10 September 2021

EMS Digest, Nr. 40

Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel and Richard Elwes

Welcome to the 40th edition of the European Mathematical Society Digest (formerly "e-news").

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Latest EMS Magazine

The latest edition of the EMS Magazine is available now! It can be read as a single pdf on this link and will be available via individual html pages later in the month at this link or by clicking "Magazine" on the EMS homepage www.euromathsoc.org. It includes the latest message from EMS President Volker Mehrmann, focussing on his reflections - some perhaps provocative - on ECM8 (next item). See lower down for further highlights from the magazine.


The 8th European Congress of Mathematics was held online from Portorož in Slovenia, and was a big success (despite a few inevitable technical glitches). The EMS offers our sincere thanks and congratulations to all the organisers, committee members, and volunteers who made the event possible. Special thanks go Tomaž Pisanski and Klavdija Kutnar, respective chair and cochair of the organising committee. If you missed any of it, a number of talks and events are now available to watch on the 8ECM Youtube channel.

An introduction to the ten EMS prize winners for 2020/21, and their talks, is available as a YouTube playlist here.

Please also read this write up of the conference by Boštjan Kuzman for the Society of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia.


Austrian Mathematical Society

László Erdős (Institute of Science and Technology Austria) has received the prestigeous Erwin Schrödinger-Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

SMAI (French Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics)

  • Gabriel Peyré, CNRS research director at Département de mathématiques et applications de l'ENS (DMA - CNRS/ENS Paris) was awarded the CNRS silver medal. He is working on mathematical and algorithmical aspects of image analysis.

  • Patricia Reynaud-Bouret, CNRS research director at Laboratoire Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné, Université Côte d'Azur, was awarded the CNRS silver medal for the contributions to statistics related to Hawkes processes with both theoretical and applied aspects (neuroscience).

  • The Marc Yor 2021 prize was awarded to Cristina Toninelli (Université Paris-Dauphine) for her results in probability and applications to statistical mechanics.

  • The Jean-Jacques Moreau 2021 prize was awarded to Filippo Santambrogio (Université Lyon 1) for his works on infinite dimensional optimization and his contributions to optimal transport and mean field games.

  • The Dantzig 2021 prize was awarded to Hédy Attouch and Michel Goemans. More information here.

  • The PGMO 2021 best PhD award was awarded to Idriss Mazari and Lou Salaün. More information here.

Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)

  • The three-month thematic program "Post-quantum algebraic cryptography" originally scheduled this fall has been postponed to 2024 due to the Covid-19 crisis. More information here.

  • Nevertheless, the institute remains open to scientific activities and visitors complying with enforced sanitary rules as far as it is allowed to by its supervisory institutions. Do not hesitate to contact us at contact@ihp.fr or visit our website for more information..

  • MATRIX x IMAGINARY – on the future of mathematics engagement. An online gathering hosted by IHP was held September 8-9, 2021. More information here.

  • An exhibition on the founder of IHP, Émile Borel is held at the library from September 14, 2021 to February 25, 2022. Announcement here.

IHES (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)

The following events will take place at IHES in September /October 2021:

  • 30 August-1st September 2021: "Geometry in non-positive curvature, Kähler groups, and interactions"
  • 4-8 October: "Large-scale limits of interacting particle systems"
  • 12-15 octobre 2021: Damour Fest : Adventures in GravitatioA conference in honor of Prof. T. Damour on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

IHES is also organizing a series of events aimed ar a general audience.

  • 13 September 2021 - A book event around the book "Do Not Erase: Mathematicians and Their Chalkboards", in the presence of book author Jessica Wynne, associate professor of photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and of mathematician Amie Wilkinson. This event is co-organized by IHES and IHP (Institut Henri Poincaré), which will host it. More information here.
  • 15 September 2021 - What place for women in science and business? Conversation with Martine Liautaud, Founder and President of Women Initiative Foundation. More information here.
  • 4 October 2021 - Panel discussion: Promoting women in mathematics. By sharing their experiences and their expertise, Eva Bayer-Fluckiger, Professor Emeritus at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Kathryn Leonard, president of the Association of Women in Mathematics, and Andrea Walther, convenor of the European Women in Mathematics, will help identify relevant initiatives to attract women to research in the mathematical sciences, and more particularly at IHES. More information here.

German Mathematical Society (DMV)

  • The DMV's Annual meeting together with Österreichische Mathematischen Gesellschaft (ÖMG), will be held September 27 - October 1, University of Passau. More information here. Highlights will include:

    • The Cantor Medal of DMV for Martin Grötschel,
    • The Emmy Noether Lecture by Gabriele Steidl,
    • the Förderungspreis of ÖMG for Julian Fischer
  • Award of DMV's Math Media Prizes 2021. At the ceremony on November 22 in Berlin the follwoing will be awarded: 1 Journalist's prize, and 1 Media Prize for public relation activities.

  • 2nd Public Gauß Lecture for 2021 will take place in Breme on 6th December, delivered by Valentin Blomer (Bonn). More information here.

Hellenic Mathematical Society (HMS)

The HMS held elections on June 27 for the Administrative Council and the Audit Committee. The new HMS President is Ioannis Emmanouil (Professor at NKUA), and the president of the Audit Committee is Anargyros Fellouris (Emeritus Professor at NTUA).

Polish Mathematical Society

The Polish Mathematical Society has awarded "The International Stefan Banach Prize for a Doctoral Dissertation in the Mathematical Sciences-edition 2021", with one main prize and two distinctions. Michał Miśkiewicz received the main prize, Tomasz Dębiec and Wojciech Górny received distinctions. All three are from Warsaw University. More information here.

Committee of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

The Jaroslav and Barbara Zem'anek Prize in functional analysis with emphasis on operator theory for 2021 is awarded to Jochen Gl"uck (University of Passau, Germany) for his work on one-parameter operator semigroups and their various applications, along with several outstanding contributions to general operator theory.

Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MISANU)

  • MISANU student awards for 2021. MISANU's Annual Awards are traditionally awarded in May. The prize committees have chosen the laureates for the best papers in the category of graduate, master's and PhD studies, in the field of mathematics, mechanics and computer science. Details here.

  • Jubilee. The Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts was founded in 1946 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. On this occasion a formal session and a virtual exhibition will be organized.

Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME)

  • José Luis Rubio de Francia 2020 Award recipient announced. The José Luis Rubio de Francia 2020 prize has been awarded to Daniel Sanz Alonso, currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics of the University of Chicago. The jury pointed out his work combining computational statistics, numerical analysis and inverse problems, which conveys his high status as a scientist across disciplines, tackling problems at the intersection of data science and machine learning on the one hand, and PDE and calculus of variations on the other. More information here.

  • RSME medals 2021 recipients announced. The RSME medals in their 2021 edition have been awarded to Antonio Córdoba Barba (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Olga Gil Medrano (Universitat de València), and Tomás Recio Muñiz (Universidad de Cantabria). In addition to the recognition of their relevant, exceptional and continuous contributions to Mathematics in Spain, the RSME highlights their engagement and involvement with the mathematical community. More information here.

  • Mathematics Research Awards Vicent Caselles RSME-BBVA 2021 recipients announced. The RSME together with the BBVA Foundation, has announced the following six recipients of the Vicent Caselles RSME-BBVA awards in 2021: Jon Asier Bárcena Petisco (Ph. D. Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions (Sorbonne Université)), Xavier Fernández-Real (Ph.D. ETH Zurich), José Ángel González-Prieto (Ph. D. Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Mercedes Pelegrín García (Ph.D. Universidad de Murcia), Abraham Rueda Zoca (Ph.D. Universidad de Granada), and María de la Paz Tirado Hernández (Ph. D. Universidad de Sevilla). More details here.

Spanish Statistics and Operations Research Society (SEIO)

List of winners of the prizes of the SEIO jointly with the Foundation of the bank BBVA:

  • Award: Methodological contribution in Statistics. Winner: Ana Lopez-Cheda, Ricardo Cao, M. Amalia Jacome, Ingrid Van Keilegon for Nonparametric incidence estimation and bootstrap bandwith selection in mixture cure models

  • Award: Methodological contribution Operation Research. Winner: Christian Blum, Pedro Pinacho, Manuel Lopez-Ibanez, José A. Lozano for Construct, merge, solve & adapt: a new general algorithm for combinatorial optimization

  • Award: Applied contribution in Statistics. Winner: G. Vicente, T. Goicoa, P. Fernandez-Rasines, Mª D. Urgate for Crime against women in India: unveilling spatial patterns and temporal trends of dowry deaths in the districts of Uttar Pradesh

  • Award: Applied contribution. Winner: F. Parreno, M. T. Alonso, R. Alvarez-Valdes for Solving a large cutting problem in the glass manufacturing Industry

  • Award: Best contribution in Statistics and Operations Research applied to Data Science and Big Data. Winner: Andres M. Alonso, Daniel Pena for Clustering Time Series bu linear dependency

  • Annual medal of the Society. Winner: María Ángeles Gil Álvarez and Justo Puerto Albandoz for their scientific and professional trajectory.

More details here.

Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SeMA)

  • Xavier Ros-Oton has been awarded the gold medal "Guido Stampacchia" 2021. Citation here. The most cited young mathematician at his age: Xavier Ros-Oton, 33 years old, leads an elite team in Partial Differential Equations at the Universitat de Barcelona, and was the 2017 winner of the SeMA "Antonio Valle" Award for Young Researcher 2017. More details here.

  • Joaquim Serra (winner of the SeMA "Antonio Valle" Award for Young Researchers in 2019), has been awarded one of the ten EMS prizes. See headline above.

Isaac Newton Institute

The Isaac Newton Institute has resumed its schedule of research programmes, with “Applicable resurgent asymptotics: towards a universal theory” (March-June), and “Mathematics of deep learning” (July to December) recently taking place. These have been hybrid online / physical attendance events. Activity is set to accelerate in the final quarter of the year with "Cluster algebras and representation theory" (September-December); eight workshops, ranging in length from one to five days; and a three-day conference celebrating the mathematics of Sir Michael Atiyah due to take place. See the Institute's website or contact reception AT newton DOT ac DOT uk for more details.

The Institute’s knowledge exchange initiative, the Newton Gateway to Mathematics, has been working with the mathematics community to develop the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences (V-KEMS, link here). This has aimed to identify virtual approaches to help address challenges from business and industry, the third sector, and other groups outside academia. One outcome has been the delivery of Virtual Study Groups, many of which have input directly to advice being developed by officials who have been working with Government throughout the pandemic.

The Newton Gateway is also delivering events aimed at maintaining strong communication links among “Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic” (RAMP)-initiated projects. The work of RAMP - a March 2020 Royal Society initiative aimed at supporting pandemic modeling communities - has reached a formal end, but a number of its activities have since secured continuation funding, making the support of the Newton Gateway invaluable in connecting these ongoing outcomes and opportunities. Contact gateway AT newton DOT ac DOT uk for more information.

European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB)

ESMTB has launched an online colloquium last May. The online colloquium will resume after the summer, and will be held on the last Wednesday each month at 1pm (CET). Meanwhile, you can (re)watch the past two colloquia and get inspired from anywhere in the world, with the following links: Marie Doumic Mark Chaplain The streaming links are also available, shortly before each talk, here (link).

International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)

Call for nomination for the Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture. The Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture is held every four years at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. This honor is conferred on a woman who has made outstanding contributions in applied mathematics and/or scientific computation'. The lecture is named in tribute to the memory of Olga Taussky-Todd, whose scientific legacy is in both theoretical and applied mathematics, and whose work exemplifies the qualities to be recognized. The Officers and Board of ICIAM now call for nominations for the Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture, to be given at the ICIAM 2023 congress, to take place in Tokyo (Japan) from August 20-25, 2023. A nomination will consist of:

  • Full name and address of person nominated.
  • Web home page if any.
  • Justification for nomination (in at most two pages, cite nominator's reason for considering candidate to be deserving, including explanations of the scientific and practical influence of the candidate's work and publications).
  • 2-3 letters of support from experts in the field (not mandatory). Each of them having a maximal length of two pages.
  • CV of the nominee.
  • Name and contact details of the proposer.

Nominations should be made electronically through the Iciam Prizes website (link). The deadline for nominations is December 30th, 2021.

Please contact president AT iciam DOT org if you have any questions regarding the nomination procedure.

The Olga Taussky-Todd Committee for 2023 is: Lisa Fauci, Chair (Tulane University), Mirjam Dür (University of Augsburg), Isabelle Gallagher (ENS Paris), Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Mary Wheeler (University of Texas at Austin), Guiying Yan (Chinese Academy of Sciences).

EMS Press

The recent books are:

  • IRMA Lectures in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Vol. 33. Topology and Geometry. A Collection of Essays Dedicated to Vladimir G. Turaev Edited by Athanase Papadopoulos (Université de Strasbourg and CNRS, France) 698 pages, hardcover, published in July 2021. Webpage.

  • EMS Textbooks in Mathematics. An Invitation to Optimal Transport, Wasserstein Distances, and Gradient Flows by Alessio Figalli (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) and Federico Glaudo (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), 144 pages, hardcover, published in August 2021. Webpage.

  • EMS Series of Lectures in Mathematics. Orthogonal Polynomials and Linear Functionals. An Algebraic Approach and Applications by Juan Carlos García-Ardila (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Francisco Marcellán (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain), and Misael E. Marriaga (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain), 128 pages, softcover, published in August 2021. Webpage.

  • Handbook of Automata Theory. Volume I. Theoretical Foundations. Volume II. Automata in Mathematics and Selected Applications edited by Jean-Éric Pin (Université de Paris and CNRS, France) 1608 pages, hardcover, published in September 2021. Webpage.

EMS Magazine

The latest edition of the EMS Magazine is available now as a single pdf on this link! It will be available to read via individual html pages later in the month at this link. Highlights include:

  • A message from the president, by Volker Mehrmann
  • Almost impossible E8 and Leech lattices, by Maryna Viazovska
  • At the crossroads of simulation and data analytics, by Patrice Hauret
  • A conversation with Reuben Hersh, by Ulf Persson
  • Building virtual bridges everywhere: A report on the 2020 and 2021 Bridges online conferences by Eve Torrence
  • Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences by Jiří Rákosník and Miroslav Rozložník
  • The International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics by Jörg Schröder
  • Pop Math: find math everywhere! by Andreas Matt and Roberto Natalini



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