Open consultation on Mathematics for Horizon 2020 next Work Programme

This consultation is closed. The report and its annex are now available.


Mathematics is recognized today as essential and indispensable for addressing the major challenges in science, technology and society. Faced with the abundance of data on social, technical, economic, ecological, and technological systems new and sophisticated mathematical tools are required for these data to help us tackle pressing societal challenges and provide us with the necessary technological advantages. The “knowledge society” is “ignorant” without mathematics!

The consultation seeked to inform the future work programmes (2018-19-20) with innovative mathematical content. Two facts motivated this request: today’s digital society depends on mathematics and algorithms; there is a vast pool of mathematical talent in Europe. The conclusion is that Europe can be first in mathematical applications for big data, computing and especially HPC, to be first in modern science and innovation.

The potential of mathematics was already explored in a very successful online consultation which provided excellent food for thought for a workshop held in November 2014. The conclusions of that workshop were collected in a report (to link).

This consultation is closed. Submitted ideas and comments made can be found here.

"There are 10 types of people in this world:  those who understand binary and those who don't." Anonymous