# 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.

### President of the Academy announces Abel Prize winner

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Hans Petter Graver (photo), will announce the winner of the 2019 Abel Prize at the Academy on March 19. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, Hans Munthe-Kaas, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. The popular science presentation of the prize winner's work will be given by Jim Al-Khalili - a British physicist, author and broadcaster. He will also talk to the prize winner to get his/her immediate response to the news of being awarded the Abel Prize.

(08.03.2019) More### Sir Michael Atiyah, Abel Prize laureate, dies at 89

Atiyah was the recipient together with Isadore Singer of the Abel Prize in 2004, and he also received the Fields Medal, the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Medal, among many other honors. He was the former President of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Atiyah was most recently an Honorary Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. Sir Michael, working at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology.

(14.01.2019) More### Yakov G. Sinai gives lecture at "Abel in Pittsburgh"

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University is hosting the "Abel in Pittsburgh" conference where Yakov G. Sinai who received the Abel Prize in 2014 is one of the speakers. The conference is organized by professor and member of the Abel commitee Irene Fonseca and will take place on the 11th of January 2019. "Abel in Pittsburgh" will be the 9th edition of a one-day conference with lectures aimed at a mathematically educated and interested audience, with the objective of increasing public awareness.

(05.11.2018) More### The Abel Symposium 2019

Abel Symposium 2019 will take place at Scandic Parken Hotel Ĺlesund, 23-29 June 2019. The title of the symposium is: Geometry, Lie Theory and Applications.

(02.11.2018) More### Who will be the next Abel Laureate?

The Abel Committee has embarked on the long journey in search of the next Abel Laureate. The committee which consists of five distinguished mathematicians has had its first meeting at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo the 2nd and 3rd of October. The next meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania early next year.

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