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The fifth edition of ‘The International S. Banach Prize’ has begun!

15 November 2012

For the fifth time, the Polish Mathematical Society and Ericpol are inviting young mathematicians to take part in the competition for The International Stefan Banach Prize for a Doctoral Dissertation in the Mathematical Sciences. Similar to last year, doctoral students from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, and Hungary are eligible to participate in the competition. The prize of PLN 20,000 is sponsored by Ericpol, a Polish IT company.

This is the fifth edition of the competition. ‘From the very beginning, we have ensured high standards and now we can certainly say that this prize has become a firmly established feature in the landscape of Polish mathematics,’ says Prof. Stefan Jackowski, the President of the Polish Mathematical Society. ‘The prize has been recognized in Poland as well as abroad. This is very important to us,’ adds Prof. Jackowski.

‘Newspapers say that there are definitely more graduates of technical universities than economists among the presidents of companies. Scientific and technical minds prove to be better in times of crises and not only then. We owe this disciplined method of thinking to mathematics, without which there would be no physics and engineering sciences. That is why we support this scientific discipline, which makes it possible to define and verify the most abstract phenomena in detail,’ says Jan Smela, the Executive  President of Ericpol.

The award ceremony for the International Banach Prize in 2012 coincided with the Sixth European Congress of Mathematics, which, for the first time, was held in Poland and brought together the most distinguished representatives of the world of mathematics from Europe, the United States, and other countries. 14 doctoral theses from Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Norway and Hungary qualified for the fourth edition of the competition. The main prize was awarded to Dr Andras Mathe, a Hungarian mathematician from the University of Warwick (Great Britain). The prize-winning thesis was titled “The isomorphism problem of Hausdorff measures and Hoelder restrictions for functions”. In the earlier editions of the competition, the prize-winners included Polish mathematicians, Dr Łukasz Pańkowski from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Dr Jakub Gismatullin and Dr Tomasz Elsner from the University of Wrocław.

Candidates for the prize include authors of doctoral theses in mathematical sciences on which basis PhD degrees were awarded in 2010-2012 in institutions located in countries involved in the competition. Applications have to be submitted to the Polish Mathematical Society by 31 January 2013. The Jury will announce the name of the prize-winner and the nominees by 31 May 2013. The ceremony for awarding the prize will take place during the Forum of Polish Mathematicians in June 2013.

Ericpol Sp. z o.o. is an engineering company that has been operating in the international ICT market for 20 years. It provides outsourcing and consultancy services. It also delivers dedicated solutions in the area of telecommunications, M2M (machine to machine) communication, UX (user experience), applications for the medical sector, finances, and banking as well as solutions for business. It has 3 offices in Poland and 3 manufacturing facilities in Belarus, Ukraine and Sweden, which together form the Ericpol Group and employ the total of over 1,700 people.


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