The European Congress of Mathematics (ECM) is held every fourth year, under the auspices of the European Mathematical Society (EMS). The First ECM took place in Paris, from July 6 to 10, 1992; the Second ECM was in Budapest, from July 22 to 26, 1996; the Third ECM will take place in Barcelona, from July 10 to 14, 2000. According to the Statutes of the EMS, the purpose of the ECM is to enhance co-operation among mathematicians from all European countries. It should present new aspects of pure and applied mathematics to a wide audience and it should be a forum for discussion of the relationship between mathematics & society in Europe.
The most remarkable aspects of the conference are the following:
- The scientific programme of the 3ECM depends on a Scientific Committee formed by 13 mathematicians of international recognition (see the enclosed dossier). This committee is chaired by Sir Michael F. Atiyah, a Fields Medal mathematician;
- There will take place 9 plenary conferences delivered by the most prestigious European mathematicians of the moment (see the enclosed dossier). Among them Andrew J. Wiles who recently solved the Fermat's Conjecture, one of the most important old problems in mathematics. Also there will take place 30 invited lectures, in parallel sessions covering innovative, multisciplinary topics;
- The speakers will be selected by the Scientific Committee;
The organisation will give 10 prizes of about 6000 EURO each to young mathematicians that have specially contributed to the progress of Mathematics;
- The prizes committee is chaired by J.L. Lions and formed by 19 mathematicians of international prestige (see the enclosed dossier). One of the novelties of the 3ECM is the organisation of 10" mini-symposia" (see the enclosed dossier for the titles) where the most relevant aspects of the mathematics for the 21st century will be discussed. As usual there will be a number of " Poster Sessions". Also a session on mathematical software will take place during the congress. Moreover a DVD containing both short video and multimedia will be exhibited in several general public sessions.