# Abel celebration in Oslo and Bergen

When the Abel laureates John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg arrive in Oslo they can look forward to a week of mathematical celebrations in Oslo and Bergen. The highlight will be when they receive the Abel Prize from H.M. the King at the award ceremony on the 19th of May in the University Aula in Oslo. Earlier the same day they will be received in audience at the Royal Palace. The Abel Banquet at Akershus Castle will be hosted by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research.

The Abel fanfare, composed by Klaus Sandvik, will be played as the procession with the laureates enters the University Aula. They will be accompanied by members of the Abel committee, the chair of the Abel board and the president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. H.M. the King enters the Aula escorted by Ole Petter Ottersen, rector at the University of Oslo, and Øivind Andersen, secretary general of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Kirsti Strøm Bull, president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will give the opening speech. Then the chair of the Abel Committee, John Rognes, will give the reasons for the awarding of the 2015 Abel Prize to John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg. John Rognes will then ask H.M. the King to come forward to present the Abel Prize to the laureates. The laureates will share the 6 mill NOK (about EUR 700,000 or USD 750,000) prize money.

**The vocal group Pitsj** will give us the musical entertainment. Pitsj consists of five strong voices that together create vocal music in a landscape between jazz, pop and folk music. Pitsj consists of Anja Eline Skybakmoen, Anine Kruse Skatrud, Benedikte Kruse, Ida Roggen and Ane Carmen Roggen. Photo: Lise Falch Gulbrandsen

The Abel Prize Award ceremony will be followed by a reception at Det Norske Teatret. During the reception the laureates will be interviewed by Vivienne Parry, a science journalist and author currently employed as Head of Engagement at Genomics England. Parry is perhaps best known for presenting BBC TV science programs Tomorrow's World and Panorama.

### Wreath-laying

The Abel Laureates will honour Niels Henrik Abel by laying down a wreath at the Abel Monument in Oslo n 18 May. Kristian Ranestad, chair of the Abel board, will give a speech. In the evening the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will host a dinner in honour of the Abel laureate. Among the invited guests will be members of the Abel committee and the Abel board, members of the Academy's mathematics group and visiting mathematicians from many countries.

### Abel lectures

Frank Morgan, Atwell Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, will give this year's Science Lecture titled "Soap Bubbles and Mathematics" at the University of Oslo on May 20th.

The Science Lecture is one of three lectures given at the University of Oslo in connection with the Abel Prize week. The two other lecturers are Camillo De Lellis, University of Zürich and Tristan Rivière, ETH Zürich. There will also be speeches by the Abel laureates John F. Nash, Jr., Princeton University and Louis Nirenberg, Courant Institute, New York University.

On 21 May John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg will travel to Bergen where they will meet schoolchildren at a math circus and attend lectures at the University of Bergen.

### The Abel lectures 2018

Abel Laureate Robert Langlands gave his prize lecture titled "*On the geometric theory" *at the University of Oslo on the 23th of May. John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee, introduced Langlands to an almost full auditorium. Langlands' lecture was followed by two others talks, by Jim Arthur and Edward Frenkel. Watch the lectures live

### Robert P. Langlands received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

In the University Aula in Oslo, surrounded by Munch's paintings and a diverse mathematical audience, Robert P. Langlands was today, May 22, awarded the Abel Prize for 2018 by H.M. King Harald. Langlands received the award of 6 million NOK “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.” The Langlands program is frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

(22.05.2018) More### Would you like to attend the 2018 Abel Prize award ceremony?

The Abel Prize award ceremony takes place at 22 may 2018, 14:00 in the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. His Majesty King Harald V will present the prize to this year’s laureate, Robert P. Langlands. The ceremony is open, but requires registration. For registration, click here.

(11.04.2018) More### AMS President congratulates Robert P. Langlands

"It is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Robert P. Langlands, winner of the 2018 Abel Prize. Robert Langlands is one of the most distinguished mathematicians alive today and a towering figure in the history of modern mathematics. His insights, which grew out of penetrating technical work early in his career, have transformed and enriched both number theory and representation theory. The deep relations between the two subjects that he predicted and probed have guided the work of countless mathematicians over the last 50 years."

- Kenneth A. Ribet, AMS President, University of California, Berkeley

### Robert P. Langlands receives the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2018 to Robert P. Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.”

(19.03.2018) More