EMS Strategic Activities

To promote mathematics across the board, across geographic boundaries, and across discipline boundaries, the EMS calls for proposals for activities that are large-scale, inclusive and cross-institutional. The proposed activities should complement or extend existing infrastructure for mathematical interaction, promotion and advancement.

Supported activities should not be localized, and can range from special semesters to interdisciplinary study groups and large showcase events. They are required to:

(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) utilize a significant amount of funding supporting regions and communities that do not have the infrastructure or the finances to organise such large-scale and pan-European activities;

(iii) focus on the involvement of the young generation of mathematicians to help in the development of the mathematics of tomorrow.

It is possible to propose activities that complement existing infrastructure for mathematical meetings provided the funding is used towards the fulfilment of requirements (i)–(iii) above.

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, and 1st December. Proposals can apply for up to EUR 25K of funding, with at most one such proposal being funded per quarter. Applicants should apply 8–14 months before the start of their activities.

Examples of suitable activities:

  • Special semesters on an emerging mathematical topic. Special semesters could include several types of events, e.g. tutorial weeks / graduate schools, themed workshops, interdisciplinary and public engagement events, etc. They could link and boost workshops organised independently, e.g. in established and funded mathematical conference centres, but should then use the EMS funding to achieve the aims (i)–(iii). Linked activities should be spread geographically.
  • Interdisciplinary engagement programmes on new mathematical problems that reside at the interface between mathematics and another / or other discipline(s), and that require 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, spread geographically and lasting up to a semester, for the dissemination of 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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