The 8th European Congress of Mathematics is about to start in Portorož, Slovenia

18 June, 11:15

The 8th European Congress of Mathematics will be held from 20 to 26 June in the Slovenian city of Portorož; it is organized by the European Mathematical Society (EMS). It is the second-largest conference of mathematicians in the world. According to the organizers, this year's congress will be attended by about 1,500 people, including winners of the Fields Prize and other outstanding mathematicians.

EMS meets in Congress every four years. The eighth congress was supposed to be held in 2020, but it was postponed because of coronavirus restrictions. This year, it was decided to hold the event mainly online. However, some speakers were invited to visit Slovenia for small close lectures and discussions.

The congress will traditionally open with awarding ceremony for three mathematical prizes: the EMS Prize, the Felix Klein Prize, and the Otto Neugebauer Prize. In addition, on the first day, the winners and prize-winners of the European Mathematical Olympiad will receive awards. At 10:30 local time, the plenary reports of the speakers begin — the first speaker will be Alfio Quarteroni, professor of numerical analysis from Italy, with the “The Beat of Math” talk. In just six days of the forum, ten plenary speakers will deliver their talks. Public lectures will be delivered by Andrey Okunkov and Stanislav Smirnov, winners of the Fields Prize, members of the ICM 2022 Executive Organizing Committee. The work will take place in 16 general sections, and numerous round tables, other events will take place as well.

The organization of the congress was entrusted to the University of Primorska, in collaboration with all active mathematical institutions in Slovenia. Klavdija Kutnar, Rector of the University of Primorska stressed the importance of the congress for the university and for Slovenian mathematics in general.

“When we were chosen as the organizers of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics in 2016, we knew that this was a great opportunity to introduce Slovenian mathematics to the world community, as our country had never hosted such an important event before. This event is only held every four years, and so far only mathematical superpowers, such as for example, France or Spain, have been hosts of the congress. We expect that we will be able to virtually meet more than 1,500 people, including domestic scientists — this will help to arouse interest in the event even among those Slovenian citizens who are not directly related to mathematics. After the turbulent year of 2020, we are looking forward to this event”