July 2022 (see also Cyprus Mathematical Society item above). The deadline for applicants is 20 May 2022. More information here (link).

  • European Networking of STEAME School Students for Exchange and Co-Creation. Two committee members have generated an initiative submitted as a proposal for an ERASMUS+ project, which was recently approved and started on 1 May 2022. The platform to be developed and the concept of student networking coincides with the recent decision of the committee to initiate and create a network for mathematically gifted/talented high school students across Europe. The project platform to be developed by this project could serve the needs for the network that the committee set as an aim to develop for gifted/talented students in mathematics. More information here (link).

ERCOM Committee

  • ERCOM (European Research Centers on Mathematics) held its annual meeting at BCAM in Bilbao on the 25th and 26th of March. More information here (link).

  • Due to the combined efforts of EMS and a team at MPI Leipzig, led by Jörg Lehnert and Heiko Schinke, ERCOM's webpage is now available at www.ercom.org (link)

Women in Math Committee (WiM)

The Women in Math Committee of the European Mathematical Society organised on 20 May 2022 an event called "EMS/WiM Day" within the broader initiative of May 12th, a celebration of women in Mathematics in memory of Maryam Mirzakhani. The two distinguished speakers were Tara Brendle (Glasgow University, UK) and Tere M. Seara (UPC, Barcelona, Spain).

EMS Magazine

The latest version of the EMS Magzine is free to read online now (link). Highlights include:

...and much more.


  • A new book: Quantum Ergodicity and Delocalization of Schrödinger Eigenfunctions, by Nalini Anantharaman (Université de Strasbourg). Zurich Lectures in Advanced Mathematics, 144 pages, softcover, published June 2022. More information here (link).

  • The first memoir (this will be available as a book, too) that is launching the Memoirs of the European Mathematical Society: Long-Time Dispersive Estimates for Perturbations of a Kink Solution of One-Dimensional Cubic Wave Equations, by Jean-Marc Delort (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord) and Nader Masmoudi (New York University Abu Dhabi and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences). Memoirs of the European Mathematical Society Vol. 1, 290 pages, softcover, published May 2022. More information here (link).


Heidelberg Laureate Forum

This September 18–23, 200 selected young researchers in mathematics and computer science from all over the world will spend a week exchanging ideas and networking with the recipients of the disciplines’ most prestigious awards at the 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). Integrated into the interdisciplinary and interactive program is the Hot Topic, which this year centers on a field of research that is highly consequential, not only for science but for society as a whole. At the 9th HLF, a panel of experts from various specializations will discuss Deep Learning, its foundations, applications, and implications.