Centennial of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society

Note: The following text is taken from http://www.rsme.es/centenario/index_i.html. For more information about past events and others, please, go to this website.

The Royal Spanish Mathematical Society reaches its centenary in 2011 as a modern and active society that works to support Spanish mathematicians in their efforts to improve research, education at all levels, the range of applications, public esteem and recognition from institutions.
Its more than 1700 members belonging to all realms of learning and of the mathematical profession, invite you to participate in conferences, exhibitions, debates and other events that will serve to recognize to all those who made possible our one hundred years of history, and to reflect on the challenges we will face in the next century; and, of course, we invite you to join us as a member and help build the future of the RSME.

The Royal Spanish Mathematical Society commemorates in 2011 the centennial of its founding. In these hundred years the work developed by the RSME has been of great importance as a link between members of our community. It has promoted scientific meetings, journals and relationships with other domestic and foreign companies pursuing similar purposes.
One of the key objectives of the RSME has been to encourage the contact between the secondary education, universities and society in general. In this spirit, we have designed a comprehensive program of events throughout the year and throughout the country.
The centenary year held its opening ceremony on January 20.
The RSME Biennial Congress, the main event of the centennial, took place in February. Young researchers and university students in mathematics will have their specific conferences in Soria and La Laguna (Tenerife).
The name of Scientific Days groups a series of short conferences that show a variety of fields where Spanish mathematicians are relevant.
There will be about ten colloquia as well, events aimed at students and people interested in mathematics but not involved in research.
The exhibition RSME-Imaginary will visit thirteen cities all over Spain with images, pictures, videos, interactive workshops…
All these events will extend even beyond the formal closing ceremony to be held in the old Hall of the Senate in November.

Congress of young researchers
September 5 to 9, Soria
Mathematics and youth, a wonderful pairing. The German mathematician Carl F. Gauss at the age of 18 constructed with ruler and compass a regular heptadecagon. For a similar construction we must go 2000 years before, to Greek mathematics.
It is therefore not surprising that the Nobel of mathematics (the Fields medal) is awarded (every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians) for outstanding discoveries made by mathematicians under 40 years. And the Rubio de Francia Prize of the RSME, as the prize of the European Mathematical Society, are directed to mathematicians under 32 years.


Portrait of Luca Pacioli, attributed to Jacopo de Barbari (1495)

Therefore, the RSME organizes on its centennial a Congress of young researchers where both the speakers and the Scientific Committee are young Spanish mathematicians who work in Spain and other countries. Working on relevant problems and placed within worldwide mathematics, they guarantee the future of mathematics in Spain. We are in good hands.

Special days
Through a series of meetings of two or three days we intend to show the diversity of fields of mathematical activity, most notably (but not exclusively) those in which recent results apply to other disciplines.
In most cases, places were chosen where the scientific activity in the field is relevant. The resulting geographic distribution confirms the vitality of mathematics in Spain.

June 1 to 3, Barcelona
Conference on the Millennium Problems

June 6 to 8, Granada
Perspectives in Mathematics and Life Sciences

July 12 to 14, Santiago de Compostela
Conference on Transference and Industrial Mathematics

November 8 to 10, Zaragoza
Conference on History of Mathematics

November 17 and 18, Murcia
Cryptography Conference

Colloquia of the centennial
Ten talks are planned sponsored by the RSME in Faculties and Institutes of Mathematics and distributed throughout 2011. With them we expect to extend the centennial activities for students and other people not so involved in research, as well as to establish a collaboration with the centers where our current and future RSME members are. Talks will be given by renowned lecturers and their locations provide a geographical balance with the other Centennial events: Valencia, Logroño, Zaragoza, Valladolid, A Coruña, Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona, Ciudad Real and Badajoz.

June 24, Bilbao
Michèle Audin: Las dos ideas de Sofia Kovalevskaya.

September 15, Madrid
Andreu Mas-Colell: Modelización matemática para la economía y las finanzas

October 19, Barcelona
Francisco Santos: La conjetura de Hirsch.

October 25, Ciudad Real
Vicente Muñoz: La forma del Universo

November 4, Badajoz
Carlos Benítez: Algunos problemas matemáticos de apariencia sencilla
José Pedro Moreno: Conjuntos de anchura constante

Closing ceremony
November, Madrid
The Senate of Spain will host the closing ceremony of the centenary of the RSME. This event, to be held in the old Plenary Room of the Senate, will address issues of science policy and education in mathematics.
It is expected the presence of representatives of the Crown, highest authorities of the State and distinguished personalities.
The closing ceremony will have two parts.

Plenary room

Former Plenary Room of the Senate

In the first one, early in the morning, after the speeches by the President of the Senate and the RSME, some other short presentations will focus on the hundred-year history of the RSME, the future of research, education and employment in Spain, and the role of the women. Prominent Spanish and foreign mathematicians will be present.
In the second part, at the end of the morning and of a solemn character, a document of Closure promoted by the RSME on the status and importance of mathematics will be read. At the end it will be signed by representatives of the Crown, highest authorities of the State and distinguished members of the mathematical community.
Additionally, there will be some participation in sessions of the Senate, as well as other parliamentary activities.


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