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European Mathematical Society

The European Mathematical Society (EMS) is a European organization dedicated to the development of mathematics in Europe. Its members are different mathematical societies in Europe, academic institutions and individual mathematicians. The current president is Marta Sanz-Solé,[1] professor of Statistics at University of Barcelona.


  • Goals 1
  • History 2
  • Prizes 3
    • 1992 prizes 3.1
    • 1996 prizes 3.2
    • 2000 prizes 3.3
    • 2004 prizes 3.4
    • 2008 prizes 3.5
    • 2012 prizes 3.6
  • Landmarks 4
  • Member societies 5
    • International member societies 5.1
    • National member societies 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Society seeks to serve all kinds of mathematicians in universities, research institutes and other forms of higher education. Its aims are to

  1. promote mathematical research, both pure and applied,
  2. assist and advise on problems of mathematical education,
  3. concern itself with the broader relations of mathematics to society,
  4. foster interaction between mathematicians of different countries,
  5. establish a sense of identity amongst European mathematicians,
  6. represent the mathematical community in supra-national institutions.

The European Mathematical Society is also member of the Initiative for Science in Europe.


Initial discussions were held at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Helsinki in 1978, in the European Mathematical Council, chaired by Sir Michael Atiyah. The European Mathematical Society was founded in 1990 in Mandralin near Warsaw, Poland, with Friedrich Hirzebruch as founding President.[2]

The European Mathematical Society, through its committee for Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics (RPA), has recently run a competition for articles that have appeared in a newspaper, or some similar general magazine, in the home country of the author.


The European Congress of Mathematics (ECM) is held every four years under the Society's auspices, at which ten prizes are then awarded to "recognize excellent contributions in Mathematics by young researchers not older than 35 years".[3]

Here are the awardees so far (a F symbol denotes mathematicians who later earned a Fields Medal).

1992 prizes

Richard Borcherds (UK)FJens Franke (Germany) – Alexander Goncharov (Russia) – Maxim Kontsevich (Russia)FFrançois Labourie (France) – Tomasz Łuczak (Poland) – Stefan Müller (Germany) – Vladimír Šverák (Czechoslovakia) – Gábor Tardos (Hungary) – Claire Voisin (France)

1996 prizes

Alexis Bonnet (France) – Timothy Gowers (UK)FAnnette Huber-Klawitter (Germany) – Aise Johan de Jong (Netherlands) – Dmitry Kramkov (Russia) – Jiří Matoušek (Czech Republic) – Loïc Merel (France) – Grigori Perelman (Russia)FRicardo Pérez-Marco (Spain/France) – Leonid Polterovich (Russia/Israel)

2000 prizes

Michael McQuillan (UK) – Stefan Nemirovski (Russia) – Paul Seidel (UK/Italy) – Wendelin Werner (France)F

2004 prizes

Franck Barthe (France) – Stefano Bianchini (Italy) – Paul Biran (Israel) – Elon Lindenstrauss (Israel)FAndrei Okounkov (Russia)FSylvia Serfaty (France) – Stanislav Smirnov (Russia)FXavier Tolsa (Spain) – Warwick Tucker (Australia/Sweden) – Otmar Venjakob (Germany)

2008 prizes

Artur Avila (Brazil)FAlexei Borodin (Russia) – Ben J. Green (UK) – Olga Holtz (Russia) – Bo'az Klartag (Israel) – Alexander Kuznetsov (Russia) – Assaf Naor (USA/Israel) – Laure Saint-Raymond (France) – Agata Smoktunowicz (Poland) – Cédric Villani (France)F

2012 prizes

Simon Brendle (Germany) - Emmanuel Breuillard (France) - Alessio Figalli (Italy) - Adrian Ioana (Romania) - Mathieu Lewin (France) - Ciprian Manolescu (Romania) - Grégory Miermont (France) - Sophie Morel (France) - Tom Sanders (UK) - Corinna Ulcigrai (Italy) -


Vincent Lafforgue won the prize at the age of 26, and is the youngest winner so far.

Among the 60 prizes awarded between 1992 and 2012, there have been 8 to women. Also, among those 60 prizes, 16 went to laureates educated in France, then 11 to laureates educated in Russia.

Member societies

International member societies

National member societies

See also


  1. ^ "Message from the President". Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Marta Sanz-Solé (June 2013). "The European Mathematical Society: History, Organization and Activities". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Prizes of the European Mathematical Society". Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

External links

  • The European Mathematical Society Homepage
  • The European Mathematical Society Publishing House
  • Mathematics in Europe portal by the RPA committee of the EMS
  • History of the EMS
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