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7ECM Panel Discussions and Meetings

EMS/AMS Panel: The Future of Mathematical Publishing; Thursday July 21st from 16:30 till 18:30 in H1012

This panel discussion will address how mathematical documentation is changing, from what it is now and what it will become, and what challenges we will be faced with in making this happen. These changes are driven by technological developments in publishing, and the rise of the internet.

The panel session is jointly organized by the European Mathematical Society (EMS) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS).


  • Jiří Rákosník (EMS)
  • Olaf Teschke (EMS)
  • Chuck Weibel (AMS)


  • Harry Blom (Springer Nature, Mathematics, Computer Science and Publishing Development)
  • Thierry Bouche (Université de Grenoble Alpes, Institut Fourier & Cellule Mathdoc; EuDML)
  • Jean-Pierre Demailly (Université de Grenoble Alpes, Institut Fourier; Episciences-Maths)
  • Sabrina Eck (FIZ Karlsruhe; ELibM)
  • Sergei Gelfand (AMS Publisher)

EMS Session on Public Awareness; Wednesday July 20th from 16:30 till 18:30 in H2032

Public awareness is a crucial issue for modern mathematics. If mathematics is a fundamental discipline for our society, on the other hand the great majority of people is unaware of the ideas and the achievements of mathematics. This event, promoted by the Raising Public Awareness Committee of the European Mathematical, is intended to provide an overview of the activities of the committee and also to give some suggestions for possible activities to be developed in each country. The new improved site Mathematics in Europe will be presented, as well as the possibilities of future collaborations. Some reports about Math Fairs and Math Exhibitions will be also discussed. Contact person is Roberto Natalini.


  • Roberto Natalini
  • Ehrhard Behrends


  • Roberto Natalini: Raising Public Mathematical Awareness in Europe
  • Eoin Gill: How you can organize a Maths Week and survive
  • Andreas Matt & Betul Tanbay: How to organise interactive mathematics exhibitions - theory and reality
  • Sylvie Benzoni: Mathematics of planet Earth

Funding Agencies Panel, Wednesday July 20th from 16:30 till 18:30 in H1012

This panel aims at addressing the role of funding agencies with respect to three relevant topics, which will be discussed by representatives of funding agencies and the mathematical community: the current status and role of international cooperation, interdisciplinary research in the mathematical sciences, and the support and advancement of early career researchers. We invite programme managers and members of decision-making bodies from different European funding agencies as well as active researchers to discuss these topics in three separate rounds. For each topic, panel members will give a short introductory talk addressing relevant questions, also concerning the role of funding agencies. These brief presentations will serve as a starting point for the discussion among the panel members, in which the audience will be welcome to participate and share their views.

The panel session is jointly organized by programme managers from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)

  • Carsten Balleier (DFG)
  • Petra De Bont (NWO)
  • Frank Kiefer (DFG)
  • Christiane Kloeditz (NWO)

LMS Panel: How to get your papers published – meet the Editors; Wednesday July 20th from 16:30 till 17:30 in H0107

There is not always much direct contact in mathematics between authors and the editors of journals, particularly for newly qualified researchers. The purpose of this panel session is to facilitate this interaction, giving insight and advice on the landscape of opportunities for an author, how the peer review process works, and what editors are looking for in a submitted paper that might make them want to accept it. To this end we have brought together four panellists representing a variety of mathematics journals. The session is aimed primarily at early career researchers. The panel session is organised by the London Mathematical Society (LMS).

  • John Hunton (LMS)
  • Ola Törnkvist (LMS)
  • Karen Vogtmann (arXiv advisory board, and editorial roles including for Journal AMS and Algebraic & Geometric Topology)
  • Radha Kessar (Editor, Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society)
  • Carles Casacuberta (editorial roles for Mediterranean J. Math., Advanced Courses Math. CRM Barcelona, Springer Universitext; former EMS Publications Officer)
  • John Hunton (LMS Publications Officer, former editorial board member for Bull., J., Proc. and Trans. London Math. Soc.)

London Mathematical Society (LMS) Meeting & Lecture; Thursday July 21st from 16:30 till 17:45 in H0107.

The LMS invites delegates to join us at our Society Meeting at the 7ECM. The meeting is open to members and non-members. Non-members will have the chance to find out more about the LMS; the UK’s learned society for advancing and dessiminating mathematics. Members will have the opportunity to sign the LMS Members’ Book, which dates back to 1865 when the Society was founded and contains signatures of members throughout the years, including G.H. Hardy, Poincaré, Felix Klein, James Clerk Maxwell, Mary Cartwright.

Terry Lyons (Oxford) will give a lecture From Hopf Algebras to Machine learning via Rough Paths

Abstract: Rough path theory aims to build an effective calculus that can model the interactions between complex oscillatory (rough) evolving systems. At its mathematical foundations, it is a combination of analysis blended with algebra that goes back to LC Young, and to KT Chen. Key to the theory is the essential need to incorporate additional non-commutative structure into areas of mathematics we thought were stable. At its high points, there are the regularity structures of Martin Hairer that allow robust meaning to be given to numerous core nonlinear stochastic pdes describing evolving interfaces in physics.

Classic results, by Clark, Cameron and Dickinson, demonstrate that a nonlinear approach to the data is essential. Rough path theory lives up to this challenge and can be viewed as providing fundamentally more efficient ways of approximately describing complex data; approaches that, after penetrating the basic ideas, are computationally tractable and lead to new scalable ways to regress, classify, and learn functional relationships from data. One non-mathematical application that is already striking is the use of signatures on a daily basis in the online recognition of Chinese Handwriting on mobile phones.