# The Abel Year 2003

Jean-Pierre Serre received the Abel Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Harald V during a solemn ceremony in the Great Hall of the University of Oslo on the 3rd of June.

Jean-Pierre Serre delivered an Abel Lecture entitled "Prime numbers, equations and modular forms" at the Georg Sverdrup building at the University of Oslo on the 2nd of June. On the 4th, the Abel Symposium was held at the same location.

Since the creation of the Abel Prize, inculcating interest in mathematics among children and young people has been extremely important. In connection with the very first Abel Prize Award in 2003, a Mathematics Fair was held on University Square in Oslo.

Queen Sonja is welcomed to Akershus Fortress by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and his wife Bjørg in connection with the government's banquet in honour of Abel Laureate Jean-Pierre Serre.

The announcement of the Abel Prize took place at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on the 3rd of April. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Inger Moen, announced the winner.