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 Pavel Exner,[1] Scientific Director of the Doppler Institute for Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics in Prague.[2]


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.[3]

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".[4]

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)F, declined – Ricardo Pérez-Marco (Spain/France) – Leonid Polterovich (Russia/Israel)

2000 prizes

Semyon Alesker (Israel) – Raphaël Cerf (France) – Dennis Gaitsgory (Moldova) – Emmanuel Grenier (France) – Dominic Joyce (UK) – Vincent Lafforgue (France) – 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)F – Xavier Tolsa (Spain) – Warwick Tucker (Australia/Sweden) – Otmar Venjakob (Germany)

2008 prizes

Artur Avila (Brazil)FAlexei Borodin (Russia) – Ben J. Green (UK) – Olga Holtz (Russia) – Boáz 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) -

2016 prizes

Sara Zahedi - Mark Braverman - Vincent Calvez - Guido de Philippis - Peter Scholze - Péter Varjú - Thomas Willwacher - James Maynard - Hugo Duminil-Copin - Geordie Williamson


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


The EMS publishes nearly 20 academic journals, including:[5]

In addition, it publishes the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society, often called EMS Newsletter, established in 1991. It features news and expositions of recent developments in mathematical research.[6][7] It is quarterly and open access.[8] The editor-in-chief is Lucia Di Vizio (2013–2016).[9]

See also


  1. "Message from the President". Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. "Doppler Institute for Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics". Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. Marta Sanz-Solé (June 2013). "The European Mathematical Society: History, Organization and Activities" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  4. "Prizes of the European Mathematical Society". Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  5. Lars Madsen. "Article about EMS Newsletter from Vicente Muñoz". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  6. "European Mathematical Society". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  7. Sanz-Solé, Marta. "The European Mathematical Society: the home for Mathematics in Europe" (PDF). Europhysics News. 44 (4): 19–21. doi:10.1051/epn/2013402.
  8. Diez, Nerea. "Real Sociedad Matemática Española - Noticias de la EMS". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-03-10.
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