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  • EMS e-news 36, September 2020
    by EMS Office on September 30, 2020 at 9:51 am

    EDITORIAL Dear members of the EMS, Mathematics, as many other scientific fields and our society as a whole, is facing a big challenge in the way we operate. We are used to travel, to meet and to cooperate in person. Over the centuries, many important mathematical developments have emerged as we work at the blackboard together. This way of doing research is very restricted right now and we can anticipate that this will continue for quite some time. But we are creative. E-seminars and webinars have emerged in many mathematical communities, new methods of teaching, research collaboration and communication are being explored. Some will be adopted by the mathematical community, and I guess others will not, once we return to a more normal way of life. But in the meantime we will make the best of it, I am sure, despite second and third waves hitting us. The current situation has forced us to postpone the EMS’s 30th anniversary celebration and the meeting of presidents of EMS member societies, planned for the end of October, to next spring or later. An executive committee meeting will take place via video conference. However, in the meantime we have prepared a booklet to mark the EMS turning 30. Thanks to EMS Vice President Betül Tanbay for putting this together. It will be published in October by EMS Press.   We have ongoing discussions on how to improve the gender balance on editorial boards of mathematics journals, how to involve the younger generation of mathematicians in a stronger way in our community, how to organize more pan-European communication and collaboration in mathematical subdisciplines, and last but not least how to improve the EMS’s online presence and data structure. We will report on these developments in the near future. I hope that you all stay healthy, and for all of us that the pandemic will not lead to more drastic measures and more deaths in fall and winter. Volker Mehrmann EMS President   HEADLINES 8ECM Calls for Minisymposia and Satellite conferences reopened! Following the decision to postpone the 8th European Congress of Mathematics to 2021, the organizers are reopening the calls to organize a Minisymposium (MS) and/or a Satellite Conference (SC). There are over 60 accepted MS so far and incentives for MS and SC organizers are offered. MS and SC that are already confirmed by the  Local Scientific Committee and are published on the 8ECM website, do not need to reapply. To find out more about the open calls and to apply, please visit the  8ECM website:  https://www.8ecm.si/open-calls/call-for-minisymposia for Minisymposia and https://www.8ecm.si/open-calls/call-for-satellite-conferences for Satellite Conferences. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. We would also like to remind participants that full and active E-participation will be available soon, besides the regular format of  the conference. Visit https://www.8ecm.si/for-participants/fees-and-registration to find out more! Subscribe to our Newsletter for more news, and follow us on social media! Twitter @ecm_8, Facebook @8ECM2020. EMS NEWSLETTER The latest edition of the EMS Newsletter (N117-September 2020) is online now: https://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2020-09-117.pdf (More details below.)   NEWS FROM EMS CORPORATE MEMBERS Austrian Mathematical Society Adrian Constantin (University of Vienna) has been awarded the Wittgenstein Prize, which is the highest Austrian scientific prize, for his outstanding achievements in the field of nonlinear PDEs. French Mathematical Society (SMF) SMF and partners awarded 4 prizes this summer: – The Yor Prize to Kilian Raschel: https://smf.emath.fr/actualites-smf/annonce-laureats-prix-yor-2020 – The Ibni Prize to Zobo Vincent de Paul Ablé & Audace Dossou-Olory:  https://smf.emath.fr/actualites-smf/proclamation-des-resultats-du-prix-ibni-o-m-saleh-2020 – The d’Alembert Prize is awarded to the festival: “Les maths dans tous leurs états” (Castanet-Tolosan):  https://smf.emath.fr/actualites-smf/laureats-prix-dalembert-et-prix-jacqueline-ferrand-2020 – The Ferrand price is awarded to the educational operation “La Grange Vadrouille / La Grange École”:  https://smf.emath.fr/actualites-smf/laureats-prix-dalembert-et-prix-jacqueline-ferrand-2020 SMAI (Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles, France) 1. The Louis Bachelier 2020 award was attributed to Mathieu Rosenbaum (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris) by the London Mathematical Society and SMAI, in joint partnership with the Natixis foundation: http://smai.emath.fr/spip.php?article119 2. The Yor prize was awarded to Kilian Raschel: http://smai.emath.fr/spip.php?article627 3. The Jacques Neveu 2019 award was attributed to Léo Miolane, for his PhD entitled “Fundamental limits of inference: A statistical physics approach”. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-02446988   Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach gGmbH (MFO) Oberwolfach Research Fellows https://www.mfo.de/about-the-institute/news/oberwolfach-research-fellows In response to international travel restrictions and reduced scientific contact within universities, the MFO offers in the period 1st July 2020 – 31st March 2021, the opportunity to apply for an Oberwolfach Research Fellowship. Single researchers or groups up to four people can apply for a research stay (two weeks – three months). Junior researchers and post-docs can apply for full scholarships and travel support. Decisions on the proposals are planned within 3-4 weeks. The MFO offers free lodging and board. As usual, the full MFO infrastructure (in particular the library, but also modern video conference tools) is available. The MFO has developed new hygiene measures for hand disinfection, accommodation, lecture halls and individual meal services to make a research stay as safe as possible: https://www.mfo.de/for-guest-researchers/during-your-stay/hygiene-infection-prevention Unione Matematica Italiana (UMI) 1. The Workshop “Green OA, Transformative Agreements and Plan S” was held online on 14th July organized by UMI jointly with the Gran Sasso Science Institute. The conference slides are now available at: https://umi.dm.unibo.it/2020/06/16/workshop-su-green-oa-transformative-agreements-and-plans/ 2. The UMI has issued nine Activity Groups on the following topics: Dynamical Systems [DinAmicI] School of Mathematics Digital Mathematics [DIGiMath] Probability In Statistics, Mathematics and Applications [PRISM] Approximation Theory and Applications [ATA] Mathematics of Imaging, Vision and their Applications [MIVA] Cryptography and Coding Theory Mathematical models for epidemics and social sciences Artificial Intelligence Each group will be operating for three years, renewable at most three times. Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI) Conference SIAM GS21: call for submission. The submission of proposals for the next SIAM Conference in Mathematical and Computational Issue in the Geosciences, to be held at  Politecnico di Milano, 21-24 June 2021 is now open: https://www.siam.org/conferences/cm/submissions-and-deadlines/gs21-submissions-deadlines. The conference is organised by SIAM in cooperation with SIMAI. In case the Covid situation persists, the conference will allow also online participation. Polish Mathematical Society This year in February we announced The Polish–Ukrainian Forum, which was intended to commemorate three anniversaries: 100 years ago Stefan Banach was granted his PhD, 85 years ago the first problem was written down by Stefan Banach in the Scottish Book, 75 years ago Stefan Banach passed away. The meeting was to be held in Lviv, Ukraine, 21-24 September 2020. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we and our Ukrainian friends were forced to postpone the meeting until the next year. Center for International Mathematics (CIM) 1. The CIM Colloquium is an annual event before the council of the CIM Associates. This year the Colloquium (https://www.cim.pt/agenda/event/210) entitled “Computation, Statistics, and Optimization of Random Functions”, was delivered by Afonso Bandeira (ETH Zurich) on 6th March 2020 (in webinar format). Video at: http://www.mat.uc.pt/~clcmat/videos/CIM_Colloquium_6-3-2020_DMUC_view.mp4 2. The Pedro Nunes’s Lecture is an annual  event organized by CIM and SPM (The Portuguese Mathematical Society), with the support of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. This year  the lecture (https://www.cim.pt/agenda/event/213), entitled “Counting Minimal Surfaces in Negatively Curved 3-Manifolds”,  was delivered by André Neves (Chicago) on 25 June 2020 (in webinar format). Video at: http://www.mat.uc.pt/~clcmat/videos/PNL-versao-CF.mp4 Mathematical Society of Serbia As with many other organisations, the Mathematical Society of Serbia has suspended most of its activities since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, online competitions in mathematics and informatics, for both primary and secondary school students were organized in April, as well as an on-line summer school in mathematics. All regular competitions (eight of them) were held in the last 10 days of August, and Serbian teams for eight online international competitions were formed. Catalan Mathematics Society (SCM) A Conference of Mathematics and COVID-19 organized by the Catalan Mathematical Society (SCM) was held 13-14 July: https://scm.iec.cat/jornades-scm-matematiques/ Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME) 1. José Luis Rubio de Francia 2019 Award recipient announced. The José Luis Rubio de Francia 2019 prize will be awarded to María Ángeles García Ferrero, currently at the Institut für Angewandte Mathematik, Universität Heidelberg (Germany), for her work in the field of partial differential equations. This prize is awarded every year (since 2004) by the RSME to an outstanding mathematician under 32, who has developed their work in Spain. https://www.rsme.es/premios/premio-jose-luis-rubio-de-francia/maria-angeles-garcia-ferrero-premio-jose-luis-rubio-de-francia-2019/ 2. RSME medals 2020 recipients announced The RSME medals in their 2020 edition will be awarded to María Jesús Carro Rossell (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Antonio Ros Mulero (Universidad de Granada). These medals are awarded by the RSME as public recognition to prominent individuals for their relevant, exceptional and continuous contributions to any field of Mathematics in Spain. https://www.rsme.es/premios/medallas-de-la-rsme/resolucion-de-la-edicion-de-2020-de-las-medallas-de-la-rsme/ 3. Mathematics Research Awards Vicent Caselles RSME-BBVA 2020 recipients announced The RSME, together with the BBVA Foundation, has announced the six recipients of the Vicent Caselles RSME-BBVA awards. The purpose of this award is the support and encouragement of young researchers in Mathematics. The recipients are Diego Alonso Orán (Laguna), Alessandro Audrito (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Rubén Campoy García (Universidad de Murcia), María Cumplido Cabello (Sevilla and Rennes 1), Ujué Etayo (Cantabria), and Judit Muñoz Matute (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea). https://www.rsme.es/2020/07/premios-de-investigacion-matematica-vicent-caselles-de-la-rsme-y-la-fundacion-bbva-2020/ 4. Call for the Julio Rey Pastor National Award The Spanish Ministery for Science and Innovation has opened the call for the National Research Awards, which include the Julio Rey Pastor National Award for Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies. The call is open until 15:00 (CET) on 15 October 2020. These awards recognise researchers of Spanish nationality who carry out an outstanding work on internationally relevant scientific fields and make exceptional contributions to the development of Science, Knowledge, Technology transfer and Progress. 5. Postponed: the 2021 biennial RSME Conference The 2021 biennial conference of the RSME, at the Ciudad Real Campus of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), has been postponed to 17-21 January 2022. https://2021.bienalrsme.com/ Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research (SEIO) The first edition of the SEIO–BBVA Foundation Awards have been awarded  (http://www.seio.es/PREMIOS-SEIO-Fundaci-n-BBVA/FALLO-I-PREMIOS-SEIO-Fundaci-n-BBVA.html); 1. Award for Applied contribution to Operation Research: S. Pineda & J.M. Morales. Chronological Time-Period Clustering for Optimal Capacity Expansion Planning with Storage. 2. Award for Applied contribution to Statistics: I. Barbeito, S. Zaragoza, J. Tarrío-Saavedra, S. Naya, Assessing thermal comfort and energy efficiency in buildings by statistical quality control for autocorrelated data. 3. Award for Methodological  contribution to Operation Research: J. Niño-Mora, A Verification Theorem for Threshold-Indexability of Real State Discounted Restless Bandits. 4. Award for Methodological  contribution to Statistics:  J.A. Cuesta-Albertos, E. García-Portugués, M. Febrero-Bande, W. González-Manteiga. Goodness-of-fit tests for the functional linear model based on randomly  projected empirical processes. Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SeMA) Jezabel Curbelo Hernández and Rafael Granero Belinchón are the winners of the XXIII SeMA Antonio Valle Award for Young Researcher. The award was established to recognise 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. https://www.sema.org.es/en/awards/sema-prize-to-young-researchers Edinburgh Mathematical Society Maths Week Scotland is an important annual event promoting and celebrating the beauty, relevance and value of maths. The initiative supports activities in schools, museums, science centres, nurseries, universities, libraries and the community at large during the final week of September. In its fourth year, Maths Week Scotland is set to have another breakthrough year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the Small Grants Fund established by the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust, and the Scottish Government, to encourage innovation and participation received over 160 applications for funding, surpassing the number of applications from previous years. Not surprisingly, the emphasis of many applications this year has been on creative ideas for online, outdoor and home-based mathematical learning and enjoyment; many of these will be supported by £70k of funding. https://www.mathsweek.scot/ London Mathematical Society (LMS) 1. The Society has announced Ulrike Tillmann, FRS, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, as President Designate. She will take over from the current President Professor Jonathan Keating FRS, in November 2021. https://www.lms.ac.uk/news-entry/25062020-1347/lms-president-designate-announced 2. The Society has elected as Honorary Members, Maryna Viazovska (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), and Lauren Williams (Harvard). https://www.lms.ac.uk/membership/honorary-members 3. The Councils of the London Mathematical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications have awarded the Christopher Zeeman Medal to Matt Parker. Matt is a former mathematics teacher and previous Public Engagement with Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. https://www.lms.ac.uk/prizes/christopher-zeeman-medal-award     European Women in Mathematics Society 1. Due to the corona crisis the EWM held its general assembly online on July 6. There we decided that the next EWM General meeting will be in Helsinki in 2022. 2. At the virtual General Assembly, Andrea Walther (HU Berlin) and Kaie Kubjas (Aalto) were elected the new convenors of EWM, succeeding Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb and Elena Resmerita who served as convenors since 2016. https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/andrea-walther-and-kaie-kubjas-elected-new-convenors/ 3. EWM has published an open letter to advocate a proactive policy to support current employees in temporary positions and future job applicants in Mathematics in light of the Corona Crisis.  https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/ewm-open-letter-on-the-covid-19-pandemic/ 4. For more information on the EWM activities see the newsletter https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/newsletter NEWS FROM OTHER SOCIETIES Ramanujan Mathematical Society The conference “Number Theory And Discrete Mathematics (ICNTDM)” will be held on-line in December 2020. It is dedicated to mark the hundredth year of the passing away of Srinivasa Ramanujan. Several distinguished European mathematicians will deliver lectures. http://www.rajagiritech.ac.in/icntdm/ NEWS FROM EMS COMMITTEES Committee for Developing Countries (CDC) Donate to the EMS Committee for Developing Countries (CDC)! The CDC has an important mission in supporting mathematics research and education in developing countries http://euro-math-soc.eu/committee/developing-countries You can make your donation together with your EMS membership payment or by paying with a credit card: http://euro-mathsoc.eu/ems_payment_new/ems_cdc_donation.html or directly to the CDC bank account: EMS-CDC, IBAN: FI78 1572 3000 3811 60, SWIFT/BIC NDEAFIHH EMS NEWSLETTER The latest edition of the EMS Newsletter (N117-September 2020) is on line: https://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2020-09-117.pdf Highlights include: – 2020 Jaroslav and Barbara Zemánek Prize – Metastability of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations and Fredholm Determinants – N. Berglund – Alessio Figalli: Magic, Method, Mission – S. Xambó-Descamps – Gotthold Eisenstein and Philosopher John – F. Lemmermeyer – Stokes at 200 – Dynamics and Control of Covid-19: Comments by Two Mathematicians – B. Booß-Bavnbek & K. Krickeberg – Working from Home. 2 Months 4 Months and Still Counting A. Frabetti, V. Salnikov & L. Schaposnik – Armenian Mathematical Union – History and Activity – Y. Movsisyan – Transforming Scanned zbMATH Volumes to LaTeX: Planning the Next Level Digitisation – M. Beck et al EMS PRESS Recent books: Accuracy of Mathematical Models by Sergey I. Repin (Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg,  Russian Federation) and Stefan A. Sauter (Universität Zürich, Switzerland) EMS Tracts in Mathematics Vol. 33 August 2020 Mackey 2-Functors and Mackey 2-Motives by Paul Balmer (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Ivo Dell’Ambrogio (Université de Lille, France) EMS Monographs in Mathematics August 2020 For more information about our new-look Publishing House, see https://ems.press/ SOCIAL MEDIA Keep up with the EMS and its Newsletter on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EMSnewsletter Twitter:  https://twitter.com/EMSnewsletter CONTACT For questions, comments or suggestions about the e-News, please    contact Professor Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, Université Paris    Descartes, Editor of the EMS E-News. e-mail:      Mireille.Chaleyat-Maurel@math-info.univ-paris5.fr e-News

  • Sonia Kéfi wins prestigious Erdos-Renyi Prize for young scientists
    by Jorge Buescu on September 27, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Congratulations to Sonia Kéfi (@cnrs.fr) who has won the 2020 e Erdős-Renyi Prize “for foundational and empirically grounded theoretical research that has advanced network science and its applications in ecology, with a focus on multiple types of interactions among species and the implications for global change, opening the path to new ways to study ecosystems.” https://www.santafe.edu/news-center/news/sonia-kefi-wins-prestigious-erdos-renyi-prize-young-scientists?fbclid=IwAR2OFSCcykz8tA7

  • EMS 30 year celebratory event postponed
    by Jorge Buescu on September 18, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    The celebratory event planned to mark the European Mathematical Society’s 30th anniversary, originally planned  to take place in the last weekend of October at the ICMS Edinburgh, has sadly been postponed till next Spring due to the current sanitary situation in Europe.

  • Passing of Vaughan Jones
    by Jorge Buescu on September 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

    It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Vaughan F. R. Jones. Sir Vaughan Jones, Stevenson Distinguished Professor of Mathematics of Vanderbilt University and Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley, passed away suddenly this week. Vaughan Jones was a New Zealand-born mathematician based in the USA, renowned worldwide for his remarkable work on von Neumann algebras and knot polynomials. In 1990 he was awarded a Fields medal for his discoveries in the mathematical study of knots, including an application to an invariant now known as the Jones polynomial. This led to the solution of a number of classical problems in knot theory, and to increased interest in low-dimensional topology. EMS Vice-President Betül Tanbay, who knew him for more than thirty five years since the “bright guy on bike” had arrived to Berkeley, describes him as “a wonderful human being, a shining windsurfer and a great mathematician”. Prof. Jones was to deliver a public lecture at the 8th European Congress in Mathematics in Slovenia in 2021. The EMS extends deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and the wider mathematical community. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaughan_Jones

  • Passing of Vaughan Jones
    by Jorge Buescu on September 11, 2020 at 10:22 am

    It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Vaughan F. R. Jones. Sir Vaughan Jones, Stevenson Distinguished Professor of Mathematics of Vanderbilt University and Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley, passed away suddenly this week. Vaughan Jones was a New Zealand-born mathematician based in the USA, renowned worldwide for his remarkable work on von Neumann algebras and knot polynomials. In 1990 he was awarded a Fields medal for his discoveries in the mathematical study of knots, including an application to an invariant now known as the Jones polynomial. This led to the solution of a number of classical problems in knot theory, and to increased interest in low-dimensional topology. EMS Vice-President Betül Tanbay describes him as “I had known him for more than thirty five years as  “a wonderful human being, great mathematician too. I had known him for more than thirty five years as the “bright guy on bike” arrived to Berkeley. He loved windsurfing, me too.” Prof. Jones was to deliver a public lecture at the 8th European Congress in Mathematics in Sloveinia in 2021. The EMS extends deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and the wider mathematical community. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaughan_Jones

  • Zemánek Prize awarded to Michael Hartz
    by Jorge Buescu on August 14, 2020 at 11:20 am

    The Jaroslav and Barbara Zemánek Prize in functional analysis with emphasis on operator theory for 2020 is awarded to Michael Hartz (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany) for his work on operator-oriented function theory of several variables. https://www.impan.pl/en/events/awards/b-and-j-zemanek-prize.

  • Decease of C. S. Seshadri
    by Jorge Buescu on July 31, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Prof. C. S. Seshadri, Chennai Mathematical Institute, India, passed away on July 17, 2020, at the age of 88. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Seshadri

  • Calls for Minisymposia and Satellite conferences at 8ECM reopened
    by Vicente Munoz on July 7, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    The organizers of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics have reopened the calls for Minisymposia and Satellite conferences. We remind that the congress been rescheduled and will take place 20 – 26 June 2021 in Portorož, Slovenia. Conditions for applications remain the same, all received proposals will be reviewed by the Local Scientific Committee. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. https://www.8ecm.si/open-calls/call-for-satellite-conferenceshttps://www.8ecm.si/open-calls/call-for-minisymposia

  • 9ECM will be held in Seville on 15-19 July 2024
    by Vicente Munoz on July 4, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    The EMS Council, in its online meeting of 4 July 2020 has decided that the 9th European Congress of Mathematics in 2024 will be held in Seville (Spain). http://www.ecm2024sevilla.com

  • EMS Council elects new members of Executive Committee
    by Vicente Munoz on July 4, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    The EMS Council was meant to be meeting in Bled (Slovenia) on 4-5 July 2020, but because of the pandemic instead met online on 4 July 2020. The following new members of the Executive Committee (EC) have been elected by the EMS Council, and will start at the beginning of 2021. Vicepresident: Jorge Buescu (Portugal) Secretary: Jiří Rákosník (Czech republic) Members-at-large: Fréderic Hélein (France), Barbara Kaltenbacher (Austria), Luis Narváez (Spain), Beatrice Pelloni (UK), and Susanna Terracini (Italy).

  • Ari Laptev’s 70th birthday conference
    by Vicente Munoz on June 27, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    A virtual conference on the occasion of the 70th birthday of former EMS President Ari Laptev will be held on the dates August 12 – 13, 2020. https://www.iadm.uni-stuttgart.de/en/ari-laptevs-70-birthday-conference/

  • 2020 Princess of Asturias Award
    by Vicente Munoz on June 25, 2020 at 7:04 am

    The mathematicians Yves Meyer, Ingrid Daubechies, Terence Tao and Emmanuel Candès have received the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. https://www.rtve.es/noticias/20200623/matematicos-meyer-daubechies-tao-candes-logran-premio-princesa…

  • EMS e-news 35, June 2020
    by EMS Office on June 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    EDITORIAL Dear members of the EMS, This is a very sad editorial. The covid-19 crisis has taken and continues to take the lives of many people. It  has led to severe restrictions of usual scientific cooperation, with conferences, workshops, and research and student exchange visits being cancelled, postponed or moved to virtual platforms. This includes our own European Congress of Mathematics, which has been postponed to June 20-23, 2021 (more details below). Another disturbing development is that in some countries the decision makers do not listen to or ignore scientific advice, which has led to a huge death toll. But also the responsibility of our community is not very pronounced. Proper statistical analysis and mathematical modelling are essential tools for combatting this frightening pandemic and we (through our Applied Mathematics Committee), as well as many other mathematical societies, have initiatives underway. Despite all this bad news, still the life of our community continues. We have decided to announce the prize winners of the EMS,  Felix Klein and Otto Neugebauer prizes (details below). We send many congratulations to all prize winners. Another important development is taking place in the European Mathematical Society Publishing House, EMS Press, which has launched its new web platform https://ems.press/ and is setting up a community oriented open access initiative “Subscribe to Open” for its publications, https://ems.press/subscribe-to-open. As already indicated in my last editorial the 30th anniversary of EMS is taking place in 2020 and we are currently carefully planning a meeting in Edinburgh on October 29. For more details watch the EMS website in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, the most important organisational event of the EMS, the biannual Council, which elects the members of the Executive Committee and decides the venue for the next congress, also had to be postponed. A virtual meeting will take place on July 4, where all major decisions will be made, and a more informative meeting is planned jointly with the meeting of presidents in Edinburgh October 30, 2020. Let me close with an appeal to stand together in these hard times, and to support each other for the further development of mathematics in Europe. Volker Mehrmann EMS President   HEADLINES EMS NEWSLETTER The latest edition of the EMS Newsletter (N116-June 2020) is online now: https://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2020-06-116.pdf  (more details below)   8ECM RESCHEDULED TO 2021 After careful consideration of all available options and in view of the safety and well-being of all participants, a final decision was made to move the date of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics (8ECM). The 8ECM organizers and the EMS announce a new date for the Congress: 20–26 June, 2021 in Portorož, Slovenia (the same location as previously advertised). One of the innovations at the event will be an online streaming format, with the possibility for full and active E-participation, besides the regular conference format. See https://8ecm.si/news/68 for more information. The 8ECM organizers are confident that the Congress will be as magnificent as ever, and are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Portorož in 2021!   EMS PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED Every four years, at the opening ceremony of the European Congress, the EMS awards its 10 EMS Prizes, along with the Felix Klein Prize and the Otto Neugebauer Prize. Unfortunately the postponement of the congress required a break with tradition, so the prizes were announced in May. The winners of the EMS Prizes are:   Karim Adiprasito (Hebrew University of Jerusalem / University of Copenhagen) Ana Caraiani (Imperial College London) Alexander Efimov (Steklov, Moscow) Simion Filip (Chicago) Aleksandr Logunov (Princeton) Kaisa Matomäki (Turku) Phan Thành Nam (LMU Munich) Joaquim Serra (ETH Zurich) Jack Thorne (Cambridge) Maryna Viazovska (EPFL, Lausanne)   The Felix Klein Prize is awarded “to a scientist, or a group of at most three scientists, under the age of 38 for using sophisticated methods to give an outstanding solution, which meets with the complete satisfaction of industry, to a concrete and difficult industrial problem.” The 2020 Felix Klein Prize winner is Arnulf Jentzen (University of Münster).   The Otto Neugebauer Prize is awarded “for highly original and influential work in the field of history of mathematics that enhances our understanding of either the development of mathematics or a particular mathematical subject in any period and in any geographical region.” The 2020 Otto Neugebauer Prize winner is Karine Chemla (Université de Paris and CNRS)   See https://8ecm.si/prizes for more information about the laureates and their work.   The Prize Committee for the EMS Prizes was presided over by Martin Bridson (University of Oxford). All prize lectures will take place at 8ECM in 2021 (see previous item).   ABEL PRIZE The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2020 to Hillel Furstenberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) ​ and Gregory Margulis (Yale University) “for pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics” More information: https://www.abelprize.no     THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MATHEMATICS (IDM, March 14th) 1. Sadly the official launch at UNESCO was cancelled and the African launch at the Next Einstein Forum has been postponed, both because of the COVID-19 epidemic. They were replaced by a live global launch at https://www.idm314.org/launch-2020.html, which premiered the worldwide video, “Mathematics is Everywhere”. Throughout the day special announcements were posted as well as videos, photos, and experiences from around the world. 2. The IDM aroused worldwide enthusiasm with 1043 celebrations announced in more than 110 countries. Unfortunately again, many of these events were cancelled due to the epidemic. This led to spontaneous online presentations via videos and recorded talks and home celebrations in many countries. 3. UNESCO published a webpage with the IDM: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/mathematics, which is translated in the six languages of UNESCO. 4. We invite you to celebrate March 14 next year! The 2021 theme is “Mathematics for a Better World”. If you have not done so, please register for the IDM newsletter at http://www.idm314.org.   NEWS FROM EMS CORPORATE MEMBERS Cyprus Mathematical Society A new ERASMUS+ EU funded project is developing with the name “STEAME: Guidelines for Developing and Implementing STEAME Schools” (2019-2021), http://www.steame.eu. STEAME stands for “Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics-Entrepreneurship”. The project will produce three main outputs: O1. Guidelines for dynamic and adaptive STEAME curricula O2. Guidelines for STEAME Activities in Schools for two age groups O3. Guidelines for STEAME School Organizational Structure This project has announced a call for the “Journal of STEAME Creations for and by School Students”, where school students can publish their STEAME project work. The journal banner can be found at the website above. The STEAME Observatory is also coming up, where visitors can find material to run STEAME activities in their schools. The banner for the Observatory is also open for subscription at the website above. The project is coordinated by the Cyprus Mathematical Society and a partnership of 6 other organizations: the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute in Cyprus, the Pedagogical University of Krakow in Poland, the Prof. Ivan Apostolov Private English Language School in Bulgaria, the Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications (IASA) in Greece, the Doukas School of Education in Greece, and the ITC Pacle Morante Limbiate in Italy. For more information contact project coordinator Prof. Gregoris Makrides, at projects@cms.org.cy   Cyprus Mathematical Society: http://www.cms.org.cy Royal Dutch Mathematical Society April 14, Barry Koren succeeded Jan Wiegerinck as the president of the Dutch Royal Mathematical Society (the Koninklijk Wiskundig Genootschap), the oldest of all present-day national mathematical societies worldwide. The Netherlands Mathematical Congress, 14-15 April 2020 was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme of NMC2020 will be carried over as much as possible to NMC 2021 (6-7 April).   SMAI (Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles, France) The CIJM fair took place virtually, 28 May – 1 June: https://www.cijm.org/ Unione Matematica Italiana (UMI) The UMI organized an online gala to celebrate women in mathematics, which was held on Wednesday May 27th 2020 as part of the International Day of Women in Mathematics https://may12.womeninmaths.org. This Italian Language event was streamed on the UMI Facebook page and is available to watch on the MaddMaths! Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCARXQpE22VWkoiJ-MsjIY3w. Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIMAI) – SIMAI Conference postponed to next January 2021. The 2020 edition of SIMAI’s bi-annual congress will be held in Parma, hosted by the Università di Parma, at the Campus Congress Center “Plesso Aule delle Scienze”, Parco Area delle Scienze, 43124 Parma. The conference was originally planned to take place 15-19 June 2020. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the SIMAI Board, together with the local organisers, decided to postone it to the beginning of next year. http://www.simai.unipr.it. Lithuanian Mathematical Society The 2020 Lithuanian Mathematical Society Young mathematicians’ prize has been awarded to Paulius Drungilas (Vilnius University, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics) for his cycle of works “Arithmetic properties of particular algebraic numbers and polynomials”. The biennial LMS Young mathematicians’ prize is awarded to Lithuanian scientists, not older than 40 years, for significant individual mathematical research. Polish Mathematical Society In 2020 the Polish Mathematical Society (PTM) has awarded its two highest prizes: Yuriy Tomilov  (Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences) is the winner of The Stefan Banach Main Prize 2019 for deep and broadly cited results in the field of operator theory and semigroups of operators on Banach spaces and their applications in the theory of differential equations and ergodic theory. Adam Bobrowski (Lublin University of Technology) is a recipient of The Hugo Steinhaus Main Prize 2019 for overall achievements in the field of mathematics applications (functional analysis and stochastic processes). The PTM Prize for Young Mathematicians 2019 was awarded to Agnieszka Hejna (University of Wroclaw) for a cycle of five works from harmonic analysis published in renowned mathematical journals, and to Dominik Burek (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) for a series of four papers on the subject of the Calabi-Yau variety published in renowned mathematical journals. Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MISANU) – May Month of Mathematics 2020 in Serbia, http://m3.rs/ For the ninth time, MISANU organised the May Month of Mathematics (M3) in collaboration with the Center for the Promotion of Science. It is the largest event in Serbia for the promotion of science. Due to the epidemic, M3 took place in cyberspace. Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME) Events postponed to 2021: 1. SMM-RSME Congress 2020 The joint meeting of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española RSME and the Sociedad Matemática Mexicana SMME, originally planned for June 2020 in Spain, has been postponed to December 2021. http://rsmeysmm.eventos.cimat.mx/ 2. RSME-UMA joint meeting 2020 The joint meeting of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española RSME and the Unión Matemática Argentina UMA, originally planned for December 2020 at the University of Málaga, Spain, has been postponed to December 2021. https://rsme2020uma.rsme.es/ (website under construction) 3. 8th Edition of the Iberian Mathematical Meeting The eighth edition of this event (jointly organized by the Real Sociedad Matemática Española and the Sociedade Portuguesa de Matemática) was planned to take place in Seville, Spain, 7-9 October 2020, as originally planned, however it has been postponed to the same period of the year 2021. http://congreso.us.es/sevilla8imm/ 2021 RSME Conference in Ciudad Real The 2021 biennial conference of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española will take place on the Ciudad Real Campus of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM). The list of plenary speakers is available at the website https://2021.bienalrsme.com/. The call for Proposals for Special Sessions is open until 30th June. https://2021.bienalrsme.com/ New editorial team of the Revista Matemática Iberoamericana The scientific journal of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española, the Revista Matemática Iberoamericana, has renewed its editorial team. https://www.rsme.es/revista-matematica-iberoamericana Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SeMA)   CEDYA2020: https://cedya2020.es/en The XXVI Congress of Differential Equations and Applications /XVI Congress of Applied Mathematics (CEDYA/CMA), SeMA’s biennial congress, will be held in  of Gijón (Spain). Due to the current pandemic the organizers have decided to postpone the congress. The new dates are 14-18 June 2021. XVIII International Conference on Hyperbolic Problems: Theory, Numerics, Applications (HYP2020)    https://edanya.uma.es/hyp2020<https://edanya.uma.es/hyp2020/> This conference, which is a satellite event of ICIAM2019,  will be held in Málaga (Spain). Due to the current pandemic, the organizers have decided to postponed this event. The new dates are 28 June – 2 July 2021.   https://www.sema.org.es/en/     Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM) Several BCAM members in collaboration with Ikerbasque, the University of the Basque Country and health institutions are taking part in a working group on COVID-19 and are focusing their research on real-time prediction of the epidemiological evolution of coronavirus, the estimation of the number of expected hospital admissions and on the improvement, comparison and evaluation of advanced models of prediction of the disease. https://wp.bcamath.org/news/en/2020/04/28/this-is-what-scientists-at-bcam-are-researching-in-connection-with-the-covid-19-pandemic/ London Mathematical Society (LMS) The LMS UK-Lebanon Atiyah Fellowship scheme was set up in memory of Sir Michael Atiyah, OM (1929-2019).  The first two fellowships, for the academic year  2020-21, have been awarded to Mark Wildon (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Ahmad Sabra (American University of Beirut, Lebanon). https://tinyurl.com/tvweckc LMS member Sarah Hart, Professor of Mathematics at Birkbeck, University of London has been appointed Gresham Professor of Geometry. The position is the oldest mathematical chair in Britain and Professor Hart is the first woman to be appointed in its 423-year history. Many distinguished mathematicians have held the position previously including Henry Briggs, Robert Hooke, Karl Pearson, Sir Roger Penrose, and John D Barrow. https://www.gresham.ac.uk/professorships/geometry-professorship/   Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is currently hosting our first virtual programme on the mathematical and statistical challenges in understanding the dynamics of infectious disease pandemics. The programme includes a number of different activities including virtual seminars, discussion sessions and study groups. The key aim of the programme is to give experts the space and time to discuss, explore and analyse underlying model assumptions and surrounding issues including contact tracing, use of diagnostics, and social distancing. To find out more about the programme’s activities and ways to get involved please see the programme webpage: https://www.newton.ac.uk/event/idp . GAMM The Richard-von-Mises-Prize has been awarded by GAMM to Elisa Davoli (Wien) and Fadi Aldakheel (Hannover) in appreciation for excellent scientific achievements in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. The Dr.-Klaus-Körper-Prize for an excellent dissertation in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics has been awarded to Julian Kochmann (Aachen), Dominik Stöger (München), Julian Heß (Darmstadt) and Philip Saltenberger (Braunschweig).     NEWS FROM OTHER SOCIETIES ICIAM – ICIAM webpage: Mathematics of Covid-19 Mathematicians worldwide are contributing to the understanding of the Covid-19 epidemic, working with specialists such as microbiologists and virologists on mathematical models that take into account the different situations in different countries. ICIAM has created a page to collect these activities and projects from all over the world and provide a global view of the contributions of mathematics to help in the fight against COVID-19.  http://www.iciam.org/mathematics-covid-19     NEWS FROM EMS COMMITTEES Committee for Developing Countries (CDC) Donate to the EMS Committee for Developing Countries (CDC)! The CDC has an important mission in supporting mathematics research and education in developing countries http://euro-math-soc.eu/committee/developing-countries You can make your donation together with your EMS membership payment or by paying with a credit card: http://euro-mathsoc.eu/ems_payment_new/ems_cdc_donation.html or directly to the CDC bank account: EMS-CDC, IBAN: FI78 1572 3000 3811 60, SWIFT/BIC NDEAFIHH   NEWS FROM OTHER COMMITTEES Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) Newsletter The CWM newsletter can be found at: https://www.mathunion.org/fileadmin/CWM/Initiatives/CWMNewsletter3.pdf It starts with an editorial followed by an interview with CWM member Cheryl Praeger. Cheryl has a rich and successful career and we hope that you find this interview as interesting as we did. It then continue with “News From CWM” and “Other News and Announcements”. We included 5 COVID-19 Testimonies from CWM Ambassadors from several continents. Other CWM Ambassadors testimonies we received will be installed on CWM website in the coming days. The last item in this issue is an article by Christiane Rousseau on the International Day of Mathematics. We invite your feedback and suggestions about the Newsletter. Please distribute the link in your country and your scientific network ! EMS NEWSLETTER The latest edition of the EMS Newsletter (N116-June 2020) is online now: https://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2020-06-116.pdf Highlights include: – A Message from the President: EMS and COVID-19 – V.Mehrmann – A Message from the Editor-in-Chief: EMS Newsletter – To a New Future – V. A. Zagrebnov – Dynamics of Random Interfaces and Hydrodynamic Limits – F. L. Toninelli – Yuri L. Daletskii and the Development of Infinite Dimensional Analysis – Y. Belopolskaya & A. Daletskii – Exploring Leibniz’s Nachlass at the Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek in Hanover – D. Rabouin – Publication of the Mathematical Works of René Thom in the Collection Documents mathématiques of the French Mathematical Society – M. Chaperon & F. Laudenbach – Reuben Hersh 1927–2020 – U. Persson – The Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research – J. López Fidalgo – The Transition of zbMATH Towards an Open Information Platform for Mathematics – K. Hulek & O. Teschke EMS PRESS Recent books: t-Motives: Hodge Structures, Transcendence and Other Motivic Aspects Edited by Gebhard Böckle (Universität Heidelberg, Germany), David  Goss, Urs Hartl (Universität Münster, Germany), and Matthew A.  Papanikolas (Texas A&M University, College Station, USA) EMS Series of Congress Reports May 2020 Decision Support Systems for Water Supply Systems Edited by Andreas Pirsing (Siemens AG, Berlin, Germany) and Antonio  Morsi (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) EMS Series in Industrial and Applied Mathematics Vol. 2 May 2020 Classification of Complex Algebraic Surfaces By Ciro Ciliberto (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”) EMS Series of Lectures in Mathematics Vol. 31 June 2020 For more information about our new-look Publishing House, see https://ems.press/   SOCIAL MEDIA Keep up with the EMS and its Newsletter on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EMSnewsletter Twitter:  https://twitter.com/EMSnewsletter CONTACT For questions, comments or suggestions about the e-News, please contact Professor Mireille Chaleyat-Maurel, Université Paris Descartes, Editor of the EMS E-News. e-mail:   Mireille.Chaleyat-Maurel@math-info.univ-paris5.fr e-News

  • Beilinson and Kazhdan awarded 2020 Shaw Prize
    by Vicente Munoz on May 22, 2020 at 10:30 am

    The 2020 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded in equal shares to Alexander Beilinson, University of Chicago, and David Kazhdan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for their huge influence on and profound contributions to representation theory, as well as many other areas of mathematics. https://www.shawprize.org/prizes/mathematical-sciences

  • Decease of Ernest Vinberg
    by Vicente Munoz on May 18, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Prof. Ernest Borisovich Vinberg, Moscow State University and Independent University of Moscow, passed away on May 12, 2020, at the age of 82. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Vinberg

  • Prize Winners Announced
    by Vicente Munoz on May 8, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Every four years, during the ECM, the EMS awards 10 EMS Prizes, the Felix Klein Prize and the Otto Neugebauer Prize. All prize winners are usually announced at the Opening Ceremony at the beginning of the congress. Unfortunately, this year the tradition called for an alternative. The 10 EMS Prizes are awarded “to young researchers not older than 35 years, of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of excellent contributions in mathematics.” The EMS prize winners for 2020 are: Karim Adiprasito (Hebrew University of Jerusalem / University of Copenhagen) Ana Caraiani (Imperial College London) Alexander Efimov (Steklov, Moscow) Simion Filip (Chicago) Aleksandr Logunov (Princeton) Kaisa Matomäki (Turku) Phan Thành Nam (LMU Munich) Joaquim Serra (ETH Zurich) Jack Thorne (Cambridge) Maryna Viazovska (EPFL, Lausanne) The Felix Klein Prize is awarded “to a scientist, or a group of at most three scientists, under the age of 38 for using sophisticated methods to give an outstanding solution, which meets with the complete satisfaction of industry, to a concrete and difficult industrial problem.” The 2020 Felix Klein Prize winner is Arnulf Jentzen (University of Münster) The Otto Neugebauer Prize is awarded “for highly original and influential work in the field of history of mathematics that enhances our understanding of either the development of mathematics or a particular mathematical subject in any period and in any geographical region.” The 2020 Otto Neugebauer Prize winner is Karine Chemla (Université de Paris and CNRS) https://8ecm.si/about-8ecm/prizeshttps://www.8ecm.si/news/69

  • 8ECM Rescheduled
    by Vicente Munoz on May 8, 2020 at 7:09 am

    The 8th European Congress of Mathematics 2020 has been reschuduled due to the covid19 pandemic. The new date for the Congress is 20–26 June, 2021 in Portorož, Slovenia. https://8ecm.si/news/68

  • IMU “COVID-19 Resource Website”
    by Vicente Munoz on May 6, 2020 at 7:23 am

    The International Mathematical Union has a webpage for sharing links to: Mathematical resources related to COVID-19 Online mathematics seminars https://www.mathunion.org/corona

  • ECMI Webinar “Mathematics of the COVID19 crisis”
    by Dietmar Hömberg on April 26, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic is currently generating considerable activity among applied and industrial mathematicians across Europe.  The mathematics of modelling, simulation, and optimisation in all its various forms has experienced an unusual level of attention from authorities and from the media. In recent weeks, separate teams of researchers in countries across Europe (and elsewhere) have been busy with the urgent task of providing a rigorous basis for difficult political decisions.  To aid exchange of ideas and preliminary results, to stimulate discussion, and to foster international collaboration, the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) is organising a web seminar to be held on    April 29, 2020    at   2:00-4:30 pm  CET  (=GMT+1)  The webinar will bring together experts from different countries, who will outline their approaches in short presentations. The webinar is primarily an exchange between applied mathematicians, but it is public, and will be viewable on YouTube.  To attend the seminar on YouTube in real time, please connect to this link,  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC91b85JbKwOmWuGHP1mkUgg  and select the live streaming window, under the “VIDEO”  tag.  Each talk will be 15-20 minutes long and will be followed by a session of questions. The attendees may use the YouTube live chat to address questions to the speakers. Information about speakers, times, and abstracts are at the URL:    https://sites.google.com/view/math4covid/Analysis and its ApplicationsControl Theory and OptimizationDynamical Systems and Ordinary Differential EquationsMathematics Education and Popularization of MathematicsMathematics in Science and TechnologyPartial Differential EquationsProbability and Statistics

  • The Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize 2020 awarded
    by Vicente Munoz on April 24, 2020 at 9:52 am

    The Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize is awarded each year for a mathematical monograph of an expository nature presenting the latest developments in an active area of research in Mathematics, in which the applicant has made important contributions. The awardees of the 2020 edition are: Urtzi Buijs (Universidad Málaga), Yves Félix (Université Catholique Louvain), Aniceto Murillo (Universidad Málaga) and Daniel Tanré (Université Lille), for the monograph Lie models in topology. Giovanni Catino (Politecnico Milano) and Paolo Mastrolia (Università degli Studi Milano), for the monograph A Perspective on Canonical Riemannian Metrics. https://ffsb.espais.iec.cat/el-premi/