# First step towards the Abel Prize 2016

The 15th of September 2015 is the deadline for nominating candidates for the Abel Prize 2016. The Abel Committee met for the first time at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on the 26th and 27th of September to embark on the task of selecting a deserving candidate. The Academy's choice of Laureate is based on the Abel committee's recommendation. The Abel Committee is led by Professor John Rognes (left). To the right: Kristian Ranestad, chair of the Abel board.

The Abel Committee has two new members; Marta Sanz-Solé from Spain and Luigi Ambrosio from Italy. They replace Maria J. Esteban and Cédric Villani.

The second committee meeting will take place at the Norwegian General Consulate in Zürich 20 - 21. January 2016. It has become an annual tradition that a Norwegian embassy or consulate is hosting the Abel Committee. This goes back to 2004 when the committee met in Paris. On the occasion of the committee meeting there is usually also a reception. Since 2011 there has in addition been a seminar. The first seminar "Abel in Holland" took place at Leiden University.

The Abel Committee is chaired by John Rognes, University of Oslo. The other members are: Rahul Pandharipande (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Éva Tardos (Cornell University, USA), Luigi Ambrosio (Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy) and Marta Sanz-Solé (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain).

On 15 March next year the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will announce the name of the 2016 Abel Laureate.

### Record turnout for Atiyah’s Abel Lecture at ICM in Rio

1250 mathematicians from all over the world filled the big conference hall in Rio de Janeiro on Monday the 6^{th} of August to listen to Sir Michael Atiyah’s Abel Lecture, “The Future of Mathematical Physics: New ideas in old bottles”.

### Sir Michael Atiyah gives Abel lecture at ICM in Rio

Sir Michael Atiyah who receiced the Abel Prize in 2004, shared with Isadore Singer, will give the Abel Lecture at ICM in Rio on the 6th of August. He has titled the lecture: "The Future of Mathematical Physics: new ideas in old bottles". Atiyah will be introduced by Jacob Palis, former president of the International Mathematical Union and a member of the Abel Committee.

(26.07.2018) More### 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### 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

### 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.

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