General information

History: The European Mathematical Society (EMS) was founded in 1990 in Madralin near Warsaw (Poland). Discussions to constitute such a society started in Helsinki in 1978 on the occasion of the International Mathematical Congress. The discussions were conducted within the European Mathematical Council, an initiative of Sir Michael Atiyah. (More on the history of the EMS 1990-1998.)

Purpose: The purpose of the Society is to further the development of all aspects of mathematics in the countries of Europe. In particular, the Society aims to promote research in mathematics and its applications. It will assist and advise on problems of mathematical education. It concerns itself with the broader relation of mathematics to society. In short, it seeks to establish a sense of identity amongst European mathematicians. Created by and for the European mathematical community, the EMS is an effective intermediary between mathematicians and those in charge of politics and funds in Brussels

Members: Today, the members of EMS consists of about 50 mathematical societies in Europe, about 20 academic institutional member, three institutional members, and about 2000 individual members who have joined through their national societies.


The governing body of the European Mathematical Society is its Council which meets once every two years.

            The last Council Meeting took place in Torino, Italy, July 1-2, 2006.

Delegates represent to the Council their mathematical societies or the individual members. The work of the Society is mainly done through committees set up by the Executive Committee to cover all areas of mathematics. Further information can be found on the following pages:


  EMS Secretariat
     Ms. Riitta Ulmanen
Phone: (+358) 9 1915 1507
Fax: (+358) 9 1915 1400
       Address: EMS Secretariat
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
P.O.Box 68 (Gustaf Hällströmink. 2b)
00014 University Helsinki

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