# European Congress of Mathematics: Amsterdam, July 14–18, 2008

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*André Ran; Herman te Riele; Jan Wiegerinck*

A publication of the European Mathematical Society

The European Congress of Mathematics, held every four years, has
established itself as a major international mathematical event.
Following those in Paris (1992), Budapest (1996), Barcelona (2000), and
Stockholm (2004), the Fifth European Congress of Mathematics (5ECM) took
place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 14–18, 2008, with about 1000
participants from 68 different countries.

Ten plenary and thirty-three invited lectures were delivered. Three
science lectures outlined applications of mathematics in other sciences:
climate change, quantum information theory, and population dynamics. As
in the four preceding EMS congresses, ten EMS prizes were granted to
very promising young mathematicians. In addition, the Felix Klein Prize
was awarded, for the second time, for an application of mathematics to a
concrete and difficult industrial problem. There were twenty-two
minisymposia, spread over the whole mathematical area. Two round table
meetings were organized: one on industrial mathematics and one on
mathematics and developing countries.

As part of the 44th Nederlands Mathematisch Congres, which was embedded
in 5ECM, the so-called Brouwer lecture was presented. It is the
Netherlands' most prestigious award in mathematics, organized every
three years by the Royal Dutch Mathematical Society. Information about
Brouwer was given in an invited historical lecture during the congress.

These proceedings contain a selection of the contributions to the
congress, providing a permanent record of the best of what mathematics
offers today.

#### Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in the lectures discussed at the 2008 5ECM.